Ask The Experts: How Often Should I Clean My Vents Out?
Fires caused by a clothes dryer are more prevalent than you might think, with approximately 2,900 dryer fires reported each year. A lint fire that results from not regularly cleaning the dryer is the leading cause of clothes dryer-related fires. Every time you dry your clothes, lint is collected in your dryer’s vent and lint traps. It is important that you know when to clean them to prevent a fire from starting in your home in Steuben, Dekalb or Lagrange County.
How Often Should You Clean Out Your Vents?
- Empty Filter Before Every Load: Lint is extremely flammable and can quickly overheat and start a lint fire.
- Clean Filter Every Six Months: It is also a good idea to clean the filter with a nylon brush to help combat clogging.
- Clean Out Vent Pipe Every Three Months: Make sure there is no lint in the pipe and check the outside opening for any debris.
- Have a Technician Visit Once a Year: During the visit, the technician will completely clean your vent system and ensure air can flow freely.
How Can You Tell If Your Vent Needs To Be Cleaned?
Your dryer will often let you know if there is an issue with the vents, but it is up to you to quickly take action and prevent a dryer fire. One common indicator that your dryer’s vents are clogged is that your clothes are not drying quickly. Clogged vents can also trap air and moisture inside your laundry room, making it feel hot and humid inside or even produce a musty smell. If your dryer feels hot to the touch after a load, this also is a sign your vents need to be cleaned.
A lint fire can be very dangerous and can cause extensive damage to your home, so regular cleaning and maintenance of your dryer are key. However, if a fire does occur, a fire cleanup company can help address any damage.