We Can Also Take Care Of Your Dryer Vents!
Do you know that dryer vent maintenance is a huge factor in preventing home fires? In fact, each year, more home fires are started by buildup in the dryer vent than by wood-burning fireplaces. That’s why we highly recommend making dryer vent inspections and cleanings a part of your annual routine.
What Are The Signs That My Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning?
If your clothes are still damp at the end of a dry cycle, or if you have noticed that the dryer is hotter than usual at the end of the cycle, chances are you have buildup in your vents. Over time, excess lint accumulates and settles in the venting system. This restricts the air flow exiting and entering your dryer and prevents your dryer from operating effectively. Without proper air flow, your dryer is at risk of overheating and its life span can be significantly shortened. This buildup of lint also increases the likelihood of fire, as dry lint is extremely flammable.
There is another danger associated with dryer vent systems that most people are unaware of: carbon monoxide. This poisonous gas is a result of incomplete fuel-burning, and normally exits the home through the dryer vent system. However, if the dryer vent system is not conducive to air flow, carbon monoxide cannot exit the home, and instead, infiltrates the very air you and your family are breathing. This can cause serious health problems and even death and should not be taken lightly.
How Can I Do My Part?
First: Schedule a professional cleaning! Like the chimney, the dryer ventilation system is something that most people just don’t think about. Make your appointment a priority, and consider making a standing appointment so that you don’t have to think about it!
Many of us are in the habit of cleaning out our lint trap after every dryer use, and while this is a critical part of keeping your dryer operating efficiently, there are some other steps you can take to ensure your safety in between professional cleanings.
In Addition To Cleaning The Lint Trap After Each Load Of Clothes:
- Make sure that your lint screen isn’t damaged or broken.
- Keep the area around the dryer clear and clean. Don’t stack dirty clothes right next to the dryer.
- Clean behind the dryer, removing any lint that builds up in the back.
- Consider having a rigid or semi-rigid type of duct (instead of the plastic or foil accordion style) installed.
How Often Should I Have My Vents Cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your dryer vent system thoroughly and professionally cleaned at least once a year. With Pristine Sweeps, you can be confident that we have the expertise and equipment to clean your dryer vents, regardless of the location and length of your system. Don’t trust your family’s safety to guess-work — give us a call today at 206-574-8414! Or, click here to schedule online!