Dryer Vent CleaningAccording to FEMA, every year over 15,000 structure fires are attributed to clothes dryers.
What You Should Know
Clogged Vents May Cause Fires
According to FEMA, every year over 15,000 structure fires are attributed to clothes dryers. The leading cause: Failure to clean. Lint located within just two inches of your dryer’s heater intake can ignite placing you and your family in the danger zone. The NFPA recommends that all clothing dryer vents be cleaned and inspected once a year
Clean Vents Help Extend the Life of the Dryer
Extend the life of your dryer and eliminate or reduce costly repair bills. A lint obstructed dryer vent places enormous stress on your dryer and can significantly reduce the life of the dryer and it’s parts.
Clean Dryer Vents Help Reduce Energy Costs
Dramatically reduce your energy costs. A lint clogged vent restricts air flow and your dryer’s ability to exhaust heat and moisture. This can significantly increase your drying times. At $2-$3 a cycle, your dryer is one of the most expensive appliances in your home to operate. Proper airflow is critical to efficient operation and eliminating unnecessary energy costs.
Reduced Risk of Carbon Monoxide
Reduce the risk of carbon monoxide build up from gas dryers. An obstructed or damaged vent or transition tube can allow unsafe levels of carbon monoxide to accumulate in your home if you operate a gas dryer.|
Better Air Quality
Improve your home’s air quality. A dirty or obstructed vent can cause an enormous amount of dust and particles to escape into your home and living space. We always wear a respirator when cleaning dryer vents due to the risks associated with inhaling this lint and dust.
Eliminate Moisture Buildup
Eliminate moisture build up. We see it all the time, damaged or disconnected dryer vents due to heavy lint accumulation causing the moisture from the clothes to be vented into the living space, crawl space or attic depending on the location of your dryer duct. In these situations the dryer itself can appear to be operating normally. An airflow analysis can determine if you’re venting properly and safely.
Increased Fire Resistance
Plastic or foil type transition tubes used to connect a dryer to the wall have no fire resistant characteristics and actually increase lint buildup due to their ribbed design. On Top Service only installs Consumer Product Safety Commission approved dryer vent transitions.