Don’t Neglect Your Dryer Vents!
Do you and your family clean out the dryer’s lint trap in between each load of laundry? Removing the lint from the lint-trap can be easily forgotten, however, it is extremely important that it is not overlooked for this is the #1 reason for house fires. Don’t neglect your dryer vents! According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home dryer fires are reported each year. These dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents. Amber’s Air Duct Cleaning offers dryer vent cleanings services because we know the importance of keeping you and your family safe!
A dryer vent acts as a chimney for the hot air to escape out of the house, without it, the dryer would spread heat, lint, and debris into your home. It might come as a surprise to you, but the lint trap does not catch all of the lint that is produced! During a drying cycle, the lint that makes its way past the lint trap often gets caught up inside the dryer, and most often within the vent. Over time that lint builds up within the vent and inside of the machine to the point where it begins to attach itself to the heating element. This can cause the dryer to not work properly and eventually overheats.
Not sure what you should look out for when it comes to your dryer vent? Here are some things to consider:
Clothes take longer to dry
Dryer is hot
You have a build up of lint behind the dryer
You can smell burning when the dryer has been running