Stop and think: When was the last time you had your dryer vents cleaned? Dryer vents are often overlooked when it comes to home maintenance. Dirty dryer vents pose risks for carbon dioxide and home fires, and they reduce the efficiency and lifespan of your dryer.
Fortunately, the company you rely on for chimney cleaning also can clean your dryer vents. A to Z Chimney Services proudly offers dryer vent cleaning services.
Importance of dryer vent cleaning
While your dryer’s lint screen does a fair job of catching the lint created by your clothes and linens, some of that lint makes it past the trap. That lint builds up on dryer vent walls. Eventually, the heat of your dryer can cause that lint to ignite, leading to a major fire hazard. Dryer vent fires are responsible for more than 15,000 home fires every year and 15 deaths, according to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center. An estimated 80 percent of those fires were the result of dirty dryer vents.
Blocks in dryer vents also can trap gases in your home, putting your family at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Those clogs can be caused by lint, or they can be caused by outdoor plants blocking the dryer vent, or by animal nests or debris. A dryer vent cleaning will inspect your dryer vents at both ends ensure that it hasn’t been blocked.
Additionally, clogged dryer vents decrease the efficiency of your dryer. When your dryer can’t “breathe,” it takes loads of laundry longer to dry, costing you extra time and money. Clogged vents make your dryer work harder to dry each load of clothes, lower its lifespan.
Know when to have your dryer vents cleaned
To reduce the risk of a home fire or carbon monoxide poisoning, and to keep your dryer running efficiently, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have your dryer vent cleaned at least once per year. You may need to have your dryer vents cleaned more frequently if you do a high amount of laundry each week.
There are some signs your dryer vent is in need of cleaning. Some of those signs include:
Longer than normal drying times,
Laundry feeling hot to the touch when the drying cycle ends,
Your laundry room becoming warm when the dryer is running,
A strong smell of dryer sheets,
A burning smell when the dryer is running,
An excess of lint building up in the dryer itself, and
Lint debris around the dryer vent.
Your dryer vent cleaning
If you’re overdue for a dryer vent cleaning, call A to Z Chimney Services to schedule your appointment today! Our chimney technicians will use specialized brushes to clear lint from your vents, along with a strong vacuum to pull the lint from your home without making a mess. You can trust our technicians to dramatically lower your risk of a dryer vent fire.
Dryers often get overlooked when it comes to fire hazards. However, clogged vents and overheated dryers presents a real danger to your home. A to Z Chimney Services can clean your dryer vents to keep your unit running as safely and efficiently as possible.
Call the CSIA certified pros at A to Z Chimney Services in Sacramento, CA at (916) 850-2446 to schedule a dryer vent cleaning or to learn more about the process. Also, feel free to complete a submission on our contact form today as well.
Don’t forget that Sunday, May 10th is Mother’s Day.
It’s a day that we honor the women in our lives who carried us for our first nine months, who raised us for the next 18+ years, and who haven’t stopped caring for us ever since.
Just think of all of those years making meals, cleaning up messes, and don’t forget all that LAUNDRY! Piles and piles of laundry! GEEZ!
This Mother’s Day, don’t get your mother or wife the same old candy and flowers… think outside the box of chocolates and get a creative, unusual, and practical gift that says, “I Appreciate You For All That Laundry You Did”…. Hire A to Z to clean out her clothes dryer vent!
Often overlooked, a dirty or clogged dryer vent is currently one of the leading causes of residential fires today! Having it cleaned professionally can help significantly reduce the chances of the clothes dryer catching fire, speed up drying times, reduce energy consumption, and significantly reduce wear and tear on your dryer!
And to make things easier for you to creatively thank your mother, we’re offering a “Mother” of a deal on dryer vent cleaning this month (sorry, I couldn’t resist)!
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 A to Z Chimney Services help! Call us today or make an appointment online.