When Laundry Becomes a Fiery Nightmare
One of the worst nightmares for homeowners is a fire. Almost everyone knows to clean the lint trap after a load of laundry, but how many people know to clean the dryer exhaust vent, let alone know that accumulated lint in the exhaust vent can lead to a lint fire? According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number one reason for a dryer fire is when routine cleaning is neglected. In the case of fire damage, just remember there are professionals with specialized training who can help restore your home in Montclair, NJ. Nevertheless, routine cleaning will minimize the chances of a fire.
5 Easy Steps for Cleaning the Clothes Dryer Exhaust Vent
Following the dryer manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines is a good place to start in keeping a lint fire from becoming a reality. If you have misplaced or lost the manufacturer’s book, these steps will assist you:
1. Unplug the clothes dryer from the outlet.
2. Disconnect the exhaust hose from both the clothes dryer and the wall. You may need to move the dryer from the wall for easy access.
3. Using a clean cloth, wipe any lint residue from the outside of the hose. With your vacuum attachment, clean the inside of the exhaust hose.
4. Use a vacuum or dryer lint kit to clean inside the wall vent.
5. After a thorough cleaning, reattach the exhaust hose to both the dryer and the wall – be sure to firmly secure the hose clamps.
6. Clean the exterior vent by first removing the cover. Ensure the cover and interior are free of lint buildup, and then replace the cover.
An added reminder when cleaning your lint traps (after every load of laundry) is to check the interior for lint that escaped the trap. This can be accomplished easily with a lint brush. The concerns of a lint fire are real, but sticking to a routine cleaning regime will lessen your chances of fire damage and help you to sleep without nightmares.
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