Fire Damage from Clothes Dryers

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Whenever a fire breaks out inside a home, it’s usually caused by an electrical failure or a kitchen accident. However, one of the main causes of fires in the country can come from a clothes dryer.

Although it might seem unlikely to some, it’s possible that a clothes dryer can catch fire, given the right circumstances. By knowing the root cause of dryer fires, you can take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening in your property.

How a Clothes Dryer Catches on Fire

It’s the accumulation of lint in the dryer vent, not faulty wiring, that starts most dryer fires. Each time your clothes produce lint, it gets trapped in the filter whenever the dryer forces hot air into the drum. If there’s too much lint clogging the vent, there won’t be enough air flow to cool down the air. As the temperature of the air rises, the clogged filter has a higher risk of igniting, resulting in dangerous fire disasters.

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Prevention is Key

To ensure that your clothes dryer won’t become a potential fire hazard, you need to remember and follow these fire prevention tips:

Fire Damage from Clothes Dryers
  • Don’t overload your dryer
  • Have the dryer vents cleaned (at least twice a year)
  • The lint trap should be cleaned before and after each drying cycle
  • Operate your clothes dryer as instructed by its manufacturer
  • To avoid creating high heat, set your dryer at the lowest setting when drying
  • Free the surrounding area from clutter and flammable items (e.g. paint thinner, cardboard boxes, cleaning supplies, etc.)
  • Let qualified professionals handle the installation
  • Have it professionally serviced the minute it shows any warning signs

When you to take care and use your clothes dryer properly, it’s highly unlikely that it’ll burst into flames. However, if your property suffered from a recent clothes dryer fire, contact Dreyer’s DKI immediately. We’re a full-service restoration and carpet cleaning company, serving communities in Gainesville, Ocala, and Lake City, Florida since 1979. We offer reliable fire restoration services, and we’re armed with the tools to restore your property back to good condition. We also offer a complete emergency response program to give you peace of mind whenever you encounter a disaster.

When you need our help, just give us a call at 352-403-0085. Our operators are standing by and are ready to take your requests or inquiries. Our customer service is available 24/7.