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According to the U.S Fire Administration, a 2,900 home fire incidents reported each year in the U.S are caused by clothes dryers. Over the years, these fires have caused millions of dollars in property damage, severe injuries and even death. The U.S. Fire Administration states that failure to properly maintain dryer vents, especially in the fall and winter seasons, leads to the high rate of home fires.
Dryer vent cleaning is crucial at all times. Cleaning the vents ensures minimum buildup of lint in the lint filter as well as the seamless passage of air in the exhaust vents. It is even more important that the clothes dryer remains lint-free during winter. Why? Because it is the season when you tend to use heavy clothing and bedding to keep the cold away.
Lint is made of tiny bits of fibers shed by your clothing and bedding during the cleaning process. When you put garments into the washer, lint will be shed from the clothes. Some lint is only released during the drying process. While drying, an air stream will sweep through the clothes blowing the lint off and trapping it in the lint filter.
Materials like wool and heavier cotton fabrics commonly used in cold weather generate more lint. In other words, the thicker the clothing, the more lint is produced; hence the reason why more lint will be accumulated in your dryer during winter. Lint is highly flammable. The possibility of a dryer fire breakout increases with lint buildup.
It is essential to keep track of how often you have your dryer vent cleaned, or at least the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned. If you cannot remember, the following are signs to alert you that there is more than enough lint in the lint filter:
Remember that a faulty dryer wastes energy and may even damage your clothes. That’s why you need the vent serviced regularly.
Additional safety tips
After dryer vent cleaning, take the following measures to keep the vent in top shape:
Call Courtesy Care in Bartlesville, OK, today to learn more about dryer vent cleaning and to find professional cleaning and restoration services.