Do You Have a Killer Laundry Room?
While the name of this article may sound extreme, your laundry room could be rife with danger. Specifically, your dryer. The U.S. Fire Administration states that about five people a year die from dryer fires nationwide. Luckily, there are three simple ways you can protect your home and family from dryer fires.
- Clean Your Dryer’s Venting
Your should clean out your dryer’s venting system from inside of the dryer to the outside vent cap at least once per year. It’s easier than it sounds with the help of a long cleaning brush or cleaning kit with instructional DVD. Repair Clinic also recommends using a Dryer Airflow Checker to monitor lint buildup and blockage in your venting. It alerts you when it’s time to clean it out. Another good indicator is if it takes longer than usual to dry your clothes.
- Replace Any White Vinyl Venting
There was a time when dryer venting was made from white vinyl. Nowadays this material doesn’t meet fire code standards, and for good reason! The dryer exhaust can get really hot, especially gas dryers. Over the years, repeated heat exposure to this paper-thin plastic could lead to a dryer fire. Also, dryer lint is highly combustible and the ridges in this type of venting are great lint catchers. All good reasons to avoid white vinyl venting! Repair Clinic recommends replacing it with semi-rigid aluminum venting.
- Clean Your Dryer’s Lint Filter After Every Load
We know, it’s easy to overlook when you have tons of laundry to do. But diligently cleaning your lint filter after each and every load is the simplest way to make sure you don’t have a killer laundry room! You’ll also want to periodically check the filter for any tears or holes. If you find any, you’ll want to replace the lint filter ASAP.
While these three tips may be time-consuming, they will keep your dryer venting clean and fire hazard-free and your home and family safe and sound.
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