Get Dryer Vent Cleaning to Prevent FiresNovember 26th, 2020 | seoteam
Now that the cold weather has arrived, everyone is using their clothes dryers more often. That means more lint buildup and greater risk of fire. Protect yourself and your family this holiday season with dryer vent cleaning from Rocky Mountain Clean Air.
How Do Clothes Dryers Produce Lint?
Both electric and gas clothes dryers work similarly. Electricity powers the tumbler on both types of dryers. But with an electric dryer, electricity generates the heat that dries your clothes, and with a gas dryer, the heat is created using natural gas.
Because the clothes are wet, adding heat creates steam, so dryers have an exhaust vent that leads to the outside. On cold days, you may see your own or your neighbor’s dryer vent releasing this steam into the air, and you may be able to detect the smell of fabric softener as well.
When you wash your clothes, the friction causes pieces of the fabric to break off. Some is rinsed away, but some remains stuck to the clothes. As the clothes are dried, this lint comes off and gets sucked into the dryer’s exhaust.
Lint Buildup Causes Dryer Fires
Your dryer is equipped with a lint screen to trap as much of this lint as possible, but it can’t trap all of it. The rest of the lint goes into the dryer vent.
Not cleaning the lint screen is a major cause of dryer fires. However, being unaware of — or negligent about — the need to clean the dryer vent periodically also leads to fires. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires per year can be attributed to dryers with lint buildup.
What can happen when lint builds up is it impedes the flow of air to the outside. This causes the dryer to overheat, which can cause the lint to ignite. Dryer lint is so flammable that it is recommended as a way to start fires in your fireplace.
How to Tell if You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning
If a funny smell is coming from your dryer or you notice it’s taking longer than usual to dry your clothes, it’s probably due to lint buildup. Schedule dryer vent cleaning right away, before a fire breaks out. A fire could not only destroy your appliance, it could do thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home and even threaten the lives of your family members.
When you call Rocky Mountain Clean Air, we take your dryer apart and remove all the lint. Lint buildup in the dryer vent is the most dangerous, but lint can also collect in other areas inside the dryer, as well as behind it.
Dryer Vent Anatomy
Today, some dryer vents are built of PVC, a smooth surface that tends to collect less lint. However, flexible aluminum dryer vents with grooves are still sold and used widely throughout Colorado Springs and the entire U.S.
Our technicians use specially made brushes that are designed to remove every trace of lint from dryer vents. When we’re finished, your dryer — and your home and family — will be safe again.
With out-of-town guests and kids home from college this holiday season, your dryer is sure to get a lot of use. Call Rocky Mountain Clean Air today and schedule dryer vent cleaning. It will give you one less thing to worry about.