Did you know clothes dryers account for 2,900 home fires each year? Clothes dryer fires cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss each year. And the majority of these fires are caused from the failure to clean your dryer vents. The US Fire Administration high emphasize the importance of keeping your clothes dryer vent clean. Your clothes dryer works for you, while the dryer vent keeps your clothes dryer working properly. In order for your clothes dryer to continue to work efficiently and safely, you must properly maintain it.
Problems of Dryer Vent
A well maintained clothes dryer saves money on utilities, and it also helps you to avoid having to replace this expensive appliance. Cleaning the lint out of your dryer can help a little, but your dryer vent still gets clogged over time. Microscopic particles of lint pass through the screen, and these particles fill the inside of your clothes dryer and your dryer vent. A buildup of lint get packed in the small space of your dryer vent to obstruct airflow. This could lead to serious hazard such as a fire.
What You Can Do
Your dryer vent should be professionally installed. Only a professional knows the ins and outs of fire safety codes and manufacturer guidelines. A Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician (C-DET) knows how large a dryer vent hose should be, how long they should be, what material they should be made of, and what areas of the home they can safely pass through.
Your dryer is safer and lasts longer if you follow manufacturer guidelines. Empty the lint trap regularly and use a lint collection brush that fits inside the unit to clean around the drum. The termination hood lets the moisture, hot air, and lint out of doors, and it should be checked regularly. A good time to check this is when you mow the yard, about twice per month, to make sure the hood is opening and closing properly. If it is not opening, then your dryer most likely has a clog. Do not run your dryer while you aren’t home or while your family is asleep. The majority of clothes dryer fires occur while the family is out of the home or asleep. If your dryer heats your house, it has a problem!
Signs You Need a Service
Your dryer vent maybe professionally installed, but it still needs to be cleaned yearly. You should schedule a dryer vent cleaning immediately if you notice any of the following signs:
- The dryer requires more than one cycle to dry a load.
- There is condensation and humidity after drying your clothes.
- The dryer is hot to the touch, warms the home, and overheats your clothes.
Not only does a dryer vent cleaning save you money on utilities, but your dryer will last longer. And it also helps your clothes to dry quicker without causing damage to your clothes.