Do you know what you probably have in your home or apartment that is annually responsible for around 15,000 fires, 20 deaths, over 300 injuries and more than $80 million in property damage?
Answer: Your clothes dryer. And if you have an electric clothes dryer, did you know the chance of fire is 250% greater than if you have a gas dryer?
There is probably an unbelievable amount of dangerous lint lining the walls of your dryer ducting and inside your dryer right now that you need to clean out. It does not matter that you regularly clean out the lint filter in your dryer, “lint happens.” Loads of clothes taking longer and longer to dry is a classic sign of lint build-up. Many people resort to ” do it yourself (diy) campaigns using dryer vent cleaning tools only to find they’ve gotten themselves into a bigger mess. People also wonder how long or how often they should be cleaned. Answer: Every year.
At Hughes, Our dryer vent cleaning service technician will come inside and unhook the connection piece that goes between the dryer and the vent. We’ll run the vent cleaning equipment from the dryer side out to the end of the vent while using an industrial type air blowing motor. Once the cleaning equipment has traveled the length of the vent enough times to thoroughly clean the vent, we’ll clean out the connection piece, re-attach your dryer and recheck the vent while your dryer is operating.
An estimated 15,000 home fires each year are caused by dryer vents that are partially or completely clogged with lint. These fires could be easily prevented with a little preventative maintenance that Atlanta home owners can often do themselves. Lint is extremely flammable, so heat can build up in a dryer vent if the airflow is restricted which can cause the lint to ignite.
When airflow is restricted your dryer has to work harder and may take more than one cycle to dry clothes which uses more energy. The tumbling action of dryers is hard on clothes and if your dryer has to run longer to dry your clothes they are experiencing unnecessary wear and tear.
In Atlanta, most people clean their lint trap after every load of laundry. However, lint also accumulates in the duct work and vents between your dryer and where the hose vents to the outside. The vent, hose and duct work should be cleaned or at least inspected annually. To properly clean the duct work and hose the dryer needs to be disconnected from the hose and moved away from the wall so lint can be removed from the hose and any duct work which is within the walls, attic or basement of a home.
In many situations an Atlanta home owner can clean the dryer vent and hose themselves. A professional dryer duct cleaner should be called when the home owner:
Although regular cleaning or at least inspection of your dryer vents is recommended, there are some indications that your vents need to be cleaned but always consult a professional dryer vent cleaner if you are not sure if your vents need to be cleaned.
The following are indications that lint may be restricting your dryer vent and you could be at risk of a fire:
Some people and certain dryer set ups create a greater risk of fire. If any of the following apply, you should consider inspecting or cleaning your dryer more frequently.