The Bureau of Construction Codes & Fire Safety (BCCFS) is reminding homeowners the importance of cleaning out their dryer's vent. Dryer vent fires start with a buildup of lint, which blocks the flow of air and ignites when it becomes too hot. Each year they are dryer fires resulting in injuries and death in Michigan. Clothes dryers are the cause of over 15,000 fires annually; failure to properly clean and maintain dryer vent systems is the leading cause of dryer fires.
"Most often, poor maintenance of built up of lint in the ducts and poor venting of the lint that causes the problem. Homeowners try to make the most of the tight space typical in a laundry room by pushing the dryer as close to the wall as possible, this leaves little room for the pipe to come out and turn, which creates a trap for lint to collect.
"Dryer lint has a high flash point, meaning it ignites easily even at low temperatures."
Also, dryer venting tends to sag, if it is not guided through the rafters with rigid ducting. The curves will stop the lint from blowing out. Lint becomes trapped in the ribs of ducting, creating pockets of potentially flammable debris. This creates an even more extreme problem when the heavy winds are blowing. Debris, such as tree bark can become lodged inside, mixing with the lint, and creating an easily ignitable pile of debris.
Additionally, gas and electric dryers have a fan, which could cause a fire to spread once ignition occurs. The easiest solution: Have your dryer vents professionally cleaned on a regular basis at least once a year (more often if the dryer has periods of heavy usage).
Make sure that the dryer is operating properly and that the filter has been cleaned each time a new load of clothes is dried; also, check the outside exhaust to see that air is escaping normally. If there are any signs that the dryer is hotter than normal, the temperature control thermostat might need servicing. "One of the first signs that there may a problem is the dryer will be hot, however the clothes will not be getting dry..
Dryer vent cleaning prevents dryer fires, prolongs the life of your appliance and reduces energy costs.
Even though the lint filter catches much of the lint, some escapes to the dryer ducts that lead to the vent outside. Lint is flammable and when it builds up it restricts air flow, causing overheating and eventually a dryer fire. Check the lint filter; it could be worn and have sharp edges where clothing gets caught and tears. If this is the case, it is important to replace it. Holes in the lint filter allow more lint to escape in the vent system which can cause a fire.
Your dryer is more likely to start a fire than any other appliance in your home.
Proper dryer maintenance is the key to preventing fires and damage to clothing. A clogged dryer vent will cause your dryer to work harder and take more than one complete cycle to properly dry your clothes. Worn parts in the dryer can damage clothing. The service charge for a professional inspection and dryer vent cleaning is minimal compared to the possible damage caused to your dryer, your clothing, and your home in the event of a fire!
Dryer ducts and exhaust maintenance is recommended annually by a professional dryer vent cleaning and repair specialist. They do more than just clean the vents and inside the dryer. A specialist will also inspect the system and recommend corrective action as needed. We provide dryer vent cleaning, dryer exhaust inspection, dryer vent installation and dryer vent repair for homes and businesses.
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