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How To Clean Your Dryer and Reduce the Risk of a Fire

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in a Dryer Preventing Lint Fires in a Clothes Dryer

Many residential home fires start in the laundry room in the dryer. A lint fire can cause extensive damage and is a significant risk to homeowners. Before you need to call for fire damage restoration in North Salt Lake, Utah, consider learning how to clean your dryer and reduce your risks. All appliances have routine maintenance schedules.

Every dryer has three areas to clean

  1. Lint trap
  2. Vents
  3. Interior

Lint Trap

The first area to focus on is the lint trap. You can prevent fire damage by cleaning this trap after every dryer use. The process is simple. First, you remove the trap from the drum or the top of the dryer. Second, use your hand to pull excess lint from the surface. Finally, rinse the trap under the faucet and let it dry before returning it.


A common place for a lint fire occurrence is within the dryer vents. The dryer forces excess through these ducts to the outside of your home, but lint does buildup over time. Experts suggest cleaning these vents annually or more frequently, depending on your dryer use. Larger families should clean the vents more than an individual. To clean the vents, move your dryer away from the wall and detach it from the vent. Use a shop vac with a longer hose to vacuum out the duct. You can also purchase kits with drill attachments for brushing lint free of the sides.


Once a month, clean the interior of your appliance to prevent a dryer fire. Remove the back panel and clean out all the crevices and vents. If you are not comfortable performing this task, contact an appliance technician, and schedule a cleaning.

A lint fire is a common residential disaster. Be sure to perform necessary maintenance and cleaning to reduce your risks of such a fire. Contact a professional to discuss cleaning routines and maintenance.

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