A.M. from Miami-Dade County, Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I share a dryer vent with my neighbor as well as others share with their neighbor We were budgeted in 2019 and 2020 for dryer vent cleaning. Several excuses have been made to not clean and the money was used for something else according to the property manager. What options do we have as the dryer vents are clogged and not been cleaned in years?
Mister Condo replies:
A.M., I am sorry you haven’t had your dryer vents cleaned as promised. Clogged dryer vents are a true fire hazard not to mention the inefficiency it creates when trying to dry clothes. You didn’t tell me who made the excuses for not getting it done but I wouldn’t take lip service from anyone on this potential “life and death” fire safety issue. A letter to the Board is in order. Notifying your local Fire Department may not be such a bad idea either as they will not be happy that your request for a fire safety item is going ignored. Finally, if the dryer vent can be easily serviced by a local dryer vent cleaning contractor, you might want to get a quote and even consider paying for it yourself this one time just so you know it is done correctly. That is not an ideal solution but it would give you peace of mind about simple fire prevention. Good luck!