We Specialize In Dryer Vent Cleaning & Repair For Increased Safety & Efficiency
You may not think of chimney sweeps when your dryer vents need cleaning, repair, or service, but dryer vent care is actually an important part of what we do — and it makes sense. After all, our team is committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of our customers, by reducing fire risk and keeping home appliances and venting systems clean and operating smoothly. The dryer vent is no different!
Lint and debris build up inside of dryer vents over time, much like soot and creosote build up inside of chimney systems. When this happens, the efficiency of the clothes dryer itself is decreased, and fire hazards are increased.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are over 2,900 clothes dryer fires each year. 84% of these fires occur in residential buildings and result in an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and over $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is a failure to clean them, but our goal is to bring the numbers down to zero by providing thorough dryer vent cleaning services to our neighbors throughout Grand Junction and the surrounding communities.
How Often Should Dryer Vents Be Cleaned?
In commercial dryer applications, it is recommended that they be professionally cleaned at least once a year. In residential settings, we also recommend having them cleaned, serviced, and inspected annually, or whenever the signs outlined below are present.
How Do I Know If I Need A Dryer Vent Cleaning & Inspection?
Depending on your system and how frequently you do laundry, you may need to have your dryer vent cleaned annually, or more or less frequently. Here are some symptoms that show up when it’s time to schedule a professional dryer vent cleaning and inspection:
- There’s lint all around the dryer.
- There’s lint in other areas of the home.
- Clothes take longer to dry, even requiring multiple cycles.
- No air is coming out of the exhaust hood (where the dryer vent exits your home) when the dryer is in use.
How Can The Experienced Professionals At The Chimney Doctor Help?
We are trained to clean, inspect, and repair dryer vents, so no matter what is going on with your venting system, we can help. Our goal is to help your dryer run as optimally and efficiently as possible, while maintaining the integrity of the entire system.
We have specialized tools designed to clean and remove lint, debris, and other obstructions found in the dryer venting systems, and we use powerful HEPA-filtered vacuums to contain any lint and debris we remove. We also inspect the vents after the cleaning and will alert you to any repairs that need to be made.
What Are Some Common Dryer Vent Problems?
As professional technicians, there are many problems we commonly find in dryer vents, 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 lint anywhere it shouldn’t be (like in any area other than the room in which the dryer is located), then there’s a good chance the vents are not properly joined together or they are damaged or leaking. If this is the case in your home, we can take care of it for you.
- Disconnected Vents — Vents can disconnect inside of walls, attics, and other inaccessible areas of the home due to improper connections. This creates an extreme fire hazard. How can you tell if this is a problem in your home? Head outside while your dryer is running and check for air coming out of your dryer vent exhaust hood. If no air is coming out of your dryer vent exhaust hood while your dryer is running, call a dryer vent technicians as soon as possible.
- Water Condensation — Water condensation can occur inside of venting systems when the exhaust routes that the dryer vents travel have low spots or dips. This creates problems because lint then sticks to the moisture, creating a plug through which other lint cannot pass. This can cause mold problems which adversely affect health, reduce dryer efficiency, and even cause a fire.
- PVC (Plastic) Piping —PVC piping was occasionally used to vent dryers, but what many people don’t know is that, when air moves over plastic PVC piping, it generates static electricity. The lint then sticks to the PCV piping and never makes it to the end of the exhaust path. That’s why PVC vented dryers usually have extremely thick lint deposits, which can reduce appliance efficiency and even lead to a house fire.
- Plastic or Foil Transition Vents —Plastic flex or metal foil flex transition vents were frequently 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, which is why we highly recommend replacing these with rigid flex.
- Rubber Washer Hoses — Old rubber washer hoses can break or burst as they age, flooding the home. State Farm recommends that homeowners replace their washer hoses every 3-5 years as a preventive maintenance program, or whenever bulges, cracking, fraying, or leaks around the ends are noticed. We generally recommend replacing rubber washer hoses with stainless steel braided hoses, which are far more durable.
- Screens on Vent Covers —Vent cover screens may be great for preventing animal entry in dryer vents, but they limit air flow, catch lint, and create a fire hazard. If you have a screened vent cover, we recommend removing it and replacing it with a proper exhaust hood with flapping doors or louvered panels.
Whatever repairs or replacements you need, you can count on our team to take care of it quickly and professionally.
We proudly sell and install the very best washer hoses, leak alerts, lint alerts, and dryer venting and termination products available. Learn more about each and how they can boost dryer safety and efficiency right here on our website.
A Safer Home Is Our Goal
Your safety is our #1 concern in all of the inspection, cleaning, repair, and installation work we perform, and we consult local building codes and NFPA 211 guidelines in all matters. We also regularly take continuing education courses in our field to make sure we provide the most up-to-date and effective services so you can be confident your dryer vent is clear and ready for continued use.
At The Chimney Doctor, we provide superior service, experience, and helpful information. Our professional dryer vent cleaning and repair services will help protect your home or business from the hazards of dryer fires and increase the efficiency of your units, saving you time and money in the long run. Is it time to have your dryer vents looked at by an experienced professional? Call The Chimney Doctor at 970-234-3330 or reach out to us here on our website to schedule an appointment today!
There’s a lot to know about us and the quality service we consistently provide. Here at The Chimney Doctor, we’d love to be able to include you on our list of satisfied customers, so give us a call and let’s get the ball rolling.