In North America there are 15,00 fires caused by dyers each year. Cleaning and maintaining your dryer vent is essential.
We often take our clothe dryers for granted and we really shouldn’t. Lint and other debris can build up in the vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up the dryer exhaust gases and creating a fire hazard.
Our dryers are designed to exhaust the heat and moisture while it is running. If the heat and moisture can not exit the dryer, then the dryer will keep working on its own but it will be unable to complete the drying. Which means the dryer works harder and the heat builds up and this is what will cause your dryer vent fire. This is a bigger problem for new homes because there dryer is placed in the middle of the home instead of up against an outside wall. This means that the vent will most likely be much longer. The longer the vent the harder it is for the lint to get out of the dryer.
There are few signs that you need your dryer vent cleaned. They are:
– Clothes do not dry after a 30-45 minute cycle
– Your clothes have a musty smell after they are dry
– The clothes seem unusually hot
– If you are finding lint or debris in the dryer
– You find an excessive amount of lint in the lint trap
To prevent a fire and to keep your dryer running efficiently you should have your dryer vent cleaned once a year.