Recent Dryer Vent Fires have caused some alarm and attention in the media. The basis for this article is to be educational and serves as a caution. It is not meant to scare people. It is a simple fact that occasionally the news media hit on a certain topic and it becomes an item that appears to be a trend. Dryer vent fires are such an event and it seems they are occurring more often. It’s quite possible that people are being better educated on the hazards of dryer vent fires and their occurrences.
Let’s discuss preventing dryer vent fires. One method of prevention is to get your dryer vents cleaned by a professional service that has the type of equipment and expertise to perform the job correctly. There are some duct cleaning companies that perform dryer vent cleaning as a separate service. There are many factors to consider whether your dryer vents should be cleaned. As “white goods” (dryers, refrigerators, washers) tend to last longer than ordinary appliances it is conceivable that you can go 10 years without cleaning your dryer vents. If you move into a new house there is no way to tell the condition of the new home’s dryer vents. For added peace of mind you should consider dryer vent cleaning and research an qualified professional duct cleaning service that can successfully and correctly perform the job.
Another useful resource is a recent consumer reports article that has some preventive measures you can use