How We Clean Dryer Vents
We start up the dryer and check the air flow with a feet per minute air flow meter at the roof or sidewall dryer vent outlet. We then use either a special air pressure tool extending the length of the duct and a vacuum to remove lint and dirt / debris. Or if indicated a rotary brush is used. Air flow tests are done after the cleaning to ensure your dryer vent is clear and is working up to design standards. A camera may be used to ensure all the lint has been removed and your dryer vent is clean and safe.
Why You should Keep Your Dryer Vents Clean
To prevent fires, extend the life of your dryer, and lower your utility bills, you should have your dryer vent cleaned regularly. A dryer fire can destroy your clothes and your home. It is recommended that you get your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year, more if you have a large family, and dry many clothes.
Routine Cleaning Prevents Life Threatening Fires
According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These clothes dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents.
Helping Your Dryer Last Longer
When your dryer vent is full of lint, it will make it work harder to dry your clothes. In fact, if your clothes start taking a long time to dry, a clogged dryer vent could be the cause. The lint causes the dryer not to release air as it should, so your clothes do not dry efficiently. Your dryer drying improperly can also cause parts on your dryer to get worn out faster. Getting your dryer vent cleaned regularly can help to ensure that your dryer lasts for many years.