The Chimney Safety Institute of America cautions
the public that there’s a growing fire and carbon monoxide poisoning danger that could result in unnecessary deaths,
injuries or property damage – the obstruction or improper venting of clothes dryer exhaust ducts.
To combat dryer fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, the CSIA recommends
that homeowners have clothes dryer exhaust ducts professionally inspected annually – and maintained as necessary.
points out that clothes dryers have historically either been located in basements or on the main floor of a house and generally
within a short distance from an outside wall. Because of these logistics, the danger of lint plugging the exhaust duct has
But in today’s complex
and technologically sophisticated homes, many clothes dryers could be located in the inner core of the house in bedrooms,
bathrooms, kitchens and even in hall closets. These new locations mean dryers need to be vented longer distances and sometimes
even with sharp turns and bends to accommodate the structure of the home. These complicated systems make exhaust ducts harder
to reach and also create more places where lint can collect and pile up. Because lint is incredibly flammable it poses a fire
availability of natural gas clothes dryers is another reason why dryer exhaust duct maintenance is necessary. If a gas clothes
dryer is not properly vented, it can cause carbon monoxide to be forced back into the home and that can be deadly.
to lint obstructions or improper venting, bird’s nests or rodents and bug infestations can also plug up a vent causing
potential fire hazards or carbon monoxide poisonings. Symptoms of a clogged clothes dryer exhaust duct include incomplete
drying of clothes at normal temperatures and very hot dryer temperatures.
CSIA recommends that clothes dryer exhaust duct inspections
be performed by CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Duct Technicians. We have been formally tested in the proper inspection and maintenance
of clothes dryer exhaust ducts by CSIA. When we inspect a clothes dryer exhaust duct, we check to make sure there are no obstructions
and if the installation is correct. We also verify that the correct type of vent is in use. For example, homes with plastic
exhaust ducts are generally upgraded to metal exhaust ducts.
For more information, see The Chimney Safety Institute of America.