Do You Know What Routine Maintenance is Necessary for Dryer Vents? Learn Here!

Preventing a fire in your home is important. Knowing what to do to prevent a fire isn’t as easy. In order to help you out we found this article with routine maintenance you should do to your dryer. We hope it helps!

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In 1999, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) developed a report called the ???Report on Electric and Gas Clothes Dryers.??? In it, they stated that about 75% of households have a clothes dryer, which means that well over 75 million households in the U.S. have a gas or electric clothes dryer. The report also showed that in 1996 (as a sample year) more than 15,000 fires, 20 deaths, more than 300 injuries and over $80 million in property damage occurred from just dryer fires.

Periodically Clean the Dryer Vent and Exhaust duct
The Consumer Product Safety Commission developed CPSC Document #5022, which outlines actions to reduce the risk of dryer fires from overheated clothes dryers. Let’s review what you can do:

– Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping. You should feel a strong discharge of moist warm air. If you do not feel a strong discharge of air, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked.
– It may be necessary to disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer to remove a blockage in the exhaust path.
– Disconnect the ducting and inspect for blockage.
– If the duct has lint buildup, clean the duct.
– Remember to properly reconnect the ducting to the dryer and outside vent before using the dryer again.

Clean the Lint Screen with Each Use
Remove the lint trap filter from dryer and brush it clean to remove lint.
What are the warning signs that dangerous lint buildup is occurring in your dryer and venting system? Symptoms may include:

– Clothes take longer and longer to dry.
– Clothes don’t fully dry.
– Clothes are hotter than normal at the end of the drying cycle.
– The outside of dryer gets very hot.
– The outside exhaust vent flapper does not open very much, indicating low exhaust velocity.
– Laundry room becomes more humid than it is usually.
– Burnt smell is evident in the laundry room.

To clean the lint trap, first, remove the lint trap filter from the dryer and clean it. This must be done before or after each use of the dryer. Then, vacuum the lint trap housing cavity monthly.

Be Careful Not to Dry Clothes Soiled with VOCs
You need to take special care when laundering clothes containing VOCs (volatile organic compound), such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains.

Wash heavily soiled clothing more than once to minimize the volatile chemicals still on the clothes, and, if possible, hang the clothes out to air dry. If using a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool-down period at the end of the cycle. To prevent clothes from igniting after drying, do not leave the dried clothes in the dryer or piled in a laundry basket.

Looking for more information on preventing a dryer fire? Checkout this article about preventing dryer fire that could be of interest to you.

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