by April Reinhardt
(last updated February 27, 2017)
Did you know that the most common cause of clothes-dryer fires is lint buildup? When there is not enough air circulation from the dryer vent to the outside of the building, it is because of lint buildup in the venting tube. Lint is extremely combustible, and especially the type found in dryer vents. Residue from fabric softeners combines with heat and moisture to make a volatile lint mixture.
Lint buildup also prevents clothes from drying in one cycle. If you find that your load of towels simply won't dry like they did when you first installed your dryer, it may be time to clean the lint buildup from your dryer vent to promote adequate air circulation. Follow these simple steps to clean your dryer vent:
Cleaning your dryer vent doesn't take much time, and may save you money and energy, as well as future fires.
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