Dryer Vent Cleaning Services

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Dryer Vent Cleaning

Did you know that failure to clean is the leading factor contributing toclothes dryer fires in residential buildings? According to FEMA, about 3,000 are reported every year.

Lint is a highly combustible material that can accumulate both in the dryer and in the dryer vent. Accumulated lint leads to reduced airflow and can pose a potential fire hazard by increasing the temperature of the vent by trapping hot air and by the static electricity caused from the forced hot air streaming around the lint.

Due to the complex construction of today's homes, dryer vents usually cannot be sufficiently cleaned by the homeowner. Dryers are now typically located away from outside walls, in bathrooms, kitchens and in hall closets, which means longer venting distances often installed with more bends. As a result, dryer ducts are harder to access and the additional length creates more surface area where lint can collect and animals and birds can hide. Also, if a gas clothes dryer is improperly vented or the exhaust duct itself is blocked by lint or debris, carbon monoxide can actually be forced back into your living space.

Not only does dryer vent cleaning reduce the risk of fire and CO poisoning from dryer use, but it also improves efficiency, speeding up the drying cycle, which both reduces wear and tear on your clothing and saves you a bundle on energy costs.

Dryer Vent Before and After Cleaning

A dryer vent sweep is an important home maintenance process that:

1. Reduces the risk of fire
2. Reduces the risk of CO poisoning
3. Extends the life of your clothes
4. Saves on energy costs and time

As always, Chimney Cricket technicians provide a professional service that:

1. Respects you
2. Respects your property

Did you know?

1. According to manufacturer's specifications and local codes, dryer ducts must be a minimum 4 inches in diameter and at least as large as the dryer outlet.

2. Unless otherwise specified by your dryer's manufacturer or local code, the developed length of your dryer's exhaust duct should not exceed 25 feet. (When determining developed length, each 90º turn adds 5 feet to the actual length.)

3. Dryer vents shall be independent of all other systems and terminate outdoors, not into a chimney, crawl space or attic.

4. Your outside dryer exhaust vents termination hood should be equipped with a back draft damper to ensure that the exhaust doesn't come back in your home.

5. Metal transition ducts should be used between the dryer and the exhaust duct.

6. Flexible transition ducts should never be used in an attic, a crawl space, or inside a wall.

- See Facts About Clothes Dryer Exhaust Safety for more info.

 

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