Save Your Home From Dryer Fires
Every year, more than 2900 home fires are started by clothes dryers. The leading cause of these fires is from a build of up lint from lack of maintenance. The removable lint filter unfortunately doesn’t catch all of the cloth and fabric particles, so maintenance requires a little more than just emptying the filter after each load. Lets save your home from dryer fires with these tips.
Whether you live in your own home or plan to purchase in the near future, it’s important to have safeguards in place for the utilities that you use that could put your home at risk.
You want to make sure that the lint that gets trapped in crevices and in the hose on it’s way outside are thoroughly cleaned.
What Are The Warning Signs
Here are a few warning signs to look for that may indicate your dryer is getting clogged up by lint, dirt and/or debris:
- Clothes are taking a lot longer to dry, and sometimes not even drying all the way.
- Clothes may be hotter by the end of the cycle.
- The outside of the dryer starts to get really hot.
- The outside exhaust vent flapper isn’t opening much.
- The laundry room begins to feel really humid.
- There is a burnt smell in the laundry room.
If this seems to be the case, then you’ll want to evaluate your dryer.
The Tools You Need Are
- A vacuum with a long hose attachment.
- Dryer vent brush kit.
- UL listed metal foil duct tape
Here Are 4 Steps To Cleaning Your Dryer
1. Remove the lint trap filter and make sure it’s completely cleaned off. You want to make sure you’re cleaning the filter after every load to help prevent lint build up.
2. Vacuum the space that houses the lint trap filter. The filter doesn’t capture all of the particles, and this is the second place the lint will begin to accumulate.
3. Disconnect the dryer duct and clean out the duct with a long hose from a vacuum. You can also use a duct brush to help you with a more thorough cleaning job.
4. Make sure the duct is connected properly. You don’t want it cinched in any part of the duct, to prevent crevices where the lint can get stuck.
If you would like to have your dryer vent (the one that runs to the outside) cleaned, there are specialized service companies that do just that. You can do a Google Search to find them in your area. I do this once every 3 years, to prevent a dryer fire, but to also allow my dryer to work at optimal efficiency so it will last as long as possible. If you live in the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area, this company has been recommended to me by several of my clients: A1 Dryer Vent Cleaning in Gilbert, Arizona. Here is their website if you have a need for this service or would like to learn even more on this topic.
No one knows the value of your home as much as this real estate pro does, so keep it protected and maintained by taking some simple cautionary steps to keep everything in running order. And if you’re in search for a brand new laundry room altogether, don’t forget to contact me.