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The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning

When’s the last time you had your dryer vent professionally cleaned? If the answer is never, you’re not alone. But that doesn’t mean you’re in good company. Lots of homeowners don’t know that anything needs to be done beyond routine cleaning of the lint trap, but it is recommended that all of the ductwork attached to your dryer be thoroughly cleaned once a year. This not only increases the efficiency of your appliance, but it also protects you from a potential fire.

Dryer fires are alarmingly common, accounting for hundreds of injuries, dozens of deaths, and hundreds of millions in property damage every year. It’s recommended that people with dryers in their homes, especially those powered with natural gas, have their machines inspected because pent-up lint or clogged airways could result in fires or the release of carbon monoxide.

How Common Are Dryer Fires?

According to the National Fire Protection Association

  • Dryers and washing machines were involved in one out of every 22 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2006-2010.
  • In 2010, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries, and $236 million in direct property damage.
  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 4%.
  • The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (32%).

Worried about the fire hazards that may be hidden in your dryer exhaust duct? Let us give you the peace of mind you deserve. Pozzi Chimney Sweep owner Gary Pozzi is a certified dryer exhaust technician. This former firefighter has seen the aftermath of more than one dryer fire, and he wants to make sure that you and your family don’t have to find out what that’s like.

5 Tips for a Safe Dryer

Beyond having your ductwork professionally cleaned every year, there are several things you can do personally to make sure that your clothes dryer is not a fire hazard, including:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional – we recommend Leonardi’s Appliance Parts and Service Co.
  • Turn off your dryer when you leave home or go to sleep.
  • Clean your lint filter after each load of laundry.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Don’t overload your dryer.

Call us about our dryer vent cleaning service at 815-286-9922 or email us at Let Pozzi Chimney Sweep put your mind at ease and ensure that your home is heated and vented safely.


Take care of having your chimney and fireplace cleaned on a regular basis. Pozzi Chimney Sweep can provide this vital chimney and vent service.

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Gary came over and gave us an idea of how to fix our chimney cap and provided us a very informative brochure. He was extremely helpful with answering all our questions and giving us an accurate price. He went beyond our expectations in installing the cap. I will recommend Gary to anyone I talk to.
~ Jeff