According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center, almost 15,000 structural fires each year are caused by a clogged or dirty dryer vent. Most of these disasters could have been avoided by knowing what to look for and taking the simple steps to clean out the dryer’s vent.
So, how do you know when it’s time to clean your dryer vent? Some simple things you can look for without taking apart your dryer ventilation system include, clothes not drying properly, or taking longer than normal to dry completely, or if you notice the laundry room feeling hotter than normal, this could be a result of a clogged vent that is unable to let hot air escape. Also, a burning smell could come from the dryer as a result of increased heat due to a clogged vent, this should be taken very seriously and address immediately.
Clogged dryer vents can pose more risk than a fire. When a dryer vent is clogged it can cost you a ton of money by using a lot more energy than necessary, causing an increased utility bill. Along with excessive wear and tear on the dryer itself, and your clothes could wear out faster due to the dryer running hotter than normal. If your dryer is gas operated, a clogged vent wouldn’t allow the gases to escape, potentially causing carbon monoxide to escape and seep into the laundry room and the other areas of the home.
Cleaning out the lint trap between each drying cycle is of the upmost importance as it reduces the chance of a fire sparking inside the machine. Also, regularly cleaning the dryer vent cover on the exterior of your home will help prevent these issues. Experts recommend having the dryer vent cleaned and inspected at least twice a year.
By taking these simple steps you can not only prevent damage to your dryer but also, life threatening situations. Ryntal Property Management has taken the steps to ensure our owners properties and tenants are safe with regular dryer vent cleanings.