Dryer Vent Cleaning
Clothes dryers are a commonly overlooked source of house fires. Over time, lint can build up in and block the dryer vent. This can overheat the dryer and cause a fire. Other times, cheaply made dryer venting can crack, be crushed, or even break, resulting in flammable lint “venting” between the walls or under the floor of your home!
If your dryer seems to take longer to dry clothes than it used to, if the dryer gets hot while running, if the heating element keeps shutting off, if your clothes are very hot when they come out, or if you can’t remember the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned, it’s probably time to get it looked at.
Common dryer vent issues include:
- Dryer vents installed which are too long or which have multiple twists and turns. This makes air draw through the vent difficult, and results in lint buildup. Dryer ducts should be as short as possible, with a minimum number of turns.
- Vents made of improper materials. Some installations involve highly flammable, flimsy plastic vents or foil duct extenders. Vents made of rigid metal are best. These resist crushing much better than plastic or foil, keeping the duct run straighter and allowing the air and lint to be carried out of the system. Metal vents are required by law in many areas.
- Damaged or loose parts. Over time, vibrations in the system can disconnect venting sections or cause rips or tears in foil parts, allowing air and lint to pour into the walls of the house.
- Placing the dryer too close to the wall. Pushing the dryer right up against the wall, folding the venting material between the dryer and the wall, can reduce airflow and promote lint buildup.
- Bird guard problems. The venting should terminate outside the house with a specially designed flap (not a screen, which can trap lint). This “bird guard” can come off or break, allowing birds to nest in the exhaust duct. The flap can also stick shut, causing airflow problems.
Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned Today!
Our techs can clean most types of dryer vents, either on their own or alongside a chimney sweep for a substantial discount! We can also install new dryer vents, reconnect, repair, or re-route old ones, or replace old, flimsy, flexible venting with new, safer and stronger rigid ducting. Contact us today at (859) 219-8736 to set up an appointment. We are available year round!