June 4, 2013 12:14 am
In many cases, the problem is lint build up. It is estimated that poorly maintained or clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of appliance fires, resulting in more than 15,500 dryer fires every year. These are only the reported cases.
Lint is not the only problem. "Spring is nesting season for birds and all types of small rodents," said Rhonda Nole, a Dryer Vent Wizard franchisee from California. "Dryer vents make warm, fuzzy condos for little critters."
Nole and her technicians, who service Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties as well as Lake and Mendocino, have had more than their share of unusual discoveries from birds, rats, squirrels, and lizards to objects like Barbie doll heads, cell phones, golf tees and more.
According to Nole, it's a mystery how some of these items, including animals, get into vents, even when there are wire screens in place. She revealed how one customer had a rat terrier that would sit and bark at the dryer for hours. Nole described other serious issues she and her technicians have uncovered including bad connections behind the dryer, burnt out wiring and even fires that have already occurred inside the dryer -- without the owner's knowledge.
"Many people are unaware that lint can smolder for hours and eventually result in a flash fire," added Nole, who works to educate customers about proper maintenance and regular check ups.
Homeowners should be aware of problems such as these to prevent fires and even take advantage of energy savings.
Source: Dryer Vent Wizard
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