Did you know that according to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are tens of thousands of fires starting from dryers each year? While most people may not pay much attention to performing routine maintenance on their dryers, it’s actually really important. Cleaning your dryer vent is a crucial step to keep you and your family safe. You should clean your dryer hose once a year and inspect the vent and hose for blockages and leaks every six months. In order to prevent a dryer fire, here are some tips for cleaning your vents:
Make sure to unplug your dryer and turn off the gas if you have a gas dryer.
Remove your lint trap and remove any lint from the screen.
Take a brush and bend it to run inside of the lint trap. Then you can follow up by using a vacuum to suck up any lint and dirt that is left hanging.
Pull the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the exhaust duct tube.
Slide the exhaust tube off the dryer and the port (hole in the wall) and use a vacuum to clean out the dryer exhaust tube.
While you have the dryer pulled out, vacuum off the back of the dryer, the washer, and the wall behind both. Eliminate as much lint as possible. A clean laundry room is safer than a lint covered one.
Re-attach the dryer tube to the wall and the dryer.
Gently push the dryer back towards the wall being careful not to crush the tube.
Locate your exterior dryer vent. And if you can reach it, clean it out too.
Make sure to close the vent properly and you’re done!
Dryer vent cleaning is vitally important to the health and safety of your entire family. Take the time to clean out your dryer vent and inspect it at least twice each year. The minimal amount of time you invest in this will reap rich rewards in contributing to the safety of your home.