Dryer Vent Cleaning Safety Tips. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Dryer vent fires are the leading cause of most home fires in the United States and Canada.
Dryer vents are usually neglected but little do most people know that the lint trap on a dryer (even that of a new one), is highly flammable. This can set the dryer under fire, which could spread through the vent system and throughout your home. When a dryer does its job of removing around half pound of water, the lint trap absorbs the lint, forcing the air through the dryer exhaust system. In a matter of time, this excess lint builds up, restricting the airflow which makes it more difficult for your dryer to function properly. Excess lint buildup can cause your dryer to overheat and eventually lead to the occurrence of fire.
Dryer Safety and Inspection Tips
- Clean the lint filter after each use.
- Clean the clothes dryer for excess lint and dust including vacuuming the area of the vent and the back of the machine where lint can collect and build up.
- Do not operate a clothes dryer when there is no one in the area who will be alerted to a fire. Operating a clothes dryer after you go to bed is not safe.
- Be sure to have a smoke alarm in close proximity to your clothes dryer. Nearly 40 percent of all residential clothes dryers are in areas where no alarm is present.
- Have the correct type of fire extinguisher readily available to suppress a fire.
- Be sure your clothes dryer is properly vented directly to the outdoors. Be sure the vent cover opens outside when the clothes dryer is operating. Be careful that the vent to the outside does not become clogged which will back up the lint and cause a greater fire hazard.
- If you have a gas-powered dryer, be sure the gas lines are professionally inspected annually. Make sure all electrical plugs and outlets used are properly fitted and connected. Watch for any exposed wires.
- The best venting to use for fire prevention is rigid, non-ribbed metal duct rather than coiled-wire foil or plastic venting.
- If you will be away from the residence for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.
- Do not dry anything containing foam rubber, or plastic (e.g. bathroom rugs).
- Do not dry anything that has come in contact with any flammable substance (e.g. cooking oils, gasoline, alcohol, etc.). Dry such items outdoors or in a well-ventilated room away from heat.
- Read manufacturers labels carefully to avoid drying anything that indicates danger in using the material around heat.
Don’t risk a fire or higher energy bills, call DeMark Home Ontario for quick and affordable Dryer Vent Cleaning service.
Dryer Vent Cleaning:
- Vastly reduces risk of fire.
- Lowers your utility bill by up to $300 per year.
- Prolongs the life of your dryer, and helps prevent costly repairs
- Reduces drying time, saving you time.
- Reduces excess dust and humidity in your home.
- Helps prevent damage to clothes due to excessive heat.
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