Dryer Vent Cleaning
Just like your air ducts you can’t see inside your dryer vent! Using our video inspection camera we are able to show you all of the dirt and lint that stays inside your dryer and vent once you have completed your laundry and cleared the lint trap. Lint will build up in the dryer, transition duct and exhaust duct which can reduce airflow and create a dangerous situation which can lead to overheating and dryer inefficiencies, and in some cases, fires. When moisture cannot escape it will invite mold and bacteria build up as well. By cleaning your dryer vent, we can help ensure your clothes dryer is both safe and energy efficient!
If you are like most people, you clean the lint trap on your dryer each time you run a load of laundry. The lint trap can accumulate a significant amount of debris after you run even a single load through the dryer. In order for your dryer to work efficiently, super-heated air must pass through the lint trap, vent and duct work so that it can exit your home. Cleaning the lint trap regularly facilitates the efficiency with which heated air can escape the home as needed. However, the vents and ducts can also become filthy over time and must be cleaned as well.
The lint trap will capture a significant number of particles that blow out of the dryer, but some particles will work their way through the trap and will blow through the vent and air duct. Just as debris in your HVAC system’s air vents can accumulate in the ductwork and must be removed, the same holds true for your dryer vent and duct. Many homeowners overlook this important home maintenance step, and this oversight can be detrimental in several ways.
Consider that the air that passes through the dryer vent and duct is super-heated, and lint is highly combustible. Fires related to dryers and dirty ducts are unfortunately common, and they are entirely preventable. In addition to the risk of property damage and personal injury related to a fire, your dryer’s condition can also be impacted by a dirty vent or duct. When the vent or duct is filthy, the heated air cannot pass out of the home as efficiently as it needs to. This creates unnecessary wear on the dryer. Over time, this could lead to repair issues that otherwise could have been avoided. Energy costs may be higher than necessary because the dryer cannot operate efficiently. In addition, it could result in the need to replace the dryer much sooner than you otherwise would have had to.
Lint is one of the most flammable items in your home!
With estimates of 15,500 US home fires being contributed to dirty dryer vents.
It is more important than ever to get your dryer vent inspected and serviced.
Signs your dryer vent may be clogged
- Takes anywhere from 2-4 cycles to dry 1 load of laundry
- The outside of your dryer is hot to touch and your clothes are damp and hot at the end of the cycle
- Notice a burning smell
- The vent hood flap outside doesn’t open properly when dryer is running
- Your home is older than 4 years old or hasn’t been inspected regularly
Statistics are important to understand
- In the Topical Fire Report Series, the US Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) states that 84% of dryer fires were found in residential dwellings. The leading cause remains the same, FAILURE TO CLEAN!
- 54% of the fires were confined to the object of origin- the clothes dryer
The frequency that dryer vent cleaning service is needed is largely based on how regularly you clean the lint trap and how frequently you use your dryer. A good rule of thumb is to schedule professional cleaning service annually, but an inspection of the vent and duct can provide you with accurate insight about the current condition of your vent and duct. To request assistance from Williams Duct Cleaning, call our office today.