6 house repairs to tackle
How often: Every year.
When: A sunny day.
What a dryer vent cleaning does: The purpose is to get rid of lint buildup. If your dryer is not on an exterior wall, it's likely that the vent leading outside is clogged up, said Gessner of A Step in Time Chimney Sweeps. If you ignore it, the result could be a disastrous fire. "Once the vent gets clogged, the dryer starts overheating and it can catch on fire," Gessner said. "Dryer fires are very dangerous."
Potential savings: your home, your furnishings, your belongings and your life.
Bottom line: "I had been airing a radio commercial talking about the importance of dryer vent cleaning for about a month when three people (in our area) died in a fire caused by a dryer vent fire," Gessner said.