While you are making summer plans and jumping into spring cleaning, you don’t want to forget your dryer vent cleaning. Dryer vents are something that often gets overlooked, but needs annual attention to maintain proper safety and function.
Cleaning the Dryer Vent
This process is relatively simple. A qualified technician first pulls the clothes dryer away from the wall. Then the technician blocks off the vent and places a vacuum system at the other end. Special tools and brushes thoroughly clean the vent hose and all the debris and dust is collected in the vacuum system. This entire process takes little more than an hour. Lastly, your dryer vent technician will move your dryer back in place as if nothing happened, except your dryer works better and is safer.
Hazards of a Dirty Dryer Vent
- Decreased Efficiency
When your dryer vent is dirty it takes longer to dry clothes. Many homeowners just restart the cycle and think nothing of it, but if your dryer takes more than one cycle to get the job done, it’s a problem—especially if the dryer is less than three years old. This actually shortens the life of your clothes dryer substantially. If it takes three cycles to dry one load of laundry then the dryer will wear out three times as fast. It’s also a waste of electricity.
- Fire Hazard
If your dryer vent is clogged with lint or debris, the airflow can be obstructed or compromised. This means ventilation isn’t possible and heat can buildup, igniting the highly-flammable lint, resulting in fire. According to the U.S. Fire Administration there are 2,900 clothes dryer house fires reported each year, accounting for about 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Fires can be avoided through preventative measures like professional installations and annual dryer vent cleanings.
- Health Hazards
Your dryer vent vents heat, vapors, particles, and chemicals from the dryer to the outside of the house. If your dryer isn’t venting properly it can back up into the dryer. The tiny particles present in the ventilation system also fill the air in the home, causing respiratory issues and chronic illnesses like asthma. Some dryers emit carbon monoxide, depending on the type of fuel they burn.
- Home Damage
Besides fire damage, a damaged or missing dryer vent can actually cause damage to your home. The moisture released through the dryer vent can pull paint and wallpaper away from the wall surfaces, buckle paneling, stain walls, and cause mold after prolonged exposure.
If your dryer’s efficiency has gone down at all, especially if it’s less than three years old, it most likely has a clog in the dryer vent! New Buck Chimney Services offers dryer vent services in Shreveport, Louisiana and surrounding area. Save money on utilities and keep your family safe from fire. Schedule your appointment today.