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Dryer Vent Safety Tips

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Dirty dryer vents are a significant cause of home fires in the U.S. With professional dryer vent cleaning and a little home maintenance, you reduce your risk and keep your dryer functioning well for years to come.
 
Do you clean out your lint trap every time you use your clothes dryer? If not, you put yourself and your family in grave danger. The United States Fire Administration reports that every year, clothes dryers spark fires in 2,900 homes. Those fires cause five deaths and at least 100 injuries and destroy more than $35 million in property. A dirty dryer vent presents the greatest risk for clothes dryer fires. You can keep your home safe with routine maintenance and professional dryer vent cleaning.
 
Home Maintenance
 
There are a few simple tasks you can perform to improve the safety of your dryer. First, clean out the lint trap every time you use the dryer. If you do not, over time, the lint will move into the vents. That lint is like kindling for a fire, building the flames faster and stronger. Prevent this problem by removing lint from your dryer. Also, avoid placing flammable items on top of or around your dryer. Periodically check your vent to make sure it is properly attached. If it is clogged with lint, arrange for professional dryer vent cleaning.
 
Professional Cleaning
 
A professional dryer exhaust technician knows how to identify and solve potential problems with your dryer vents. First, the technician unplugs your dryer to work. The technician inspects your vents to ensure that they are the right size and that they have been installed correctly. Then, your technician may replace plastic transition ducts with nonflammable metal. At that point, the technician is ready to clean your vents. He or she may disconnect pieces of the vent to make it easier to access the length of the vent. Using a long bristle brush, the technician clears the lint trap and uses a round, thick brush with an extendable handle to clear lint and debris from the flexible dryer vent. Finally, the technician will put all necessary components back together and check that your dryer functions normally.
 
Keeping your dryer clean can be difficult, but your safety depends on it. By keeping your dryer free of lint and hiring periodic dryer vent cleaning from Mundae Cleaning & Restoration Services, you improve your dryer\’s output and ensure your family\’s safety for years to come.

 

 

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