There’s a hidden fire hazard in almost every home…it’s the dryer vent!
Over time, your dryer vent fills with lint that sneaks by your dryer’s filter. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Also, without proper coverage on the outside exit of your dryer vent, birds can get into your vent and build their nests. Lint and nests can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers. Isolated incident? Not at all. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that over 15,000 dryer related fires occur each year causing an estimated 97 million dollars in property loss. Read more about air duct cleaning on our Q & A page
Some facts and figures…
- Clothes dryers can be found in 81.5 million homes throughout the United States.
- A full load of wet clothes contains about one half gallon of water. As water is removed lint becomes detached from the clothes and is carried out through the exhaust vent.
- Clothes dryers are one of the most expensive appliances in your home to operate. The longer it runs the more money it costs you.
Possible causes of dryer fires…
- Lack of maintenance is the leading cause of dryer fires. Clothes dryers must vent hot air to the outside of the house. If lint builds up in the exhaust vent or inside and around the dryer, it can block the flow of air causing the dryer to perform poorly, raising the operating temperature of the dryer and cause overheating.
- Placing combustible or improper materials in the dryer, such as clothes that are soiled with volatile chemicals or items like foam-backed rugs and athletic shoes.
- Insufficient airflow resulting from improper installation or crushed exhaust vent.
- Using plastic, vinyl or aluminum foil venting materials.