What causes a house fire? Common culprits include faulty wiring, unsupervised candles, and cooking equipment. Unbeknownst to most homeowners, a dirty dryer vent also causes house fires. We’ll explain the dangers of an uncleaned dryer vent and how it’s a typical contributor of residential fires.
Dryer Vents as a Fire Hazard
Dirty dryer vents contribute to an average 5000 U.S. house fires every year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This occurs when a clogged dryer vent causes the appliance to overheat.
Is your dryer vent at risk? We compiled this list of warning signs that your dryer vent is clogged and in danger of overheating.
- Your laundry does not fully dry after a full normal cycle
- Your laundry is warmer than usual after a drying cycle
- You find excessive amounts of lint in the dryer after a cycle
- You find excessive amounts of lint in the lint trapper following a cycle
How to Prevent a Dryer Vent-Induced Fire
- Have your dryer vent cleaned along with the air ducts at least once a year
- Clean the lint filter after every drying cycle. Replace the filter if you spot a waxy buildup on the lint screen.
- Never operate the dryer before leaving the home. Dryer fires can break out and quickly spread if the appliance is left unattended.
- Avoid placing clothing into the dryer that has come into contact with flammable liquids. A shirt smeared with cooking oil is more likely to catch fire if it’s in a dryer that’s overheating.
Have Your Dryer Vent Professionally Cleaned
As mentioned, have your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year or if the appliance shows any of the symptoms described above. Aurora Edmonds Furnace Cleaning cleans residential dryers and furnaces in the Greater Snohomish area. A dirty dryer vent is a fire hazard and places your home at unnecessary risk.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Dryer Vent Cleaning for a Safe and Efficient Home
Serving Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, King County
and South Snohomish County