Cleaning dryer vents is something all homeowners should be concerned about. Why? The safety of you and your family can depend on it. You can prevent fires, save money by cleaning your dryer vents. Getting your dryer vent cleaned by professional technicians will not only provide you with a service you need but will help you to have peace of mind. Read why so many satisfied customers choose Complete Detail for their dryer vent cleaning needs.
Why Do I Need My Dryer Vent Cleaned?
Lint has a way of building up in more places than we may realize. It can be found in the lint trap housing, the interior dryer duct, the dryer vent and even the dryer itself. All of this presents itself as a hazard to you and your family and therefore is a serious issue all homeowners should be aware of. How can being proactive help you and your family? Here are a few benefits from a dryer vent cleaning:
Prevention of Fires
Each year, dryers are responsible for more than 15,000 structure fires around the country, and 80 percent of those fires start with clogged dryer vents. This is one of the major reasons many homeowners decide to get their dryer vents cleaned regularly.
Save Money and Energy
Another factor in having a professional clean your dryer vents is that it actually saves you money in the end. Running your dryer with a dirty lint screen can use up to 30 percent more energy. If your dryer vent is clogged or blocked, it will have to run longer to fully dry your laundry, which uses more energy and could cause your electric bills to increase.
In addition to using more energy, if your dryer is taking twice as long to dry clothes, it’s being used twice as much, essentially cutting its life span in half. It will cost you much less, in the long run, to hire a professional to inspect and clean your vents once a year and avoid these issues altogether.
Prevent Animals from Nesting
When lint builds up in your dryer vent, the duct hood flap doesn’t open and close properly. If this flap isn’t closing correctly, it could be an invitation for birds and small rodents to make your vent their new home. In addition to keeping your vents clean, investing in a ventilation cap or dryer vent guard will help prevent these animals from nesting.
How Is a Dryer Vent Cleaned?
Professional dryer vent cleaners often take the same approach when it comes to cleaning a residential dryer vent. The technician will use specialized tools to clean out both ends of the dryer vent, including the exit that may be located on your roof. Finally, any debris and lint inside your dryer will also be cleared away.
How Can I Keep My Dryer Vent Clean in Between Services?
After having your dryer vents professionally cleaned try to keep the buildup to a minimum between yearly cleanings. Here are a few tips on how to do that:
- Always clean the lint filter between loads of laundry, and occasionally use a small vacuum to carefully clean out the inside of the dryer, as well as the lint trap.
- Heavy bedding can be tough on your dryer, so consider air-drying comforters and heavy blankets.
- You should also avoid running your dryer for several cycles in a row. Give your dryer a break in between cycles and allow it to cool down and completely ventilate the hot, humid air from the previous cycle.
- Be sure to call in a professional once a year to keep your vents clean and functioning properly.
Dryer Vent Dos and Don’ts
DO ask a professional for help
Some homeowners may have a do-it-yourself approach to dryer vent cleaning and will purchase a kit. However, there are several issues with this approach and often times it leaves you with a false sense of security that your good work has eliminated the risk for a fire. Experts tell us that more often than not, these devices fail to remove all of the lint in the lint duct. In the end, it can actually cause a bigger problem. For example, the homeowner may unintentionally compact the lint, and create a blockage.
DON’T use duct tape to connect venting materials
The adhesive dries out over time, especially due to temperature changes, creating gaps in the joints of the vent.
DON’T ignore signs indicating that your clothes dryer is not operating properly
Watch for warning signs that indicate you have a clogged or obstructed dryer vent and a potential fire risk in your home. Give Complete Detail a call today to have your dryer vent cleaning done! Our experienced technicians will be happy to assist you in any way they can.
How Much Does a Dryer Vent Cleaning Cost?
Professional dryer vent cleaning can cost anywhere from $90 to $450. However, the price will vary depending on any additional services you may ask for. For example, many people ask to have air duct cleaning done in addition to dryer vent cleaning. When they do this, the cleaning company usually gives a reduced price. Call Complete Detail to get a free estimate over the phone at (937) 507-2927. We look forward to hearing from you!
Is My Dryer Vent Clogged?
Once you understand how important a dryer vent cleaning can be to your home and family, you may be concerned if it is clogged. Below are some of the main warning signs to keep an eye out for. Why not do a thorough inspection of your dryer and make sure your family is safe?
Extra Dry Time
If you start to notice clothes not being able to dry on your regular drying cycle, this is one of the first signs of a clogged vent. Since air is being trapped by your clogged vent, clothes will not be able to dry. A clogged vent will only keep clothes hot and moist. If you frequently remove clothes like this, it’s time to call about getting a dryer vent cleaning!
You Smell Something Burning
If you have a load going and notice a burnt smell, be aware! This smell coming from your dryer happens when it is clogged. When a dryer vent is clogged, your dryer needs to work harder to dry clothing. In turn, this could lead to notice a burning smell.
Another tell your vent is clogged, is your dryer feeling extremely hot on the outside while it is running. Remember, when a vent is clogged, your dryer will have to work extra hard to dry clothing. Additionally, a dryer is designed to exhaust heat and moisture while it is drying. Both issues, working extra hard and trapped moisture and heat, can cause a dryer to feel hot to the touch. These signs point to the fact you need to get your dryer vent cleaned.
Most recommend cleaning your filter tray before a new cycle starts. However, when cleaning the tray pay attention to how much lint you are gathering. When you notice an excessive amount building up each time, it is a possibility your vent has become clogged. Some have even noticed a large amount of lint collecting on the outside of the lint filter and around the dryer or laundry room.
If you notice any of these warning signs, it is time to call Complete Detail and get a dryer vent cleaning scheduled. Your safety is important to us!
If you are in need of a dryer vent cleaning call (937) 507-2927 or visit our Contact Us web page to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!