Dryer Vent Fire Prevention - A Simple Solution:
- Dryer vent systems need to be up-to-code with your city, state and dryer manufacturer
- A properly installed all-metal dryer vent will help ensure airflow; replace any plastic or foil vent with semi-¬rigid or solid metal venting
- Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter
- Clean lint trays and screens before or after each use of the dryer
- Remove accumulated lint around the drum
- Clean lint out of the vent pipe
- Wash lint screens with soap and water every few weeks to remove residue left behind by fabric softeners
- Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating
- Make sure the outdoor vent flap is not covered by snow, bushes or any other materials
- Keep dryers in good working order; gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks
- Dryers should be properly grounded
- Make sure the correct plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly
- Avoid overloading a washing machine or dryer
- Follow the manufacturer's operating instructions
- Avoid having combustible chemicals (cleaning products) or chemical-laden items near dryers
- Never dry items that have come in contact with flammable substances, such as cooking oil, gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol, etc.
- Keep the dryer area clear of things that can burn, such as boxes or clothing
- Never leave the house or go to bed with your dryer running
Reduced airflow and lint build-up cause overheating and prevent fast drying action. When this happens, safety switches cycle on and off continuously and can fail over a period of time. This results in higher costs of operation and could cause a costly and dangerous dryer fire.
DUCTZ of Greater Atlanta professionals use a variety of specialized tools and procedures to clean dryer vent ductwork. The entire process usually takes about one hour. However, cleaning is only one part of our service. The dryer vent is also inspected for several mechanical issues that should be checked by a professional duct cleaner. DUCTZ professionals are the qualified choice.
Advanced Warning Signs
- Clothes (especially towels or jeans) that take a long time to dry
- Clothes are hotter than usual at the end of the cycle
- Flapper on vent hood doesn't open when dryer is on
If you notice any of these signs, schedule a professional dryer cleaning or inspection immediately.
Call DUCTZ of Greater Atlanta for your dryer vent cleaning requirements or Click below to request an appointment today!