Signs That You Need To Clean Your Dryer Vents

  • By Admin
  • 14 Jan, 2017

Why should you clean your dryer vents?

Did you know that getting your dryer vent cleaned by professional will cut down on electric bills and prevent a fire hazard? Just cleaning the dryer’s lint trap will just not do. Each year clogged dryer vents are causing thousands of household fires and costing homeowner insurers millions in property damage and 30% of those fires are due to the lack of maintenance. Liter and debris can develop in your dryer hose and duct vent that will cause a blockage for air flow and backup the exhaust gases that will lead to a fire. Also, if you have a gas dryer vent, lurking carbon monoxide intrusion can occur. For example, if an exhaust duct in a gas dryer vent is blocked by lint or debris and is causing a blockage in air flow, deadly carbon monoxide can be forced into your home.

How to prevent hazardous fires.

Hazards just like these can be prevented by having a professional Dryer vent company inspect and clean your dryer vent every year. You will not only be preventing a fire hazard but you will also save money on your electric bill by improving your dryer’s efficiency. Professional dryer vent companies suggest annual dryer vent inspections and cleaning to be certain that your vent system is working properly. Your dryer can provide you with warning signs of excessive lint or other problems. By paying attention to these signs you can save money, tie and even prevent a fire hazard from developing.

Why cleaning your dryer vent is important?

When your dryer vent is blocking airflow, your clothes can run the full cycle and remain damp which will require to run another cycle. This will cause the dryer to run at higher temperatures than is designed for and the expected lasting time decreases. Also, due to the overheating it can overwork safety controls that could lead to cause a fire. Being that homes today are being built differently dryer vent exhaust inspections are more important than ever before. Before dryers were placed next to outside walls that made dryer vents easy to keep clean. Presently dryer ducts require great effort to access. There is also added length and avenues that are create an extended distance that allows for birds to settle there.

Some of the most common signs that your dryer vent needs cleaning

  • Your clothes take longer to dry tan usual
  • Your clothes and the dyer feel hotter than usual
  • Your clothes have a burnt smell to them
  • The hood of the flap on the vent will not open properly
  • Lint and debris build up on the dryer’s filter

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By Admin 16 Jan, 2018

Whether you are purchasing a new home or simply doing maintenance tasks around your current home, making sure that you do a thorough inspection of dryer venting is important. While you should always contract professionally licensed dryer vent experts to work on, clean, and properly inspect dryer vents, there are some things you can look for that can alert you to serious issues.

Below are three important things to inspect when it comes to your home’s dryer venting.

1.     Look carefully at the termination port of the dryer, as well as the roof cap and wall. You should be on alert for things that can potentially cause clogs in the opening, such as built-up debris, leaves, and bird nests. As you do this, you can check that the vent is functioning properly by checking the air’s velocity as it exits. If you don’t feel air, or if it feels very weak, it could mean you have a clog that needs to be cleaned out by a professional.

2.     Look for signs that your vent system has been lengthened. Professionals recommend that dryer vent ducts should be straight and short, at least as much as is practically possible. If you’ve extended your dryer vent system or if the previous owners of your home has, it could not only make drying your clothes take longer, but it could impact how well it works and how frequently it gets clogged.

3.     Metal tape should be used to hold joints in place. While duct tape is a handy fix-it tool around the home, it should not be used on dryer vent duct joints. In this case, metal tape should be used. If you see other hardware holding joints together, like screws, you should contact a professional to help you remove them and get them back together properly.

By Admin 16 Jan, 2018

For most people, the thought of something happening to their home, especially severe damage or a fire, is devastating. And while the majority of homeowners take precautions, such as installing and checking smoke alarms, there is one part of home maintenance that gets overlooked regularly: the dryer vent.

Your dryer vent needs to function properly in order to keep your home (and family) safe.

Haven’t thought about your dryer vent in a while? Chances are, it needs your attention.

