Every year, firefighters across the country respond to around 15,000 home fires caused by clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
About 27 percent of these fires is caused by an accumulation of lint, which means that not cleaning out your dryer vent can set you up for a dangerous situation that’s far more serious than the drop in performance caused by constricting a dryer’s ductwork. Basic airflow is essential for a dryer to make your clothes dry, without proper airflow, it makes it extremely hard for your dryer to work.
You may even notice it starts to take longer to dry your clothes from accumulation of lint and dust inside of the dryer vent. Often this vent goes from inside your house to a hole or vent outside of your house. Sometimes, bird nests are formed inside of the vent because of the location of the vent is a great place for birds to build a next. Make sure to keep your vents properly inspected and cleaned on a yearly basis to prevent clogging and poor circulation.