Every year there are an estimated 15,000 residential fires that are caused by clothes dryers in North America. These unfortunate fires lead to over a dozen deaths and over 100 million dollars in property damage every year.
It is preventable with a little bit of maintenance. As a bonus, it also helps your dryer perform better.
Dryer Lint is one of the most flammable materials in your home. What makes it so dangerous is that it is usually extremely dry, with lots of room for oxygen to fuel the fire. It just takes one little spark before things go up in flames.
Most people think that all they need to do is clean out the lint trap on their dryer between loads. This is important, but it’s just the first place that lint gets trapped. Lint still makes it through your venting system. It builds up and blocks airflow. This needs to be cleaned at least once a year. You wouldn’t store gasoline in your house, why leave the flammable lint?
What Causes Fires?
What Causes Dryer Vent FiresWhen a fire occurs in your ducts or vent due to lint or dust, they can be extremely difficult to deal with. Almost always the vents and ducts are inside of your walls making them hard to reach leading to all kinds of problems. The best protection is a little prevention.
Cleaning your vents and ducts will also improve airflow. This will keep your dryer at peak efficiency, meaning it takes less energy to get your clothes dry.
Advanced Air Quality will make quick work of cleaning your dryer vents and ducts. We’ll remove any trace of flammable material to help keep your home or business safe.
BY: RICK WILES
Rick started in the indoor air quality industry in 1993. In the early days, he worked in all areas of the business, from booking appointments to cleaning ducts. Today he oversees our business and helps ensure we deliver the best service possible.