Dryer vent cleaning can remove buildup in the vent. It will improve the efficiency of your dryer and protect your family from potentially dangerous fires. When your dryer’s vent system is compromised it can’t exhaust properly. This will cause it to overheat, threatening your home, health and safety.
Clogged Dryer Vents Fire Hazard Dangers
Many homeowners rely on their dryers to get chores done. Do not allow your dryer to become a fire hazard because it isn’t cleaned regularly and properly. Clothes dryers are responsible for approximately 15,600 structure fires around the country according to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center. With 80% of these fires started due to clogged dryer vents, it’s imperative that we maintain them. These fires result in 15 deaths and 400 injuries on average annually. Thousands of occupants in homes are treated for symptoms of poisonous gas fumes that back up into the home because of blocked vents.
Taking Care of Your Dryer
Cleaning the trap after each use is important, but it’s not enough to prevent a fire from sparking in your dryer. To keep your dryer as safe as possible you should replace any vinyl or plastic flexible transition ducts between the dryer and the main vent with semi-rigid metal transition duct. This is important because plastic and vinyl transition ducts can catch fire. Check the opening vent pipe outside to make sure it’s free from any bird nests, bushes, and other debris that builds up over time.
Signs You May Need to Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned
*Clothing does not dry completely after a normal drying cycle.
*A musty odor is present in the clothes following the drying cycle.
*Clothing feels hotter to the touch than normal after a drying cycle.
*The dryer vent hood flap doesn’t open properly as it’s designed to do during the operation of the dryer.
*More than a year has passed since the last cleaning.
*Debris is accumulating outside the dryer vent opening.
*Dry time takes longer than 35 to 40 minutes to dry.
*More heat is noticed within the room the dryer is located.
*Noticing larger amounts of lint accumulation.
*Noticing lint and debris around the lint filter for the dryer.
*Excessive odor is noticed from dry sheets that are used.
Reasons to Hire a Professional for Dryer Duct Cleaning
Professionals have the tools and training and reach deep into the dryer vent and clean all debris build-up that occurs along the lining of the ventilation pipes. The technician will use a long vacuum tube and a snake brush to remove lint and debris. Solid masses will be scraped away with the brush and vacuumed out. They will take care with the bends in the pipe as these are areas where more buildup will occur. These pipes can range from 5 to 40 feet in length, depending on where the appliance is located to the outside venting site.
Processional Dryer Vent Cleaning in the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
A big advantage to using a professional is that they have seen just about every make and model and will likely be able to clean the interior components more efficiently than you would. Keep your family safe from potential fires and call Air Supply Air Conditioning & Heating today.