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Dryer Vent Cleaning and Safety Tips

The dryer vent fires are the number 1 cause of all home fires in the United States, beating the fires in the chimney.Dryer vents are one of the out of mind, out of sight things that you cannot afford to unnoticed. When you realize that the lint trap on a dryer (even a new one), only removes or stops 80% of the lint – you can see the importance of cleaning your exhaust system once a year.

Dryer lint is extremely flammable and under the correct situations can cause a dryer fire, frequently spreading through the vent system which in turn spreads the fire instantly through your home. As a dryer does its job, about 1/2 a pound of water is removed, lint is trapped by your lint trap, and air is forced through your dryer exhaust system. This extra lint backs up in your venting system, dryer and the exhaust throughout time. Airflow is limited, your dryer works much harder and the motor overheats. With excess lint buildup, your dryer is now a ripe candidate for a dryer fire.

Inspection and Dryer Safety Tips
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Make sure your lint trap has no rips and you clean it before each drying cycle. If the lint is wet on your lint trap, it means that it is time to clean your dryer vents. Moreover, the lint screen must be carelessly scrubbed weekly and washed with light dish washing soap.
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Visually inspect your exterior vent hood on the side of your home when the dryer is operating. Are the flaps moving, can you feel any airflow? If not, it is time to get your dryer exhaust system cleaned and your dryer inspected.

Inspect around your dryer for lint on the floor. This is a sign that cleaning should be done to your dryer exhaust system.

Another sign for the cleaning of your dryer exhaust system is if your clothes are taking more than one cycle to dry.

Never dry any of your clothes or rags that have been soaked with any flammable. It could lead to an explosive situation in your dryer.

Recommendations for Dryer Vent Cleaning

There are several online items available that are used in cleaning your vents such as brushes with rods that can be attached to a high powered drill. Most of these products are inferior and do a less than satisfactory job for dryer vent runs over 10′. It is significant for you to call a professional while doing a dryer vent cleaning since different situations that can and will be meet across. Some of these conditions are wrong vent types, loose or disconnected vents, or vents with too many angles and bends.