Why is dryer vent cleaning so important?

Dangers of blocked dryer vents

If there’s one device most property owners in Fayetteville rely on to get chores done, it’s the clothes dryer. Do not let your dryer end up being a fire danger due to the fact that it’s not cleaned up regularly and appropriately.
We are responsible for roughly 15,600 structure fires around the nation each year. Eighty percent of these fires begin with clogged clothes dryer vents, and lead to 15 deaths and 400 injuries usually each year. Countless other home occupants are treated for symptoms of dangerous gas fumes that back up into the house due to blocked dryer vents.

Well, what’s the lint trap for?

Yes, cleaning up the lint trap in your clothes dryer is a great practice, but it’s insufficient to prevent a fire from beginning in your clogged dryer vent. To keep your dryer efficient and safe, change any vinyl or plastic flexible shift ducts between the dryer and the primary vent (typically located inside a wall) with a semi-rigid metal shift duct, given that plastic and vinyl shift ducts can catch fire, unlike the semi-rigid metal ducts.
Make certain the opening of the dryer vent exhaust outside is devoid of any birds’ nests, bushes or other debris that builds up with time.

What is Dryer Vent Cleaning?

Every homeowner should be aware of the last time their dryer vent was cleaned out. When you hire a professional to take care of dryer vent cleaning, you can rest assured that they will remove the lint and other debris that could become jammed in the venting system and lead to fires.

We utilize special tools and equipment to force air inside your dryer vent, carefully cleaning out your venting system without leaving any mess behind. When you call Us, a technician in your location will check out your dryer and provide you with a safe dryer vent cleaning service plan.

How Often to Clean a Dryer Vent?

Depending on how often you use your dryer, you’ll want to have your dryer vent cleaned and carefully inspected once every three to twelve months. Larger households that do at least one or two loads of laundry each day should schedule periodic inspections to determine how long they should go between dryer vent cleanings. If you do laundry less frequently, scheduling dryer vent cleaning once a year is most likely sufficient.

Remember: Even when you clean your lint trap regularly, not all the lint from your laundry is removed. In fact, only about 25 percent of the lint from your clothes is collected by the lint trap you slide out of the front of your dryer. That means the rest is building up in the dryer vent system, restricting airflow and causing your dryer to work harder. As a result, you may start paying more on monthly energy bills and be at risk of a fire. Know how often to clean your dryer vent, and stick to a maintenance plan!

Dryer vent cleaning can be very helpful. Here are the main benefits:

  • Shorter drying times for clothes, including heavier materials
  • Elimination of damp or extremely hot clothes at the end of a drying cycle
  • Increased safety, as outdoor flap properly opens during operation
  • Savings back in your pocket, thanks to lower energy usage
  • Extended appliance lifespan by preventing break-downs or other damage
  • Prevention of fires, carbon monoxide backup, and other damage
  • Compliance with insurance inspection requirements

Whether you need to schedule professional dryer vent cleaning for safety purposes, monthly savings, or as a part of manufacturer-recommended routine maintenance, Mr. Appliance is ready to help.

Advantages of Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning

While you can easily clean and maintain some areas of your dryer vent yourself, such as the lint catcher and tailpipe, professional attention to other areas of your dryer's venting system (e.g., pipes running through walls or ceilings) is strongly recommended. The innovative technology at Mr. Appliance allows our professionals to clean your entire dryer vent in as little as 30 minutes. In fact, we can clean your dryer vent from the outside of your home in most cases. Dryer vent cleaning is not such a hassle after all!