House Upkeep: Dryer Ducts

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SO here’s something I didn’t know- you should clean your dryer vents once a year to prevent build up, which prevents unwanted fire. Huh. Wish someone had told me that one a little sooner.

Luckily, Pretty Handy Girl has a tutorial all about it- so please do click over and check it out. Straight from her blog:

‘According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, ( CPSC ), annually there are 15,500 Dryer Fires, Up To 30 Deaths and over 310 injuries, due to dryer exhaust duct fires. You should clean your dryer hose and around it once a year, and inspect the vent and hose for any blockages at least every 6 months.”

The jist of it is:

  • unplug your dryer and shut off the gas, if applicable
  • clean the lint trap & the slot you replace it in
  • pull the dryer away from the wall and detach that big coil (that’s your duct), then vacuum it out and reattach.
  • go outside and clean the vent outside your house too

Seriously, hop over to Pretty Handy Girl’s and read the full tutorial (there’s pictures! so helpful!) and then put this on your to-do list for the weekend.

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For the month of October, I will be participating in The  Nester’s 31 day challenge.

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