When you look at the back of your clothes dryer, you should see an exhaust pipe leading to a dryer vent attached to the outside of your home. Is the vent made of flexible, plastic or vinyl? Or is it semi-rigid metal or aluminum? The answer to this question is critical to your safety.
Vinyl, plastic or flexible foil are no longer acceptable venting material for your clothes dryer. Though this type was used, years ago, it does not meet today’s safety standards. Even the thin metal foil vents which are claimed to resist fire are easily crushed, restricting air-flow which is required for your dryer to work. When the duct is crushed, heat, lint and moisture cannot escape from the clothes dryer.
Flexible metal pipes are acceptable, but they are not recommended. The ideal material for your dryer duct is a semi-rigid metal pipe that is very smooth inside. There should be no protrusions which lint can become caught on and build up. Pieces should be joined with duct tape, not screws which protrude to the inside. They should also be joined in the direction of the air flow to minimize the chances of lint becoming trapped.
Your dryer exhaust and dryer vent system is designed to remove heat, moisture and lint from your laundry as it is being dried. If you have a gas dryer, it is also removing gas by-products from your home. Improper venting can cause a dryer fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Professional dryer vent cleaning is recommended at least once a year to keep your appliance running efficiently and safely. The fee for this service is small compared to the cost of repairing or replacing an over worked clothes dryer, or the cost of losing your home or even your life.
This article was written by John Ryley, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard of Long Island, NY. Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in all dryer vent services, including dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair and dryer vent installation, while educating consumers to promote dryer fire prevention. Read more articles about dryer vent issues at http://dryerventcleaninglongisland.blogspot.com/
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