Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning Can Significantly Decrease Your Risk Of Fire!
At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we spend a lot of time working to help our customers avoid chimney fires, because we know that they’re a serious threat. We’ve found that most people are at least somewhat aware of how important it is to be diligent about regular chimney maintenance, but what you may not know is that your dryer vent can pose just as serious a fire threat — if not a more serious one — than your chimney system.
Like your chimney, your dryer vent is moving hot air and combustion byproducts away from your home. And like your chimney, byproducts and debris can build up along the path that takes those byproducts out. When debris like lint builds up in your dryer vent, it can significantly increase your risk of fire. You see how much lint builds up in the lint trap with every load of laundry – now imagine how much is lining the walls of the vent duct. As lint build-up becomes thicker and thicker, it can significantly constrict the duct and prevent it from venting properly. Heat can then build up considerably in the duct, and since lint is extremely flammable, it can ignite, starting a fire in your home.
Dryer Vent Fires Are A Serious Problem
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, there are roughly 16,700 dryer vent fires a year, causing millions of dollars in property damage, and many injuries and lost lives. The cause, more often than not, is lint in dryer vents, which builds up due to neglect and failure to clean.
But lint build-up isn’t the only issue — improper installation of the dryer vent system can also pose a dangerous threat. Weststar Chimney Sweeps professionals can detect potential flaws in dryer vent installation, including the presence of flammable vinyl duct, or a duct run that hasn’t been properly routed. With a thorough inspection from our trained technicians, you can get a clear view into whether or not your vent system is performing properly and safely.
Dirty Vents Also Waste Your Money
If you keep finding damp clothes after running your dryer for a reasonable amount of time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your dryer is on its way out. A clogged dryer vent duct creates reduced air flow, which doesn’t allow your dryer to work as efficiently as it should. In other words, a clogged vent will have you spending more money on utilities, while getting less satisfactory results.
Having your dryer vent system cleaned and inspected yearly by a dryer vent cleaning professional can help keep your dryer running as it should, and can help you avoid enormous energy bills and costly and unnecessary replacements.
The Dryer Vent Cleaning Process Explained
During a standard cleaning, Weststar Chimney Sweeps technicians will unhook the dryer, clean the vent duct with special tools, and check all connections. We use the Pro-Spin Dryer Vent Cleaning System with a cordless variable-speed drill, which allows us to spin the poles through the tightest turns, making dryer vent cleaning fast and effective.
Maybe it could go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway...get your chimney cleaned by experienced professionals! You’ll have more peace of mind when you trust this chimney service to an expert like Weststar Chimney Sweeps.
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David was great -- cleaned both fireplaces neatly and quickly, and answered all my questions cheerfully. At the end of the cleaning, knowing that I had recently had back surgery, he even asked if he could help with anything - even offered to take out the trash!
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