Clean Your Dryer Vent From the Outside

Stuffed-up dryer vents can, in worst case scenarios, cause fires, but most of us never think of examining the vent from the outside, on a regular basis. To do so, carefully lift up the vent flap and clean it out … assuming that it’s not inhabited by any of the following creatures: pigeons, skunks, fox kits, snakes (yuck), field mice or racoons (this is a favorite passageway into a warm house). If you do have visitors, call your local animal control.