You may think that thoroughly cleaning the lint screen every time you do laundry is adequate protection from a dryer fire, however, this is not the case. In fact, only about 25% of the total lint in your dryer ventilation system can be removed from the screen. The rest of the lint ends up inside the dryer vent, and can eventually lead to a dryer fire.
Thankfully, this can be prevented by paying close attention to issues that may arise from the dryer vent hose and ensure that your ventilation system is regularly serviced.
Here are five ways to protect your property from dryer fires:
Regular Cleaning. Although you should continue to clean the lint screen, it is even more important to regularly clean out the duct as well. Be sure to clean around and underneath the dryer as well.
Metal Dryer Ducts. Dryer ducts are available in a variety of materials such as metal, foil, or plastic. However, dryer ducts made from foil or plastic can create slight bends over time where lint can build up. A metal dryer duct is also your best chance for containment in case of a dryer fire.
Shorter Dryer Hose. Typically, your dryer will have specifications for the length of the dryer hose. However, it is important to avoid long dryer hoses as these increase the risk of lint collecting and causing an unsafe buildup.
Avoid Unnecessary Bends. Consider each bend in your dryer hose as an increased risk of having a dryer fire. Each bend is another opportunity for lint to build up and can be even more dangerous when combined with a dryer hose that is too long.
Pay Attention to Warning Signs. It is important to recognize any warning signs that your vent is due to be cleaned. Here are some of these signs:
Longer Dryer Time
Dryer Feels Hot During Use
No Visible Steam or Noise Near the Outside Wall Vent of Your Home
At Acclaimed! Heating, Cooling, and Furnace Cleaning we are dedicated to serving our loyal clients in the Edmonton area. Our team of industry professionals can help with all of your ventilation services. Contact us today to request a quote. If you would like to learn more about your dryer and ventilation system, we’d love to hear from you.
The Dangers of Dryer Fires are no laughing matter. The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that there are nearly 16,500 fires, 12 deaths, and 350 injuries associated with clothes dryer fires every year. The CPSC also estimates over $104,000,000 in property damage each year as a result of clothes dryer fires.
Some common indicators of dryer vent problems are:
It takes more than one cycle to dry clothes.
The dryer vent flapper does not open when the dryer is turned on.
The clothes that come out of the dryer are hotter than normal.
Results of a properly cleaned dryer vent:
Increased airflow will decrease drying time.
Operating costs will be less.
The life of the dyer will be extended.
The frequency of repairs should be reduced.
Peace of mind that there is one less risk of fire in the household.
Clothing may dry at lower temperatures and in less time.
This will help to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on clothing, thus extending their life.
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