Did you know that more than 15,000 fires occur every year because of dirty or clogged clothes dryer vents? That’s right, every year more than $100 million in property damage occurs due to their dryer vents. Make sure you don’t become one of these statistics by having a clothes dryer vent cleaning services in Houston, TX by TakeAir USA Inc.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 10 people actually die every year from fire caused by dirty dryer vents. Sounds a little far fetched, but not when you think that dryer vents get clogged by lint, which then dries out, and when exposed to high heat, then catches fire. Makes sense now, right?
The problem is the lint
That’s right, it’s lint and lint buildup that is at the root of all these fires. Lint comes from your clothes as you wash and dry them. While you think your lint trap collects it all, it does not. What’s leftover gets trapped in your clothes dryer vent, or even worse, winds up on your roof.
That’s right, if your dryer vent is situated on the roof of your house, as many are, then that lint is just sitting there, drying out, collecting and waiting for something to give it a spark. Before you know it, your whole house could be up in flames.
Facts from the NFPA
Dryers and washing machines were involved in one out of every 22 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2006-2010.
Facts and figures
In 2010, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries and $236 million in direct property damage.
Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 4%.
The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (32%), followed by unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction (22%). Eight percent were caused by some type of electrical failure or malfunction.
Dirty dryer vents waste electricity
Wasting electricity is the same thing as throwing money away. You might as well just start setting your dollar bills on fire. The simple truth is, if your clothes dryer vents are dirty, your dryer is running less efficiently, and you are wasting electricity.
The clothes dryer vents lint onto the air conditioner’s outdoor condenser coils… The system, hampered in its ability to release heat, runs longer and longer.
That’s right. Now we’re talking about a lot more than just your dryer. Now, your air conditioner is involved and that’s where not only does wasting electricity get expensive, dirty or clogged coils can mean a complete shutdown of you’re A/C system and even possible replacement. Now you’re talking thousands of dollars.
Get you clothes dryer vent cleaned today
Dust and dirt buildup is inevitable. Let the professionals at TakeAir clean your air clothes dryer and not just keep you safe, but save you money at the same time.