The United States Consumer Safety Commission issued a special report describing fire hazards due to lint in clothes dryers. Approximately 15,000 fires a year are attributed to excessive lint in dryers and dryer vents. Dozens of deaths, injuries and millions of dollars of property damage result from these fires.
The Reason: Lint builds up in the dryer and exhaust duct and causes the dryer to overheat. Over time this overheating damages sensitive sensors in the dryer, causing them to fail. This failure can lead to a smoldering fire that destroys homes and businesses.
Before and after pictures show how blocked the vent can become over time:
Why clean your dryer vent?
- To protect your family, home and its contents from fires, smoke damage, and pollutants
- To significantly reduce energy costs
- To extend the life of your dryer
- Clothing lasts longer and dries faster
- If you recently replaced your dryer but did not clean or replace the vent
Your dryer's filter only captures about 60% of the lint that is generated. The rest is pulled through the dryer exhaust system and can be caught in the dryer vent. McMahon’s Air Duct Cleaning has all the equipment & experience needed to remove this lint making your dryer efficient and safe again.
Important note: If your dryer is gas operated the danger is even greater. Carbon monoxide must exit the home through the vent. If it becomes blocked, carbon monoxide poisoning can occur.
What to look for:
- Slow drying time
- Top of dryer becomes very hot during a drying cycle
- Vent from the dryer to the wall is white vinyl
- Significant amounts of lint on the ground under and on the vent outside your home