Handy Homeowner How-To: Clean Out Your Dryer Vent

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A simple yet often overlooked homeowner to-do is cleaning out the dryer vent. It can actually be dangerous to put off cleaning out your dryer vent. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer hose and vent duct, reducing air flow, backing up exhaust gases and eventually creating a fire.

It is even more important that the clothes dryer remains lint-free during winter. Why? Because it is the season when you tend to use heavy clothing and bedding to keep the cold away.

Materials like wool and heavier cotton fabrics commonly used in cold weather generate more lint. In other words, the thicker the clothing, the more lint is produced; hence the reason why more lint will be accumulated in your dryer during winter. Lint is highly flammable. The possibility of a dryer fire breakout increases with lint buildup.

These hazards can be avoided by thoroughly inspecting and cleaning your dryer vent every year.

To help you along, we’ve created this simple Handy Homeowner how-to video to walk you through the simple steps of this very important homeowner task.

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