Did you know that dryer vent fires are more common than chimney fires? Well, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports dryer related home fires are on the rise. CPSC figures show in one year alone there were 16,800 dryer fires which caused 30 deaths, 430 injuries and 97.3 million dollars in property damage.
So how does this happen? Dryer vents can become clogged with lint which given the proper circumstances, can start a fire in your home. Oftentimes, cleaning your dryer vent can be considered out of sight out of mind. But it’s important to know that the buildup of lint inside your vent pipe can limit the flow of hot air away from your dryer which can cause both of these issues.
How often should your dryer vent be cleaned? It varies based on a number of circumstances.
- Distance between your dryer and outside vent
- The number of turns the pipe makes on its way outside
- If it vents out the roof or out the side of the house
Most homes need their dryer vents cleaned once per year, but if you see slowing drying times it might be time. AmeriClean offers professional dryer vent cleaning services across Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois.
Call today to learn about lint alert and how it can save you the trouble of wondering when it’s time to get your dryer vent cleaned.