Summer is the time that hundreds of families decide to stop using the clothes dryer, and instead use old-fashioned clothes lines. The reason is that the dryers heat up the house, but if the dryer is heating up your house, the temperature may be the least of your worries.
A Dirty Dryer Vent
If your dryer vent is dirty, a whole host of problems come with it. You may notice some issues right away, and others happen over time, giving the false idea that it’s due to the age of your machine. In reality, a dirty dryer vent causes your clothes dryer to depreciate faster, uses more energy, and can lead to devastating house fires.
Dryer Vent Fires in America
Clothes dryer fires are reported about 2,900 times per year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. These fires account for an estimated 5 deaths per year, as well as 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss each year. The cause? Most of these fires are attributed to failure to clean the dryer unit. That means that the majority of these house fires were preventable.
Standard Dryer Vent Cleaning
When you call New Buck Chimney Services to complete your dryer vent cleaning, you can rest assured that it’s clean, properly installed, and has no leaks or damage that may put your family at risk. Our technicians clean the system of lint and debris that builds up over time and is highly flammable. We also check the duct work for leaks that may slow airflow. Dryer vent cleaning is a necessary preventative measure that can keep your home and family safe, while also saving you money. Most dryer vents should be cleaned annually, but there are definite signs that let homeowners know when one is necessary.
The dryer requires more than one cycle to completely dry a load. Many homeowners assume this is due to the age of the unit, but in reality a dryer should last ten years, and no dryer should require more than one cycle to dry a load if it’s less than 5 years old.
The dryer raises the temperature or humidity in the house. This is a problem because it can cost you more money in electricity, cause breathing issues for family members with respiratory conditions, and the excess moisture can buckle paint and wallpaper.
The lint trap is almost empty after a load of clothes and/or the outlet for the dryer vent doesn’t release any air or lint. Both of these indicate a serious clog in the dryer vent that causes the airflow to stall. This decreases the efficiency and raises the danger.
If your laundry room or unit becomes covered in lint particles, there is a leak in the dryer vent that is allowing hot air, lint, and moisture into the home. This may be extremely dangerous if your clothes dryer is gas-powered, because it will release carbon monoxide into the home.
If your dryer has one or more of the above signs, you have clog. Call today so that New Buck can clean your dryer vent!