The Dryer Vent? Yes – did you know that “failure to clean” is the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings? When did your dryer(s) last receive maintenance? Also! You know how there is always that one dryer that runs a little warm, and takes a little less time than the others in the apartment building – it is super convenient but also seems to make your clothes smell a little ‘hot?’ Not ideal.

And for our homeowners, get back here, this applies to you too – here are 7 Facts for you from the CSIA about Clothes Dryer Exhaust Safety:

  1. 1. According to manufacturer’s specifications and local codes, dryer ducts must be a minimum 4” in diameter and at least as large as the dryer outlet.
  2. Unless otherwise specified by your dryer’s manufacturer or local code, the developed length of your dryer’s exhaust duct should not exceed 25 feet. (When determining developed length, each 90º turn adds 5 feet to the actual length.)
  3. Dryer vents shall be independent of all other systems and terminate outdoors, not into a chimney, crawl space or attic.
  4. Your outside dryer exhaust vent’s termination hood should be equipped with a back draft damper to ensure that the exhaust doesn’t come back in your home.
  5. Metal transition ducts should be used between the dryer and the exhaust duct.
  6. Flexible transition ducts should never be used in an attic, a crawl space, or inside a wall.
  7. The CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician credential is the only nationally-recognized credential of its kind.”

One more for those who are huge fans of your clothes [we assume most people apply here] – if you have neglected the dyer, running at higher than standard or intended temperatures, leading to a decreased life, and increased wear of your clothing – that is, if they don’t inadvertently ignite due to an overheated element or safety mechanism. Additionally, do you ever keep going back to the dryer, once it has finished and find that your clothes do not seem to be dry, for the third time? The dryer vent may not be breathing so well.

At Brick + Ember Outfitters, having certified sweeps and technicians who have completed the training by the Chimney Safety Institute of America to ensure their knowledge of the venting systems of your home is critical to how we strive to grow your peace of mind.

Have questions about the hook-up of your dryer-vent? Just need it cleaned for the sake of safety and efficiency? We can do all of those things – give us a call!