There are 2,900 dryer vent fires a year, causing five fatalities, 100 injuries, and an average of $9,600 in damages per year (FEMA Report - Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings).
Dryer vent fires are caused by excessive lint build up, all dryer vent fires can be prevented with routine cleanings. Unfortunately, removing lint from the dryer's trap is not enough, the majority of consumers are not aware that the venting needs to be cleaned annually.
Without annual cleaning and maintenance, excessive dryer lint builds up in the vent pipe causing dramatically reduced efficiency and can cause serious damage to the internal heating components of your dryer. Many of our clients learn about the necessity of dryer vent cleaning after repairing or replacing a dryer.
Dryer vents should be cleaned annually to protect your home and family from a vent fire and keep your dryer working efficiently.