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Dryer Vent Safety Tips

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Elizabeth City/Outer Banks Gets Your Vents Cleaned

Dryer Vent Safety Tips

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety commission (CPSC) estimates that 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually.  These fires account for an average of 10 deaths, 310 injuries, & more than $84 million in property damage annually.

Here are a few tips on how to help extend the life of your dryer and prevent a potential fire.

  • Don't Risk Mold Damage

A full load of wet clothes placed in a dryer contains about one-half gallon water.  Obviously this would be a spin cycle issue for your washing machine, but trying to dry the wet clothes could lead to an excessive amount of water left inside of the dryer.  

  • Prevent a Fire

If your clothes dryer takes longer than one cycle to dry clothing, the problem could be that the inside of your dryer and the vent system need cleaning.

  • Save Money

The clothes dryer is one of the most expensive appliances to operate.  A dirty dryer vent line can drastically increase the dryer run-time, resulting in higher energy costs.

  • Clean the Vents

By cleaning the dryer vent system, you help to reduce the risk of mold and fire hazard.  

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