Dryer Vent Cleaning in Vancouver & Portland
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 lint filter and think that is all it takes. But the duct is where the lint can really build up. 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 a flammable vinyl duct or a duct run that is improperly routed. So ensure your family's safety with a professional inspection.
The Top Hatter Dryer Vent Cleaning Process
- First we turn on the dryer to check for any airflow.
- We then pull the dryer away from the wall to inspect whether 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 send a brush attached to flexible poles from outside 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.
Clogged Dryer Vents Result in Wasted Energy & Money
If you notice that your clothes are taking longer than normal to dry, you could be seeing the first sign 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, thus wasting you more energy and money.
When a dryer vent line builds-up with excess lint, it can be a danger for two reasons:
- The lint clogged 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 pipe becomes clogged, and due to the excess heat from the dryer, it can actually catch on fire.