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Can Pet Hair Cause a Clog in Your Dryer Vent?

Dog in bedYou May Need to Get Your Dryer Vent Line Inspected

Pets are great, but did you know homes with pets living in them are at greater risk for dryer vent obstructions? It's not because the pets are crawling in exhaust vents, it's because their hair gets all over clothing, blankets and bedding, and ultimately ends up in the dryer exhaust vent when these things are laundered.

Imagine all the hair that accumulates on your dog's favorite blankie. It doesn't all come out in the wash. Most of it comes out in the dryer. While your lint trap will catch most of it, some will always work it’s way through the lint trap and end up in your exhaust vent, along with lint particles. When the two meet up, they seem to be magnetically attracted. Result: Fast-forming balls of lint and pet hair that can easily clog your dryer vent line.

How to Tell if Your Dryer Vent Line is Clogged

The first sign of a lint clog in your dryer exhaust vent is clothing that takes multiple dryer cycles to dry. You open the door and instead of fluffy, warm clothing you see a pile of damp, wrinkly pants and shirts. This happens because the hot, moist air that accumulates inside your dryer when it’s running is blocked from exhausting outside. Instead, it stays inside your dryer and your clothes take forever to dry. 

While you could just run your dryer 2 or 3 cycles to dry your clothes, this has a number of drawbacks ranging from the merely inconvenient to the potentially fatal. At the low end of the risk spectrum, you’ll be dealing with higher energy bills and a lot of wear and tear on your dryer. At the worst-case scenario end of the spectrum, you’re looking at a fire starting in the vent line and spreading to your laundry room. Or perhaps carbon monoxide poisoning, if you have a gas powered dryer.

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Today Would be a Good Day to Schedule a Dryer Vent Cleaning

Lint Clog with Pet Hair Green Bay

This is a wad of lint mixed with pet hairs. It was retrieved from a lint filter after drying two pet blankets. Imagine how many hairs get past the lint filter every year and mix with lint to form massive clogs in your dryer vent line!

Fire marshals and insurance adjusters see enough of the disasters caused by lint clogged dryer vents to recommend having the vent line cleaned once per year. If you have pets, though, or do more than five loads per week, we’d highly recommend upping that schedule to twice per year.

When you hire Dryer Vent Wizard of Wisconsin to clean your vent line, you can count on a thorough inspection and cleaning by a Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician. If we spot a problem other than a clogged line, we’ll point it out and advise you of the best solution. The cost for a cleaning varies depending on the location of your exhaust vent and the length of the vent line, so it’s best to contact us for a free estimate.

Now that you’re thinking about it, why not contact the Dryer Vent Wizard nearest you?

Call the Dryer Vent Wizard in your area for a free estimate:

Dryer Vent Wizard of North Milwaukee 262-757-8368 (Locations north of Hwy. 94 in Dane, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Dodge counties)

Dryer Vent Wizard of Northeast Wisconsin 920-644-3797 (Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee and Fox Valley counties)

Dryer Vent Wizard of Southeast Wisconsin 262-312-1991 (Locations south of Hwy. 94 in Dane, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties)

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