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How To Properly Clean and Maintain Your Dryer

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

By regularly cleaning your dryer, you can prevent a lint fire from damaging your home

How To Properly Clean and Maintain Your Dryer

Poor clothes dryer maintenance can lead to a devastating lint fire in your Pine Island, FL, house. In fact, 34% of all dryer fires in the home result from a failure to clean the dryer. There are 2,900 home dryer fires each year, and they cause approximately

Five deaths
100 injuries
$35 million in property damage

Maintaining the appliance can greatly reduce the chances of a dryer fire necessitating emergency restoration services in your home. Below find useful cleaning and maintenance tips to follow.

Cleaning Your Dryer
An appliance professional should regularly check your dryer for any major issues. In the meantime, clear out the lint filter before and after you dry a load of laundry. Every six months, use a nylon brush to fully remove lint from the filter. Cleaning the vent pipe every three months can also prevent lint fire.

Maintaining Your Dryer
There are other simple steps you can take to maintain your dryer. Regularly inspect the ventilation system for any clogs or damage. Be on the lookout for insect or small animal nests that could block the outside vent. You should also cover any outside wall dampers to keep out snow, dirt or rain. Finally, consider replacing any plastic venting with metal ductwork.

Using Your Dryer
You could spark a dryer fire if you do not use the appliance properly. Avoid putting into it anything with foam, plastic, or rubber. Glass fiber should not be dried in the dryer, either.
Items that have contacted alcohol, cooking oil, or other flammable liquids also cannot go in the dryer. Instead, dry them in a ventilated room or outside. Finally, avoid overloading the appliance or running it while nobody is home.
By regularly cleaning your dryer, you can prevent a lint fire from damaging your home. Proper maintenance and usage of your dryer can lower the risk of fire as well.

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