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DRYER VENT CLEANING SERVICES
Have You Had Your Dryer Vent Cleaned This Year?
If you’re like most of our valued customers you’re concerned about the fire hazard caused by lint accumulations in the dryer vent and the dryer itself. Dryer Vent Cleaning will significantly reduce this fire hazard, giving you peace of mind. It also reduces the amount of time it takes to dry each load of laundry which saves you money on your electric bill.
If You Notice ANY Of The Following It Is Time To Schedule A Cleaning:
Damper (flapper) on exhaust termination barely opens when the dryer is on.
Clothes are damp or hotter than usual at the end of the cycle.
Laundry room feels warmer or more humid than normal.
Clothes take an unusually long time to dry.
The dryer is producing airflow, but no heat.
Outside the dryer is unusually hot.
It has been over a year since you had your dryer vent cleaned.
DRYER VENT CLEANING FACTS
There are 15,000 fires caused every year by dryer vents. If it takes more than one cycle to dry, you need to clean your dryer vent. Dryer vents clogged with lint cost $18 to $24 more per month.
Dryer vents need to be thoroughly and professionally cleaned on a regular basis to prevent fires and keep your dryer running effectively. Our cleaning system will reduce fire risks and may even lengthen the life of your dryer. It will certainly dry your clothes faster! We use a suction hose system and pressurized air to clean the dryer vent and dryer opening. We can do the job whether it vents through a side wall or up through the roof.
DRYER SAFETY – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (Division of U.S. Department of Homeland Security), clothes dryers were involved in an estimated 15,600 U.S. structure fires, fifteen deaths, 400 injuries, and $99 million in direct property damage, annually.
“Failure to clean” is the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
CLOGGED DRYER VENT SYNDROME
Proper dryer venting is much more important than most homeowners realize. Considering the stakes involved and the frequency of residential dryer fires, the topic of dryer venting deserves more attention than it gets.
In addition to the danger of fire, clogged dryer vents prolong drying time. This wastes energy and helps contribute to even more lint buildup.
A quick look behind just about any dryer can be illuminating. In most cases, the flexible duct (transition hose) is going to have multiple bends. In situations that can be very dangerous, the exhaust hose can be crushed against the wall. Add lost socks, an empty fabric softener box, and a considerable accumulation of lint dust, and this very real fire hazard becomes obvious.
All this is before looking inside the wall or at the exhaust system’s outside termination. Inside the wall, long duct runs with many elbows increase the rate of lint accumulation in the duct and in the dryer itself. Inefficient dryer vent terminations that are all too common also contribute to the problem.
While we strongly recommend that the lint screen be cleaned before every load, the fact is that lint still makes it past the filter. There are many reasons lint builds up in every dryer system. Some you can see. Some you can’t.
IS DRYER VENT CLEANING REALLY NECESSARY?
Most homeowners fail to include dryer vent cleaning on their list of yearly maintenance service calls. The cost of a dryer vent cleaning can pay for itself in as little as 3-6 months in energy savings alone. Just because your dryer seems to be working fine is definitely not a good reason to put off having it cleaned.
Dryer vents are one of those “hidden” maintenance items that are often forgotten. The old adage; “out of sight – out of mind” really holds true when it comes to dryer vent cleaning. Unfortunately, neglecting this one simple yearly maintenance can produce harmful and in some instances, even fatal results. Dryer lint is extremely flammable. Keeping your lint trap clean after every drying cycle and having your dryer vent professionally cleaned every year is mandatory to help prevent dryer and vent fires. Clothes dryers cause more home fires than wood-burning fireplaces.
Did you know that your dryer is hands down, the most expensive appliance to run in your entire house, it is second only to your Air Conditioner! A dryer vent clogged with lint will certainly cause a dryer to run hotter and harder, costing you money by way of higher utility bills. The longer it runs the more it costs. When the vent is restricted it is overheating your dryer and damaging internal parts like the heating elements or the heat sensor safety switches and/or expensive computer boards. A half-inch buildup of lint in a 4-inch diameter duct reduces its efficiency by almost 50%! As of this writing, the average service call from an appliance company is $200.00 and that’s just to knock on your door.