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.
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 ways to benefit from a dryer vent cleaning:
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.
Saves 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.
Prevents 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.
DO NOT 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.