Therefore you have been spotting that it is now taking longer to dry your garments. And maybe you have received a postcard in the post from a company offering to wash your clothes dryer vents. Like many of us, you are also maybe wondering about whether dryer vent cleaning is truly required.
According to a June 2003 Consumer Good Safety Commission report*, in 1998 garments dryers were connected with 15,600 fires, which ended in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. The article goes on to elucidate that fires can happen when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust channel. Lint can block the flow of air, cause over the top heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.
Dryer vents are one of those “hidden” maintenance items that is often forgotten. The old adage; “out of sight, out of mind” really remains true when referring to cleaning dryer channels. Unfortunately, neglecting this area of your house can produce harmful and in some examples, even lethal results.
A restricted vent from your clothes dryer extends dryer run time, requiring more energy (your hard-earned money) and can be an extreme fire danger. Because so many houses burn every year due to dryer vent fires, it is recommended your attire dryer venting be cleaned annually.
Some garments dryers have vents which are instantaneously accessible while others have long channel runs where moisture condenses and creates restriction. Still other dryer vents have sharp turns and twists or use flexible ducting which further prohibits air-flow.
It's also critical to keep the lint screen clean after each load of clothes and that only aluminum ductwork is used to vent heat and moisture away from the dryer.
Yearly clothing dryer vent cleaning Maryland, keeping your lint screen clean, and having short, straight, ductwork will help guarantee the safety of your house. Using only aluminium channeling will further help prevent overheating and will add to your family’s safety.