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Clothes Dryer Vent Safety Tips

Here are some helpful safety tips about clothes dryers

Here are some helpful safety tips about clothes dryers

Unfortunately, few homeowners even realize what a fire hazard the clothes dryer can be. One of the main reasons for fires caused by this appliance is the dryer vent. Just because you clean off the lint filter before or after you dry each load does not mean your dryer’s venting system is free from lint and debris. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the US Fire Administration cited clothes dryers as the cause of 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries each year between 2002 and 2004. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you have your clothes dryer vent professionally cleaned annually by a CSIA-certified dryer exhaust technician, such as one of our technicians at Aelite Chimney Specialties. We would like to share some clothes dryer vent safety tips from the CSIA to inform you of how to prevent a disastrous home fire caused by an unsafe and dirty dryer venting system.

Be Aware of and Follow All Manufacturer’s Specifications and Local Building Codes

Dryer ducts are required to be at least four inches in diameter and, additionally, as large as the dryer outlet. Another common specification is the developed length of the dryer’s exhaust duct not be over 25 feet.

The Exhaust System of Your Clothes Dryer Is Independent

Your dryer’s venting system must be separate from all other systems in your home, and it also must exit outdoors and not through a chimney, attic, or crawl space.

Make Sure Your Dryer Is Equipped with a Back Draft Damper

The termination hood of your dryer’s exhaust vent, which is located on the outside of your home, should be equipped with a back draft damper to keep the exhaust from coming back inside your home. If you notice that it is taking longer than usual for your clothes to dry, check to see if the outside exhaust opening is clogged with lint.

Metal Transition Ducts Should Be a Part of Your Dryer Exhaust Vent System

Between the dryer and the exhaust duct, metal transition ducts should be used. This sustains proper air flow and drying time.

Flexible Transition Ducts Cannot Be Used in Certain Areas

This type of transition duct should never be used in an attic, a crawl space, or inside a wall.

The CSIA Certification Is the Only Nationally Recognized Certification of Its Kind

When you schedule your dryer vent cleaning, be sure the technician is a CSIA-Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician. All of our technicians at Aelite Chimney Specialists are certified by the CSIA.

Never Use Your Clothes Dryer Without the Lint Filter in Place

Be sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Also remove any lint that has collected around the drum.

Follow the Manufacturer’s Operating Instructions

Never overload your dryer, and never leave your dryer running when you leave the house or go to sleep.

If you would like to know more clothes dryer vent safety tips, contact Aelite Chimney Specialties. Our expert staff is happy to help you prevent a house fire caused by your clothes dryer.

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Time to Clean Your Dryer Vents

Clean dryer vents are more cost-efficient, safe, and time saving. Make sure your dryer vents are cleaned.

Clean dryer vents are more cost-efficient, safe, and time saving. Make sure your dryer vents are cleaned.

If you have a multiple person family or a love of clothes, you know the laundry can pile up quickly. What can be even worse is that in the midst of doing the laundry, the washer or dryer breaks. It is important to make sure that you take care of your appliances and that you have any preventative maintenance that comes along with them.

Inside of your dryer, there is a small vent that collects lint from every load of laundry. This should be cleaned out frequently, and will help reduce how many cycles the clothes take to dry. The vents in the back of the dryer are harder to clean out. For your safety, cleaning should only be done by an experienced technician. Call today to schedule an appointment with Aelite Chimney Specialties.

How do you know when the vents need to be cleaned out?

Dirty dryer vents are one of the leading causes of fires inside of the home because lint is so flammable.  The first warning sign is that you will have to run multiple cycles to dry a load of clothes. Other than lint, many things can block vents such as bird and squirrel nests, and beehives. Even if you think your vents are clear, you should still have them checked. Your dryer’s hose should also be checked once a year, so typically technicians will go ahead and check both while they are there. Clean vents will also help save on energy costs, as they will work better. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) also points out that not having to run the dryer for multiple cycles will lengthen its life span.

The cleaning process is usually simple. When the technicians arrive, they will move the dryer away from the wall and remove the dryer vent. This will take up a little space so make sure you have left them enough room to work. Next, they will scrub the inside of the vent tube and clean the vent that leads to the outside of the home. After they clean up the lint and replace your dryer, they will pack up and be on their way.

 

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