The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.
To help prevent fires:
Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times than normal, this may be a sign that the lint screen or the exhaust duct is blocked.
Clean the Dryer Vent and Exhaust Duct periodically.
Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If it is not, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked.. Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up. Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint accumulation. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter.
We work for over 90 local property management companies and have cleaned dryer vents at hundreds of condo associations. Our crews clean on average over 2000 dryer vents in homes and condos each year. For HOA’s or groups of homeowners looking to save money we do group or entire building discounts…typically less than half the cost of cleaning them separately!
Our process includes:
- Disconnecting the flex hose from the dryer.
- Using rotary brushes or compressed air to dislodge lint from inside ducting
- Vacuuming all loose lint.
- Inspecting ducting and vent dampers.
- Testing dryer for proper function.
- Taking before & after pictures.