Dryer Vent Cleaning
The Cleaning Process
- First we turn on the dryer to check if there is any airflow.
- We then pull the dryer away from the wall to inspect if the dryer was correctly installed, which includes the length of the vent from the dryer to the wall and the material in which the vent is made. (Vinyl vents are not up to code and can become a fire hazard.)
- We send the vacuum hose through the entire length of the vent from the wall to the outside. This ensures that we remove any large obstructions so the brush will not cause any clogging.
- Next, we reconnect the dryer system, turn the dryer on and from outside send a brush attached to flexible poles back through the pipe. Since the dryer is running all the loose lint will be pushed out of the dryer vent line.
- Last, we check to ensure there is maximum airflow.
There are 16,700 dryer vent fires every year!
And the number continues to rise. Why? Most people do not know their dryer vents need to be cleaned. They clean out their lent filter and think that is all it takes. But the duct is where the lint can really build up. And the lint is highly flammable, accounting for most dryer vent fires. In addition to build up, improper installation of your dryer vent system can also pose a serious danger to you. During the dryer vent cleaning we will inspect to detect potential hazards such as the presence of flammable vinyl duct or a duct run that is improperly routed. So ensure your family's safety with a professional inspection.
Source: The Consumer Products Safety Commission
Clogged Dryer Vent = Wasted Energy & Money
If you notice that your clothes are taking longer than normal to dry, you could be seeing the first signs of a clogged dryer vent. Before looking for a new dryer go outside and check for two things.
- First, how is the air flow? Is it hot, can you feel the air flow on your hands?
- Is there an obvious amount of lint build up on or around the dryer exhaust?
When the dryer vent line is clogged air can not flow properly. This causes your dryer to work harder than it should be, thus wasting you more energy and money.
When a dryer vent line builds up excess lint it can be a danger for two reason.
- The lint clogges the pipe preventing the steam to properly vent out. From here the steam has nowhere to go and turns into condensation. Eventually the pipe will fill up with water and drip back down to your dryer.
- The second danger can happen when the pipe becomes clogged and due to the excess heat from the dryer it can actually catch on fire.
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