Dryer Vent Safety Tips

By: Danny Lipford

Homeowners are often puzzled why their clothes dryer takes longer to dry a load of clothes than it used to. The answer is pretty simple, but it has some serious implications.

A buildup of lint in the dryer or its vent pipe could not only reduce the efficiency of the dryer, but it could also be a fire hazard. The consumer product safety commission found that in just one year 15,000 fires were attributed to the buildup of lint in the dryers or exhaust vents. This buildup reduces airflow, causing the dryer to work harder and heat up excessively, which can lead to a fire.

There are two things you can do to stop this buildup.

  1. Clean out the dryer’s vent pipe periodically. There are brushes designed specifically for this job.
  2. Clear the dryer’s lint screen every time you use it.

With just a little bit of work, you can get big peace of mind.



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  • Debra Harding Says:
    October 26th, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    How often should a clothes dryer vent be professionally cleaned? I live in a gated condo community and they are recommending 1.5 years apart for each cleaning. My clothes are starting to take longer to dry, so I am thinking something is needing attention.

    Thank You

  • Joshua Tefft Says:
    October 11th, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I have a dryer that vents to the roof. I see a lot of videos use a lint brush/ snake from the outside. Can I use a brush/snake attached to a drill from the inside by removing the semi ridgid piping?

  • Peter Says:
    July 26th, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    That white plastic vent hose shown in the video should NEVER be used to vent a dryer. You should always use either rigid metal duct or semi-rigid metal duct that can be bent. Search “semi-rigid duct” if you don’t know what it is.

  • peter a dolloff Says:
    April 9th, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    i like your site thanks

  • Leighton Wells Says:
    March 11th, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the tips! Never gave a second thought about this equipment until now.

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