Time to Clean Your Dryer Ducts and Prevent Possible Fires

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Want to learn some new housecleaning tips and empower yourself to take on more challenging DIY cleaning projects? Let’s start with the essentials. If you haven’t performed any laundry room maintenance over the past several months, then it’s probably time to clean your dryer ducts to prevent fires. If you haven’t cleaned them by the end of September, then you’ll really want to get this done soon. Cleaning your dryer’s exhaust system on a yearly or bi-annual basis is one of those critical household chores that’s most often ignored. Once you start turning your heaters on to warm your house in fall and winter, the air inside your home tends to dry out, causing static electricity to build up. More than just being annoying when it gets in your hair and clothes, and shocking you when you touch metallic objects, static electricity can actually be dangerous. Why? When lint is allowed to accumulate in your dryer ducts, static electricity can actually cause it to spontaneously combust. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that there are several thousands of dryer fires each year, most of which get started in dryer exhaust systems. Why take the risk? As long as you have easy access to them, cleaning your dryer ducts is a relatively simple process, and it can save you a lot of grief at the end of the day.

Before you begin, there’s one other important housecleaning trick that will not only save you time and energy, but money as well. Always make sure you clean your dryer’s lint screen after each and every use. It may seem like a chore, but a dirty lint screen puts a greater strain on your dryer, causing it to take much longer to dry your clothes. More time means more electricity, and more electricity means more money. So, there are many benefits to keeping your lint screen clean. A clean and well-maintained dryer will perform more efficiently and last much longer.

And for future reference, always pay attention to the early warning signs that may indicate it’s time to clean out your dryer’s exhaust system. For example, are your clothes taking much longer than normal to dry out completely? Do they have a strange smell when you remove them from the dryer? If you answer yes to either one of these questions, or both, it could mean that your dryer isn’t able to do its job properly. A preponderance of lint may be blocking it from ventilating correctly. Something else to remember is that a congested dryer exhaust system can potentially cause toxic gas fumes to back up into your house rather than be released outside. So, you can see, there are many reasons to keep on cleaning your dryer’s vents on a regular basis. This detailed article on how to properly clean your dryer ducts comes from the “Pretty Handy Girl” website, where you can not only find helpful household cleaning hacks, but lots of informative tutorials on DIY building projects, electrical DIY projects, plumbing DIY projects, and handy home fixes, as well - all shared by Brittany, the pretty handy girl whose passion in life is to empower all of those who dream of becoming handy do-it-yourselfers.

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