Clogged Dryer Vents Can Pose Serious Fire Hazard
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Clogged dryer vents can spark dangerous fires, but there are ways you can prevent that.
The dryer is designed to exhaust the heat and the moisture while it's drying. If that heat and moisture cannot get out of the dryer, that can cause major problems.
"The dryer works harder and heat builds up and that is what can lead to a dryer vent fire," said Glen Mayfield, a dryer vent technician.
According to Angie's List, dryer vent cleaning should be left to the experts. They have the proper tools and additionally they know whether your dryer vent meets code and they can fix it if it doesn't.
You might be surprised at what a professional may find. Homeowner Brian Pinkins was shocked when his technician discovered something interesting during a cleaning.
"He got out his tools and started to snake through our vent. As he was doing that nothing was happening," said Pinkins. "He said he could feel a large jam. Well about five minutes later a whole lot of dust and debris and dryer lint started coming out along with a bird's nest."
While it may be convenient, you should never leave a dryer running while you're not at home. According to experts, more than 15,000 fires a year are a result of dryers being left unattended.