New, code compliant dryer venting was installed in a home by Dryer Vent Wizard after a dryer fire, caused by the old, non-code compliant venting. Restricted air flow in the dryer vent line, which consisted of 3" semi-rigid and foil venting, allowed lint to collect in the line and back up into the hot dryer. As lint is very flammable, the heat from the dryer caused it to ignite.
One of our main goals is to inform people of the danger a poorly maintained dryer vent line poses to help prevent occurrences like this. If you aren't sure if your dryer vent line is up to code, have it inspected right away. Furthermore, even dryer venting that is up to code needs to be cleaned at least once a year, and sometimes more depending on how heavily the dryer is used and whether you have pets or not. Important warning signs that the dryer vent needs cleaning or the vent line needs replacing are as follows:
1.Excess lint behind the dryer
2.Longer drying times
3.Dryer overheats and shuts off
4.No lint is collecting on the lint screen
5.There is excess lint on clothing after drying
6.The top of the dryer is hot to the touch and the clothes are hot when removed
7.Clothes have a moldy smell
If you have noticed any of the signs above or are unsure if your dryer vent line is up to code, please call today!