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Why are Your Clothes Taking so Long to Dry?

Having a home inspection of your dream house is an important step in the process. While you may love the master suite or the in-ground pool, you need to know if there are any problems lurking around the corner.

Some things that are covered by a home inspection:

  • Yard – drainage, landscaping, sidewalks, and railings;
  • Structure – fascia board, doors, and windows;
  • Exterior surfaces – siding, masonry veneers, and paint;
  • Roof – shingles, flashing venting, and chimneys;
  • Basement – no major cracks or stains on the foundation; and
  • Mechanicals such as furnace, water heater, etc.

An important piece that is sometimes missed is the dryer vent. Dryer vents can be hard to inspect. Vents can have long runs through the house which could make it difficult to see if there’s lint buildup.

If you notice it taking a long time for your clothes to dry, lint build up could be the problem.

Your home and family may be at risk if:

  1. Dryer ducts have not been inspected or cleaned each year.
  2. The dryer duct is more than 25 feet long. The longer the dryer duct, the harder it is for the dryer to push the lint to the exit.
  3. You have a flexible foil duct that’s kinked, creating lint buildup.

Warning signs that your dryer duct is clogged:

  1. Clothes are damp after a completed drying cycle.
  2. The outdoor flapper on the vent doesn’t open when the dryer is running.
  3. It takes significantly longer to dry your clothes.

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