Dryer Vent Cleaning
Avoid a house fire
Fact: Dryer vents are the culprit in 15,000 house fires every year, making them the number one cause of fires.
Check out this special news report to see just how important it is to have your dryer vents checked.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends thoroughly clean dryer vents regularly. Vents get obstructed because lint traps don’t catch all the lint and combustible materials, and vents (especially those with many bends) can also get blocked by debris such as animal nesting
Avoid high energy bills. Fact: A clogged dryer vent can drive up the cost of drying your clothes by up to $24 every month!
Important read in regards to your dryer vent cleaning decisions
15,000 house fires each year caused by dirty dryer vents.
It’s no secret that dryer vent cleaning can prevent fires — it can even help you save on your electric bill, prevent expensive appliance repair and extend the life of your dryer. Each year, there are more than 15,000 dryer-related house fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. Failure to clean the vent is the leading cause of dryer-related fires.
Though it's worth it to invest the money in hiring a pro dryer vent cleaning company, the question often comes up: Can you save money and DIY with the right tools? If your dryer vent pipe only travels a short distance to the outside vent, you may be able to DIY with a dryer vent cleaning kit, such as a brush kit. And in some cases, you don’t even need the kit. Some dryers have a vent of 4 feet or less that goes through the wall and almost immediately pops outside. You may be able to just put your hand in and clean it out.
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But some dryer vents travel 20, 30 or 40 feet, winding their way through the basement or attic with plenty of elbows, or bends, before leading to the outside dryer vent opening. Dryer vent cleaning kits typically consist of flexible rods of varying lengths, ending in a brush that’s used to clean out lint and debris. Brush kits can usually be used with a handheld drill to get inside the vents and push the lint out. Kits typically range in price from $20 to $50. The problem with brush kits, they can get wedged and stuck inside the duct work. If you have metal hard ducts, you may have an easier time using a brush kit, but it’s a bit tougher with flexible ducts, which have creases that can catch the brush, causing it to become stuck. If the brush gets stuck in there, you have a problem. Don't try to yank the brush out. The handle could come off, leaving the brush inside the vent with no means of getting it out.
Brush kits also often aren’t long enough to travel the entire length of the duct work, depending on how many bends and elbows your system has. If the rods can’t reach the entire length of the duct, it can make dryer vent clogs even worse. You take everything from the back of the dryer and just push it 10 linear feet into the wall. Now it’s stuck in the wall cavity. How are you going to get it out? A small clog can turn into something bigger, if you don’t have the right tools. Not only that, but with flexible duct work, you run the risk of damaging it. A lot of times, you can take a small, golf ball-sized blockage of lint and turn it into a softball size. If the brush hits a bend or a 90-degree turn, that small amount of lint can get stuck and turn into a bigger problem.
DIY done wrong means you’re out the money you spent on your dryer vent cleaning kit on top of what you’ll pay Safeway Chimney to finish the job.
Can dryer vent cleaning save you money?
Failure to clean your vents or botched dryer vent cleaning can lead to longer clothes drying times and higher energy bills. If you have a dryer that is not venting correctly, it has to run that much longer to dry your clothes and it’s going to wear down your dryer.
So if you have the time and feel you can clean your vents on your own, great. Please do it every year. We want you and your family to be safe. But if you want to make sure it's done properly, or just don't want to mess with it give a call.