This is one of the most common questions we come across. Some of our clients understand the potential fire hazard behind dryer vents that are not properly cleaned. For this reason, in addition to others, they call on our licensed, certified, and insured professionals. They rely on our experienced professionals to bring the best cleaning tools in the industry to the task at hand. Finally, they rely on our dryer vent cleaning equipment to restore the dryer vents to optimal functionality.
However, we also know that a great many homeowners are unfortunately unaware of just how important dryer vent cleaning really is. This is particularly important to keep in mind, in terms of whether or not unclean dryer vents present a substantial fire hazard. The short answer is that they do.
How Dryer Vent Cleaning Prevents Fires
How many house fires do you think occur in a given year? It’s a pretty big number. However, for the sake of being specific, let’s focus on one particular type of house fire.
To put it another way, how many dryer fires do you think occur on an annual basis? The answer is going to surprise you.
The truth of the matter is that a staggering 15, 600 dryer fires occur each year. This amounts to somewhere in the neighborhood of 75.4 million dollars in property damage. Are you beginning to appreciate why dryer vent cleaning is so intensely important?
It gets worse. In terms of injuries/deaths, the numbers are perhaps not as huge as you might think. Even so, they amount to tragic statistics that should be taken seriously. When it comes to dryer fires, we’re talking about something that injuries nearly 400 people each year. We’re also talking about something that kills around twenty people each year.
When it comes to dryer fires, clogged vents are frequently the main culprit. As you are going to learn, dryer vents that are clogged with dirt and debris is something that can very easily be prevented. This is where the subject of dryer vent cleaning becomes something that is worth taking seriously. Your dryer vents are responsible for expelling both heat and moisture, as your dryer works to dry your clothes. When the vents are overrun with lint and debris, they are not going to work properly. This can cause your energy bills to climb, amongst other headaches and catastrophes.
For this reason, cleaning is a must.
It is always good to develop a routinely checkup for your dryer vent. Most people are unaware of dangerous hazards that a dryer vent can cause to your family and your home. There are visible signs unless you opt to ignore them, when your dryer duct needs cleaning….
Generally, the first sign that your dryer vent needs cleaning is when after the cycle has finished, your clothes feel humid and damp, which will require you to let them run another cycle. Most of the time it has nothing to do with needing to purchase a new dryer. Your dryer is telling you that it’s time to clean out the vent ducts. Also, by cleaning them you will be saving on your electric bill, because if you haven’t noticed by now, your bill has increased due to having to run double dryer cycles because your clothes are not drying properly.
One of the simplest ways of keeping your dryer running efficiently is to clean out the lint trap, screen or vent.After some time lint will begin to build up in these areas and will restrict air from flowing through which will cause your dryer to decrease in efficiency. Your clothes will take longer to dry and in turn use up more energy in the process.
Reports that were conducted just recently show that the average cost for dryer vent cleaning and inspection was approximately $130, the lowest cost was $80, and the highest cost was close to $250.
Did you know that cleaning your dryer vents can help airflow and increase energy efficiency? According to protection agencies duct and dryer vent cleaning improves air quality and maximize energy productivity. Even though the cost to have your dryer vents cleaned might seem a bit pricey, the benefits are well worth it.
Not taking proper care of your dryer vent can cause several problems and hazards to your home and can even affect your health. Some of these issues include longer dryer cycle taking longer than usual or clothes being damaged due to higher temperature of the dryer. It can also increase your utility bill since the dryer is one of the most energy sweeping appliances in your home.
Another sign of poor dryer upkeep is when your dryer cycles are not accurate and result in cycles leaving your clothes damp or overly dry. One of the most important reasons to keep your dryer vent clean is there serous fire hazard it can represent when it’s not properly maintained. Poor dryer upkeep statistics have proven is one of the leading causes of fires.
On cold days, such as these, there is nothing that will make you feel better than putting on your favorite sweater or grabbing your cozy warm blanket fresh out of the dryer while it’s still nice and warm. Unfortunately, rodents and pests enjoy the warmth that your dryer brings just as you do. For these critters, a dryer vent is the perfect place to wait out the cold weather and keep warm.All homes that have a dryer vent inside have a vent on the outside to release the heat. If the outside vent is worn out, damaged or is collapsing, pests and critters can easily get inside. Once they have entered, they will chew their way into the tubbing that connects to the dryer and soon they will be inside your home.