How does that dryer lint cause my home to catch on fire?

How does that dryer lint cause my home to catch on fire?

Did you know that dryer vent lint can spontaneously combust, without needing an ignition source?



Here you will learn how to prevent lint from igniting and fires from happening.

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According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, clothes dryer fires cause approximately 15,600 fires each year, with 80% occurring in residential homes. These fires result in injuries, loss of property, damage and even death. Most people have no idea just how flammable dryer vent lint actually is nor how easy it is to prevent a fire from occurring in their home.

First let’s talk about the flammable nature of dryer vent lint. Clothes dryers work by forcing hot air through a turning drum, removing moisture from wet clothes. A full load of wet clothes can contain as much as a gallon of water. Lint is created when the water is removed from the clothes and the air is transported through the ductwork system. Much of the lint is trapped by the dryer’s filter, but some lint is carried through the venting system with the moist air. Over time, this lint accumulates in the dryer and in the ductwork leading outside the house, and creates a fire hazard.

Did you know that dryer vent lint can spontaneously combust, without needing an ignition source? Chim Chimney reports that: “The local Boy Scouts troop asks us to donate dryer vent lint to them and we regularly do. They use this lint to start campfires because of the extremely flammable nature of the product”. While it is rare for a dryer vent to burst into fire, it does happen every single year. Certainly none of the people who experienced a dryer vent fire last year expected it to happen.

Now let’s talk about preventing those dryer vent fires. Many homeowners clean their dryer vent filters religiously. Certainly that does help cut down on the accumulated lint in the ductwork but it cannot prevent the build-up that is inevitable over time. Many dryer vent fires are attributed to a failure to clean and maintain your dryer vent, according to Murray and McDonald Insurance Services, Inc. A clear sign that maintenance is needed is that your clothes are taking longer to dry. If this is the case, an inspection of your dryer vent exhaust system is definitely needed.

Call Chim Chimney today, schedule your dryer vent inspection, and help protect your home from fire:615 364 8987.

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