Dryer Vent Cleaning & Repair
Check and Clean Your Dryer Vent - Prevent Fire
According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC), every year there are tens of thousands of Dryer Fires leading to many injuries or death, due to dryer exhaust duct fires.
Even if you remove the lint from your dryer's lint trap with every use, your dryer vent accumulates lint, becoming one of the most common household fire hazards.
Dryer vent cleaning should be performed every 12-36 months, depending on use.
Bigger families need more frequent dryer vent cleaning.
The more loads of laundry you do each day, the sooner your dryer vent will become clogged with lint.
A clogged vent will cause the dryer to overheat. This can cause either of two things:
- The dryer cycles on and off due to overheating. This wastes energy, eventually causing your dryer to malfunction and need repair.
- In the worst case scenario, a clogged vent can lead to dryer vent fires.
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Is Your Dryer Becoming a Fire Hazard?
Without regular cleaning, it could be!
This video tells the story of a family who lost their home when they left the house with the dryer running, not knowing their dryer vent had become clogged with highly flammable lint.
Keep your laundry room free of dust, debris and clutter to lower your fire risk. Have your dryer vents checked and cleaned yearly.
Not All Dryer Vents Are Created Equal
The installation of your dryer vent, and the type of ducting can also affect your dryer fire safety.
- Installation matters. Some dryer vents are installed vertically through a roof - these become clogged more quickly than vents installed horizontally.
- Type of ducting makes a difference. The CPSC recommends replacing plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. Rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, which provides maximum airflow. The flexible plastic or foil type duct can more easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce airflow.
At Adams, we can quickly assess whether your dryer vent installation or ducting needs updating.
We're here to help you keep your laundry area safe. Give us a call!
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