Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer hose and vent duct. The debris causes reduced air flow that traps exhaust gases. If the dryer hose and vent duct are not cleaned and inspected every year, this could create a fire and mold problems.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause and estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
What You Can Do to Prevent Dryer Vent Fires
- Clean the lint screen between loads of laundry
- Regularly clean the dryer’s vent on the exterior of your condo
- Have the dryer vent ducts inspected at least once a year
Five Warning Signs That It’s Time to Clean the Dryer Vent
- Drying time for clothes takes longer and longer.
- Your clothing and the outside of the dryer are very hot.
- You notice a burning smell.
- The vent hood flap doesn’t open properly.
- It’s been longer than a year since your last inspection.
There are several companies in Orlando that provide this type of cleaning service, and it’s recommended to have the ducts cleaned annually.
Source: U.S. Fire Administration