It is a common joke in many households, but where exactly do socks disappear to in the laundry? If you are responsible for the laundry in your home, you will be very familiar with the frustration of discovering that a pair of socks has turned into a lone sock over the course of washing and drying. You may have attempted to investigate the inside of your dryer to locate the missing socks, gloves or other small items of laundry which have mysteriously disappeared.
While this can be annoying as you are forced to shop for replacement clothing, there is also a danger that these missing items are actually accumulating somewhere. Cleaning a dryer vent may actually provide a horrifying realization of just how many missing socks have been pulled into the hot air vent of your dryer.
While you may have been taught about the need to prevent lint from building up in the lint trap to help the machine work more efficiently and prevent fire hazards, you may have given little thought to the build-up of lint, fibers and missing socks which can block the dryer vents. Cleaning these vents is the only way to clear this accumulation and allow your machine to work more efficiently, reducing energy bills and the need for replacement parts or dryer vent repair.
There are a number of signs which indicate a problem with your dryer vent. These include strange noises, increased amount of lint, poorer indoor air quality, home energy bills increasing or a greater number of dryer cycles needed for your clothing.
It is possible for your dryer vent to be cleaned by an air duct contractor or if you are confident with DIY, you could undertake this task yourself. Care should be taken not to damage the vent covers and ensure that your dryer is turned off and unplugged from the power outlet to avoid potential injury. You should notice an immediate improvement in dryer performance and you may locate all those missing socks.