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Things you easily forget to clean around your home: behind the oven, under the fridge, in between the couch cushions— just don’t let your dryer vents be one of them.

If you’ve never considered or been told to clean your dryer vents before, consider this to be that time.

Dryer vents get clogged by lint, dust, dirt, and other contaminants. This decreases the effectiveness and performance of your dryer and could actually be a danger to you.

How do you clean your dryer vent?

There are several ways to clean your dryer vent, so just get it done!

The first step is to always turn off, unplug, and disconnect your dryer vent. If you have a gas dryer, be sure to disconnect the valve before cleaning. If this seems like too much to handle, using a professional air duct cleaning is inexpensive and always helpful.

If you are willing to try it from home, once your dryer vent is disconnected, first use a vacuum to remove all of the dirt and lint buildup— you’ll be surprised by how much is there. Then use a brush which can be found in a dryer vent cleaning kit, to brush out any excess dirt attached to the side of the vent.

Once you are done cleaning, inspect your vent for cleanliness/ damages, then reconnect.

How do you know when your dryer vent needs cleaning?

When your dryer vent needs cleaning, you’ll know.

First, there’s always your clothes. The first thing you’ll notice is that your clothes just seem to take longer to dry. Even when you dry them on the maximum, normal cycle, they still come out damp, and the culprit is your dryer vent.

If you ignore that warning sign, you might start to notice a burning smell when you run your dryer, because lint is highly flammable. After that, your dryer might become very hot while in use.

As this problem continues, you’ll likely notice lint coming out of places it just shouldn’t— specifically behind the dryer around the vent. Lastly, if you’ve ignored your dryer vents for at least a year, there could be a problem.

What happens if you don’t clean your dryer vent?

Forget damp clothes, the biggest risk of not cleaning your dryer vent at home is a possible fire. Fires that are caused by clothes dryers are highly common in suburban areas today. Most people are simply unaware how much damage lint buildup can cause.

The fact is however, lint is highly flammable and especially when exposed to the gas that comes from gas dryers, combined with the high temperatures of drying, its no wonder a fire can start so easily.

Don’t neglect your dryer vent. Cleaning your dryer vent or getting it cleaned by a professional, could be the easiest thing you do to keep your house a home!

Unique Air Duct Cleaning can take over this task with ease, so you don’t have to worry. Our experts will get the job done right with minimal disruption to your home and will work around your work schedule. Our family owned and operated duct cleaning business has provided superior dryer vent cleaning services and air duct cleaning services to Michigan residents for over 25 years. Call today to schedule an appointment! Free Estimates