Knowing all about home fire safety is essential for homeowners, and educating the public about how to prevent accidental fires in their homes is a top priority here at American Chimney & Masonry. One of the biggest fire hazards you can have in your home is a dirty clothes dryer vent. The US Fire Administration (USFA)] reports that there are 2,900 fires every year that start in clothes dryers, and these fires result in 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property losses. The main reason for these fires is that they were dirty. A professional dryer vent cleaning could have prevented one of these fires. We would like to tell you why your clothes dryer can be such a fire hazard and why our professional dryer vent cleaning services have other benefits as well.
What makes my clothes dryer such a fire hazard?
Your dryer produces lint with each load of clothes it dries, and this lint can end up getting stuck in the dryer vent. Lint is so flammable that it is recommended by the Boy Scouts of America as a good campfire starter. When a lot of lint accumulates in the vent, it can end up blocking air from exiting the dryer, which causes your dryer to overheat and get very hot. The hotter your dryer gets, the bigger risk you have of the lint igniting on fire within the vent. When American Chimney & Masonry cleans your dryer vent, we will be sure to remove all of the lint from inside the vent. This greatly reduces your risk of having an accidental clothes dryer fire in your home.
What are the other benefits to having my dryer vents professionally cleaned?
When your dryer vent is clogged by lint, your dryer overheats because not only is hot air blocked from escaping, but also because it has to work overtime. When your dryer heats up too much, it can cause its parts to wear out prematurely. Your heating element can burn out, and this is an expensive repair. You may even have to replace your dryer with a new one. Having the dryer vent professionally cleaned can prolong the life of your dryer. Another thing that happens when your dryer vent is dirty is your dryer takes more than one cycle to fully dry a load of clothes. This can be expensive as it causes your utilities to increase. American Chimney & Masonry only sends out CSIA CDET (Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians) which means they are not only qualified to inspect the system but they also make sure that proper materials are used so there are no problems with your dryer. After American Chimney & Masonry cleans your dryer vent, you will notice a reduction in your utility bills.