A plugged dryer vent can cause excessive heat build up within the vent itself and the drying appliance , resulting in possible fire.
A dirty vent, however, is only one link in possible chain of events that may include: excessive lint build up inside the dryer , a missing or damaged lint screen , a crushed hose behind the dryer and a failure of thermostat and limit switch in the dryer.
Watch the video, to see how common dryer vent fires are and how dramatic the devastation they can cause
At Comfort Clean we can help you avoid disaster. Our expert technicians and top of the line equipment will completely remove the flamable lint from your dryer vents, eliminatin the possibility of ignition and damage to the dryer itself.
How often do dryer vents need cleaning?
The more efficiently a dryer vent exhausts air, the less lint build up in it. Generally, short exhaust better than long ones and full size dryers exhaust better than smaller stack dryers. For obvious reasons , newer dryers may exhaust better than older ones. Vents with multiple turns and elbows are likely to build up more lint. Very short vents attached to full size dryers may rarely need cleaning. Most vents, however, require annual cleaning.
Is vinyl or foil ducting safe?
No. Plastic or foil flexible duct ( cheap and easy to install ) might seem like just the thing for exhausting a dryer, it isn’t. This type of exhaust duct , which resembles a plastic covered slinky toy can pose a serious fire hazard since it is susceptible to heat failure , collapse and generally causes an undue amount of lint to adhere to it’s inner surface thereby prone to becoming completed clogged.