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Imagine for a moment that your house catches fire and you have to run out into the cold in your nightgown and bare feet… and the house is a total loss. That happened to a friend of mine, and she lost an antique collection she had spent decades acquiring. The sad thing is, it was preventable. The cause of the fire was a build-up of lint in the dryer hose. A common cause of the more than 15,000 fires caused by dryers annually in the United States. No statistics are available for Canada. Lint and other debris can build up in the hose or vent duct, especially if the dryer hose is not up to current code. Again, very common.

I had my own dryer vent and hose cleaned recently by Dryer Vent Wizard of York Ontario. Like many people, I thought if I was emptying the lint basket near the dryer door, I was safe. And, I emptied it every time. I was wrong. I was shocked at the volume of lint that was removed from my dryer hose. In retrospect, I did observe at least three of the five symptoms below.

So how do you know if you have a potential problem:

1   Drying time for clothes takes longer and longer. If the dryer vent is clogged, the drying time can be double or triple. Dryers are designed to push moist air out. If clogged, the air will stay in your dryer longer keeping the clothes wet.

2  Clothing and the outside of the dryer are very hot. If the clothing or your dryer is very hot to the touch at the end of the drying cycle, this is a warning sign. This means the dryer is not exhausting properly. This also overworks the dryer, which can burn out the heating element and reduce the life of the appliance

3  You notice a burning smell. Lint is very flammable. If it gets too hot, it can catch fire

4  The vent hood flap doesn’t open properly. If you can see debris around the dryer hose or vent opening, it means air flow is restricted

5  Your last inspection was more than a year ago. Dryer vents should be inspected annually to reduce the risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Be Safe. Call Today and Have Your Dryer Checked Out.

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– Chip Barkel, MCNE, SRES, REDM, Toronto Real Estate. Extraordinary Service. Top Results.