Most of us know that proper maintenance is required to prevent fireplaces and chimneys from becoming a fire hazard but what about lint buildup? Did you know that lint buildup in your laundry can be just as dangerous? If you don’t clean out your lint trap after each load of laundry, that lint could make its way into the dryer vent. In addition to making it difficult to dry your clothes, it can also become a fire hazard.
Unfortunately, you may not realize that you have lint buildup until it’s too late, especially if you share your laundry room with other people. Here’s how to identify a lint buildup in your laundry room, what to do about it, and how to prevent it from happening in the future.
If your dryer isn’t running as efficiently as it used to, that’s typically a sign that something is afoot. When lint gets stuck in the dryer vent, it will take much longer to dry your clothes – if they fully dry at all. When this happens, it’s a sign that you should get your dryer vent checked out.
When all that wet lint gets stuck in the dryer vent, it can cause some strange smells. You might notice that your clothes smell funky or musty after they’ve come out of the dryer. You might also notice a burning smell while your dryer is running.
When lint starts to build up in your dryer, it won’t be able to vent properly. When this happens, heat can get trapped in your laundry room. If you notice unusually high temperatures whenever you run your dryer, it might be time to get an inspection.
Lint buildup forces your dryer to work much harder than it normally would, which can send your energy bills shooting up. If you notice an increase in energy costs that isn’t tied to anything else, keep an eye on your dryer.
If you think that your dryer vent might be clogged with wet lint, it’s important to have it inspected and cleaned by a professional right away to prevent any sort of fire hazard. Do not use the dryer until you are told to do so by a professional. It can also be helpful to have your dryer inspected every year, even if there isn’t any lint buildup. This can help prevent any other unexpected problems. To prevent lint buildup from happening in the future, make sure to fully clean the lint trap after each use. It may help to place a written reminder on the wall near the dryer, especially if you share the laundry room with others.
If you’re concerned about lint buildup in your dryer vent, A1 Chimney Specialists can help. We offer dryer vent cleaning as well as a variety of chimney and fireplace services throughout Southern Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley. Give us a call at 931-967-3595 in Tennessee or 256-285-4895 in Alabama to schedule an appointment.