Is your clothes dryer not drying? Do your clothes smell musty or feel damp after a complete cycle? Are your clothes or dryer hot to the touch? If you answered yes to any question it is likely you need a dryer vent cleaning.
When your clothes dryer is not drying, one often overlooked but important message your dryer is trying to tell you is, that you're at a greater risk for a house fire.
If a fire was to start in your home tonight, how quickly would you need to get outside before it's too late? You may be surprised by the answer, but many fire experts agree that the answer can be "as little as 2 minutes." That's right; in about the same amount of time that it takes you to microwave a bowl of oatmeal, you and your family can become trapped inside a burning house, with no way out!
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How Dryer Fires Start:
The idea behind dryers is to heat up clothing to evaporate moisture, and the hot air is then carried outside through the dryer vent. Lint naturally builds up in the dryer duct over time, so If your dryer vent duct is not regularly cleaned it can lead to a fire in two ways:
- Overheated clothing: If the air vent is clogged by months, or years, of regular dryer use, it will block hot air from escaping; causing the machine and the clothing to overheat. Though most dryers have built-in safety precautions, some clothing is manufactured with dyes and chemicals that have low combustion points. When the temperature inside the dryer becomes hot enough, the clothing can ignite.
- An internal spark: Another cause of dryer fires is due to sparks that ignite the dust and lint that build up inside the machine due to a clogged dryer vent. Dryers have many electrical components, and with time, even a small spark can ignite the lint.