Excessive lint buildup occurs slowly and gradually. You might not even realize it’s happening. In order to maintain your dryer, you should do more than just cleaning out the lint filter regularly.

Where Does Lint Come From?

A full load of wet clothes contains about a half gallon of water. Lint is a byproduct of water being removed from clothes during the dryer process. The lint will accumulate in crevices deep inside the lint filter trap and all along the dryer vent hose. At the end of the day, your dryer is perhaps the biggest fire hazard in your home.

The Reality of Dryer Vent Fires

In 1999, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPC) developed the Report on Electric and Gas Clothes Dryers. In that survey, they determined that, of the 15,000 fires studied in one year, electric dryers were over 2.5 times more likely to be the cause of a fire than gas dryers. Fires originated most frequently from two places: dryer vents and lint traps.

What are the warning signs that excessive lint has gathered in your dryer and venting system?

The Symptoms May Include:

  • Clothes take longer and longer to dry
  • Clothes don’t fully dry
  • Clothes are hotter than normal at the end of the drying cycle
  • The outside of dryer becomes very hot
  • The outside exhaust vent flapper does not open very much, indicating blockage
  • Laundry room becomes more humid than usual
  • Burnt smell happens in the laundry room


Call 1-844-SWEEP-NOW today so that a Midtown Chimney Sweeps technician can inspect and clean your dryer vent.

Don’t wait until it’s too late!