Prevent Dryer Fires

Are you doing everything you can to protect your home from a damaging and dangerous fire? When was the last time you had your clothing dryer vents were cleaned? The U.S. Fire Administration reports 2,900 clothing dryer fires each year, which result in five deaths, 100 injuries and more than $35 million in property damage. Homeowner’s failure to clean the dryers causes an estimated 34 percent of dryer fires.

How Dirty Dryers Cause a Fire

Most homeowners believe that they’re doing everything they need to prevent a dryer fire by cleaning out the dryer’s lint trap between every load of laundry. However, the lint trap only catches a portion of the lint that each load of laundry creates. Every time the dryer operates, wet lint bypasses the lint trap and collects on the side of the dryer vents. Over time, that dryer lint builds up as more lint sticks each time you dry a load of clothes. When the lint accumulates enough, it begins to inhibit the ability of the dryer to “breathe.” The dryer begins to overheat, and that can cause the lint to ignite.

How to Prevent Dryer Fires

Lower your risk of a dryer fire with a professional dryer vent cleaning. A professional duct cleaner clears away lint accumulation with rotary brushes. During a cleaning, a high-powered vacuum is attached to the vent while rotary brushes are pushed through the vents. The brush handles bend around the curves of the dryer vent to clean the entire length of the vent. Your dryer vent technician inspects the vent to ensure proper installation and condition.

Why You Should Trust Your Chimney Sweep For Your Dryer Vent Cleaning

If your dryer vents are overdue for a cleaning or if you notice signs of a clogged dryer vent, call Your Chimney Sweep today! Signs of clogged dryer vents include longer drying times, an overheating dryer, or a burning smell when the dryer is operating. Your Chimney Sweep is the area’s best choice for dryer vent cleaning because our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. That means they have been properly trained and tested in cleaning and maintaining clothing dryer vents. The Chimney Safety Institute of America’s Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician designation is the only designation of that type in the country. Therefore, the certification is the only way to know if you have hired a trustworthy dryer vent technician. Schedule your appointment now!