Dryer Exhaust Vent – Lint – Did you know that Lint can catch on fire very quickly. In fact, according to FEMA dryer lint fire is one of the leading causes of home cloths dryer fires in USA, An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Read more…FEMA Topical Fire Report Series. You can also read a detailed report by National Fire Protection Association NFPA…Research Report March 2017. I couldn’t find any Canadian Statistics.

When is the last time you cleaned your dryer and exhaust vent?

Where to clean – There are a few places lint should be cleaned, the lint trap inside the dryer, the exhaust pipe exhausting the warm air outside and the machine itself.

Type of Vent Hose – One of the most important and usually over looked areas to clean is the Dryer Exhaust Vent. This is that pipe that is located behind the dryer which should be a metal circular pipe, see pic to the right, if you have an older vinyl one then it should be changed to a regulation metal dryer vent (use the heavier metal flexible or solid type exhaust hose).

Make sure you check your vent hose on a regular basis for disconnections and or damage, blowing lint and humidity into the house can be dangerous and damaging to your health and house. Click here for, How To Change a Dryer Exhaust Vent.

Dryer Exhaust Vent - Metal Type
Dryer Exhaust Vent - Older Vinyl Type - REPLACE

How do you know when to clean the exhaust vent?

  1. Excess drying times
  2. Burning smell
  3. Lint building up on the outside of the rear of the dryer, also may indicate a loose or disconnected vent hose.
  4. The exterior vent hood flap doesn’t open up easily or you actually see lint around the flap.
  5. You haven’t had your dryer vent cleaned in over 1 year.

How to clean a dryer exhaust vent – You can try to do it your self, Cleaning your Dryer Exhaust Vent or you can call a professional. You can look up a vent cleaning company on Google and there are literally hundreds of how to videos on YouTube.

Apartment Condo Dryers – You may be required to have your dryer vent cleaned once per year – check your condo requirements.

You may even benefit with adding a regulation smoke detector in the laundry room, just a thought.