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Dryer Vent Cleaning
Lint builds up in more places than most homeowners realize. It’s in the lint trap housing, the interior dryer duct, the dryer vent and even the dryer itself. This actually presents more of a fire hazard than lint buildup in the vent.
Many homes have flexible plastic or foil vinyl dryer vents which are prone to extreme lint buildup in the accordion-like ridges, thus restricting airflow. Those particular items can also be flammable. In addition to necessary cleaning, you can minimize lint buildup and reduce the risk of a dryer fire by replacing those foil or plastic items with a smooth metal vent. Additionally, dryer exhaust vent blockage can also occur as a result from birds’ nests or other animals, or from damage to the vent itself – the result of which is an overheated dryer leading to a dryer fire.
5 Warning Signs that it’s Time to Clean Your Clothes Dryer Vent
- Drying time for clothes takes longer and longer.
When a dryer vent is clogged, the drying cycle can double or triple in time. You’ll notice that clothes are not completely dry at the end of a regular cycle. A dryer is designed to push out the hot moist air for clothing to dry. If your vent is blocked by lint, the air will stay in your dryer keeping your clothes hot and moist. And when it takes twice as long to dry clothes, your dryer runs longer, putting more wear and tear on it and therefore cutting the machine’s life in half.
- Your clothing and the outside of the dryer are very hot.
Do you notice that your clothing is very hot at the end of a cycle or the dryer is hot to touch? This warning sign means the vent is not exhausting properly. If your system is clogged, it not only wastes energy, but can cause the heating element and blower in the dryer to wear out faster.
- You notice a burning smell.
When you run your dryer do you smell a burning odor? Lint, which is very flammable, can build up in the exhaust tube, lint trap and even in the drum casing. If it gets too hot, it can catch on fire, causing a burning smell. (Remember to empty the lint trap often). Discontinue use of your dryer and have it inspected as soon as possible.
- The vent hood flap doesn’t open properly.
Another visual red flag that you’re due for a cleaning: You can see lint or debris around the dryer hose or outside vent opening: or the duct hood flap does not open as it is designed to do. An outside vent that doesn’t open when the dryer is running means air flow has been restricted due to lint buildup.
- It’s been longer than a year since your last inspection.
Dryer vent ducts should be inspected at least once a year to reduce the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
To help keep your family safe from a dryer fire, clean the lint screen before or after drying each load of clothes. According to FEMA, failure to clean the dust, fiber, and lint from dryers is the leading contributing factor to the ignition of dryer fires.
You should also consider scheduling a dryer vent cleaning with a Professional once every year to keep your dryer exhaust vent clean and unblocked; keep the area around your dryer clean and free of clutter; and make sure to not leave dried clothes in the dryer.
National Fire Prevention Week
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 365,000 home fires occurred in the U.S. in 2012, resulting in a staggering 2,380 deaths and $5.7 billion in direct property damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that an estimated 2,900 residential dryer fires occurred between 2008-2012, and that those dryer fires contributed to five deaths and $35 million in property loss. As a way to take action, the NFPA dedicates every October 9 and the week surrounding it as National Fire Prevention Week, with the purpose of educating adults and children on the leading causes of preventable fires.