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Dirty Dryer Vent Can Cause Serious Fire Hazard

Winter coming to the end; and this is the right time for starting to clean the ventilation tubes from all kinds of snow throwers. They make dirt in the vents preventing air freely leave the tubes. The same is true to dryer ventilation tube.  This task you can either do yourself or ask for professional assistance. For example cleaning lint from the filter is a easier, then cleaning lint clogging the dryer vent.  If it is not cleaned, it could cause fire hazard.

So, dirty dryer serious problems!

Here is a step-by-step guide to do it safely (credit to Northwest Herald)

1. Unplug the electric cord and/or shut off the gas valve, depending on what energy/power supply you have.

2. Pull the dryer away from the wall, loosen the clamp or cable tie, and disconnect the duct. Do the same at the other end, at the vent hood pipe that runs through the wall to outside.

3. Vacuum out the vent on the dryer, then the vent hood from outside the house, using your house vacuum or shop vacuum hose.

4. Inspect the duct for punctures, dents and kinks, which is where lint will collect and get stuck. If it needs replacing, measure the length and diameter. It is better to purchase a new one than take a chance repairing the old one. Also buy new clamps or ties if broken or they do not tighten properly.

5. Replace the duct and clamps and tighten firmly. The smoother the air flow – fewest possible bends and turns in the duct between the dryer and vent hood pipe – the better.

If needed, you can also replace the vent hood and pipe, using the old one as a size and length model.

A few more safety tips:

1. Clean the duct work at least twice a year.

2. Do not leave the house with the dryer running.

3. For added safety, add a lint alarm to the vent.

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