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The Advantages of a Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning

When you think of all the time and energy that your clothes dryer saves you, it really is a must-have appliance for every home. However, clothes dryers need to be inspected and maintained for safe usage. People don’t often associate their clothes dryer with being a potential safety hazard, but they should. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) states that approximately 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported every year causing 100 injuries, 5 deaths, and nearly 35 million dollars in property loss annually.  Almost one-third of these fires could have been prevented by taking simple, preventative measures. At Old Smokey’s, we take your household’s health and safety very seriously. That is why we offer dryer vent cleaning services from professionally trained, CSIA certified ventilation experts.The Advantages of Professional Dryer Vent Cleanings

How do dryers become hazardous?

When you operate your dryer, warm air is pushed through your clothes and out of the back of your dryer through a ventilation system which blows out of your home. This warm air also blows lint and other small particles off your clothing. Most lint is caught by your dryer’s lint trap, however, some lint is able to make it past the lint trap and rests in your dryer vent. Over time, lint can start to accumulate in your dryer vent to the point that it will eventually clog. Once your vent is clogged, there is nowhere for excess heat and gases to escape, which can cause your dryer to overheat and potentially start on fire. In addition to being a fire hazard, a clogged dryer vent can also cause toxic carbon monoxide to leak into your home.  Although clogs formed by lint are common, your ventilation can also get clogged by debris and animal nesting.

Clogged dryer vents also cause your dryer to operate less efficiently due to restricted airflow. This can cost you time as well as money. If your clothes aren’t drying as well as they usually do, there is a good chance that you have a clogged dryer vent.

We can help!

Sometimes contractors will be in a hurry and not install your dryer vent properly, or use sub-par equipment to hook up your dryer vents. At Old Smokey’s we think this is unacceptable, especially since it concerns your family’s health and safety. During a dryer vent cleaning, we will make sure that all your dryer vents are clear of obstructions and make sure your vents are properly hooked up and not sagging.

If it’s been a while since you’ve used your dryer, or your dryer doesn’t seem to be drying as well as it used to, call Old Smokey’s at 800-876-6539 or 260-424-0009 or reach us online to set up a dryer vent cleaning with one of our professional, certified ventilation technicians. We look forward to serving you!

Why Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned?

With things like carpools, soccer practices, and other family-related activities with which to contend, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some things, often through no fault of our own, take a back seat to everything else that’s going on. One thing that is commonly overlooked by homeowners is the proper maintenance and cleaning of dryer vents. People may think that cleaning these vents isn’t all that important. This couldn’t be further from the truth!

Excessive lint build up occurs slowly and gradually. You don’t even realize it’s happening. Your dryer vent is one of those forgotten vents in your home that either runs to the roof or through an outer wall to the outside of your home. You think that by cleaning out the lint filter after each load of laundry you are doing your job and maintaining the dryer. To borrow Al Borland’s catch phrase – “I don’t think so, Tim.” What many homeowners don’t realize is the potential fire hazard they’re creating if they don’t have their dryer vent cleaned annually.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a safety alert on clothes dryer fires, offering several important tips for preventing dryer fires, including dryer vent and dryer duct cleaning:

  • Clean your lint trap before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times than normal, this may be a sign that the lint trap or the exhaust duct is blocked.
  • Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically. Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If it’s not, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked.
  • Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up. Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint accumulation. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter.
  • Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. Most manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid duct, which provides maximum airflow. The flexible plastic or foil type duct can more easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the airflow.

A professional dryer vent cleaning will help to reduce excess household dust and humidity as well as preserve clothing, as the life of many fabrics can be damaged by high temperatures. The cleaning will also allow your dryer to operate more efficiently by using less energy, thereby saving you money.

Clogged dryer vents are the cause of almost 16,000 house fires each year. A partially obstructed vent filled with lint can cause increased drying times and waste energy while a blocked vent may result in fire. Do any of the following apply to you: your clothes are still damp after a full drying cycle, there is excessive heat buildup in your laundry room/area, or you use your dryer often. If so, let the pros at Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney help! Call us today or schedule an appointment online.

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