Did you know that in 2010 the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reported 16,800 structural fires involving clothes dryers?
You use your dryer frequently, and hopefully clean the lint trap regularly; however, have you ever considered the state of your dryer vents? Only about 25 percent of lint accumulated while your clothes are drying is actually collected by the lint trap. The rest builds up in your dryer vent system and restricts airflow. This, in turn, causes your dryer to work harder and wastes your energy dollars. Causing even more concern, the NFPA reports more than $100 million in property loss each year, dozens of deaths, and hundreds of injuries resulting from dryer vent fires.
What is dryer vent cleaning?
Professional dryer vent cleaning removes lint and other debris from all areas of your dryer’s venting system – from the lint trap to the outside exhaust vent. Our professional dryer vent cleaning utilizes special tools and cleaning equipment to force air through your vent thoroughly, cleaning your venting system without leaving a mess inside your dryer. The NFPA recommends professional dryer vent cleaning annually or even more frequently if you notice loads are taking longer to dry. They also recommend cleaning the lint trap with each load of laundry.
There are many reasons you may need dryer vent cleaning:
- Noticeably longer drying times, especially on heavier materials such as towels
- Items that are still damp or hotter than normal at the end of the drying cycle
- An outdoor flap that doesn’t open when the dryer is in operation
- Increased energy bills
- As a part of manufacturer-recommended routine maintenance
- To extend the life of your dryer