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Dryer Vent Clog Leads to Fire Damage in Fort Collins

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Vent Clog Leads to Fire Damage in Fort Collins It is important to regularly clean out the dryer lint trap because lint is extremely flammable and can easily cause a house fire.

You Can Trust SERVPRO to Thoroughly Remediate after Fire Damage in Your Home

Overnight guests and students home for the holidays tax a washer and dryer more than usual, adding to the risk of an obstruction in the exhaust vent. Routine maintenance of dryer lint traps and vents is a challenge any time of the year, but the social whirl of the holiday season delays it further. If a fire sparks, we can help resolve the cause as well as the effect.

Fort Collins fire damage linked to a poorly maintained dryer vent sadly is not an uncommon occurrence. Thousands of fires a year trace their source to dryer lint either left inside the dryer lint trap or packed into the dryer exhaust venting. Lint is highly flammable, and the heat and blockage combine to create the perfect fire starter. We have the skills, tools, and experience to remediate the damage done by the fire. Expect us to address the clogged vent as well.

If the fire smoldered in the duct for a time, the smoke and soot damage might be thick and sticky, and more widespread than just the laundry room. SERVPRO technicians learn about the different kinds of smoke residues during IICRC training and match cleaning tools and techniques to the type of damage. A spray and wipe method with the addition of abrasive cleaners and sponges for tough areas usually suffices. Our crew evaluates all areas of your home to make sure we remediate areas where soot drifted or was carried by an operational HVAC system.

Dealing with the lingering odor of a smoldering fire is also on our list of tasks. SERVPRO technicians employ a range of deodorization strategies to clear the air permanently. If removal of the burned materials and clean up of the soot inadequately decreases the smell, we explore options like sealing surfaces or thermal fogging and hydroxyl generation to neutralize the odiferous particles in the air and settled.

If the charring at the vent site was minor, we help clear out the dryer venting as a final step. Regardless of its condition, white or silver vinyl duct hose should be replaced immediately. Those materials risk a house fire even without lint acceleration. National and local building codes require metal ducting and an external vent for clothes dryers.

Recover quickly from an unsettling situation if a lint fire damages your home. SERVPRO of Fort Collins is quick to respond and confident in its ability to provide the restoration services needed. Call (970) 493-6335 for a professional consultation.

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