The Anatomy of a Clothes Dryer Fire

Clothes Dryer Lint Explained by The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts

Clothes Dryer Lint Explained by The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts

Most people change their cars’ oil regularly because they want to ensure it’s reliability and efficiency. So, what do you do in the Laundry room? Did you know that most homeowners are unaware of the hidden dangers behind their walls and ceiling?

Your clothes dryer is the second most likely appliance to start a fire in your home. According to the NFPA, home fires involving clothes dryers are about 14,692 each year. To prevent the ignition of dust, fiber, or lint, with proper annual clothes dryer vent maintenance. 

Clothes Dryer Fire
Clothes Dryer Fire

clothes dryer can generate up to a 25 MPH airflow through the dryer’s airways from the internal blower fan — the hot, moist air and lint from the laundry then exits the building to the outdoors.  

What is in your Clothes Dryers Vent?
What is in your Clothes Dryers Vent?

Most lint traps filter out only 75% of the lint, hair, fur, and paper that flows through them to the appliances ductwork to the outside louvered vent. So, where did the remainder of the debris go? It gets caught in the turns and rough services in the dryer venting system. 

Why do clothes dryer fires occur?

 It’s nearly always that the lint collects in 90-degree turns and long straight runs resulting in restricted airflow. Check out the TLK blog about the appliance overheating. https://thelintking.com/blog/clothes-dryer-vent-safety-schaumburg/

I was amazed when I first set lint on fire and noticed how quickly the fire spread. Because clothes lint is so combustible, the Boy Scotts use it as a fire starter!

The perfect dryer vent system is short and straight out an outside wall, literally about two feet of ductwork. We’ve seen run lengths over 60 feet with five turns. Shorter is always more beneficial!

It’s True Location Matters!

Today’s modern home architectures have their laundry room in a convenient location. The results in harder to reach ductwork and exceeding challenging to keep clean. 

It’s essential that the venting be SOLID Metal Material, not of the flexible, foil hose or semi-ridged tubing. The Lint king sees that they crush easily, resulting in airflow restriction and leakage into the laundry room. Learn about a Better Clothes Dryer Transition Hose.

Proper Dryer Vent Cleaning, Repair, and Installation prevents clothes dryer fires.
Dryer Vent Cleaning, Repair, and Installation

Paul Meyers is the owner of The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning and Repair Experts. Our team’s mission is to educate the homeowner on dryer vent cleaning and maintenance. Regular maintenance will help prevent fires and save energy. Visit https://thelintking.com/dryer-vent-cleaning-appointments/ to schedule a dryer vent safety inspection.

Learn about Home Fire Safety at the NFPA.


Dryer Vent Cleaning $89 to $159

Residential Dryer Vent Cleaning in Schaumburg Area

Dryer vents get clogged with lint. Dryer duct cleaning $89 - $129
Clogged dryer vent will damage dryer motor.

Our #1 energy conservation tip would be to continue your dryer vent cleaning and dryer airways checks.

The fact is that a lint trap stops only 75% of the lint.

As a result, debris collects throughout the system, especially under the lint trap. So be sure to clear any lint or other debris out.

That remaining 25% is what collects over time inside your dryer ductwork, and clothes dryer’s airway.

In my 15+ years of dryer duct cleaning and inspecting ducts. I’ve seen time and energy lost to restricted airflow of the clothes dryer ducts.

Average Clothes Drying Time For 1 Load is 45 Minutes

The average time for drying a load of clothes is 45 minutes. Anything over 60 minutes is a sure sign you’ll need your dryer airway cleaned to restore proper airflow.

The Lint King’s charges $89 to $159.00 for End-to-End Duct Cleaning and Dryer Airway Inspection. Check our Dryer Vent Cleaning FAQ Page for pricing information

Serving communities in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Bloomingdale, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Elgin, Streamwood, Itasca, Hanover Park, Barrington, and surrounding communities.

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Call us today to schedule a dryer vent cleaning appointment or use The Lint King’s online Dryer Vent Cleaning service request.

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