What You Need to Know About Dryer Vent Fires

A dryer vent fire may not be at the top of your list of concerns, but it probably should be. Here is what you need to know about dryer vent fires.

PPW-BlogImages-Nov15_0004_Depositphotos_10368153_originalYou may be overlooking some of the warning signs. Does it seem like your clothes never seem to completely dry during the course of a normal drying cycle? Do you just turn back the timer and run them again? Doing this is using more energy—and running up your energy bill—but you are also ignoring the source of the problem. If clothes are not drying as they should, your dryer vent is probably blocked with accumulated lint and other debris. The damp air from your clothes cannot escape, so clothes cannot dry. That accumulated lint is extremely combustible, meaning

They are not a rare occurrence. Fire departments across the country respond to thousands of dryer vent fires every single year. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that, every year, more than 15,000 fires are sparked due to a dirty dryer vent.

They can happen in your home. No one is immune to the risk of dryer vent fires. The age of your equipment or your home does not affect the likelihood of a dryer vent fire occurring in your home. Every dryer functions in a similar way, and the bottom line is the same: A dirty, clogged dryer vent will put your home at risk of a dryer vent fire.

They can easily be prevented. The good news is that you can be proactive in preventing a dryer fire from occurring in your home. Have your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year to completely remove all lint. This will give you peace of mind that you are taking action to protect your home and family from a potential destructive dryer fire, and will also give you the benefit of improved dryer efficiency. When your dryer vent is cleaned and clear, your dryer will run more efficiently, saving you money in energy costs. That is a win-win situation.

Don’t wait to schedule your dryer vent cleaning. Call the team at Perfect Power Wash today to schedule your service!