Very few of us think about having our dryer vent cleaned; however, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 15,500 fires per yearare directly attributable to dryer vent fires. In some cases, faulty appliances are to blame, but many fires can be prevented from simply having your dryer vent cleaned.
What causes these fires? Lint accumulation and reduced airflow feed on each other to create prime conditions for a fire. Additionally, new homes are being constructed with laundry rooms located away from an outside wall in areas such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and hall closets. Consequently, dryers are being vented longer distances, and are being installed with sharp turns and bends to accommodate the structure of the home. As a result, dryer vents are harder to reach, and create more places for lint to gather.
If you suspect that your dryer vent is clogged, or want to be on the safe side and have it professionally cleaned, call AdvantaClean!