Why Birds are a Dryer Vent’s Worst Enemy

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes mating season for all the local birds. 

You may be wondering why in the world a duct cleaning blog would be spending time talking about birds and mating seasons, but trust us when we say it’s actually a big issue in our world. 

And since you’re reading this it presumably means you own a home. So that means it’s a big deal in your world, too. You just might not know it yet.

Each spring, birds start to build nests in preparation for laying eggs and raising baby birds. 

But sometimes in the quest for a safe spot, birds choose dryer vent openings as the location for their new nest and this causes big problems for homeowners.

As a preventative measure, you could install a cage or screen over your dryer vent opening to prevent birds from nesting there. Although our company doesn’t install these, they are fairly easy to put in and available at most hardware stores or on the internet.

But if you forgo installing something to keep them out, be on the lookout for these signs that your dryer vent may be clogged:

  • Clothing not getting dry despite running your typical dryer cycle
  • Not seeing any lint escaping from the dryer vent opening
  • Musty smells in your dryer and/or on your clothing after it comes out of your dryer

Clogged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States, so if you believe that your vent may be obstructed, you should take it seriously. 

Call our company (or another reputable duct cleaner if you aren’t local to us) to schedule a dryer vent cleaning at (513)737-3200.

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