Many homeowners ramp up their home maintenance routine after the new year. Spurred by resolutions for a cleaner home, driven inside by winter weather and gearing up for full-blown spring cleaning, countless homeowners are tackling big jobs this time of year. For homeowners tackling home maintenance tasks that are often neglected, the new year is a perfect time for a dryer vent cleaning.
Why You Need to Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned
Many homeowners don’t realize that they’re clothing dryer vents need to be cleaned and inspected just like their chimneys! That’s because every time you dry a load of clothes, damp lint bypasses the lint screen and enters the vent. That damp, sticky lint sticks to the walls of the vent and then to more lint. Over time, all of that sticky lint can form dangerous clogs in the dryer vent. When your dryer vents are clogged, the heat and exhaust can’t exit the dryer. This causes the dryer to overheat, which is a major fire hazard.
Because of the fire danger posed by clogged dryer vents, home maintenance professionals recommend having your dryer vents professionally cleaned at least once per year. If you dry a lot of clothing and linens, you might need to have your dryer vents cleaned more frequently! During your professional dryer vent cleaning, your dryer vents will not only be cleared from dangerous lint, but they also will be inspected to ensure that they are unobstructed from outside plants or debris, that they are the proper size and recommended material and that they are damage free.
How to Tell if Your Dryer Vents Need to be Cleaned
If you’re not sure if your dryer vent needs cleaned, look for the signs! Clogged dryer vents inhibit the proper function of your dryer. That’s why you might notice these signs if your dryer vents are overdue for a cleaning:
• Loads of clothing take longer to dry than usual,
• A burning smell when the dryer is running,
• The dryer or laundry room feeling hot when the dryer is running, and
• An overly strong small of fabric softer or must when the dryer is running.
Who to Call for Dryer Vent Cleaning
If you’re ready to start your year off with a properly cleaned home and clean clothing dryer vents, call A to Z Chimney Services and Dryer Vent Cleaning to schedule an appointment today! Not only will you lower your home’s fire risk and make your home cleaner, but you’ll enjoy shorter laundry drying time and lower home energy bills, and you’ll extend the life of your dryer.
Each spring, we make it a habit to deep clean our homes: We dust normally unreached corners, get rid of unused items and organize our closets and garages. This spring, you should add dryer vent cleaning to your list of spring cleaning tasks!
Dryer vent cleaning is an important part of home maintenance.
Over time, lint builds up in your dryer vents. Each time you dry a load of clothes, lint makes it past the screen trap. In fact, the lint trap only catches about 60 percent of the lint created by your dryer, leaving the other 40 percent to make its way up into your dryer vents. The lint sticks to itself within the dryer vents, leading to clogs and blockages. Additionally, other things can block dryer vents. Animals and birds can crawl or fly in from the outside and make nests. Believe it or not, even smaller items of clothing, like socks, can make it past the lint screen and block the dryer vent. We don’t often think of cleaning our dryer vents, but it should be done at least once per year, making dryer vent cleaning an ideal spring cleaning project!
Dryer vent cleaning saves you money.
Having your dryer vents cleaned is a relatively inexpensive service, and having your dryer vents cleaned can save you money throughout the rest of the year. A clogged dryer vent can cost an additional $18 to $24 each month in energy costs, as the dryer has to work harder and run longer to dry each load of clothing. That means that dryer vent cleaning more than pays for itself over the course of a year. Dryer vent cleaning also can save you money by extending the life of your dryer, as dirty dryer vents overtax your dryer by interfering with its airflow.
Dryer vent cleaning keeps your home safe.
Clothing dryer cause more than 15,000 home fires each year, according to statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and many of those are caused by clogged dryer vents. When warm air can’t escape from the dryer via the dryer vent, that heat builds up while the dryer is running. The UNI-STAR Cleaning Service in Manchester advises that extreme heat can ignite the highly flammable lint in the dryer vents or dryer, causing a fire. Blocked dryer vents also can prevent carbon monoxide, a byproduct of a gas dryer, from leaving the home. That can lead to a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide inside the home.
Schedule your spring dryer vent cleaning with A to Z Chimney Services now!
Adding dryer vent cleaning to your spring cleaning to-do list can save you money, keep your home safe and help keep your clothes clean by dryer them faster, avoiding the musty smell that can occur when wet clothes remain in the dryer too long. And by including dryer vent cleaning in your spring cleaning ritual, you’ll remember to have your dryer vents cleaned annual, as is recommended. Call A to Z Chimney Services Sacramento today to schedule your spring dryer vent cleaning!
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.
Poor Mr. Dryer has to pay a visit to Dr. Z, the Dryer Vent Proctologist…. lately he’s been feeling all backed up and NASTY! Can Doctor Z help clean him out? Will the lady of the house have to get rid of him? Stay tuned all the way to the hilarious ending to find out!
Anyone who knows me knows that I missed my true calling in life…. I should have been a film maker! Here’s our latest video creation using humor to explain why having your clothes dryer vent cleaned regularly is very important in order to reduce the chances of a clothes dryer fire or carbon monoxide poisioning! We wanted to use humor in order to shed light on an otherwise very serious, but often overlooked subject.I truly hope you get a chuckle out of this funny video and share it with your friends and loved ones. If it’s been a while since you had your clothes dryer vent cleaned, watch this video!!Sincerely, Aaron Spielburng Zambrana, aka, Doctor Z, the Dryer Vent Proctologist.
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When Pam from Roseville recently purchased a new washer and dryer, the installer who delivered her new appliances mentioned that she “might want to consider having her dryer vent cleaned out”…… talk about an OVERSTATED UNDERSTATEMENT!
When everything was said and done, AtoZ extracted a LOT of dryer lint from her dryer’s vent! Tam said she was surprised at how much lint AtoZ got out! Needless to say, her clothes dryer will not only dry faster and use less energy, but the chances of a fire hazard are significantly reduced! Thanks Pam for allowing us to award you the “Dirtiest Dryer Vent Of The Month” award! You’re a great sport!