Do you know what’s a common cause of house fires? People would think of the usual suspects - smoking in bed, cooking left unattended on the stovetop or oven, frayed wiring or overheated Christmas lights on trees. A big and often unexpected surprise is it’s not any of the above - it’s clogged dryer vents!
Here’s how a clogged dryer vent is like a ticking time bomb:
Lint Builds Up In The Dryer Vent Pipe
The Lint Causes Reduced Airflow Through The Partially Clogged Pipe
Hot Air Gets Trapped In The Pipe
The Trapped Lint Begins Baking
Then It Ignites
If you don’t believe it happens because you’re pretty diligent about cleaning out your lint trap, just look in back of your dryer and you will see lint on the floor and floating around the vent pipe.
The components of a fire is already there - extreme heat, some oxygen and a highly combustible fuel (lint). In short, an accident waiting to happen. Firefighters recommend a yearly cleaning of your dryer vents. And for a job that takes just a little over an hour and cost as little as $100 dollars, you buy yourself some peace of mind.