DRYER VENT CLEANING
Dryer vents require regular inspection and cleaning. “According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 3,000 dryers catch fire each year. About one-third of those fires are caused by failing to clean your clothes dryer, leading to clogged dryer vents. These fires cause an estimated $238 million in property damage yearly.”
As your clothes dry, tiny bits of lint (or that wayward Kleenex or piece of paper) come off the clothes. Much of this lint is captured in the lint screen. Unfortunately, not all the lint is caught and it passes through this screen. As a result, this escaping lint begins to build up on the inside of the vent and exterior vent cover and fins. If you allow these escaping particles to build up, they will, subsequently, clog the vent.
As you use your dryer, it begins to heat up the contents in the vent and, consequently, can combust and cause a fire in your home. Additionally, a clean vent helps protect and extend the life of your dryer by allowing it to operate at its optimum.
How do you know if lint is building up in your vent? Sometimes, it is not easy to move your dryer out to inspect the vent. Here are a few clues to watch out for:
- Your dryer feels “very” hot to the touch while operating
- The dryer is taking longer than usual to dry your clothes
- Clothes are coming out consistently damp
- There is a “musty” smell while the dryer is running
- If you look outside by the vent cover, you see a build up of lint on the cover fins and on the ground.
If you have time on your hands and are adept at keeping a consistent cleaning schedule, you can perform the cleaning yourself. A professional might be a better fit should you not have the time to do the work yourself, you have a tough/heavy to move dryer, or you have an extensive or hard to reach venting system. In short, having us come out will ultimately save you time and money.
Industry standard recommendations that a family of four should have their dry vents inspected and cleaned at least once every two years. If more than four in a family, it is recommended to have it cleaned at least once a year.
We invite you to reach out to us and share your situation and allow us to explain how we would approach your project to assist you in your dryer vent maintenance plan.
AIR DUCT CLEANING
When was the last time you thought about all the dust, allergens, pet hair, or kid’s toys that might be lurking in your air ducts? Perhaps you’ve noticed a decrease in air circulation? You just dusted your home and there’s dust everywhere again? Maybe you have family members with allergies, and you’re looking for ways to decrease their symptoms?
Maybe you’re moving into a new home and want a fresh start. Conversely, if you’re moving, you’ll want to leave the new owners with a freshly cleaned air duct system. Construction and renovations projects can leave quite a bit of debris in the air ducts.
With indoor air pollution becoming an issue of growing concern, having your supply and return air ducts, vent grilles, and filters cleaned at lease once every five years is serious food for thought. If your ducts look dirty, they are!
Why wait? It’s time to get your air ducts cleaned!
As a result of a professional cleaning, these are but a few benefits you’ll experience
- Improved indoor air quality
- Reduced airborne particulates
- A clean system reduces how hard the heating/cooling system has to work. This may result in potential energy savings
- Most importantly, peace of mind
Undoubtedly, you have questions about dryer vent and air duct cleaning. We’re happy to consult with you and advise whether you might benefit from having us take care of these maintenance projects for you. Reach out to us at (503) 475-9981!