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Coeur d'Alene Real Estate and Community Information: Protect Your Home from FIRE - Clean Your Dryer Vent and Trap

Clothes Dryer Maintenance - Home MaintenanceAnnual Dryer Maintenance is a MUST. Build up of lint in your dryer vent or trap is flammable and can set fire by the heating element in the dryer or by a spark from the motor or switch. 

Put this on your ANNUAL August calendar: 
Clean lint build-up from vent system.  Here is a quick "How To:"

  1. Look at the back of your dryer.  There is a 4-5 inch round pipe that goes from your driyer through the wall of your house to the outside.  Outside there is a "flap vent" that swings open automatically from air pressure when the dryer is running, then closes when the dryer shuts off.  The entire piping and flap vent should be inspected and cleaned of lint or any obstructions.  Seal any hose joints with duct tape.

  2. Clean behind and underneath dryer.  Moisture, dirt, and lint tend to accumulate behind and underneath your dryer.  Pull the dryer out from the wall and wipe these areas with a damp rag.

  3. Scrub the lint trap.  Chemical fabric softeners often clog the small holes in lint traps.  Remove the lint trap and scrub it with a soft bristle brush and mild soap or detergent. This is in addition to your removing lint from the trap after each and every load.

  4. Clean and inspect burner (gas models).  For dryers that heat with natural gas or propane, the burner should be cleaned and inspected according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Not only will these maintenance tips help prevent fire, they will also prolong the life of your dryer.

The above steps should be done in addition to daily cleaning of the Lint trap. And should be done more offten depending on how much use your dryer gets.

Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector (Property Consultant) has also contrbuted some great tips for regular maintenace in the comments section of this blog.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsPam Jank • August 17 2008 05:05PM


Hey, Pam.

As a home inspector, I love your post. However, the lint trap in the dryer needs to be cleaned before each use. You don't have to scrub it, just remove by hand any lint that is there.

The dryer flue and exterior vent hood should be cleaned at least monthly. I schedule my with my monthly homeowner's maintenance that occurs the first weekend of each month.

Lint can build up very rapidly if one buys new towels and clothes, or uses a lot of cotton products.

If one's dryer seems to be taking a long time to dry the clothes, check the lint trap, the flue, and the exterior vent hood because one of them is probably clogged.

Also make sure that the damper at the exterior vent hood doesn't get clogged open because little critters love to make their homes in nice, soft, moist lint, thereby blocking the flue with their furry little bodies.

Posted by Not a real person over 10 years ago

Russel, Thanks for the great advise.  I have added your link to my blog.

Posted by Pam Jank, Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro (Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty) over 10 years ago

Pam- Good Post...not only did I enjoy your Post, but then come down to the comments and find Russel's comment :)  Thanks this info could help prevent a fire.

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 10 years ago

Good information.  Many people think they only have to clean the lint screen.  That is not only dangerous, they loose the efficiency of the dryer.

Posted by Tim Jank (Jank & Associates) over 10 years ago

Great information.  Hard to believe but there are alot of home owners out there that have never cleaned out their driver vents, hoses, flaps, etc...  and can't figure out why their clothes take so long to dry!  They are also vulnerable to a house fire!

Posted by Ted Ewing (Simmons Built) about 10 years ago