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Everything You Should Know about Dryer Vent Cleaning

When a person thinks of a dryer vent, they most often think of the lint trap. The lint trap is part of the dryer design which allows access and regular cleaning to a small part of the dryer, but it’s not the same thing as a dryer vent which should be cleaned regularly by a professional. If the dryer vent isn’t cleaned, it can lower your dryer’s efficiency and even cause a fire.

Neglected dryer vents are the leading cause of dryer-related fires and are responsible for hundreds of injuries, and dozens of deaths each year. These numbers are far too high considering this is a preventable occurrence. Scheduling a professional dryer vent cleaning can actual prevent other problems besides fire.

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Air Flow Restriction

As lint builds up on the walls of the dryer system and the vent hose it restricts the air flow. This in turn lowers efficiency because the appliance has to work double-time to get the job done, causing it to work harder, longer, and at higher temperatures. This results in a shorter life span for the appliance, and higher energy costs for you.

Nesting Animals

The way that most dryer venting systems are designed allows for small animals to nest in them easily. If a small mammal or a bird nests in the dryer vent hose, they will most likely bring other nesting materials into the hose, besides the lint itself. This means more blockage and possible fire hazard. Additionally, nesting animals always risk dying when nesting in these types of ventilation systems. If you end up with an animal trapped and killed in your vent hose, you might experience a foul odor coming from your appliance. A professional cleaning can remove any nesting animals as well as debris that might be left behind.

Leaking Ducts

During a routine dryer vent cleaning your technician will insure there are no leaking ducts between the appliance and the outside vent. In some homes the hose can be quite lengthy, and a leak in any part of the hose can result in lower efficiency as well as fire hazard.

Improper Vent Design

It may be that someone cut corners when installing your appliance, but it seems to be working fine. Unless a professional looks it over as part of a routine cleaning or inspection you might never know of a design or installation flaw. This can occur if hoses are spliced improperly or if the hoses are stretched over long distances and turn many corners which slow air flow.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a natural byproduct when fuel is burned, and part of the vapors released through a dryer vent hose. Unfortunately Carbon monoxide has no smell and is tasteless, so there is no way of knowing if a leak exists unless a professional can perform a cleaning or inspection.

Our professionals at Bulldog Chimney Sweeps are always ready to offer expert advice and professional service. If you frequently use a dryer and are like many Americans who haven’t had a professional clean it on a regular basis, you don’t want to waste another minute.

Call Bulldog today to schedule a dryer vent cleaning with CSIA Certified Exhaust Technician® today.