Across the country, drying machines are responsible for hundreds of thousands of fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). 27% of these fires are the result of lint buildup. Cleaning your dryer and its vent once per year is an easy way to prevent dryer fires. The lint trap should be cleaned before and after each use though.
Why Maintain Your Dryer?
Clothes dryers can save you both time and effort. However, they require frequent maintenance to ensure their continued operation and most importantly, your safety.
NFPA recommends cleaning the lint filter before and after each load of laundry, cleaning lint out of the pipe every three months, and having your dryer vent cleaned annually by a professional. Replace plastic vent ducting with metal as well, if applicable.
Neglecting dryer maintenance can cause lint to accumulate, restricting airflow, and slowing down drying time. A less efficient dryer results in higher energy bills.
Over time, as lint build-ups near the motor or heating elements, its very flammable nature can ignite a fire. This fire can then spread! Don’t risk a fire, spend a few minutes performing expert recommended maintenance tasks, and avoiding risky drying behaviors (see dryer don’ts).
- Don’t overload the dryer
- Don’t place anything over the wall damper
- Don’t use a dryer with a damaged or missing lint filter
- Don’t leave a clothes dryer running while you’re away or asleep
- Don’t dry clothes stained with flammable chemicals or substances
- Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber, or plastic (air dry instead)
Annual Dryer Vent Cleaning
Carpet Cleaning Service AZ provides professional dryer vent cleaning to residential, commercial, and industrial clients throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. Our expert technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to dislodge dirt and debris from the entire length of the vent from the dryer to the outside of your home. Contact us today for a free quote at (602) 633-2015.