It’s always a treat when I can get new bath towels. These were probably one of the softest towels I’ve ever purchased. I removed the labels from the towels and put them in the washing machine and then the dryer. It’s always good to wash before use.
As I took the towels from the dryer, the dryer vent lint catcher or trap was overflowing. It looked like half the towel was in the dryer vent lint catcher. Once I removed the huge lint ball, I noticed all sorts of lint that spilled over into the dryers venting system.
I tried to reach as far as I could, and only grabbed a few of the pieces. The rest was sitting at the base near the opening. However, I also saw other lint debris in addition to the towel lint. How do I reach it? But more importantly, how much lint and debris are sitting in there?
5 Effects of Lint Buildup
- Drying time for your clothes takes longer and longer. If what took 20 minutes to dry now takes 30 to 40…time to get the dryer vent cleaned.
- Hot, hot, hot. When the clothes and the outside of the dryer feels hot to the touch, the lint build up is causing havoc.
- What’s that smell? If it smells like something is burning, it just may be. Lint is quite flammable and can build up in the exhaust tube or lint trap. It would be best to have the dryer vent cleaned and checked right away!
- Vent hood flap isn’t opening. If you have an outside dryer vent that doesn’t open when the dryer is running is a sure sign that something is blocking its path.
- It’s been a year. If it’s been longer than a year, time to get it checked! This will reduce the risk of any fires or carbon monoxide backup.