Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer hose and vent duct, reducing air flow, backing up exhaust gases and eventually creating a fire. These hazards can be avoided by thoroughly inspecting and cleaning your dryer vent every year. This is particularly true if your dryer vent duct was not designed or installed properly. Not only are you reducing the risk of fire, you're also putting money back into your wallet by improving the dryer's efficiency.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2010-2014, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fire resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries and $238 million in direct property damage. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents.
The lint from your clothes can build up inside the dryer vent. This material is highly flammable and can cause a fire. When the dryer vent is clogged, dangerous Carbon monoxide (CO) gases aren't able to escape. Instead, they build up inside the vent and may seep out into the laundry room and into other areas of the home. When it takes two or three cycles to get your clothes dried, this puts a lot of strain on your dryer. It can lead to excessive wear and tear on the unit. A dryer that is running more often than it should to dry clothes will use a lot of energy. This will be reflected on your monthly utility bills. Be sure to clean the lint out of the lint trap between each drying cycle. Regularly clean the dryer's vent cap on the exterior of your home. It is recommended to have a dryer cleaning professional to have them maintain your appliance at least once a year.
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