Fresh Clean Laundry

If you thought your heater vents were the only vents that need to be cleaned in your home, you were mistaken. Your dryer vent should be cleaned at least tw or three times a year as well. Without proper maintenance, all the lint from your dryer gets stuck inside the vents. Unfortunately, dirty dryer vents can cause a variety of problems for you, your home, and your health. Here are some risks you face when your dryer vent gets too dirty. You also need to remember to clean the dryer filter after each load of laundry. This practice helps reduce the amount of lint that flows through the vents.

Clean Laundry - a benefit of proper dryer vent maintenance

Mold Growth

If you thought your washing machine was the only mold risk in your laundry room, you were mistaken. While mold does tend to grow inside washing machine drums, the fungus also thrives inside dryer vents, especially when they’re filled with lint. The lint inside allows moisture to develop during the dry cycle.

Unfortunately, the moisture remains trapped inside the vent, which creates the perfect environment for mold growth. If you have a distinct odor of mold in your laundry room, but you can’t locate the source, have your dryer vent cleaned as soon as possible.

Pest Infestations

If you have a buildup of lint in your dryer vent and don’t have a protective shield over the exterior vent, pests, such as birds and rodents, could build nests inside. Unfortunately, if your vent is exposed and filled with lint, you’ve provided animals with an attractive nest location.

The best way to keep pests out of your dryer vent, aside from removing the lint at least once a year, is to have a cover installed. The lack of nesting material and accessibility will help keep the pests away

Unpleasant Odors

Dirty Dryer Exhaust VentIf you’ve noticed an increased occurrence of foul odors in your laundry room, they could be coming from your dryer vents. Dirty vents can produce a variety of odors. First, moist lint can leave your home with a dirty odor. Second, as the dirt inside your vent heats up, a foul odor can form. Finally, pests may have crawled into your vent and died. Eliminate the bothersome odors with proper dryer vent maintenance.

Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs to Be Cleaned

You can usually tell when your dryer vent starts to clog up. If you keep an eye out for some of these warning signs, you’ll be ample time to rectify the problem before you have any serious problems.

Here’s a quick list of what to look out for.

  • Your clothing take more than one cycle to dry
  • After a cycle, your clothes smell musty
  • The room feels hot when the dyer is running
  • You can see debris inside the dryer vent
  • There’s more lint in the lint trap than there should be
  • Your clothes feel unusually hot at the end of a cycle
  • Used dryer sheets get a strong odor

If you see any of these sings, you call a Paradise Home Maintenance. These signs usually mean you have a buildup of debris inside your vent.

About the Author: Paradise Home Maintenance

Paradise Home Maintenance, located in Cape Coral, Florida is a full service residential and commercial property maintenance firms specializing and certified in dryer exhaust vent maintenance, zerochlor pool system installation and home/property security watch services.