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Clothes dryer fires are now the most common cause of home fires in the U.S., surpassing chimney fires. Clothes dryer vents are one of those things you can’t see and can’t ignore. When you consider that a dryer’s lint trap (even a new one) only removes or stops 80% of the lint, you realize how important it is to clean the vent system once a year Uniqairz Air Duct LLC.
Dryer lint is highly flammable and, under the right conditions, can start a dryer fire, which often spreads through the exhaust system, causing the fire to spread rapidly throughout the home. When a dryer is working, about half a pound of water is removed, the lint is caught in the lint trap, and the air is forced through the dryer exhaust system. Over time, this excess lint builds up in your dryer and in the exhaust or vent system. Airflow is restricted, the dryer works harder and the motor overheats. When excess lint builds up, your dryer is now a ripe candidate for a fire.
Dryer safety and inspection tips
- Make sure your lint filter is not cracked and that you clean it before each drying cycle. If the lint in the lint trap is wet, you should clean your dryer vents. Also, the lint trap should be lightly scrubbed and washed with a light detergent solution every week.
- Visually inspect the exterior exhaust hood on the side of your home when the dryer is in operation. Are the dampers moving, can you feel air flow? If not, it’s time to clean the dryer exhaust system and have the dryer inspected.
- Examine the area around your dryer for lint on the floor. This is a warning sign that your dryer’s exhaust system needs to be cleaned.
- If your laundry requires more than one drying cycle, this could be a sign that your dryer’s exhaust system needs immediate cleaning.
- Never dry clothes or rags that have been soaked with flammable substances. This can lead to an explosive situation in your dryer.
Recommendations for dryer exhaust cleaning
There are some products available on the Internet that you can use to clean your vents, such as brushes with rods that can be connected to a powerful drill. Most of these products are inferior and do not do a satisfactory job on dryer vents longer than 10 feet. It is important to consult a professional when cleaning dryer vents, as there are several situations that can and will occur. These include incorrect vent types, loose or disconnected vents, or vents with too many angles and bends. A vent cleaning professional usually has different types of cleaning equipment depending on the situation. It’s important to ask the vent professional if they do any on-site repairs or retrofits, as about 50% of the work in this area is required.
Dryer vent repairs
Repairs that may be required include: re-routing or replacing dryer vent pipes, adding or replacing a vent hood that exits the building, entering the attic or crawl space to make repairs, cleaning from the roof starting where the pipe exits toward the dryer, and even tearing up the wall or ceiling to repair a detached pipe. If you are not handy and can do the aforementioned repairs yourself, you should leave it to a professional.
Remember, you should have your dryer vent cleaned once a year to prevent fires in your home. If you live in an apartment complex, make sure your property manager knows the importance of dryer vent maintenance. Apartment owners should also prioritize dryer vent cleaning in their homes.
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