If you're like most people, you remove the lint from your clothes dryer's lint trap after each use. But did you know that this is not enough to prevent your dryer from catching fire? It's true. While removing lint after each use is important, there is more you need to do to keep your home safe from a dryer fire.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends having your dryer venting system inspected every year. The technician will thoroughly inspect your system to determine the following:
- Properly set up WITH appropriate materials
- Working correctly
- Maximum drying efficiency
- Recommended repairs
- Cleaning schedule based on your system and usage
Regular Professional Cleaning
During a dryer vent cleaning, the technician will clean the system with spinning brushes and vacuum suction to pull out the accumulated lint and debris. This is important to have performed on a regular basis, because lint accumulates throughout the system that you cannot access during normal usage. Built up lint in your venting system can cause your dryer to overheat, creating extreme temperatures within the system. High temperatures may cause the built up lint to combust and the fire can quickly spread throughout your entire home.
Clogged vents are not just a fire hazard, they also reduce the efficiency of your dryer and life of your clothes. A professional inspection and cleaning will ensure that all parts of the system are working properly, ensuring maximum efficiency. This leads to shorter drying times, uses less electricity, and extends the life of your clothing with more efficient drying.
How do you know when it's time to have your dryer vent system cleaned?
There are several signs that it is time to have your dryer vent system thoroughly cleaned.
- Your clothes smell musty when you remove them from the dryer
- Clothes take multiple cycles to dry
- The dryer gets very hot when in use
- Larger amounts of lint are present in the lint trap
- The outside vent hood does not open when the dryer is in use
- You notice a layer of lint on the surfaces inside your laundry room
- You have begun using your dryer significantly more than you used to
If you notice any of these signs, or if it's been over a year since you have had your dryer venting system cleaned, contact a professional as soon as possible. Maintaining a clean venting system, through companies such as Restoration Klean, not only extends the life of your clothing and uses less energy, it keeps you safe.Share