Here are five warning signs to look for that can indicate that your dryer vent needs to be professionally cleaned or repaired.

1.     Your dryer doesn’t seem to be working properly. If your clothes or laundry are taking longer than usual to dry, there’s a good chance that it’s because your dryer vent needs to be cleaned.

2.     Your laundry room has a burning smell when you run your dryer. That too-hot, almost burning smell is a tell-tale sign of a dryer vent needing maintenance. Don’t ignore it! Call a dryer vent professional today to have it taken care of before it’s too late.

3.     Your dryer seems to be overheating. If your dryer gets really hot when it’s working, or if you notice that your clothes are hotter than usual when you take them out, you need to schedule an appointment with a dryer vent specialist to ensure your home’s vent is working properly.

4.     The flap to your vent looks funny. If the exterior hood flap for your vent won’t close right, it’s most likely happening because of a buildup of lint and debris. A professional dryer vent cleaning can take care of this potential risk.

5.     You have forgotten to maintain your dryer vent. Even if the other four signs aren’t showing up in your home, if you haven’t maintained your dryer vent in over a year, it’s time. The longer you wait, the more costly maintenance and repairs can get and the more likely that the other warning signs will happen soon.

Dryer vent maintenance is best done by a professional. Call your local dryer vent specialists today and schedule a cleaning. And, if you’re noticing any of the warning signs above, don’t wait!

By Admin 11 Dec, 2017

It can be tempting to pick up the phone and call a friend or a relative when something needs to be fixed in your home. And while there are definitely some issues that can be solved in an afternoon along with the help of some YouTube videos, cleaning and maintaining your dryer vent isn’t one of them.

While it can sound easy (and some videos try to make it look easy), the reality is that it is more complex.

If not done properly cleaning out your dryer vent, for example, can actually cause more damage to your vent, which can lead to expenses down the road. This damage can even become a hazard for your home and family if left unfixed. What started out being a simple DIY home project can quickly turn into a real headache, or worse.

You might think the answer is to call a local handyman, someone you trust with other chores and maintenance around your home.

However, this again can be a mistake.

Dryer vents come in all shapes and sizes and each one has a unique issue when you approach it for repair. Someone who only occasionally works on these types of vents can fumble while cleaning or repairing, which again can result in damage or potential hazards.

This is why it’s always best to call an expert when you need any work, big or small, done to your home’s dryer vents. Only an expert who deals with dryer vents every single day can ensure that your home’s vents are taken care of properly so that you can rest assured knowing that your home is in good hands.

By Admin 02 Oct, 2017

For most people, the sound of the fire alarm is nothing more than an annoying beep signaling that it is time to replace the batteries. Unfortunately, the real sound of the alarm is a reality for some homeowners, the nightmare of their house catching on fire coming true.

As a homeowner, you want to do everything you can to ensure that you are keeping your family and your property safe, which is why looking at your dryer vent today is a must.

While often overlooked, your dryer vent can be a potentially dangerous fire hazard. Thankfully, it’s typically an easy problem to fix, so long as you don’t wait too long. 

First and foremost, you must be sure that your dryer vent has been installed properly. The ducting used must be at least 4” in diameter and should be aluminum, never plastic or vinyl. And that is just the beginning. If you have purchased a home recently, this should be part of the inspection, but it’s always a good idea to have a specialist come out to ensure installation has been done safely and correctly.

Next, you need to be sure that your dryer vent is cleaned regularly, as clogs and build-up can also pose a potential fire hazard. Experts recommend that your dryer vent be cleaned and inspected every year - six months if possible.

While you may be tempted to clean your vents yourself, it is a specialized profession, and one that can result in major damage and injury if done improperly.

The best way to make sure your dryer vent is not posing a threat to your home and family is to get it inspected regularly by a licensed and experienced professional.
By Admin 25 Sep, 2017

Weekends are meant for tackling projects around the home. Some are fun, others are musts, and then there’s the category of things that need to get taken care of but that fly under the radar.

