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Dryer Vent Cleaning

In 2000 per the National Fire Protection Agency, there were 15,600 dryer vent fires, which resulted in 20 deaths, 370 injuries, 67.7 million in property damage.

Does your dryer take more than one cycle to properly dry your clothes? If the answer is yes, then you are probably overdue to get your dryer vent cleaned. That’s right, I said overdue, because by the time you start to notice that it is taking longer, there is already enough lint built up in your dryer vent to be a major fire hazard. Did you know that your dryer’s lint screen only catches about 75% of the lint expelled from your dryer? The rest goes out the dryer vent pipe or so you hope! For every ten feet of dryer vent pipe used, there is a 30% reduction in airflow, the average Single–Story home is twenty feet tall at the peek and that is roughly where the dryer vent exhausts. This means that under perfect conditions your dryer’s airflow is reduced to 40% thus leaving behind much of the lint it was supposed to expel. The taller the house the worse the problem becomes as airflow is reduced even further. That is the price you pay for being able to do your laundry in the air conditioning. Let me explain, back East, they don’t have this problem, the dryer is in the garage or basement and it vents directly to the outside, but since we live in the desert and it is a bit warm in the garage in the summer, builders place your washer and dryer indoors in the A/C, thus forcing them to vent vertically through the roof or horizontally through several walls or a combination of both.

Don’t worry, with a little common sense and some good planning a catastrophe can be averted.

Just consider your dryer vent one more thing on your house you need to have maintained. The only thing you need to figure out is how often to have it done. If you have just moved in or have no idea when, if ever, your dryer vent was cleaned, now is the time. Once you have your vent cleaned by a professional, the average rule of thumb is to have it cleaned every 2-3 years depending on how much laundry you do. If you have a large household, you may want to consider getting it cleaned yearly as many of our commercial locations do.

We have tools specifically designed to clean dryer vents and with these tools we are able to do a thorough job of cleaning even the most difficult applications. While dryer vents are routinely blocked with lint, animal nesting is also another frequent cause of dryer vent blockage and our equipment allows us to remove these blockages as well.

Still not convinced, Here are a few more reasons:

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 plugged vent will certainly cause a dryer to run hotter and harder, this costs you money in the form of higher utility bills. The longer it runs the more it cost you. 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. The average service call from an appliance company is $200.00 and that is just to say hello.

Have a warrantee on your dryer? Did you know that most of the companies that do warrantee work will not replace a defective heating element until you have your dryer vent cleaned.

Many insurance companies require that dryer vents be inspected and cleaned regularly.

Did you know that dyer vent fires have a high fatality rate? It’s true and here is why: a dryer vent fire starts in your overheated dryer compartment; it ignites the extremely flammable lint and then sends the flames roaring through the thin walled vent pipe in your wall. The flames the reach the section of pipe that extends through you attic. These pipe sections are only held together with duct tape. As the pipe heats up, the duct tape melts and the still burning pipes fall over in your attic igniting your roof timbers. All of this has taken 5 minutes, half of your attic is on fire and you have no clue… Why? Because smoke detectors only warn you about smoke inside the house, they can’t detect smoke and flames inside walls or in attics. A dryer vent fire is an internal wall fire that spreads to you attic space. You usually have no idea your house is on fire until the roof caves in and kills you or your loved ones. Just think, how many times have you started a dryer load and then went to sleep or worse started a load and then left for work leaving your family inside with a ticking time-bomb. We know this sounds a bit over the top, but if you have ever seen the devastation a dryer fire can cause you wouldn’t think so. It is not our intention to scare you, but to present you with the facts so that you can make an informed decision and protect yourself from harm.