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Dryer Vents Need Cleaning Too

If you own your home you’ve likely got a laundry list of spring cleaning items waiting to be tackled. From lawn and landscaping work to chimney sweeping and other maintenance and repairs it seems like a homeowner’s work is truly never done. Before you put your spring cleaning list away, be sure to add dryer vent cleaning to your list. Dryer vents can endure build-up and clogs, which can affect the efficiency of your appliance, as well as cause potential fires in your home. When is the last time you had your dryer vents cleaned?

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Fire Damage And Dryer Vents

Almost 17,000 residential fires were reported in 2010 because of dryer vents and washing machines. It is no surprise that the leading cause of these fires is because they weren’t cleaned regularly. When you use your dryer on a daily basis, lint can build up in the vent hose and pose a fire threat. Because homeowners don’t see the vent hose on a daily basis, it often goes unnoticed and uncleaned, which can be dangerous.

Efficiency And Dryer Vents

When you use your dryer on a regular basis and lint is allowed to build up, your dryer has to work harder to push enough hot air through the debris in order to dry your clothes efficiently. If you notice your clothes aren’t drying in one cycle or your dryer doesn’t seem to be working properly, the answer may be a dryer vent cleaning.

Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning

As with many larger home appliances, a dryer vent cleaning is best left to a professional cleaner. The experienced cleaner will come to your home and use state of the art equipment to clean the entire dryer vent hose. Your professional dryer vent technician will also make sure your dryer hose is free of holes and other damage, and will make sure the hose goes directly to the outside of your home instead of a crawl space or chimney.

Additional Dryer Vent Dangers Include

  • A dryer vent hose that’s been installed incorrectly
  • Mice or rat nests inside the dryer vent hose
  • Plastic transition ducts, instead of the recommended metal

Most professional dryer vent cleaning companies will recommend you have your vents and hose inspected annually as part of your spring or fall cleaning. A professional cleaning and inspection will remove all build-up and debris, as well as inspect and repair any damages that may have occurred over the course of a year. Between professional cleanings you can keep your lint trap clean by removing the lint after every laundry load. You can also remove the lint trap and gently clean it with a mild soap mixture to make sure the mesh is allowing as much air as possible to pass through your dryer.

Bulldog Chimney Sweeps in West Colorado can clean and repair your dryer vent and ducts. Our experienced staff members are all CSIA certified for dryer duct cleaning and can help knock dryer vent cleaning off your spring cleaning checklist. Contact us today for a professional dryer vent cleaning.

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