There are so many things to do when summer comes around! Some of these are fun things, too! Planning your vacation, going swimming, or taking in the many sights in and around Chicago. Some aren’t quite as much fun, but still need to be done. This includes getting your spring cleaning finished. Trouble is, with all the things to do, some things get overlooked. For example, getting your dryer vents cleaned. This is an important task to have done at least once a year!

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Washing clothes is an easy task. Throw the clothes in the washer, turn a few knobs, push the start button, and leave the room. Come back in when the cycle is complete, throw the clothes in the dryer, turn a few knobs, push the start button, and leave the room. Come back in when the buzzer sounds, open the door, and BAM – dry clothes. If only there was a machine to fold them, right?? However, do you know what’s happening during that wash and dry procedure?

What’s Going On Inside Your Dryer:

During agitation in the wash cycle, there are actually little pieces of fiber that are loosened. Since your clothes are wet, these fibers stick to the fabric. When you throw those clothes in the dryer and turn it on, however, the water is removed, so the fibers are no longer stuck. The air that is drying your clothes also blows those fibers around, and the air is filtered by the lint screen, where the little particles stick and form that blanket of lint that you pull out after every load or two. It is extremely important that you keep this screen clean because these particles are extremely flammable, and all it takes is a spark for a dryer fire to ignite. This is something that is stressed when you buy a new dryer, and probably advice that you follow pretty carefully.

You probably don’t give much thought to how your dryer is hooked up. There is actually dryer vent tubing that runs from your dryer to the outdoors, which allows the hot, humid air from your dryer to be vented outdoors. Although your lint screen does a great job of collecting all the tiny fiber particles, some will get by, and these extra particles are also vented outdoors through the dryer vent tubing. Because this is humid air, some of those particles will get stuck on the tubing, and those particles attract more. If too much build up occurs, it can lead to a dangerous situation where a house fire can easily ignite.

What To Do

All of this can sound pretty scary, but there’s an easy solution – have your dryer vents cleaned professionally. According the the National Fire Protection Agency, “The leading items first ignited in dryer fires were dust, fiber or lint.” CSIA recommends that you have your dryer vents professionally cleaned at least annually. The experts at Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair have the tools, the knowledge, and the experience to make sure your dryer vents are cleared out so that worrying about a dryer vent fire can be checked off your to-do list!