When any transfer of property takes place, it makes sense to inspect the areas of the home that are more fire prone to ensure there aren’t any hidden dangers that could pose threats to the new homeowner. The areas that stick out to most here are chimneys and ovens/ stoves. We absolutely agree that these are both parts of the home that could pose serious threats if not inspected and cleaned. However, particularly during the winter, it’s important to remember that dryers pose legitimate fire threats as well. Here’s what every realtor should know about dryer fires!

The Facts

For starters, here are a few statistics provided by the US Fire Administration:

  • ~2900 dryer fires occur per year in the US, causing roughly $35 million in property damage
  • Most dryer fires happen in fall and winter months, with the peak usually occurring in January
  • 34% of dryer fires take place due to a lack of cleaning

Keeping Your Clients Safe from Dryer Fires

So, how can you and your client conclude whether a dryer vent cleaning is necessary? Here is a checklist of signs that a dryer may be overdue for a cleaning:

  • Clothes are not fully dry after a normal cycle
  • A lingering damp odor remains on their clothing
  • Clothes are unusually hot to the touch after a cycle
  • When using the dryer, the vent hood flap does not open as designed to ventilate hot air
  • There is visible debris inside of the dryer vent opening
  • A great deal of lint is visible in the lint trap after every dryer cycle

General Tips for Dryer Safety

Whether a transfer of property is soon to take place or not, following these tips are sure to keep you free from dryer drama even during the driest, coldest times of year:

  • Always read manufacturer instructions and warnings before installing a dryer
  • Confirm that the right electrical outlet and plug are being used
  • Schedule a dryer vent cleaning on a regular basis to prevent hazardous accumulation
  • Clean out the lint trap after every load of laundry
  • Examine the ventilation behind the dryer for damage and dust accumulation a few times per year

Clean Sweep Is Here to Help!

Call Clean Sweep Maryland today at 410-558-1111 for professional chimney sweep, slate roofing and duct cleaning services designed to keep all of your listed properties clean and safe for sellers and buyers. If you have a prospective home buyer or home seller in need of a slate roof inspection or repairs, we are here to help.