Indianapolis Dryer Vent Cleaning and Fire Prevention



Indianapolis Dryer Vent Cleaning: Dryer vent cleaning is the #1 dryer fire prevention effort homeowners and business managers can take to ensure dryer safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports over 15,000 dryer fires occur annually resulting in deaths, injuries and property damage. Lint build-up is the culprit almost every time. Dryer vent cleaning is necessary appliance maintenance that eliminates a serious fire hazard.

Cleaning the lint screen after each load is excellent maintenance; however, only about 60 percent of lint removed from laundry is caught in the lint filter. The rest escapes into the back of the dryer or is trapped in the dryer duct. Dryer lint build-up in the dryer cabinet can lead to mechanical problems that cause the dryer to throw a spark. Air flow will naturally carry the burning ember right into the combustible lint that will quickly ignite and cause a rapidly spreading fire.

Appliance retailers began the crusade to educate consumers on the risk of dryer fires during the late 1980’s; however, this turned out to be a marketing campaign for different styles of dryer duct systems. Prior to the 1990s, most people used the vinyl corrugated material. Soon, the flexible foil vents became a popular choice.

Today’s safety stanLinkdards call for a solid metal dryer duct, professionally installed to ensure it meets city, state and manufacturers codes. There are several reasons why the vinyl and flexible foil dryer ducts are no longer acceptable. Moisture from laundry soaks into lint that is trapped in the ridges. The moist lint continues to build up until it gets heavy and causes the flexible duct to sag, creating a low spot that fills up and blocks air flow.

The restricted airflow leads to a substantial increase in the temperature as the overworked dryer soon overheats. In spite of the very hot temperature, clothes do not dry because there is not adequate airflow to carry the moisture away. Eventually the dryer will either break down or cause the flammable lint to ignite and cause a fire. Dryer vent cleaning is recommended at least once a year to prevent dryer fires and promote maximum dryer performance.

Professional dryer vent installation is also recommended. Though the concept of dryer exhaust is simple, there are many rules to follow to ensure a safe and efficient dryer vent system. Professional dryer vent installers typically find problems with 9 out of 10 dryer vent systems that are installed by a homeowner or handyman.

Some warning signs that indicate a need for dryer vent cleaning include increased drying time, very little or no lint in the lint trap, clothes smell moldy when removed, the top of the dryer and clothes are hot to the touch after a cycle, or the laundry room becomes unusually hot and humid. None of these signs indicate a problem with the dryer itself. Dryer vent cleaning cures almost all dryer ailments and even prevents a number of problems.

Dryer vent cleaning eliminate a fire hazard, promotes dryer efficiency and performance, extends the life of the appliance, reduces wear on clothing and prevents a number of other home and health related hazards including mold and mildew problems and carbon monoxide poisoning for those who own gas dryers.

Glen Mayfield owns Dryer Vent Wizard, a company who specializes only in clothes dryers and dryer vent systems. Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Prevention Association and they show their support by educating consumers about proper dryer and dryer vent maintenance.

Glen Mayfield encourages everyone who owns a clothes dryer to have a complete inspection performed in observance of National Fire Prevention Week in October. Dryer Vent Wizard services ensure clothes dryers are operating and venting safely and efficiently.


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