Dyer Vent Cleaning- Prevent A Fire By
Cleaning Your Dryer Vent
Produced By Your Friends at Big Fish Service Company, Fargo ND
This article outlines the steps you can follow to clean your dryer vent and duct
work to prevent a hazardous dryer vent fire. Thousands of fires in homes and
buildings are caused by dryer vent fires.
Did you know--- Only 60% of the lint is captured in the lint trap of residential and
commercial clothes dryers. The other 40% is vented outside. Over time, the
damp lint accumulates to the inside of the duct. The result is like a clogged pipe
that becomes more restricted over time which can cause a fire hazard!
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 16,000 fires start in the
laundry room each year. Also, the Consumer Product Safety Commission
estimates more than 84.4 million in property damage annually. This is a reality
that needs to be taken seriously. The State Fire Marshal recommends that your
dryer vent be cleaned or inspected once a year to ensure your safety.
Here are some signs your dryer vent might need cleaning:
* If it takes longer than one cycle for your clothes to dry, or the clothes are
very hot after drying, this is a good sign your vent needs cleaning.
* If the clothes have a musty smell after drying.
* If your dryer shuts off or stops during a cycle, the element may be getting
too hot from the duct restriction.
* If there is a great deal of lint escaping from the back of the dryer.
* If the outside vent has lint covering the outside of the vent cover.
Here are the benefits of a clean dryer vent:
* Reduce laundry drying times
* Avoid dryer element replacement costs
* Improve the quality of dried clothes
* Save money on utility bills
* Prevent a dryer fire!
So, how do you go about cleaning your dryer vent. Here are the steps if you
plan to do it yourself.
1. Get the right tools. For this job you will need a shop vac and extension hose
of at least 10 to 15 feet, depending on the length of the dryer ven