For many homeowners, “out of sight, out of mind” is a statement of faith—until something goes wrong. As CNBC reports:“about 1 in 15 insured homes has a property damage claim in a given year,” yet prevention measures can help homeowners avoid expensive oversights(Source).
One simple measure, cleaning the dryer vent, is unfamiliar to many homeowners. Yet, as the Reading Eagle reports: “Failure to clean out the vent can have dire consequences, including a house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning” (Source).
In fact, dryers cause thousands of fires each year—at an annual cost of $238 million in property damage (Source).
The number one cause of dryer fires is clogged dryer vents. G&G Indoor Air Services of Philadelphia recommends one obvious solution to this problem, dryer vent cleaning, at least every two years. Certain households (larger households or those with more frequent usage) may require more frequent cleaning.