The Most Dangerous Homeowner Maintenance Task to Ignore

The majority of downtown Boston real estate homeowner maintenance issues can be monitored with a simple visual inspection. But, there’s one homeowner maintenance item that you can’t see and, if ignored, might cause a fire. If you’re concerned about home safety, this is one you’ll want to pay attention to and complete on a regular basis. Here we’ll reveal the most dangerous homeowner maintenance task not to ignore, how you identify it and how to fix it.

Most Dangerous Homeowner Maintenance Task to Ignore

Most know that they have to clear their dryer’s lint vent after every load to prevent fire and ensure the dryer will function properly during the next load. But, fewer know all the lint does not get caught in the lint trap. In fact, quite a bit of the lint exits the dryer through the exhaust vent. Some stays in the wall and some you’ll probably find at the exit vent somewhere on the exterior of your Beacon Hill building. Because lint is highly flammable, the lint that has accumulated in the wall is a Beacon Hill condo fire waiting to happen. How do you know when you need to clean it out? You call in the industrial cleaning services brisbane.

Is Your Dryer Taking More than One Cycle to Dry?

It happens gradually. Slowly but surely your dryer is taking longer and longer to dry clothes. You might think there’s a problem with your dryer, when it actually just means your dryer’s exhaust vent is clogged up. It should only take one cycle for your dryer to dry clothes. If they are still damp, and you haven’t cleaned your lint trap in a while, it is definitely time.

How Do I Clean Dryer Lint?

It is a fairly easy task to clean the lint vent yourself. All you need is a lint cleaner brush and a blower (the one you use to maintain your yard is fine) or shop vac. First you start by moving your dryer so you have access to the dryer vent in the wall. Then, you stick the blower in and turn it on full blast. You’ll need to keep it running for several minutes to get as much of the lint as possible. Next, go outside to the exterior vent and use the lint brush to careful try to get any excess lint still in the pipe. Finally, clean up all the lint you cleared out. If you want a little more detail, there are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube as well that will guide you through step by step.

If you don’t have a blower or shop vac or just don’t want to deal with the mess, you can usually find a local professional to clean out the dryer vent for somewhere under $100.

How Often Should I Clean the Vent?

Ideally, you’ll want to clean the dryer vent in your Beacon Hill condo at minimum once per year, even if your dryer is still functioning fine. Because lint is highly flammable, you want to prevent any build up to minimize your risk for fire. Cleaning the lint trap is a fairly easy homeowner maintenance task to complete. When the risk is as big as your house burning down, it’s not something you want to neglect.

Clean Dryer Vents Also Save Money on Utilities

As if preventing a fire wasn’t motivation enough, cleaning the dryer vent regularly will also save you money on your utility bills as well. 

Buying a Older Home in Beacon Hill?

Don’t assume the previous homeowner had the lint vent cleaned out recently. I would recommend having the vent cleaned before you move in, so you know it’s done and there is minimal risk for a fire.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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