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Dangers Posed By Clogged Dryer Vents
The clothes dryer is one of the most important appliances for homeowners. So don’t allow your dryer to be transformed into a fire hazard due to it not being properly cleaned on a regular basis.
The National Fire Data Center, which is part of the U.S. Fire Administration, reports that clothes dryers cause approximately 15,600 structure fires all over the country every year. Clogged dryer vents are responsible for starting eighty percent or so of the fires, resulting in an average of 400 injuries and 15 deaths every year. Thousands more house occupants get treated for poisonous gas fume symptoms that accumulate in houses due to dryer vents being blocked.
Yes, it is a good idea to clean your dryer’s lint trap. However, by itself it won’t completely prevent fires from breaking out inside your dryer vent. In order for your dryer to stay safe and efficient, replace any of the plastic flexible or vinyl transition ducts that are in between the main vent (these are frequently inside a wall) and the dryer, using a metal semi-rigid transition duct instead. Vinyl and plastic ducts may catch on fire, whereas semi-rigid metal ducts won’t. Also be sure to keep the dryer vent pipe opening outside free of bushes, birds’ nests and any other debris that can accumulate over the long term.
If you need help with cleaning your dryer vents, Queen Sweep is there to help. Our service area includes All of Ocean & Monmouth Counties Of New Jersey.
Whenever your dry vent system isn’t able to properly exhaust, it will over heat. This can threaten your safety, health and home. It is possible to clean the dryer vent system on your own. However, if you would like to have some expert advise or don’t know how to do it, you can contact a professional dryer vent cleaning company like ours to inspect and clean your system to ensure that it is safe. The professional can also answer any questions you might have.
Signs That Your Dryer Vent Needs To Be Cleaned
Although buildup inside a clothes dry can pose many dangers to houses and their residents, there are effective ways of preventing many of the hazards from taking place. Homeowners might notice specific signs that indicate that debris is blocking the dryer vent and that it is time to clean it. The signs include:
> Clothes do not completely dry once a normal drying cycle is finished
> After the drying cycle, the clothing has a musty odor
> After the drying cycle, clothing is unusually hot
> The dryer vent hood flap doesn’t open properly like it has been designed to do while the dryer is being operated
> The last time the dryer vent was cleaned was over a year ago
> There is debris inside the opening of the outside dryer vent
> Getting clothing dry takes longer than 35-40 minutes
> The room where the dryer is being run is excessively hot
> While the dryer is being operated, there is an accumulation of large amounts of lint
> There are visible sings of debris and lint around the dryer’s lint filter
> The dryer sheets used during drying have an excessive odor to them
Tips For Decreasing Dryer Vent Buildup
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, homeowners should clean residential dryer vents once a year at least to prevent excessive debris from building up inside the ventilation pipes which can cause risks like using large amounts of energy when operating the dryer, gas leaks and residential structural fires. For houses using the dryer over two times per week on a regular basis, cleaning services need to be increased to reflect the extra use. There are things that homeowners can do to decrease how much debris builds up inside their dryer ventilation systems in between being cleaned. The following are tips that can be used inside the house to do just that.
> Limit how much liquid softener is used in the washing machine and dryer sheets in the dryer. Dryer sheet residue can clog the lint filter of your dryer and chemicals and oils can be deposited by fabric softeners on some fabrics which could cause them to become flammable while inside the dryer.
> Clothes dryers should only be operated for 30 to 40 minute time intervals for each load of laundry. That enables there to be more air circulation inside the dryer. Less lint will also build up if you do this.
> Whenever possible, heavy bedding, pillows, clothing and other large items should be hung outside on a line to dry.
> Use a shop vacuum and perform minimal cleaning on your dryer vent in order to remove the debris that is around the outer part of the dryer vents.
> The outside ventilation open should be kept covered using the ventilation cap. The caps have been designed to be used for this reason, and they allow the debris to get out while at the same time it prevents birds from nesting inside the vents, which prevents blockages from happening.
> Vacuum the inside of your dryer around its lint trap to remove excessive lint and debris that can get trapped within that space.
It is fine to periodically take the back of the dryer off and vacuum the lint out that has gotten trapped behind your dryer. However, you need to be > knowledgeable about your dryer before trying to take it apart. Make sure it is unplugged and also disconnected from the gas line before you try doing this to ensure that the house and its occupants are safe.
Queen Sweep offers its services for dryer vent cleaning. Here are two major reasons to clean dryer vent. Firstly, this may cause a fire. Consumer Products Safety Commission shows that according to annual assessments 15500 fires, 10 deaths and 310 injuries happen due to combustion in dryer vents. Lint accumulation and decrease of air exhaust provide excellent conditions for spontaneous combustion. Lint is extremely inflammable and one of the main component to start a fire.
Secondly, it will take much longer to dry clothes if a duct is not clean. This means that more gas and electric energy are wasted. This will certainly reflect your utility bills. Besides, lint is accumulated in dryer vents and results in decrease in airflow that, in turn, causes overheating and shutdown of a dryer. Most commutation switches are not designed for the continuous on and off cycle, and that may cause its breakage.
In present economy, household appliances must work more efficiently.
Many home-owners associations require their dryer vents to be regularly cleaned for the purpose of fire prevention.
Queen Sweep will clean your dryer vents, and we will give you a certificate that you will present to your association.
Queen Sweep employs highly-qualified technical experts who will clean and remove inflammable impurities from dryer vents, thereby keeping your house safer and making dryer work more effective.
We will help to save your money – and perhaps, save your life!
If you need help with cleaning your dryer vents, Queen Sweep is there to help. Our service area includes: All of Ocean & Monmouth Counties Of New Jersey.
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