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How to Tell if Your Dryer Vent is Clogged

A dryer vent is something we tend to forget about until it stops working. Has your dryer vent been clogged? Advanced Chimney Sweeps doesn’t just do chimney cleaning in Marietta, GA. We also take care of dryer vents, too. Here are a few signs to look for to see if your dryer vent is clogged.marietta, georgia chimney cleaning

Your Clothes Take too Long to Dry

Especially if you’ve had your dryer for a while, you tend to know how long it takes certain loads to dry. You know you have to run that load of jeans a little bit longer than some others you do. But if you have to run many of your loads twice to get things dry, and know you aren’t making the loads too large, you probably have a clogged dryer vent.

This problem means that not enough airflow is getting through your dryer vent. Make sure you’re cleaning the lint trap in your dryer after each time you run it. If you’re doing this regularly, you may need to get a dryer vent cleaning.

Your Clothes are too Hot

When you get your laundry out of the dryer, it should be a pleasant, cozy warmth. If your clothes are so hot that you can’t stand to touch them, you probably have a clog. This could mean that the heat is more concentrated due to lint clogging up your dryer vent. If your clothes are hot, that lint is heating up too, making your dryer a fire hazard every time you run it.

You’re Noticing a Burning Smell

This should be a huge red flag for your senses. We want to make sure you’re not getting to the point where the lint will catch on fire. If it’s hot enough that you have this smell, it means that the flammable lint inside that dryer vent is likely to start catching on fire. Make sure you’ve done your part to clean all of the easily accessible parts of your dryer vent before calling a professional.

You Notice Buildup Around the Outside Vent

If you’re not sure of the status of your dryer vent, the outside vent is a good place to start looking. There shouldn’t be any lint and debris around that outside vent. Take a look at yours and make sure you’re not seeing anything on that outside vent. If you are, there’s a good chance that you need a thorough dryer vent cleaning.

Dryer Vent and Chimney Cleaning in Marietta, Georgia

At Advanced Chimney Sweeps, we’re able to help you do a deep clean of your dryer vent system. We can also set up an appointment to get your dryer vent and chimney cleaned the same day! Call us or request an appointment online.