At The Chimney Doctor, dryer vent cleaning is an important part of what we do. Lint and debris build up inside dryer vents over time, decreasing the efficiency of clothes dryers and causing fire hazards. According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) in August 2012 there are over 2,900 clothes dryer fires each year. 84% of these fires were found in residential buildings with an average death toll of 5, with 100 injuries and over $35 million dollars in loss. These numbers are said to have increased in recent years.
We have earned the Certified Chimney Sweep designation from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Your safety is our #1 concern in all inspection, cleaning, repair, and installation work we perform. We consult current local building codes and NFPA211 guidelines and regularly take continuing education courses in our field to make sure that your dryer vent is clear and ready for continued use.
At The Chimney Doctor, we provide superior service and experienced information. Our professional dryer vent cleaning repair service will help to protect your home or business from the hazards of dryer fires and increase the efficiency of your units, saving you more time and money in the long run. Please call us at 970-234-3330 to schedule an appointment today.
How often should dryer vents be cleaned?
In commercial dryer applications it is recommended that they are professionally cleaned at least annually. In residential settings we also recommend having them cleaned, serviced, and inspected annually, or whenever any of the symptoms outlined below are present.
How do I know if I need a dryer vent cleaning and inspection?
There are several symptoms which will alert you that you need to have a professional dryer vent cleaning and inspection performed.
- Lint all around the area where the dryer is located.
- Lint present in other areas of the house.
- Clothes taking longer, even multiple cycles, to dry.
- No air is coming out of the exhaust hood where it exits your home.
Hire an experienced professional today:
We are trained to clean, inspect, and repair dryer vents. Our goal is to help your dryer run as optimally and efficiently as possible while maintaining the integrity of the entire system. We use specialized tools to clean and remove, lint, debris, and other obstructions found in dryer venting systems. We inspect your vents after cleaning and recommend repairs as necessary.
As professional technicians there are many problems we commonly find which may require repair or replacement:
Leaking Exhaust Systems
Exhaust systems leaking dryer lint into the home, walls, or attic space are usually the result of improperly connected dryer vents. If there is dryer lint anywhere it is not supposed to be then I would recommend Often times it is a sign that vents were improperly joined together.
Vents can become disconnected inside of walls, attics, and other inaccessible areas due to improper connections. This creates an extreme fire hazard and could one cause of no air coming out of your dryer vent exhaust hood outside while your dryer is running. If your dryer is running and no air is coming out of your exhaust hood call a professional dryer vent technician as soon as possible.
Water condensation can occur inside of venting systems where exhaust routes were chosen which create low spots or dips in the exhaust path. This creates problems as lint sticks to the moisture in the vents and creates a plug through which lint cannot pass. This can cause mold problems which adversely affect health.
PVC (plastic) Piping
PVC piping was occasionally used as a dryer vent exhaust path. Many people don’t know that when air moves over plastic PVC piping it generates static electricity. The lint then sticks to the PVC piping and never makes it to the end of the exhaust. PVC vented dryers usually have extremely thick lint deposits.
Plastic or Foil Transition Vents
Plastic flex, or metal foil flex, transition vents were often used in the past to connect dryers to the wall. Most dryers have a fire hazard sticker warning against the use of plastic, or foil vents. We recommend replacing these with rigid flex whenever found.
Rubber Washer Hoses
Old rubber washer hoses can break or burst as they age, and flood the home. State Farm recommends homeowners replace their washer hoses every 3-5 years as a preventative maintenance program, or whenever bulges, cracking, fraying, and leaks around the ends. We generally recommend replacing rubber washer hoses with stainless steel braided hoses.
Screens on Vent Covers
Vent cover screens have often been added to prevent animal entry and have become plugged. Screens should be removed and proper exhaust hoods with flapping doors, or louvers panels, installed to replace them. Screens should never be used to cover a dryer vent exhaust cap as these will limit air flow, catch lint, and create a fire hazard.
Scheduling a regular dryer vent inspection each year will save you money in the long run. Instead of making larger, more costly, repairs to your dryer and venting system down the road smaller repairs can be made at regular intervals to help to help protect your dryer and its exhaust venting from common problems associated with regular dryer use.