Is your clothing always damp when you pull it out of your dryer? If so, the problem could be that you need to adjust the setting or that the loads you are drying are too large. If, however, you’ve set your dryer higher or are running it longer, or if you know for certain that the loads aren’t too big, yet your clothing still comes out damp, chances are the dryer vent is clogged.

A clogged dryer vent is more than just a nuisance; it can be downright dangerous. It’s reported that clogged residential clothes dryers are the cause of nearly 3,000 house fires each year, and those fires result in millions of dollars of damages, hundreds of injuries, and in the most extreme and saddest cases, death.

To avoid the frustration that’s associated with a clogged clothes dryer vent – and more importantly, to avoid serious danger – check your dryer vent and duct every so often or call in a professional company every once in a while. Whether you do it yourself or you have a pro do it for you, here’s a look at some of the things that you may find clogging the vent.

Lint and Debris Buildup

Lint from your clothing and linens, as well as hair, dirt, or any other debris, is supposed to get trapped in the lint trap; however, that debris can make its way past the trap and buildup in the ductwork.


Small items left in pockets could work their way out and find their way into a dryer vent. Litter like gum wrappers, paper, or even dollar bills, could potentially clog up the vent.

Fabric Softener Residue

While fabric softener may smell lovely, make your clothes feel soft, and prevent static cling, the chemicals it contains can cause problems for a dryer vent. The chemicals in liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets can break down when heated up and buildup inside a dryer vent.