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Dryer Vent Cleaning And Repair Services

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Dirty and neglected dryer vents are the leading cause of dryer-related fires, and cause hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths every year. Due to the monotony of doing laundry, it can be easy to forget that lint is accumulating within your dryer vents with each load. Cleaning the lint trap may be a mindless habit, but next time you empty yours, take a look at the amount and texture of the lint you remove. Next, think about how long it has been since your last professional dryer cleaning. Six months? Six years? Now, envision all the lint that you’re not seeing – the lint that is resting on the walls and floor of your dryer vent system. Much like the creosote that can build up in a chimney and fireplace, lint is a highly flammable material and can easily start a fire. Not only is it highly flammable, lint also restricts air flow within the dryer vents, causing appliance inefficiency and overworking the dryer. If you can’t remember the last time your dryer vents were professionally cleaned, keep reading!

Common Problems With Neglected Dryer Vent Systems

Air Flow Restriction – The key to an efficient and safe dryer is air flow. When lint builds up on the walls and floor of the venting system, it causes friction and decreases the vent opening. Decreased air flow forces the dryer to work harder, longer, and at higher temperatures, resulting in wasted energy, wasted time, and a shortened appliance lifespan. If you are noticing that your dryer is taking twice as long to dry a standard load of laundry, the problem might be with your vents, not your dryer.

Nesting Animals – In addition to lint buildup, nesting animals could also be restricting air flow within your system. To a bird or animal, a dryer vent can be an ideal place to nest. Unfortunately, their nesting materials are highly flammable, and their restriction of air flow can lead to an even greater accumulation of lint. If you haven’t had your dryer vent system professionally cleaned lately, you may have a dryer vent full of flammable nesting materials just waiting to start a fire.

Leaking Ducts – In the past, dryers were typically installed on an outside wall, and dryer vent systems didn’t have to travel very far. But, in newer homes, it’s become quite popular to have the dryer and washer further into the home. As venting systems travel greater distances, there is a higher possibility for ducts to come loose and cause problems with air flow and efficiency. A loose and leaky duct can be a serious fire threat as well, and can allow heat to escape into the walls and insulation of the home. If we find that any seals in your ducting have come loose, we can make the appropriate repairs and ensure that your system is functioning safely and efficiently.

Improper Vent Design – Some of these more modern vent systems are even traveling up through the home and turning corners, which is not conducive to air flow. If you are experiencing efficiency problems and are in a newer home with an interior dryer, you may want to have your dryer vent system evaluated for effectiveness. If we find that your system is disadvantageous for air flow, you may need to have your system reworked by a Bulldog Chimney Sweep technician.

Carbon Monoxide – Anytime that a dryer vent system is running inefficiently, it can seep carbon monoxide into your air supply. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is essentially unidentifiable without a carbon monoxide detector, and can cause serious illness or even death before it is discovered in the home. To protect your family from the threat of carbon monoxide, be sure to have your system regularly cleaned, and consider installing a carbon monoxide detector near your appliance.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

At Bulldog Chimney Sweeps, we have excellent diagnostic skills and can help identify efficiency and safety issues before they become real threats to your home and family. Whether you are experiencing problems with your system or not, make regular dryer vent cleanings a priority in your home. We guarantee a thorough, dust-free cleaning, every time! Call us today at 970-872-2333 or click here to schedule an appointment online – it could save your life!

 

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