One of the most important functions of a dryer vent system is the elimination of moisture during the drying process. A full load of wet clothes placed in a dryer contains about a half-gallon of water. A clean and properly installed dryer vent is critical to ensuring that water is fully expelled outdoors during the dry cycle. If the moisture isn’t escaping through the dryer vent for any reason, it can cause mold growth in the home or business.
Mold growth in homes can lead to structural damage as well as a variety of health problems. Mold spores released into the air can increase or bring on symptoms of respiratory issues such as asthma, and it can induce allergic reactions. In order to prevent these issues, it is necessary to address the source of the moisture buildup immediately.
Sources of Mold in the Dryer Vent
Clogs - If your dryer vent is clogged, moisture can condense into pools of water in the dryer vent. It then mixes with excess lint, creating a maché that sticks to the vent walls. This not only clogs the vent further, but also creates perfect conditions for mold and mildew to grow.
Leaks - Lint buildup is also a common cause for dryer vent leaks and mold growth. If a vent is clogged and the moisture cannot pass through, it will often begin to leak out of vent joints or cracks. This not only means there is water accumulating inside the vent creating the ideal conditions for mold growth within, but water or moisture escaping into the laundry room and home can facilitate mold growth outside of the vent line as well.
Dryer Vent Wizard's dryer vent cleaning process ensures proper ventilation and airflow. Removing clogs and lint build-up eliminates potential mold issues in your dryer vent. Call us today or request an appointment to schedule your dryer vent cleaning service and eliminate mold issues.