Ask any adult what their greatest possession is and you are bound to hear their family and their home on the list of things that they prize. When you have a home and family to take care of you try to do everything that you can to make sure that both your family members and your home stay safe. Around your home there are tons of little things that you can do to keep it safe. You probably do not even think twice about most of them. Things like turning the stove off; keeping your appliances in working condition; lighting candles; and so much more are all things that you do to help prevent a house fire.
Many House Fires are Caused By Blocked or Clogged Dryer Vents
One thing that many homeowners do not think about to aid in their efforts to prevent a house fire is clean their dryer vent. The National Fire Protection Association reports that there are 17,000 home clothes dryer fires each year. The damage caused by these dryer fires is extensive. There are over 50 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property damage each year by clothes dryer fires. Clothes dryer fires typically happen because the dryer vent is clogged. The good news is that you can easily prevent this from happening by making sure that you have Air Pure Inc. come out and clean your dryer vent.
Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry Clothes
There are some signs that you dryer vent is clogged. One of the first signs that it is time to clean your vent is that your clothes are taking longer than normal to dry. When you put your clothes in the dryer you are clearly planning on them being dry at the end of the regular cycle. When your vent is blocked by lint it will take your clothes longer to dry. You may find yourself having to run your clothes through the dryer two or three times to get your clothes all the way dry.
Clothes & Dryer Gets Too Hot
Another sign that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned is that the clothes in your dryer are hot to the touch when you go to take them out. Sometimes the outside of the dryer can also get extremely hot. This means that the vent is not exhausting properly. This could cause the heating element and blower in your dryer to wear out faster than necessary. If you have Air Pure Inc. come out and clean your dryer vent it will fix this problem for you.
Burning Smell from Dryer
If you smell a burning smell when your dyer is running it is another sign that it is time to have your dryer vent cleaned. When lint builds up in the exhaust tube, lint trap, and drum casing it can causes a burning smell. This can easily turn into a house fire as well if you do not take action when you notice this smell.
Dryer Air Flow Problems
The last sign that we want to give you is actually one that you will need to go outside to see. Outside your home you have a vent hood that allows your dryer to vent outdoors. If your outside vent is clogged it will not allow the air flow to properly vent.
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We hope that you will take time to notice the signs we have mentioned today about your dryer vent so that you can prevent a clothes dryer fire in your home. Give Air Pure Inc. a call today to schedule your next dryer vent cleaning!