Cleaning your dryer vent is one of those.

Because it’s not something you see every day, it’s easy to put it off - or forget about it completely. But, doing so, can be dangerous. Not only can it damage your dryer and impact its effectiveness, but it can also be a potential fire hazard in your home.

If you haven’t cleaned your dryer vent in a while, here are a few signs you should look for to know if it’s time.

It Takes Forever For Your Clothes To Dry. If you’re noticing that it’s taking more and more time for your clothes to dry, there’s a good chance that your dryer vent is in need of a proper cleaning.

Things Are Getting Hotter. When you go to remove your clothes from your dryer, are they really hot? Is the dryer itself really hot to the touch? These are both sure signs that your dryer vent is in need of a good clean. 

Something Smells Funny. When your dryer vent hasn’t been tended to, it can start to make a burnt smell when your dryer is running. This smell is something that should not be ignored as it’s another sign that your dryer vent isn’t working properly and things are overheating.

Getting your dryer vent cleaned properly is an important piece of home maintenance and one that is hazardous to your home and your family if neglected. Don’t take any chances! If you know you haven’t had your vent cleaned in some time or if you’re noticing any of the signs above, arrange to have your dryer vent professionally cleaned.

By Admin 20 Sep, 2017

Tom Patterson first noticed the thick black smoke when he pulled into his neighborhood in Doylestown in eastern Pennsylvania. The closer he got the more he felt his heart sink. As he turned the last corner towards home, his path was blocked by fire trucks, two police cars, and an ambulance. Yellow tape blocked the street, and a traffic control officer waved him to the side. 

Getting out, Tom realized the smoke was coming from his house. Bushes and houses blocked his view, but he could tell from the smoke it was not going to be good.

An hour later when Tom was allowed through the roadblock, he found it wasn’t his home that burned. It was a neighbor’s home, and now the friend, his wife and their three children were standing in the driveway.

“I don’t know how it started,” said his friend. “The Fire Marshall said the fire began in the washroom.”

By Admin 25 Jan, 2017
The newly developed booster fan was designed for your dryer vent problems that have caused many hazardous fires. Most people are unaware of the potential danger dryer vent ducts can cause on your home and the environment. Most residential dryer vents installations are too short or too long which reduces the airflow and in turn causes a blockage and could damage your dryer vent. Usually, another problem that happens quite often is that these ducts tend to get crushed or bent because they are crushed too far back against the wall. The result is longer dryer cycles high energy use and costs and higher wear and tear on the dryer itself.
By Admin 25 Jan, 2017

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.

By Admin 25 Jan, 2017
Who doesn’t like the convenience a dryer provides for us, but did you know it’s the second highest electric exhaustion appliance in your home? There are many people that have the wrong information about dryer vents and their exhaust. But one thing is for sure dryer vents need to be cleaned out at least once a year. They can cause a fire if they are not cleaned due to blockage of airflow caused by accumulated lint.  If you have information about dryer’s vents, talk to your neighbors and community about the safety of dryer vents and how important it is to prevent a fire hazard.
By Admin 25 Jan, 2017
In 1998, it was estimated by The US consumer product safety commission that clothes dryers caused over 15,000 fires. The most common reason of fires is the lack of upkeep, poor quality installation and the misuse of duct materials. The dryer’s lint filter only picks up a portion of the lint that is produced in the drying process, even though some can perform better than others. After some time, the lint piles up and increases throughout the dryer and the duct system decreasing airflow which in turn causes the dryer to function at elevated temperatures thereby developing the unforeseeable of something malfunctioning and causing a fire. These fires in dryers generally begin under or in the interior of the machine. The draft from the dryer forces the fire into the exhaust duct and usually causes a house fire. The likelihood of the fire spreading increases with the use of plastic or foil ducts with plastic being more unpredictable.
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