It happens suddenly, and the effects can be devastating. A fire originates in the laundry room as the dryer is running, causing from thousands of dollars worth of property damage to total home destruction, along with injury or loss of life. The majority of these fires happen simply because of a failure on the part of the homeowner to make sure that the dryer and the dryer vent duct are kept clean of flammable lint buildup.
Dustless Duct can help reduce your risk of dryer vent fires with our dryer vent cleaning service. The amount of lint our duct cleaners are able to remove from dryer vent ducts with our professional duct and dryer vent equipment is a little bit frightening. Some dryer vents are really just one spark away from a real disaster.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends cleaning your dryer vent at least once a year, and more often if you suspect that it may be blocked by lint or other debris.
Here are some signs that your dryer vent may need cleaning:
Lint comes off the laundry as they dry. It is carried out of the dryer along with the hot air, where the lint filter traps most but not all of the lint. A filter should be cleaned after every load, but even a regularly cleaned filter will allow some lint past the filter into the dryer vent duct. Lint can also collect around the drum inside the body of the dryer itself and between the dryer and the wall of the room, near the connection between the dryer and the dryer vent duct is the connection is not completely secure.
Lint collects most easily in flexible ducts, due to the many ridges on the sides, or in ducts that curve or otherwise bend. When the lint settles on the sides of the duct, it sticks a bit from the residual moisture of the heavy, humid air and later dries into an impacted mass that can't be removed just by blowing it away. Over time, this buildup can restrict the airflow and the heat from the dryer can become even hotter in the confined space, possibly even igniting the dryer lint stuck in the dryer vent or around the drum inside the body of the dryer.
Beyond the fire risk, restricted airflow with a gas dryer can mean carbon monoxide seeping into your home, endangering your health and the health of your family.
Besides the safety issues, a dryer with an unobstructed vent duct dries clothes more efficiently, saving money on energy as well as wear and tear on the appliance. If it has been more than a year since your dryer vent has been cleaned or if you have never had your dryer vent cleaned, call Dustless Duct today. Our experienced technicians will help make sure that your dryer vent is clear and clean, for your safety and peace of mind.