DRYER VENT CLEANING
Here at Kirk's Duct Cleaning we don’t just stop at air duct cleaning, we also specialize in dryer vent cleaning. Many don't realize the maintenance of your dryer vent is just as important as air duct cleaning if not more. For the safety of your home and family. The lint that builds up inside all dryer vents over time can reduce air flow to the dryer, in return back up the heat exhaust, and cause a fire in your home.
Dryers are a lot more dangerous than most people know, and though our appliances help make our lives easier, you can’t take them for granted. Over 16,000 home structure fires are caused by dryer vents every year, killing dozens and injuring hundreds, and causing over $200 million in property damage. Dryers and washing machines account for one of every 22 home fires reported in the US. It might seem like these commodities are no-maintenance, but you actually need to take care of them to take care of yourself.
How do you know you need your dryer vent cleaned?
It’s recommended to get you dryer vent cleaned every 6months to a year, but you can also just do it when you start to notice the signs of a clogged vent. Here are the telltale signs to keep an eye out for:
1) Increased dryer time
If your clothes are taking more than one cycle to dry completely, you might have a clog in your dryer vent. Too often people will assume that it’s the dryer itself malfunctioning or getting old, when really, it would work like new again if they just had the dryer vent cleaned.
2) Dryer Hot to the Touch
If the surface of your dryer feels hot after running a load of laundry, you probably have a ventilation blockage and your heat element is overworked. This is also the case if you can feel the heat in the air of the room from the dryer after finishing a load.
3) Lint or Debris Accumulation
If you are finding more lint or other debris than usual in your dryer trap, or maybe accumulating on the floor in front of your dyer or beneath the vent opening it is a sure fine indication the debris is not passing through the vent and outside as it should. Get that vent cleaned out!
4) Bad Smell
A clogged dryer vent can also make your clothes smell musty. The air doesn’t circulate as well, and your dryer can’t get all of the moisture out, and old stale lint from previous loads that wasn’t successfully removed accumulates.
What variables effect my vent?
There are a lot things that can affect your dryer vent, and understanding these variables will help you know how often you need to clean it.
How long is your dryer vent?
The longer the vent, the more likely it is that lint will accumulate because the air is unable to move it all the way out. If your laundry room isn’t adjacent to an exterior wall, and your vent travels through several rooms to reach the outside, you are likely to have problems with this.
Is the path of your vent straight?
The most dangerous section of a dryer vent is where it bends, and curves of 90 degrees or more mean you need to be especially vigilant about your vent cleaning because it is so easy for lint to accumulate in the bend. These bends are also always indoors, meaning that a fire in that space will spread to your home more quickly.
So what can you do to prevent a dryer vent fire? Get your vents cleaned out! It’s a very quick and simple fix that will even wind up paying for itself—a clogged dryer vent prolongs your drying time, and your dryer has to work much harder, causing your electric bills to spike. On average, dryer vent cleaning saves homes up to $18-24 every month. It depends on the length of the vent and the density of the lint, but it usually takes us about an hour to complete a thorough cleaning, making it a quick fix for a common and dangerous problem.