WHAT DRYER VENTING MATERIAL ARE YOU USING?
Recommendations by Dryer Manufacturers
There is a sticker that comes on the back of most dryers and the sticker on my machine states:
Use a heavy metal vent.
Do not use a plastic vent.
Do not use a metal foil vent.
Failure to follow these instructions can result in death or fire.
Problems with plastic and metal foil
Plastic venting is not a good material to use in dryer venting. If lint starts to build up inside the dryer vent line, the lint can ignite and start a fire. Plastic is highly combustible and acts like fuel for the fire. It is very easy for the vent line to get clogged, especially if it is poorly maintained and not cleaned or checked regularly.
Metal foil is also a poor material to use in dryer venting. It tends to sag and also collect lint very easily. Once you have a buildup of lint in your dryer vent, it can actually increase the amount of time needed to dry your clothes. This results in higher energy costs that can approach $18-$24 a month. The dryer can also overheat and wear out clothes and the dryer faster.
Proper Dryer Venting Material
Dryer Vent Wizard recommends using rigid aluminum pipe and semi-rigid (flexible aluminum pipe). They resist crushing much better and do a better job helping lint and air flow thru the dryer vent line. They are also much better at helping to contain a lint ignited dryer fire. There are appoximately 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers annually.
Tips from Charles
1. Never run your clothes dryer if you are asleep or not at home.
2. Do not use plastic or foil dryer venting. Use proper dryer venting materials.
3. Inspect and/or clean dryer vent annually or hire a professional.
4. Make sure your dryer exhausts to the outside of the home. Note: The attic or crawlspace is not the outside of your home.
Charles Dillard of http://www.dryerventwizard.com services Oakland County, Bloomfield, West Bloomfield, White Lake, Birmingham, Royal Oak, Troy, Lake Orion, Farmington Hills, South Lyon, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Waterford, Milford, Pontiac, Southfield, Oakland Township, Commerce Township, Clarkston, Novi, Beverly Hills, Livingston County, Hartland, Highland, Lake Angelus, Leonard, Ferndale, Brighton, Orchard Lake, Bingham Farms, Huntington Woods, Wixom, Oxford, Oak Park, Walled Lake, Keego Harbor, Lathrup Village, Howell in Michigan.
Dryer Vent Wizard, Dry Clothes Safe Homes is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the largest chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair, replacement and alternation specialists in the U.S. with nearly 50 franchisees in major markets in the U.S.