A leaky dryer vent is not only a risk for your dryer and its efficiency, but also a risk to you and your family’s health. Any kind of sitting water or leaks can eventually lead to mold or mildew buildup inside your home and spread throughout the air. Severe cases may result in water damage and even bigger and more expensive repairs. It is important to always call a dryer vent cleaning professional and never depend on any “do it yourself” tactics; this can lead to further damage, health risks, and more stress. Below are some potential reasons why your dryer vent is leaking and the dangers of letting it go.
Possible Causes of Dryer Vent Leaks
- Condensation. During certain times of the year and in colder climates, warm air passages can cause condensation. It does not often reach cold temperatures here in Central Florida, but sometimes it can get chilly at night during the winter. Making sure your vents are properly insulated will ensure the absence of condensation.
- Blocked Vent. In a dryer, lint, dust, and particles from fabric can accumulate over time and lead to blocking air flow through the pipes. Routine dryer vent cleanings will prevent this problem from happening.
- Cracks/Holes. Cracks and holes can be a result of a damaged vent pipe and will not be able to function safely and correctly. These openings will create a leak as well as push hot air and moisture into your home.
- Damaged Flap. Dryer vents have a flap near the exit of the dryer, if this flap is not opening correctly, hot air will become trapped inside and lead to leakage. This can also lead to the outside elements leaking into your house.
Health Hazards of Leaky Dryer Vents
As stated before, condensation and leakage of any kind inside your home can sustain a breeding ground for mold and mildew. This will eventually lead to respiratory illness as well as any other associated disease. On the other hand, if you have a gas dryer versus electric, carbon monoxide can leak in your home as well which is a serious issue and can be fatal. Having a leaky dryer vent can affect overall health in general and is not safe for humans or pets living inside the home. Having a professional inspect, clean, and maintenance your dryer vent is essential in keeping your home and family happy and healthy.
About ABC Cleaning, Inc. of Orlando, FL
Serving Central Florida since 1992, ABC Cleaning, Inc. has been the acknowledged leader in air duct cleaning, chimney cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning. We’re NADCA certified, we consistently invest in and have the most modern equipment, and utilize the latest technology available with the best-trained service technicians in all of Orlando. If you need help deciding whether to replace or repair faulty ducts, please contact us at ABC. We provide quality HVAC service throughout Orlando and the surrounding communities. Please give us a call today at (407) 381-2120. We are here to help!