The Story of Lint

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The Story of Lint

Lint is something we talk about a lot because it’s one of the more likely causes when it comes to dryers & fires, but what IS lint? Like, what is it actually and why is there SO much of it, ALL the time? Is it just another mystery like dryers + disappearing socks? Nah, not really (we are still trying to figure out where all our socks go though…), but here are some things to know.

A full load of wet clothes contains about a half gallon of water. Lint is created from the clothes as the water is removed during the drying process. This lint will build up in the crevices deep down inside the lint filter trap, and all along the dryer vent hose. It builds up slowly and gradually, creeping along – you don’t even realize it’s happening. When your lint filter becomes plugged, it restricts the outflow of heated air, which can cause your dryer to become overheated. As a result of this build up, your dryer is the # 1 source of fire in your home. It’s all kinda like a bad horror movie…

But you can be the hero and save the day, easily! You already know you should call us to inspect your dryer vents a couple of times a year, but in the meantime, besides cleaning the lint trap after every load, also use a lint brush or vacuum attachment to remove accumulated lint from under the lint trap and other accessible places on a periodic basis. And check the outside dryer vent every once in awhile, while the dryer is operating, to make sure exhaust is escaping. You should feel a strong discharge of moist air. If you do not have a strong discharge of air you may have a blockage in the exhaust path.

A couple of notes:

• Electric dryers are 2.5 times more likely to be the cause of fire than gas dryers. This is due to the higher heat discharge from an electric dryer that exacerbates the lint buildup problem.
• Even though the lint has been removed and the filter appears to be clean, certain fabric sheets used in the drying cycle, can cause a thin clear film to develop on the filter, forming a barrier which restricts the air from properly exhausting from your dryer. A quick test to see whether this film exists, is to take your filter to a sink and run water into it, while observing whether the flow can easily pass through the mesh, or just pools in the filter. If the flow is unable to pass through – a thorough filter cleaning is required. Use a very soft nylon brush and warm soapy water to clean your filter, and repeat the above test – the flow should no longer be restricted. Repeat this cleaning every six months.

These easy steps and our number on speed-dial will help keep you & your family safe from the lint monster/dryer fires (but not the sock eating monster…sorry!), causing less stress, better health, and even money saved.

We’re the experts for professional NY Metro dryer vent cleaning and repair! Give us a call at 845-637-2065 so NY Metro Dryer Vent Wizard can help you save energy, time, and money. Some of the towns we service include: Tuxedo Park NY, Maybrook NY, New Hampton NY, New Milfrod NY, Millbrook NY, New Rochelle NY, Yorktown Heights NY, Jefferson Valley NY and many others!

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