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One of the first lessons you learn when it comes time to do your own laundry it to always make sure the vent dryer is cleaned out of any buildup of lint or dust that accumulates in it. It’s a trap designed to pull those things out so they don’t end up on your clothes but leaving the dryer vent full of debris quickly becomes a fire hazard that could put your entire home or apartment building at risk.

A clogged dryer vent is a hazard for a lot of reasons and many of them are more serious or more damaging than others.

But all of them are hazards you want to avoid. You can cause damage to your home, could potentially destroy your home, waste money, and allow pests to invade. There’s plenty of reason to keep your vents, both inside and outside cleared of dust and debris and to check them often for that reason.

Below are the biggest hazards and reasons to keep your indoor and outdoor dryer vents as clear as possible often.

Fire Hazard

First and foremost, clogged dryer vents are fire hazards. The lint and dust that gets caught in the vent. Air flow is also restricted by clogged vents which can cause flammable gases to build up, creating the perfect environment of accelerant and kindling to start a house fire. Each year, almost 16,000 dryer vents are the cause of fires resulting in over $200 million in property damage each year.


You might not have realized that a clogged dryer vent could make a perfect environment for pests or wildlife. When the vent is clogged, the hood flap won’t be able to close, allowing a small opening for pests to enter your home and a cozy environment for wildlife to hide in during the winter. Keeping your dryer vent clean will take away this entry point for pests to get into your home and cause more problems

Money Loss

Dryer vents can also be a source of lost money thanks to energy inefficiency. Dryers that have excessive lint build up result in more energy usage to get clothes dry, resulting in as much as a $30 a month more in energy bills. You also will need to run the dryer more often to effectively dry clothes which will also run up your bill each month.

Related Questions

How do I know if my dryer vent is clogged?

If your clothes take too long to dry, the dryer feels like it’s overheated, and burning smells are all signs that your dryer vent is clogged and needs to be looked at.

Who can help me clean my vent?

For peace of mind, it is highly recommended to have a professional air duct cleaning company that offers dryer vent cleaning services check it out. They can address any concerns and determine your risk.

Leading dryer manufacturers recommend having your dryer vent inspected and cleaned by a professional once a year. For over 25 years, Unique Air Duct Cleaning has provided superior dryer vent cleaning services throughout the Detroit area with trust and ease. Our air duct cleaning experts get the job done right with minimal disruption to your home and work schedule.

Our family owned and operated duct cleaning business has provided superior dryer vent cleaning services and air duct cleaning services with a commitment to great customer service and respect for your home, family, and pets. Call today to schedule an appointment! Free Estimates