Dryer Vent Hazards

house fire caused by dryer vent

Did you know that every year, thousands of house fires are caused by dryers and dryer venting problems? According to the National Fire Protection Agency, dryers were responsible for approximately 13,775 house fires, 418 injuries, 15 deaths, and $196 million in property damage in 2005 alone. These are usually due to lint buildup in the dryer or vent line from lack of proper maintenance or incorrect installation.

A certified home inspector will able to give you valuable information regarding this aspect of the home he is inspecting that could save future headache and heartache or possible catastrophe. In many cases, the vent line for the dryer is not fully visible and further evaluation and cleaning by a qualified specialist in the area may be recommended.
There are specific installation requirements that determine proper dryer venting, and in some instances the manufacturer’s instructions have to be consulted.

It is wise to pay attention to this detail that is usually easily remedied, but can have disastrous consequences if overlooked.

Statistics provided by www.internachi.org

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