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Why Do I Need My Dryer Vents Cleaned?

Improperly-maintained dryer vents are the leading cause of heating appliance house fires and cause hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage every year. Unfortunately, neglecting your dryer can cost you more than your money – it could cost you your life.

You probably notice a shocking amount of lint, hair, and other debris in your lint trap, no matter how often you remember to clean it. Now, imagine the amount of lint and debris inside of your dryer vents, which are not cleaned after every (or every other) load of laundry. It’s easy to see how this accumulation could cause serious problems.

Like a chimney, a dryer vent system needs to be clear of debris to allow for adequate air flow. When airflow is restricted, the dryer has to work much longer and harder to adequately dry the laundry. It also must work at higher temperatures, which not only damages your clothes, increases your utility bills, and overworks your dryer – it can also easily lead to a house fire.

In addition to lint buildup within your dryer vent system, there are other things that can only be professionally assessed and dealt with.

  • Animal Nesting – When given the opportunity, animals will choose to nest in the warmth and safety of a dryer vent system. Unfortunately, when animals get into your system, they cause airflow problems and leave behind flammable, nesting materials that can easily ignite from the heat of the dryer. Animal intrusion can also cause damage to the ducts, which can lead to overheating and inefficiency. Fortunately, regular cleanings can address these issues before they become fire hazards.
  • Leaking Ducts – Sometimes, especially if your venting system travels a good distance throughout the house, ducts can separate, leading to duct damage and leaks. Many builders only use duct tape to seal ducts, which can easily come loose with high heat and moisture. Without a professional cleaning and inspection, this can go unnoticed and cause inefficiency and the threat of fire within the system.
  • Carbon Monoxide – An improperly venting dryer can also release carbon monoxide into your home. As fuel burns, carbon monoxide is produced, which is typically safely removed through the venting system. However, when this venting system is blocked, damaged, or clogged, carbon monoxide can backflow into your home, and threaten the health of you and your family. Carbon monoxide is virtually undetectable without proper equipment and can cause brain and organ damage or even death before it is even discovered in the home. Having your venting system regularly checked for buildup or airflow problems can greatly reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.

What Does A Cleaning Involve?

Chief Chimney Services, Inc. technicians use high-quality brushes and an incredibly high-powered vacuum to clean your dryer vent system from start to finish. Lint and debris are loosened and immediately vacuumed up by a high intake vacuum cleaner, guaranteeing a dust and mess-free job. We will also check for any damages, leaks, obstructions, or air flow problems. With a Chief Chimney Services, Inc. technician, you will have a safe and efficient dryer vent system in no time!

How Often Should I Have My Vents Cleaned?

It is highly recommended that you have your dryer vent system cleaned and inspected at least once a year. It is also a good idea to have a carbon monoxide detector installed nearby and to call on a professional should you notice any changes within your system.

To schedule your dryer vent system cleaning, call Chief Chimney Services, Inc. today!


Annual chimney sweeping is one of the best things you can do to ensure your family’s safety. The professionals at Chief Chimney Services can perform this specialized task as part of their service for all your chimney, fireplace and dryer vent needs.

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