Dryer vent in a home being cleaned out with a round brush. There is a large pile of lint that has been removed from the vent on a white tiled floor. The walls and baseboards are white. The lint is gray. Taken with a Canon 5D Mark 3 camera. rm

It can be physically and emotionally hard to lose images and precious treasures, to have to replace home objects and to deal with all of the paperwork that comes with it. However, clogged dryer vents are responsible for more than 15,000 residential fires each year, resulting in property damage totaling more than $60 million for the homeowners and their insurance companies. According to reports, dryer vent fires are responsible for more than 90% of all appliance fires, more than 300 injuries, and more than a dozen deaths, as well as over 300 injuries and deaths from other causes. Furthermore, research has revealed that the most common reason for home clothes dryer fires is a lack of maintenance (30%), followed by an unknown mechanical problem (11%) and a part break, leak, or failure (11%).

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