You might think that your dryer’s lint trap is enough to protect your home from lint that accumulates while doing laundry, but did you know that lint also builds up in the dryer vent of your home? This build-up can lead to serious problems, including house fires.
While the lint trap on your dryer collects most of the lint produced by clothing, some lint can get lodged in the dryer vent. The flexible dryer hose is especially prone to collecting lint with its ridges, corners and bends.
Over 15,000 home fires have been traced to highly-flammable lint build-up blocking the vents in clothes dryers. If the dryer vent is obstructed, or otherwise harmed, it can produce enough heat to ignite.
313 AIR-DUCT can help prevent the possibility of lint fires in the home with a professional dryer vent cleaning.
Here are some warning signs of an obstructed dryer vent and risk of fire:
- Clothes are taking longer than normal to dry.
- Clothes come out of the dryer hotter than normal at the end of a standard drying cycle.
- The flapper on your exterior dryer vent doesn’t open when the dryer is on.
- Your dryer lint trap does not fit snugly (a loose fit will allow more lint into the vent).
- You have a flexible or plastic dryer vent hose.
- Your dryer is located a long distance from the exterior dryer vent.
- The route your dryer duct takes to get to the exterior dryer vent has many bends.
- You wash a lot of clothes that have been soiled with flammable materials such as gas, motor oil, cooking oil etc.
Follow these tips to reduce dryer lint build-up and keep your home safe:
- Use metal duct work and replace foil or plastic ducts with rigid or semi-rigid duct work which allow better air flow, are less flammable and have fewer places for lint to be trapped.
- Clean the dryer vent hose regularly.
- Do not operate a dryer without the lint filter in place.
- Clean the lint trap between each load of laundry.
- Wash lint screens every few weeks to remove residue left by fabric softeners.
- Ensure the outdoor vent flap can open freely (leaves, bushes and snow can easily block the flap).
- Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to ensure the gas line and all connections are secure and free of leaks.
- Avoid overloading the dryer.
- Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions.
- Keep combustible chemicals away from your dryer.
- Do not store flammable items near your dryer (boxes, clothing, chemicals, etc.).
- Run the dryer only when you are at home.
- Use dryer ducts that are at least 4 inches in diameter.
- Secure all duct joints with metal tape.
- Install duct joints so that piece nearest the dryer is on the inside joint.
- Ensure dryer vents leave the home directly.
- Install a screen on the outside vent of the dryer duct to prevent animals from entering the duct.
Schedule a Duct Cleaning
The best way to keep your dryer vent clean is to have the professionals at 313 AIR-DUCT service your vents regularly. Proper maintenance and regular airflow checks ensure your dryer unit is working at prime efficiency and safety. A clean dryer vent is also more energy efficient, so regular cleanings can save you money. Call 313 AIR-DUCT today to schedule a dryer vent cleaning from our IICRC certified technicians!