Why should dryer vent services be a priority?
Emptying your lint trap after each use helps keep your dryer working safer and more efficiently. However the lint trap isn’t the only area collecting lint and debris.
The exhaust ductwork leading from your appliance to the termination point may also be collecting lint with each load of laundry, especially if the ducts cover a large distance or follow a sinuous path. In the past, dryers were placed against exterior walls, so venting didn’t have that far to travel. With newer homes and apartment buildings, dryers tend to be placed further into the home (bathrooms, kitchens, hall closets, etc.) for more convenience, however it creates more concern from a safety and efficiency standpoint.
The further the ductwork has to travel, the more rises, falls, turns, and bends are needed to accommodate the path. This can slow down air flow and provide nooks and crannies for lint to settle and collect. Additionally, there are more opportunities for ductwork to separate.
All this can contribute to an inefficient appliance, a greater production of carbon monoxide, and a higher chance of fire. If the exhaust duct is clogged or blocked, carbon monoxide can back up into your air supply instead of exiting the home, causing serious health problems and even death.
Annual inspections can help prevent fires & lower your energy bills.
Our team works hard to minimize fire and health risks and reduce energy waste by providing annual dryer vent inspections. During an inspection, we’ll evaluate the venting material, the type of vent cover being used, the path or route that the venting travels, and the condition of the venting from appliance to termination.
- If we find that you have plastic transition ducts, we’ll recommend replacing them with metal, which is non-flammable.
- If we find that the path the venting travels is hazardous or disadvantageous, we’ll recommend a reroute.
- If we find that your venting is made of improper material – for example if it is a long vent with a corrugated design – we’ll recommend replacing it with rigid metal vent material, which is more conducive to air flow and reduces the chance of lint buildup.
- If we find that your vents are clogged with lint or that animals or birds have brought nesting materials and other debris into your venting system, we’ll recommend a dryer vent cleaning and a dryer vent cover.
Signs it’s time for your dryer vents to be serviced.
Although annual inspections are the best way to stay on top of dryer vent maintenance needs, there are some signs that can alert you it’s time for an inspection and cleaning:
- Are you having to run your clothes through longer dry cycles to get results?
- Is your dryer running hotter?
- Are you noticing a burning smell on your clothes or when you run your dryer?
- Is there lint around your dryer hose or gathering around the termination point?
Our technicians provide thorough cleaning, rerouting, and repair services, and use specialized tools to ensure a mess-free experience — guaranteed.