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Fire Damage from Dryer Vents and Ducts

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Learning about dryer vents and ducts safety can prevent your home from experiencing fire damage

Cleaning the lint buildup in your dryer vents and ducts reduces the risk of home dryer-related fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters across the country respond to about 13,820 home fires caused by dryers every year. SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring can help clean dryer vents and ducts that have lint buildup. Keeping your air vents and ducts clean can extend the life of the equipment, save you money, and prevent a fire. Keep reading to learn a few simple tips you can take to help prevent a clothes dryer fire.

Tips for Keeping Your Vents Cleaned:

  • Clean the lint from the dryer’s lint screen after every load.
  • Do not use your dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent flap opens correctly and is not restricted by potential obstacles.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with ridges. They can allow lint to build up at low points and trap lint in the ridges.
  • In addition to self-cleaning your dryer, hire a certified technician to conduct dryer vent and duct cleanings to ensure proper cleaning.

Fire Damage Restoration in Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, & Silver Spring

It is essential to take care of your dryer vents and ducts for the safety of your home. When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. Contact SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring to get the team that’s faster to any size disaster. We help give control back to homeowners, property managers, & our local communities. If you experience a fire caused by your dryer or any other appliances in your home, call us at 301-530-7400 or 301-588-2240.

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