Our team is equipped and trained to clean dryer vents in homes, condominiums and commercial settings.
In a typical home, the clothes drying process creates minute particles originating from the fibers of clothing. We all know it as ‘lint’. While most dryers have lint filters or screens designed to catch the majority of lint, a certain amount of particulate matter escapes the filter. Lint makes its way into your machines inner housing and from there travels into the dryer exhaust line and eventually outside into open air. Along the way lint will become trapped in the various nooks and crannies of both the machine and the exhaust tubing leading to a variety of ailments for the dryer as well as a potential safety hazard.
The reasoning behind the cleaning process varies from fire prevention to dryer efficiency and even energy savings. The primary goal is to eliminate the risk of fire. The NFPA’s most recent statistical analysis shows that 92% of laundry related fires originate in the dryer and 27% of those fires ignited due to lint accumulation.
Safe practices as suggested by the NFPA show that dryers should be cleaned annually or more often if you see symptoms of an issue. Beyond fire safety, the dryer cleaning process can drastically improve the efficiency of the machine. If you’ve noticed that your clothes are taking longer to dry, it could be due to lint buildup which restricts air flow and exhaust. This also correlates to energy usage. Running the dyer for extended periods of time can have a noticeable effect on your utility costs. Lastly, a properly flowing dryer exhaust system will extend the life of your dryer as well as your clothes. Overheating due to a blockage puts an unnecessary strain on the machine and can damage your clothing!
The vital elements of a thorough cleaning include visual inspection, mechanical cleaning and a multipoint post-cleaning test. Our technicians will visually inspect the lint trap, vent line, transition joints and the exterior termination point. The cleaning entails a high-powered vacuuming coupled with a brush based scrubbing of the entire stretch of piping. This combination will remove lint, socks, undergarments, dryer sheets, animal nests, leaves and other debris. After the inspection and cleaning have been completed, the dryer and associated venting will be reconnected and tested to ensure proper exhausting and overall operation. We will advise you should you need repairs or replacement of certain aspects of the exhaust line.