Dryer Vent Cleaning

3According the to the US Fire Administration, dryer vent fires cause more than $88 million in damage, over 400 injuries and result in an average of 15 deaths annually.

Most people don’t know their dryer vent needs to be cleaned. They clean out their lint filter now and then and think that’s it. But the dryer vent duct is where lint can really build up and get clogged. And lint is highly flammable, accounting for most dryer vent fires.

If your dryer isn’t drying your clothes like it used to, you may not need a new dryer! A dryer vent clogged with lint reduces airflow so your dryer doesn’t dry as efficiently as it used to. An inefficient dryer also uses more energy, thereby costing you more money.

The Solution:
Have your dryer vent system cleaned and inspected yearly by a dryer vent cleaning professional. A standard cleaning will involve unhooking the dryer, cleaning the vent duct with special tools, and checking connections. A professional can also service all venting sit­ uations, including to day’s extremely long vent ducts. These ducts are especially susceptible to lint buildup.

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So don’t take a chance – put your fami­ ly’s safety in the hands of a professional. It will protect them against potential fire and save you money as well – two great reasons why you should think about your dryer vent.

Warning signs from a dryer vent that should be cleaned

  • Dryer is producing airflow but no heat.
  • It takes longer and longer to dry clothes, especially heavier articles such as towels or jeans.
  • Clothes are damp or hotter than usual at the end of the cycle.
  • Outdoor flapper on vent hood doesn’t open or opens very little when dryer is on.
  • Airflow from the vent seems low.

Reasons you should have your dryer vent cleaned regularly:

  • Your dryer will operate more efficiently, use less energy and save you money.
  • With a dirty vent your dryer has to work harder causing excess wear and premature failure.
  • Clothes dry faster saving time.
  • Reduces excess household dust and humidity.
  • Helps preserve clothing – many fabrics are damaged by excessive heat.

Common causes of dryer fires:

  • Failure to clean dryers, lint traps, and venting systems
  • Improper venting material
  • Storage of combustible material near dryer
  • Putting clothing through more than one drying cycle
  • Failure to adhere to load capacities
 

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