Did you know that thousands of house fires are started by clogged dryer vents each and every year? According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the number is just shy of 3,000, while the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that dirty dryer vent-related fires sit around 4,300 a year. Either way, that’s too many. The resulting property loss is in the millions and around 100 people are injured every year.
But it doesn’t have to be this way…
Dryer vent cleaning is an often overlooked part of home and property maintenance, but here at AIR RESCUE, we recognize the importance of regular dryer vent cleaning, and encourage all of our customers to have their vents inspected on a yearly basis. Most clothes dryer fires can be prevented by scheduling dryer vent cleanings with a professional, experienced, and Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician (CDET).
Contrary to popular belief, dryer lint traps don’t catch all of the lint generated during a laundry cycle. A third of the lint generated makes it past the filters, and ends up inside your dryer vent. Inside the vent, that lint combines with moist, hot air to create a mixture that clings to the inside of your dryer vent. That lint mixture builds up over time, leading to problems.
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Dirty dryer vents are not only a safety hazard — they can also cause you to waste time and money by ineffectively drying your clothes. What are the costs of poor dryer maintenance?
The frequency of dryer vent cleanings will depend upon use. If you own a hotel or other business that does a great deal of laundry each and every day — or if you’re a mom or dad who feels like you’re running a hotel and doing a great deal of laundry each and every day — you may need to have your dryer vents cleaned annually. Others may be able to go longer between cleanings.
The best thing to do is to schedule an annual dryer vent inspection, so you know exactly when a cleaning is needed. You can also keep an eye out for these tell-tale warning signs:
Dryer Vent Cleaning is one of those things that many are unaware of and as a result, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that clothes dryers are associated with over 15,000 fires, resulting in 20 deaths and 370 injuries per year. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryers exhaust vent. Cleaning the dryer vent will dramatically reduce your drying time and may prevent a fire in your home.
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