Cleaning Dryer Vents
Whether you know it or not, but your dryer vent is a major source of house fires. As you continue to use your dryer, even with a proper lint filter, the dryer vent can build up with dryer lint that clogs the vent. Clogging of the dryer vent forces the dryer to work harder to dry your clothes due to this lent build up.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) found between 2003-2006 23% of structural fires involved the washer and dryer and the leading cause was failure to properly clean the dryer vent. In another study, clogged dryer vents was the second leading cause of fires in the home. There are some important steps that you can take with your dryer and dryer vent to keep your home safe.
The first step is to clean the lint filter every time you put a new load of laundry in the dryer. This sounds simple and can also help your clothes dry faster as well as use less energy.
For your dryer itself, always make sure it is properly grounded and keep things away from it like boxes or other items that can burn. This also means keeping solvents or any flammable substances away from the dryer. Make sure any clothes soiled in any flammable liquids dry outside and do not come in contact with the dryer.
The most important step in keeping your dryer and dryer vent safe is have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned at regular intervals. Suggested for optimal airflow is every six months or every year depending on use. Also make sure the outside exhaust vent pipe is not restricted.
Lint is highly flammable and with hot exhaust in a closed space can easily catch fire. Take these steps to an efficient and safe dryer that will keep you safe and also use less energy.