Is Dryer Lint Something I Should Worry About?

Dryer Lint
Dryer Lint

Most homes have a dryer that is used regularly to dry clothing. Many people are aware that there is a lint trap that catches the lint off of the clothing as it is dried. The lint trap is often viewed as an inconvenience that has to be cleared every now and then in order for the dryer to work effectively. But, most people probably don’t realize that dryer lint can be much more than just a nuisance. It can be dangerous, causing fires in the home and aggravating those with allergies or breathing problems.
Dryer lint is one of the leading causes of fires within the home. The lint builds up in the lint trap and ventilation system of the home and can pose an extreme fire risk. Most people only empty the lint trap if they notice that it is taking longer to dry their clothes, but that is a bad idea. Even cleaning out the lint trap itself is not enough to be completely safe since lint often travels deep down into the ventilation duct and can’t be reached without the right tools.
Even if dryer owners are lucky enough to avoid a fire from the dryer lint they can still be putting their health at risk. Lint in the ventilation system can make its way to the air we breathe, aggravating allergies and posing a breathing risk to those with asthma or other breathing problems.
The best solution is to have a professional from a qualified air conditioning and duct service company come and remove the lint from the ducts. They will be able to properly clear the lint from the ducts and ventilation system and eliminate the risk of fire from the dryer lint. They can also check for any damage that may have been caused by the buildup and suggest ways to prevent dryer lint from causing problems in the future.

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