Clothing dryers have been a major appliance found in homes around the country for more than four decades. Many homeowners depend a great deal on these appliances to help provide a more convenient method for completing the task of drying their clean clothing. Unfortunately many times residential property owners do not address the necessity for properly maintaining the dryer vent attached to these appliance units.
Build-up of debris resulting from clothing lint, nesting birds and other materials accumulate over time in the dryer vent causing problems such as reduced air flow to the dryer, backed up dryer exhaust gases and fire hazards. These problems threaten the safety of the home structure as well as the health and well-being of the residents that occupy the premises.
According to the United States Fire Administration National Fire Data Center, clothes dryers are responsible for approximately 15,600 structure fires around the country each year. Eighty percent of these fires are the result of clogged dryer vents in residential buildings. These fires result in 15 deaths and 400 injuries on average around the United States annually. Thousands of other home occupants are treated for symptoms of poisonous gas fumes that back up into the home due to the blocked dryer vents.