Dryer Vent Fires, A Serious Situation
Dryer Vent Fires Are A Serious Problem.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the 1997 Residential Fire Loss estimates (latest information available) 16,700 residential fires originated from dryer vents. 30 deaths and $84 million in property damage resulted from these fires. The previously reported number from 1995 was 13,700. The number of residential fires attributed to dryer vents in on the increase.
Reasons for inspection and dryer vent cleaning:
Increased drying time? (jeans & towels)
Is the dryer operating hotter than normal?
Reduces chance of dryer vent fire. When the dryer is used, over time lint will collect and adhere to the inside of the dryer vent walls. The larger the buildup, the larger the risk of having a dryer vent fire.
Reduces "wasted electricity" and "appliance stress". Use of a dryer with a dirty vent can cause the dryer to run longer to dry the same amount of clothes because the hot air being expelled cannot freely exit the vent. Longer drying time takes more electricity and puts added stress on the appliance.
Metal connectors from the dryer to the wall are now standard requirements. Use of the "white plastic" types should be replaced due to their ability to melt in a fire. All connection pieces to the dryer vents should be inspected to make sure they are properly attached and up to the newer building code requirements (max 25' of pipe). Regular maintenance will keep the dryer vent clean and the dryer working properly.
Please take note of properly cleaning your dryer vent to prevent Dryer Vent Fires
In the case of a fire at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree