As dryer vents become filled with lint and other debris, drying time increases and can cause the dryer itself to overheat. This increases energy consumption since the dryer has to run longer to dry your laundry. It can also cause fires in the dryer or the dryer duct.
If you have noticed that your dryer is running longer than it used to, you may need to have the dryer vent cleaned. Some dryer vents are relatively short and straight and can be cleaned easily, but others are not that easy and may require the use of special tools and equipment. We have tools specifically designed to clean dryer vents, enabling us to do a thorough job of cleaning any vent configuration. We can also remove any animal nests from the vent, another frequent cause of dryer vent blockages.
Blocked dryer vents serving gas dryers can pose a potential danger by restricting the flow of Carbon Monoxide fumes out of your home. If your dryer is not exhausting properly to the outdoors, Carbon Monoxide can back up into your home.
According to the US Fire Administration, between 2002 and 2004, clothes dryers accounted for about 15,600 reported structure fires, 15 deaths and 400 injuries annually. “Failure to clean” is the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.