Doing laundry often takes more time than we’d like and, then when we think we’re done, there always seems to be more to do. An inefficient dryer is perhaps the last thing anyone wants, as it can increase the amount of time and money you spend doing laundry. It also presents a substantial fire hazard. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, failure to clean the dryer causes more than 986 home clothes dryer fires each year.
If it takes more than one cycle for your clothes to come out thoroughly dried, especially after drying them using the regular heat setting, check your dryer hose. Excess dry times is one of the first signs of a clogged dryer vent. Additional warning signs include clothes that seem unusually hot to the touch, excess lint in or around the lint filter, or an improperly open exhaust vent flapper.
Maximize Performance with Dryer Vent Cleaning
“The leading cause of clothes dryer fires is the failure to clean them (National Fire Protection Association, 2018).” That is why it essential to have your dryer exhaust vent inspected and cleaned by a professional once a year, at minimum. More frequent cleanings may be required depending on your dryer type and habits. Dryer vent cleaning may potentially reduce energy costs as well.
Dryer vent cleaning professionals possess the tools and skills needed to clean the exhaust thoroughly. They will begin the process by visually inspecting the outside vent flap to ensure no obstruction exists as well as examining the dryer hose for any wear and tear. Next, they will use a flexible rotating brush, which is connected to specialized equipment to remove any buildup. A HEPA rated vacuum is used to suck up any debris. Finally, they will test the appliance to ensure optimal operation.
Help Prevent Danger in the Laundry Room
- Never overload the dryer
- Use a rigid or flexible hose
- Clean the lint filter after each use and never use a dryer without one
- Replace fabric softener sheets with reusable, environmentally friendly wool dryer balls
- Don’t leave a dryer running unattended – always turn it off before leaving the house or going to sleep.
Schedule Your Dryer Vent Cleaning Today
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“Clothes Dryer Safety.” (2018). National Fire Protection Association. Retrieved from nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/DryerSafetyTips.ashx?la=en.
“Clothes dryer fire safety outreach materials.” (2019, November 4). U.S. Fire Administration. Retrieved from usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html.