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Most American homes contain a clothes dryer. Many homeowners don’t realize that they have a potential fire hazard in their home that could ignite at any moment. It is thought that if you clean out your dryer’s lint trap every month you are alleviating this condition.
Lint is highly combustible and does not only build up in the lint tray but can build up in any part of the dryer and worst case scenario build up on your heating element. Any spark could cause a fire to start.
This type of fire can be easily prevented by having your dryer cleaned on the inside by a certified professional who can open up your dryer and gain access to all areas that need to be cleaned and cleared of lint.
Other factors that can decrease the chances of lint build up are to make sure that your dryer vents directly to the outside using a straight metal vent instead of an accordion style vent or plastic vent, and minimizing the amount of drywall the venting has to go through.
If you maintain your dryer you will improve its efficiency. A dryer with lint build up is proven to dry clothes slower and less efficiently, this can lead to fabric break down and higher utility costs as well as shortening the life of your appliance.
By cleaning your dryer vents: