We at Ned Stevens do more than clean gutters—we offer other services that will ensure the safety and protection of your home, such as our dryer vent cleaning services.
One of the leading safety dangers is home fires with one of the leading causes being dryer fires. The most common cause of dryer fires is a failure to thoroughly clean the vents.
The lint trap in the clothes dryer is not a totally foolproof method for catching all the little, microscopic fuzzes from clothing, which can gradually build up and catch fire in the dryer’s heating element or exhaust duct. Washing clothes with traces of essential oils can also catch fire in the heating element and cause a dryer fire.
These causes are difficult to catch with a blind eye and can cause detrimental damage to your home. This is not uncommon. According to the National Fire Protection Association in 2018, 14,630 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated five deaths, 420 injuries, and $222 million in property damage. Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires at 34%.
About one-third of dryer fires are caused by an accumulation of lint. This doesn’t just apply to the regular lint filter in the front of dryers—the accordion-style ducts behind dryers also need to be replaced every now and then.
Overall, these dangers can be easily prevented by hiring a professional service like the ones we offer to do regular maintenance on your clothes dryer.
These home dryer fires are more likely to occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January, when most people begin to use other heating systems in their homes. With fall finally settling in and winter right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to clean your home’s dryer vents! And Ned Stevens is here to help.
Experts recommend users have the dryer duct cleaned annually (at least). Call us today to arrange your dryer vent cleaning service or to learn more about what we can do to help. We can also provide expert advice on reducing your risk of a dryer fire.
Tips to Keep Your Home Safe From Dryer Vent Fires
In addition to our regular maintenance services, here are some tips for clothes dryer fire safety:
1. Has your dryer been installed and serviced by a professional? (Contact us today!)
2. Do not use your dryer without a lint filter. Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle.
3. Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up.
4. Check the venting system behind the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed, or restricted
5. Make sure that the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating.
Call Ned Stevens today to inquire more information regarding our dryer cleaning services, as well as our other services including gutter cleaning, gutter repair, gutter installation, and more.
New customers receive $25 off their first gutter cleaning service for a limited time!