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Danger of Clogged Dryer Vents

Posted on November 10, 2014
by Susana Escamilla

Dryer vents can sometimes be forgotten collectors of dust and debris and many people forget to do a regular maintenance and inspection. A lack of cleaning the debris and lint that builds up over time can make your appliance less efficient and can cause it to become a fire hazard.

According to The U.S Fire Administrators Topical Fire Research Studies report, over 15,000 home fires occur annually and it’s estimated that $99 million are lost annually due to dryer related fires. The U.S Fire Administration recommends that homeowners have their dryer vents cleaned at least once per year so that debris does not build up within the ventilation pipes. Just cleaning the lint trap alone is not enough to prevent a fire from happening.

Here are four ways you can work to decrease buildup in your dryer vents:

  • Keep outside ventilation openings covered with the proper ventilation cap to keep birds from building nests and other animals from entering through the opening.
  • Operate the clothes dryer in small intervals to allow air circulation within the dryer which may result in less lint build up.
  • Limit the use of dryer sheets as the residue from the sheets may clog the dryer lint filter.
  • Schedule regular cleaning with a professional and experienced technician who has worked with many different models of dryers and systems and will know best how to clean the interior components of your particular dryer system.

Having your dryer vents cleaned your dryer vents should be a top priority on your home maintenance checklist to help keep your family safe from fires. Clogged dryer vents are not visible to the bare eye and you may be surprised at how much lint can build up over time. Whether the dryer vent is in a residential home or in a large facility, AirTek has the experience to handle the complexity of any system. In addition, if you would like to check if your dryer is up to code, we can test the performance of your dryer exhaust system. And you can rest assured that our AirTek team follows the NADCA Dryer Exhaust Duct Performance standard for single and multi-family dwellings.

You can Request a Free Estimate, or download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

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