Dryer Vent Danger

A fire danger could be lurking in your home, but there is a simple step you can take to help keep your family safe.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 15,000 house fires are started every year by a dryer.

The question you need to ask yourself is: When is the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned? If you don't know, that could mean trouble. Dryer vents should be cleaned and inspected Yearly.

Dryer vent cleaning is necessary because the lint trap in your dryer does not capture all the lint produced when drying your clothes. As the moist air exits the dryer through the vent hose, small lint particles are carried along with it. As time goes by, this lint builds up on the insides of the vent. The lint itself poses a fire risk as it is highly flammable and can catch fire easily.

Problems caused by a clogged dryer vent

* Fires. The lint from your clothes can build up inside the dryer vent. This material is highly flammable and can cause a fire.

* Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. When the dryer vent is clogged, dangerous CO gases aren’t able to escape. Instead, they build up inside the vent and may seep out into the laundry room and into other areas of the home.

* Wear and tear on the dryer. When it takes two or three cycles to get your clothes dried, this puts a lot of strain on your dryer. It can lead to excessive wear and tear on the unit.

* Skyrocketing utility bills. A dryer that is running more often than it should to dry clothes will use a lot of energy. This will be reflected on your monthly utility bills.