Prevent Dryer Fires With Cleaning
Dryer fires, though not so common, can be devastating. They will destroy the dryer and can easily set a building on fire if not detected in time. With a dryer being among the most expensive equipment in a regular American household, keeping the appliance working at its best and cleaning the dryer air duct often could save you a fortune.
How do Dryers Catch Fire?
When a your dryer is working hard to extract water from your laundry, it pulls some bits and pieces of fabric from the clothes. This lint might look innocent when wet but is as flammable as brush once it dries up.
The lint will block the vent forcing the temperature in the dryer to build up. When the temperatures go too high, the lint can catch on fire, a fire whose intensity depends on how much lint was in the vent.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 dryers cause major fires in a year resulting to roughly 97 million dollars in losses.
Cleaning Your Ducts Will Save You
Improper duct cleaning is perhaps the only reason that will lead to dryer fires. While others things like an electrical fault or short circuit might be a contributing factor, Keeping your vents freshly cleaned and unobstructed improves air circulation hence keeping the temperatures in check.
Cleaning will also keep the fuel to a possible fire at the bare minimum. If you clean often and your dryer ignites, there will be less lint to burn hence the fire will be manageable if not negligible.
How to Clean The Dryer
Some regular cleaning around the dryer can minimize risks of fires. Clean the filter before and after drying some clothes. This will reduce the amount of lint that ends up in your vents hence how often you have to call in the professionals for thorough vent cleaning.
Cleaning dryer vents might be complex as it involves disconnecting a couple of exhaust ducts. It is wise to let professionals like SERVPRO of Percy Priest / Hickory Hollow handle the actual duct cleaning.
Don’t let a catastrophic fire that could have been cured by simple maintenance cause you a hefty damage. Cleaning your dryer air vent might sound inconveniencing but it is definitely the lesser evil. You will spend less and will up your dryer up and running in no timer.