Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer Vent full of lint? We can fix that!
Your dryer vent should be cleaned if
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that over 15,500 dryer-related fires occur each year and this number is rising at an alarming rate. Last year alone the result was 20 deaths, 320 injuries, and over $84 million in property damage. In Kitsap County, there is an average of 10-12 dryer vents fires reported yearly.
Dryer vent Cleaning Process
How we solve your home’s dryer vent lint problem safely and effectively
Our “Spinning Reverse Ball” works great on most dryer vents. This device shoots air backward to the dryer vent termination hood, located outside while pushing itself through the dryer vent. All of the lint is collected outside.
In addition to lint build-up, improper installation of your vent system can also create a serious hazard. Our technicians can detect such problems as improperly routed vents and vents that are damaged or disconnected. Ensure your family’s safety with a professional inspection & cleaning.
*Improper dryer vents are a much bigger and more common HAZARD* This system scrubs the inside of the duct system and removes all of the heavy build-up.
Don’t forget an often overlooked fire hazard, your dryer vent. Even if you have a shorter vent, it is still a good idea to inspect them at least every two to three years, especially if there are lots of turns and elbows. A plugged vent coupled with a damaged lint screen, failed thermostat, or a crushed hose, for example, could result in a rather precarious situation. The bottom line on this one: better safe than sorry, have it checked.
- visible lint accumulates behind the dryer
- The dryer keeps shutting off before the end of the timer
- your home is over a year old and has never had it done
- you notice longer dryer times, especially with towels & jeans
- the clothes are hotter than usual at the end of the cycle
- Eliminates the Fire Hazard
- Saves you money on utility bills
- Reduces drying times
- Increases the life of your dryer
- Use metal dryer ducts to help prevent dryer fires. Consumer Reports says that flexible dryer ducts made of foil or plastic are the most problematic because they can sag and let lint build up at low points. Ridges can also trap lint. Metal ducts, either flexible or solid, are far safer because they don’t sag, so lint is less likely to build up. In addition, if a fire does start, a metal duct is more likely to contain it.
- No matter which kind of duct you have, you should clean it regularly. In addition, remove the visible lint from the lint screen each time you use your dryer. This not only will reduce the risk of a fire, but your clothes will dry faster and your dryer will use less energy. If dryer film is a worry, there is certainly no harm in occasionally cleaning the lint filter with warm soapy water and a small brush.
- Clean inside, behind, and underneath the dryer, where lint can also build up.
- Take special care drying clothes stained with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains. Wash the clothing more than once to minimize the amount of these chemicals on the clothing, and line dry instead of using a dryer.
- Avoid using liquid fabric softener on all-cotton clothing made of fleece, terry cloth, or velour. In our flammability tests, liquid fabric softener added to rinse water accelerated the burning speed of these fabrics. If you want a softener, use dryer sheets instead.
- Buy dryers that use moisture sensors rather than ordinary thermostats to end the auto-dry cycle. Thermostats can allow the dryer to run longer than necessary.
- “Occasionally wipe the sensor with a soft cloth or cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to keep it functioning accurately. Sensors are usually located on the inside of the dryer, just below the door opening, and can be hard to find. They are usually two metallic strips, shaped somewhat like the letter “C”.