Dryer Vent Cleaning Quick Tips
- Unless otherwise specified by your dryer’s manufacturer or local code, the developed length of your dryer’s exhaust duct should not exceed 25 feet. The longer the dryer hose, the more chance for lint buildup. The more chance for buildup, the greater risk of fire. But “the shorter the better” is the rule to follow.
- Each bend in your duct is the equivalent of adding 3-5 additional feet to your dryer hose. Bends are also more likely to catch lint, so keep them to a minimum.
- Keep combustible objects like boxes, paper, and chemicals away from the dryer.
- Clean the lint screen with every load of laundry. You should also clean inside, behind, and underneath the dryer because lint builds up there as well.
- After cleaning the lint filter, check closely for tears and rips. Replace damaged lint traps immediately.
- Use metal dryer ducts rather than foil or plastic.
- Have your dryer vent cleaned professionally every 2-3 years.
- Don’t leave the house while the dryer is running.
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Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer vent exhaust systems accumulate dust, lint, and other contaminants that can create serious fire hazards. Over 15,000 structures are damaged each year by dryer vent fires. Are you taking the necessary precautions to keep your home or facility safe and efficient? Steamatic's NADCA certified technicians use the latest technology and equipment to clean your dryer vent system. The benefits of exhaust system cleaning:
- Helps prevent fires caused by lint/debris buildup
- Improves system performance and saves energy
- Extends the life of your equipment
Dryer Vent Safety Facts
- The U.S. Fire Administration cites that there are 2900 home clothes dryer fires every year resulting in an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. And the leading cause: failure to clean them.
- Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
- Lint screens don’t catch all the lint – up to 75% of that highly combustible material goes into the dryer vent.
Warning Signs that Your Dryer Vent Needs to Be Cleaned
- The dryer is producing heat, but the time it takes to dry clothes takes long and longer.
- After a cycle is complete the clothes are noticeable hotter than usual.
- Your laundry room has a lot of moisture build-up or even a musty smell.