Dryer Vents: How They Can be Dangerous

Have you ever wondered of the dangers that can be hidden in your dryer vents?

You probably wouldn’t think much of a lint bunny stuck in your dryer vents. What harm can it do? Well, even something that seems as insignificant as a lint bunny can cause major unexpected damage to your home. This sort of problem brings in over a hundred million dollars worth of damage to homeowners annually, has caused dozens of deaths and hundreds of serious injuries. Cleaning out the lint from your dryer vents shouldn’t be done for greater visual appeal, but to prevent fires and keep your home safe.

The Hidden Threat

When you clean your dryer’s lint trap, you may notice that not all of the lint from your clothes is being caught by it, but only a mere 25% of it. You may ask, where did the rest go? The remaining lint that isn’t caught by the lint trap is stuck in your dryer vents and often goes unknown. This lint that is now stuck in your dryer vents is highly flammable and is a leading factor to the ignition of dryer fires in residential buildings. These lint bunnies not only pose as a fire hazard, but also force your dryer to work harder, which would shorten its lifetime and cause you to spend more on your energy bills.

Lint bunnies will not only cause a risk for fires in your home, but also block your dryer exhaust and can allow for carbon monoxide to enter the air in your home. The moisture damage that can be caused by trapped lint and poor venting can result in damage to drywall, ceilings, and various building materials, which would increase the risk of mold and mildew rotting away at your living space. When you take all of the possible problems caused by trapped lint and add on the overly complicated systems with all of their clog-prone twists and turns, you can see that a disaster is just waiting to happen.

Fixing The Problem

If you know that you haven’t had your dryer vents cleaned out in a long time or don’t remember when the last time was, you most likely have a collection of these troublemakers stuck within your dryer vents. Vent cleaning is an inexpensive and effective way to prevent fires and any other unwanted problems in your home. Trying to fix this problem on your own often leads to actually worsening the problem by compacting lint which increases the risk of fire. Although, when approached with the proper tools and equipment, your dryer vents can be professionally cleaned in thirty minutes or less, leaving no mess or residue behind, and usually without the need for anybody else to enter home.

Our Solution to Your Lint Bunny Problem

Schedule your vents to be professionally cleaned, and see all the benefits:

  • Increase performance and ventilation
  • Ensure fire safety
  • Lower your energy usage
  • Increase the lifespan of your appliances
  • Protection from carbon monoxide damage
  • Reduce drying time
  • Ensure the homeowner’s insurance compliance

 

 

Improve your home’s safety and efficiency, contact us today for expert advice and assistance. DeMark Home Ontario specialises in HVAC services – furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, water heaters, tankless, air and water filtration systems.Call DeMark Home Ontario at 647-847-2998 or submit your request online.

 

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