Get the Lint Out! 3 Tips for Cleaning Your Dryer
The laundry room may seem like an unlikely place for fire risk, but it is. Clothes dryers contain lint traps that can build up and create a fire risk without proper maintenance. Read on to learn just how to clear your dryer exhaust and lower the risk of lint fire in your Smith Village, OK, home.
Understanding the Risks
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 2,900 home fires are started by clothes dryers each year, due largely to the buildup of lint in the dryer. This lint builds up in:
- Lint traps
- Dryer vents
- Duct work
Lint is combustible, so when it combines with heat, the stage is set for a lint fire. What is a homeowner to do?
Clean the Lint Trap
This may seem obvious, but many of us are doing it wrong. After every load, remove the lint from the screen and wipe the edges. Periodically place it in a sink of hot water and scrub with a bristle brush to get it completely clean and prevent a dryer fire.
Invest in A Brush
A dryer lint brush is a long-handled brush that will help reach the nooks and crannies. Remove your dryer lint filter, stick the brush inside and gently loosen built-up lint. This will remove big chunks of lint that you can gather and discard. Run the dryer on air only to remove any small leftover particles.
Check Your Exhaust
Once a year, unplug your dryer and get a good look at where your exhaust vent connects. Remove that piece, reach inside and use your vent brush to get out as much lint as possible.
Whether it’s from clothing or even dryer sheets, lint is going to build up in your dryer, creating a risk. With proper maintenance, however, you can cut lint fire risk and make sure you are not a fire damage victim.