You could have a dangerous fire hazard in your home without even realizing it. A clogged dryer vent can lead to your clothes dryer catching on fire, and this happens more often than you may think. The US Fire Administration (USFA) released a report, “Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings 2008-2010,” which found that around 2,900 clothes dryer fires were reported each year. These fires resulted in approximately five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property losses. The USFA warned that the main cause of these fires involved dirty and clogged dryer vents. You can reduce your risk of a clothes dryer fire by having your dryer vent professionally cleaned at least once a year. All Seasons Chimney is proud to provide this important maintenance service to the residents of the lower Hudson Valley area. We would like to tell you more about why you should never neglect your dryer vent.
Prevent clothes dryer fire
The most common thing to accumulate in a dryer vent is lint, which is produced with every load of clothes you dry. You may believe you are keeping lint from accumulating inside the dryer vent by cleaning the lint filter before or after each load of clothes. Although the lint filter should collect around 80 percent of the lint produced, the rest of the lint can accumulate inside the vent. What makes this so dangerous is the fact that lint is so flammable that it is a recommended campfire starter by the Boy Scouts of America. When enough lint has built up inside the vent, it can clog the vent and cause the dryer to overheat. The extremely high temperatures caused by an overheated dryer can easily ignite an accumulation of lint into flames that can quickly spread to the entire home. You can trust All Seasons Chimney to remove every bit of lint from the dryer vent, which greatly reduces the risk of an accidental fire.
Prolong the life of your dryer
Overheating makes your clothes dryer work much harder than normal, and this is very tough on the appliance. The heating element and other important components are much more likely to wear out faster than they should. Clothes dryer repairs can be very costly, and it could even be less expensive to replace the appliance than to repair it. A professional dryer vent cleaning from All Seasons Chimney will prolong the life of your clothes dryer as well as improve its efficiency.
Reduce utility bills
When your dryer vent is clogged, it is unable to properly exhaust the hot, damp air inside your dryer. When that damp air is trapped inside the dryer, your clothes will not be completely dry after a full drying cycle. Having to run your dryer twice as long to dry a load of clothes not only reduces the life of the appliance, but it also causes your utility bills to increase. After All Seasons Chimney has cleaned your dryer vent, you will notice a reduction in your utility bills.
Reduce the hidden fire hazard of a clogged dryer vent. Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for a professional dryer vent cleaning today.