Why Clean Your Dryer And Vent Pipe?
BECAUSE DRYER FIRES ARE ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF HOUSE FIRES (over 50,000 per year), with smoking in bed and stove fires! You also save money on gas and electricity, and prematurely wearing out your dryer. Lint is very flammable, it burns like sterno. If you have noticed that your dryer is running longer than it used to, or you smell something burning occasionally, you may just need to have the system cleaned, instead of buying a new dryer, like many do. A full load of clothes shouldn’t take more than one cycle to dry, and if your dryer takes longer, you would benefit from a thorough dryer and vent pipe cleaning. They should be cleaned every 1 to 2 years anyhow.
Many pipes are 50 feet long or more, and require special equipment and experience, and some run through the wall, through the attic, to the roof. We do a thorough cleaning of even the most difficult installations. We’ve cleaned over 18,000 systems. We have to repair or replace piping occasionally. Dryer vents are routinely blocked with lint, because 35% goes through the lint screen by design, or not enough air would flow to dry clothes. Animal and bird nesting is another frequent cause of dryer vent blockage, and we remove the birds etc, as well, and sometimes must install a bird and rodent guard. When heat and moisture can’t get out, the dryer over-heats, and can eventually wear out a safety switch, causing the dryer’s components to get too hot, and lead to a fire. Don’t ever leave the house or go to bed with the dryer running!! CLEANING THE DRYER AND PIPE REGULARLY IS VERY CHEAP INSURANCE
Nobody Does It Better
and---Its All We Do!
Some homeowners call and ask, “how much to blow out my dryer”? We give them a price, but ask them if they just want it blown out, or thoroughly cleaned, which costs a little more. After we explain that blowing can only do so much, and show them how we usually clean pipes with a spinning brush, they understand that the brush does a much better job, because it scrapes the cemented lint off the pipe, better than just blowing, and removes obstructions better. Some contractors just blow out some lint with a shop vac. or leaf blower, because they don’t know any better or they know most homeowners don’t know the difference. THE POINT IS, WE DO THE JOB RIGHT!
Sometimes we have to be creative and repair or re-route the piping. Sometimes we have to go on the roof or in the attic, but sometimes that’s what it takes. Contractors know unit owners don’t know much about cleaning dryer vents and some take short cuts. We don’t, and 75% of the time we correct poor installations where the pipe from the dryer to the wall or ceiling is squished or twisted, blocking air flow. Sometimes, pipe is cut or not completely connected, and lint blows all over behind the dryer. If the furnace is in the same room, lint can get through the filter and spew dust all over the house. We are conscientious, and do it right.