You may have heard about dryer vent cleaning and its benefits from a friend or news outlet, but doing your own due diligence will ensure you’re up to speed with the process and the positive effects it will have for you and your home! Below is some dry vent education and tips for you to get up to speed:
The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean them. Dryer vent education may seem like a minimal thought, but a dryer fire can legitimately burn down your property. Take the time to truly understand how and why to get them cleaned and maintenanced.
Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
Do not use the dryer without a lint filter. The lint filter is pivotal in stopping lint from getting down into the vent. Despite having a lint filter, lint and debris still does make it's way down, but it has a substantial role in keeping it clean.
Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Also make sure to remove lint that has collected around the drum. You can just use your hand to collect it into a pile and toss in the garbage.
Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, get Freeflo to clean out the vent.
Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly. Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer. Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.