Current Statistics show that there are approximately 1000 deaths per year and more than 100 injuries resulting due to the dryer vent fires at home; this is a relatively huge number which is increasing with time and due to negligence factor of cleaning and maintaining the dryer vent. Most of the dryer vent fire issues occurred during afternoons at 1 pm to 2 pm in the winters. Taking care of your home with few simple and helpful tips would secure your homes from fire and hazards caused due to the clothes dryer vent.
Make sure that the dryer vent is installed and serviced by the professionals. The estimated number of clothing dryer in the entire US state is 81.5 million, and there is the risk of damages because overloaded electrical outlets that led to a fire. Gas-powered dryers should also be inspected by a team of professionals periodically to assure that the gas line and connection are unscathed and leak-free.
Clean your dryer vent! One of the primary reasons of home fires is the avoidance of cleaning of the dryer vent. The building of lint occurs slowly and gradually with each use, which does not come into notice until the problem is big. Cleaning the lint filter after every use is not only the factor that is to consider when maintaining the dryer to properly execute the process you need to clean the vent completely and make it lint-free, considering all the elbows.
Always clean the lint screen at the unit before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still soggy at the end of a usual drying course or drying needs longer time than normal, this may be a signal that the screen or the exhaust will be jammed. Also, make assure that the exhaust discharge cap on the outer side of the house is cleaned once a year and will have no lint build-up. You should also clean behind the dryer, where lint can be stocked up.
Take the help of service professionals to clean the internal of dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint gathering. Have the area around the dryer cleaned and free of mess. In fact, you can consider the dryer lint as a material starting the fire in a pinch. It is essential to immaculate the lint trap on your dryer after every use, and to check for lint buildup in your dryer exhaust vent periodically. Check your dryer venting or have someone inspect it on a regular basis. Just checking the lint filter (lint trap) through the unit is not sufficient for safety purposes. Monitoring and cleaning of ductwork are essential on a regular basis.
The dryer evaporates the water from the clothes by throwing a blast of hot air on them while they tumble in a spinning drum. While for heavy garment loads it contains more than a gill of water, which, in the drying process, which becomes airborne water vapor and is presumed to leave the dryer and home through a dryer vent. And this is the reason to have dryers that have ventilation outside the house. To avoid the flow of tremendous amount of warm, moist air directly into your home, this is a formula for creating mold and mildew problems. The air in your dryer vent also carries a load of lint in it; which is not good to breathe in.
Dryer ducts must not vent into attics either. According to the International Residential Code (IRC) - Exhaust ducts should be outside the building or should be according to the dryer manufacturer’s installation instructions. Exhaust ducts should terminate at more than 3 feet (914 mm) in any direction from openings into buildings. Exhaust duct end should have with a backdraft damper. Screens should be at the end of duct termination.
The maximum length of a clothes dryer exhaust duct should not be exceeding 25 feet (7,620 mm) from the dryer position to the wall. The maximum length of the duct should be less than 2.5 feet (762 mm) for each 45-degree (0.8 rad) bend, and 5 feet (1,524 mm) for every 90-degree (1.6 rad) bend. The total length of the exhaust duct should not comprise the transition duct (from wall to a unit).
Clothes soiled with explosive chemicals need appropriate care; for, e.g., - gasoline, cooking oils, and stains. Before the beginning of drying process, it is better to remove the volatile chemicals from the clothes. It is preferable to clean the clothes more than once if possible to get rid of chemicals entirely. Use the moderate heat setting when using a dryer for these clothes.
The dryer area should be kept clean and away from flammable chemicals and materials like boxes, cleaning stuff and clothes. Remember that the dryer area should always be well-grounded.
It is better to avoid any screen at the dryer vent termination that would trap the lint and create a safety hazard. In fact, there should only be a backdraft damper or louver flaps at vent termination. Regulation of air flow should be maintained to avoid the fire hazards. Fires may arise inside the dryer but spread by escaping thyroxin duct, incinerating trapped lint, and following its path into the building wall.
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