Dryer Vent Cleaning

FACT ABOUT DRYER VENT FIRES: The leading factor contributing to ignition is identified as operational deficiency – specifically "failure to clean" -United States Fires Administration (USFA)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.

Clothes Dryer Fire Safety Tips from the United States Fire Administration

  • Clean the lint filter before or after each use.
  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by an appliance professional.
  • Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter. Clean the lint filter before or after each use. Remove accumulated lint around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting materials should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust bent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.
  • Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you. Having a professional company remove this lint for you is especially important when you have bends in your dryer vent system or if your dryer does not vent to the outside directly from the wall leading to the outside. Some homes have a dryer vent that will bend and then go straight up to the roof, while others will go the length of the home and exhaust out the other side.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by an appliance professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Do not leave a dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  • Never dry items that have come in contact with flammable substances, such as cooking oil, gasoline, paint thinner, or alcohol.
  • Keep the dryer area clear of things that can burn, such as boxes or clothing.


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Click here for the link to the United States Fire Administration regarding clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.