Laundry is a vital part of our routine. We wash and dry clothes regularly – in some cases weekly. But what if your dryer catches fire? This can cost you thousands of dollars in replacements and repairs, and even your home if you’re away when it catches on fire.
When and how does a dryer fire occur?
It has been seen that approximately one third of dryer fires occur due lint buildup. So, if you feel that your clothes are taking a longer time to dry than a standard time or are getting hotter than usual or any other such issues take place, reach out to a maintenance professional for help.
However, there are several ways that you can help prevent and avoid dryer fires!
Dos and Don’ts
Don’t – Use your dryer without the lint filter
As you find the lint filter has clogged, better is to call your maintenance company to repair or replace it if needed. Don’t try to use your dryer without the lint filter as it may also cause a fire. Always try to check the lint filter before you start your machine.
Do – Clean the dryer’s lint filter regularly
Whenever you feel that your dryer is not working properly or any unusual sound is coming from it, then check your lint trap. Or you could call a maintenance professional to check whether your lint trap has clogged or not.
Don’t – Leave your dryer on while you’re gone.
If you’re going out for the evening, make sure to turn your dryer off. If your dryer catches fire while you’re not home, it can burn your house down and cause tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage instead of simply requiring a new dryer.
Do – Inspect the dryer’s ducts and vents regularly
Try to make a habit of inspecting the dryer’s ducts and vents on a monthly basis to prevent dryer fires. And, if you find any blockages in the ducts and vents, ask an expert to check them and replace them if they cannot be repaired. Otherwise, you will be at the risk of fires.
Don’t – Overload your dryer
If you overload your dryer with many items, an excessive amount of lint can build up and can prevent the dryer from properly ventilating. If a drying machine doesn’t ventilate properly, it may cause a fire. So, consult an expert or your dryer manual if you don’t know how much your dryer can handle.
Keep the tips above in mind as you do your laundry this week! Remember, it’s much cheaper to get dryer maintenance than it is to have a dryer fire.