There’s a hidden Fire Hazard in almost every home, and it’s the dryer vent!
Dryer vents should be checked yearly and cleaned every 1 to 3 years depending on how often it is used. 15,000 fires a year are caused by dryer vent blockage. Dirty dryer vents also cause higher utility bills and shorten the life span of your dryer.
Purchasing a new dryer does not eliminate the potential fire risk lurking in your dryer vents. It is the dryer vent itself, clogged with lint and paper articles that is the primary and most significant fire hazard.
Even a cleaned lint screen traps only 75% of the lint produced inside a dryer. The rest of the lint builds up over time inside the dryer vent, becoming a fire hazard. Dryer lint is highly flammable and has the potential to ignite at any time.
Why you should clean your dryer vents:
- Protects your home, contents & your family from fires, smoke and pollutants.
- Reduces energy operating cost.
- Dryer runs more efficiently.
- Dryer will last longer.
- Clothes will dry faster.
EPA says it should cost $450 to $1000 to get your ducts cleaned in your home which includes your dryer vent.
Don’t be fooled by the low ball ads you see for $69 or $89 for duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning. I had one of these contractors out to my home and it turned out to be a bait and switch. He showed up with a wet vac and pulled out a sales card with pricing. It ended up around $800 to clean the ducts and dryer vent. I then asked him to leave and he said he needed to collect the $89 estimate charge. I said no and kicked him out of my house. I was then hounded over the phone by his so called “manager” for the $89.
Make sure the contractor you use is a credited with the Better Business Bureau and has reputable grades and reviews from consumer review websites like Yelp! or The “A” List, before you have them out to your home. Beware of the fly by night contractors who won’t be around to stand by their work.
- MAD MAX