How to Check if Your Dryer Vent Is Blocked


Did you know that a clogged dryer vent can start a serious fire? In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 15,000 fires are started annually by clothes dryers. Watch this video from ABC Action News to learn more about the threat clogged dryer vents pose.

Now that you understand the connection between your dryer vent and risk for fire, let’s discuss how to check if your dryer vent is blocked:

Look for warning signs. Are your clothes taking forever to dry? Does the outside of your dryer feel extremely hot? Do you sometimes notice a burning smell? If so, it’s possible that your dryer vent is blocked with lint. Stop using your dryer and contact EnviroGreen Boston to inspect it as soon as possible.

Find your exterior exhaust vent. This should be located outside your home. If it’s easily accessible, you should be able to look inside and decide whether or not your dryer vent is blocked. If you can’t find the exterior exhaust vent or if it’s not easy to get into, call a professional for help.

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