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Dryer Vent: Top Cleaning Tips

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

Hand holding lint. It is important to regularly maintain pristine household machines in order to prevent a lint fire.

Top Cleaning Tips for Dryer Vents

A dryer is an often-used household appliance. As such, it is important to keep it running optimally. Damage to your dryer or lint buildup in or around it is a leading cause of house fires. It is important to regularly maintain pristine household machines in order to prevent a lint fire. Here are 3 reasons to regularly clean all the components of your dryer.

1. Prevent a Dryer Fire

The first place to look for safe practices is the top of the dryer. Do not clutter the top of the dryer, especially with excess lint. You should also be cleaning the lint trap either before or after each use in order to prevent a fire in your dryer. Cleaning it after each use will help allow less buildup to form.

2. Prevent a Lint Fire

Even when you clean your lint trap after or before each use, there can be a film that forms on it, especially if you regularly use dryer sheets. Wash the lint trap with warm water and soap weekly. While it is drying, clean out the space that the lint trap fits in. A lot of lint can fall in there and be a fire hazard. Once your lint trap is fully dried, return it to the dryer before the next use.

3. Maintain an Operational Dryer

While a lint fire is one of the main hazards of missing regular dryer cleaning, it can also shorten the lifespan of your appliance. Along with the regular cleaning of the lint trap, make sure to thoroughly clear the lint from your dryer exhaust twice a year. You can either use a vacuum hose or a rotary vent auger to clean the dryer vent from beginning to end.

By including all the steps for thorough dryer cleaning, you can prevent a catastrophe from occurring. There are many cleanup tasks that you as a homeowner can complete on your own. By completing the regularly occurring tasks, you will be preventing the need for major cleanup and restoration in Mesa Grande, AZin the future. 

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