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Dryer Vent Don'ts

Keeping Yourself Informed

Staying informed about the importance of clean dryer vents is crucial for the safety of your home. You should clean the lint trap, schedule annual inspections, and watch for warning signs. Don’t neglect regular cleaning as lint can restrict airflow, creating a dryer vent fire hazard. Also, ensure you’re not blocking the ventilation, which can restrict airflow and leave a higher risk of your dryer overheating. Dryer Vent Wizard® offers services to ensure you have clean dryer vents.
Keeping Yourself Informed

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Be Aware of Dryer Vent Do’s and Don’ts:

Dryer vent care is vital for the safety of your property and the life of your dryer system. Work with Dryer Vent Wizard to manage these do’s and don’ts.

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  • DO NOT use vinyl or slinky foil materials

    Dryer vents made from flexible plastic or foil can be easily kinked or crushed, restricting airflow. The ridges in vinyl and slinky materials can also catch excess lint, creating an increased fire risk. If a dryer fire should occur, these materials quickly spread the fire.
  • DO NOT use PVC piping or plastic materials

    Static in PVC piping and plastic venting causes lint to stick to the inside of the vent walls. This lint can mix with the expelled water during a typical dry cycle, creating sludge, clogs, and an increased risk of fire. PVC also sweats when warm, moist air travels through its cool, smooth surface. This causes lint to collect and harden, making cleaning more difficult. Additionally, PVC takes longer to heat up allowing water to remain in vapor form inside the pipe. The water, along with the buildup of lint, creates sludge in the vent.
  • DO NOT use duct tape to connect venting materials

    The adhesive dries out over time, especially due to temperature changes, creating gaps in the joints of the vent.
  • DO NOT use screws or bolts to secure joints

    Screws and bolts act as lint collectors inside the vent wall and create an increased fire risk.
  • DO NOT terminate dryer vents in crawl spaces or attics

    Dryer vents that terminate in crawl spaces or attics allow for moisture to deposit and encourage mold growth and health hazards. Dryer vents must terminate outside of the building.
  • DO NOT use cages or screens to prevent pests from entering

    The use of pest cages or screens can allow lint to build up creating a fire hazard and reducing the dryer’s efficiency.
  • DO NOT ignore warning signs

    Watch for warning signs that indicate you have a clogged or obstructed dryer vent and a potential fire risk in your home.
  • DO call your local Dryer Vent Wizard

    If your dryer ventilation system incorporates any of the “don’ts” above, call Dryer Vent Wizard to schedule service and have a safer and more efficient dryer in your home or business today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Don't ignore the common warning signs of a clogged dryer vent! Below are some of our most commonly asked questions about potential warning signs, but be sure to contact the experts at your local Dryer Vent Wizard for solutions that prevent safety hazards.

  • If you notice a burning smell coming from your dryer, you should immediately stop using it and unplug it from the power source. A variety of issues, such as overheating, lint buildup, or a malfunctioning component, could cause the burning smell. Inspect the lint trap and clean the trap and the vent hose for any visible blockage then call a professional to diagnose and repair the issue.