Dryer Vent Blockage May Be Increasing Your Dryer Time

You’re getting ready to go out on a fun night. Whether it’s a night out on the town, meeting up with your family, or just a romantic supper with that someone special. You’ve been looking forward to it all day, and you’re just waiting to pull your #1 pair of jeans out of the dryer and you’ll be ready to go. So, you run into the laundry room, pull the jeans out, and – no! They’re still too wet to wear. I think everyone has had this happen and it’s so disappointing. You may think that you need to start looking for a new dryer. However, before you start looking, have your dryer vent checked instead!

Dryer Vent Blockage May Be Increasing Your Dryer Time Image - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney SweepProblems Caused by a Full Vent

When your dryer runs, it is basically pulling the leftover water from the wash cycle out of the clothes. Additionally, with that water comes tiny particles, or lint. This lint is carried out of your house through the dryer vent. Over time, some gets stuck. Consequently, as more damp, warm air continues to carry more lint through that dryer vent, more lint clings to what is already stuck there. Eventually the path gets so small that it’s harder for your dryer’s motor to work the air through. This can cause your dryer to not work as efficiently. So, that means more dryer time per load of clothes, which is frustrating as well as expensive!

Dry time isn’t the only problem; in fact, it might not even be the biggest problem that lint buildup might cause. That blockage of lint particles is highly flammable. If a spark hits, it can instantly turn into a dryer fire. In fact, according to a report by the U.S. Fire Administration, “2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.”


So, what can you do to prevent a clogged dryer vent? The first, and easiest, solution is to hire a qualified cleaning company. This should be done on a yearly basis. Also, look at your dryer vent to see if it is the plastic or foil accordion style of duct material. If it is, consider replacing it with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. This type of duct doesn’t catch the lint as easily. Also, when you have your dryer vent cleaned, have your dryer appliance cleaned as well, as this can also be a place where lint can build up.

Who To Call

Are you noticing that your dryer is taking longer and longer to dry a load of clothes? If so, you may need a new dryer. Before you look, though, call in professionals to check out your dryer vent for blockages. Who should you call? Pozzi Chimney Sweep, that’s who! Not only are they CSIA certified chimney inspectors and sweeps, they also are experts at cleaning your dryer vents. Let them take care of clearing out your dryer vent and soon you’ll be having dry clothes in a fraction of the time!