Did you know that dryer vent cleanings should be performed once every 12 – 18 months? This is one service that many forget to regularly invest in, but that doesn’t mean it’s not extremely important for the safety and well being of your home and family. In fact, along with increasing appliance efficiency, dryer vent cleanings dramatically reduce your risk of house fires and gas leaks! Learn more below, then give our team a call right away if you’re overdue. The Chimney Doctor is standing by, ready to help you out!
Facts & Statistics
We know what you’re thinking… What are the odds of those disasters happening to me? Well, the facts are all too real for homeowners all across the country, and we think you’d be surprised at just how often fires and gas leaks occur! There are typically over 15,000 dryer-related fires every single year in the United States alone. Not every single one is related to clogged vents, but around 80% are, so those aren’t exactly odds we’re willing to take any chances with.
The damages behind structural fires like these can be devastating, costing homeowners hundreds, maybe thousands, in unexpected repairs and reconstruction work. What’s even more alarming is the amount of people injured due to these fires! Hundreds are treated every year for injuries associated with dryer fires, and there have been numerous fatalities, as well.
These statistics don’t even address the thousands of people that are treated for exposure to harmful gases. Carbon monoxide can easily find its way into your home when your venting system is obstructed, negatively affecting the health of loved ones and calling for immediate medical attention. Since the gas is colorless and odorless, many don’t even realize its presence until they’ve already been affected.
We feel it’s important for every home to have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout their home to ensure risk of exposure is minimized as much as possible. This, coupled with regular maintenance for your fireplace and appliances, ensures a safer and more comfortable home all around! Call us today to learn more about all that we can offer you.
Signs Of A Dirty Vent
Not sure when your last cleaning was? Well, there are a few common signs that indicate you’re due. One of the more obvious is your clothes taking much longer than normal to dry. If your forced to run multiple cycles to remove dampness from your laundry, then there’s definitely a problem. Don’t rush out and replace your dryer! Simply call us in, and we’re certain we can fix the problem.
Other things to watch for are musty odors, high temperatures in the laundry room, lint in and around the dryer, clothes being very hot after drying, and a lack of air coming out of your exhaust hood.
Let our team get everything in your home ready for fall! We’ll clean your dryer vents, inspect your chimney, and ensure no repairs or reconstruction work are needed before kicking off your burning season. We strive to do it all! Call today to set up your appointment.