Overheated clothes dryers caused by clogged dryer vents are a leading cause of house fires.
Home inspectors carefully check the presence and condition of dryer vents, but parts of the vent system are often concealed. If there isn’t a dryer installed at the time of the inspection, we can’t actually verify that the dryer will vent properly.
When you install your dryer, be sure to locate the vent termination (usually on an exterior wall) and confirm that the dryer is venting out.
Annual cleaning of dryer vents is strongly recommended (more frequently if your dryer starts taking longer to dry a load or feels hot). You should also look behind your dryer. If you see lots of lint, or an overly-long and convoluted vent, there may be a problem.
Sometimes newer homes have a dryer that vents out the roof. If that’s the case, you will probably need a professional vent cleaning company to handle the maintenance.