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Expert Advice

Angies_List_column_headerCleaning lint from the dryer’s lint screen before each load, while recommended, isn’t enough to keep the vent system clean. Over the course of a normal dryer’s life, homeowners miss up to 35 percent of the lint their dryer collects (that lint that gets through the initial screen and ends up in the vent system that leads outside the home). Because of the moisture that goes through the dryer vent, the inside of the vent gets corroded, and the lint starts sticking to the sides. Over a period of time, as [lint] builds up on the side of the vent, it closes it off (build-up causes longer drying times and causes the machine to overheat).

Most manufacturers of clothes dryers recommend an annual cleaning – more if you use the dryer frequently. A cleaning can pay for itself in less than a year through the improved efficiency with less drying time required (plugged vents waste energy and increase the chances of a dryer starting a vent fire). Homeowners should always clean their lint traps before and after each load in between professional cleanings. Never leave the dryer running when no one is home or before you go to bed.

angie1-newSource:

“Fire in the Hole: Why Cleaning the Inside Dryer Vent Isn’t Enough”
– Advice from Angie’s List

 

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For Your Safety

Experts say “Clean your dryer vent!”

For many households, the clothes dryer is an indispensable convenience and necessity. However, if clothes dryers are not properly installed or maintained, critical fires can occur. Using 3 years of data, from 2002 to 2004, the yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $99 million. Each year, these losses result from an estimated 15,600 fires that required a fire department response. These clothes dryer fires cause an annual average of approximately 400 injuries and 15 fatalities.

250px-UnitedStatesFireAdministration-Logo_svgFindings:

  • Clothes dryer fires account for about 15,600 structure fires annually.
  • 80% of clothes dryer fires in structures occur in residential buildings.
  • “Failure to clean” is the leading factor contributing to residential clothes dryer fires.
  • New home construction trends place clothes dryers and washing machines in more hazardous locations away from outside walls such as bedrooms, second-floor hallways, bathrooms, and kitchens.

Statistical information provided by the U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Data Center.

Our Approach

10---Dan-Dan-the-Carpet-Man---Dryer-Vent-Cleaning---09Why use a dryer vent cleaning professional?

When our technician comes out to your home to inspect and clean the dryer vent system, we will first check that the dryer vent is properly installed and was fabricated from the appropriate material (plastic vent materials are not recommended). Many times, our techs find improper venting or a disconnected vent that the homeowner is not aware of. Professional vent cleaning companies have the proper rotary equipment and knowledge of dryers and vent systems.

We use the cleaning method most recommended in the industry!

Particulates (dust and other small particles) stick or statically cling or to the interior of ductwork. Bacteria, mold, and other harmful biological growth can hide, grow, and thrive in this medium, particularly in the presence of high moisture.

The recommended method for dryer vent and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) ductwork cleaning is “Source Removal”, the mechanical cleaning of system components to remove obstructions, debris, dirt and dust.

Mechanical Cleaning involves two key steps:

  1. Rotary brushing to loosen the debris inside ductwork and HVAC air handling components.
  2. Vacuuming using a high-velocity HEPA filtration system to safely remove debris from the HVAC system. The goal is to reduce contaminants to acceptable levels (industry standard) without re-introducing these contaminants into household air.

Currently the safest and most effective air duct cleaning method utilizes a portable HEPA filtered vacuum coupled with a rotary brush (agitation device). Brush diameter (interchangeable brush heads) is selected by the operator to fit various sizes and shapes of ductwork and vents. Rotary action of the brush head effectively “scours” the interior of ductwork and air handling components as the device is guided through the HVAC system. This technology utilizes a high-velocity vacuum behind the brush to create “lift” for debris removal with HEPA filtration to prevent potential of cross contamination.

Find out more about our state-of-the-art dryer vent cleaning equipment (below)

Our Process

We remove lint, debris, and blockages from your dryer vent system using a 4-step inspection and cleaning process

Depending on the size and configuration of the vent and the extent of the blockage we typically use a combination of a rotary brush (see photo above), vacuum, and forced air induction to clean the vent and ensure proper airflow.

  1. Move the dryer and inspect the vent system.
  2. Vacuum out the dryer exhaust port and surrounding area.
  3. Rotary machine clean the entire clothes dryer vent system from the appliance to the outdoors.
  4. Clean thru-roof vents (remove and replace vent cap).

on see Question 19 on our FAQ page

Our Equipment

 

Achieve full venting of dryer exhaust to the exterior of your home after removal of blockages.

Dryer_Vent_cleaning_-_before__afterRoutine maintenance including professional cleaning of your dryer vent system by Dan, Dan the Carpet Man achieves the following results:

  • Family Safety – Prevention of a potential dryer fire is a key family safety issue.
  • Energy Savings – When the venting system is clear of lint and debris, your clothes dryer will use less electricity to dry the same amount of clothes (reduce electricity cost) and dryer heat exhaust will have less impact on your Air Conditioning system (reduce A/C cost).
  • Reduce Allergens – Ordinary allergens (like dust mites) collect in lint-packed ducts. Prevent the spread of contaminants inside your home by proper venting of dryer exhaust to the outside.
  • Prevent Intruders  Insects, rodents, and other unwanted pests can enter your home through improperly sealed dryer vents. An inspection of mechanical components can identify potential issues.
  • Extend equipment life – When your dryer operates at peak efficiently, maintains the proper temperature, and exhausts moist hot air effectively; you will extend the life of this equipment and help eliminate costly repairs

Our Equipments

rotobrush-4State-of-the-Art Rotobrush® machine cleaning

The Standard Rotobrush® system is complete with a hose and brush that work simultaneously together leaving clean ducts behind. The process begins when the rotating brush works at a pace of 450 rpm to scrub the inside walls of the air ducts. As the debris is loosened, it is then vacuumed up in the nozzle located behind the head of the brush.

Because Rotobrush® is designed to protect the operator as well as the ductwork, the rotating cable is safely tucked away in the hose, so every type of duct application can be cleaned using the system — even flex duct..

Prevention

Tips for preventing dryer fires

By observing a few simple indications of poor system performance you can help prevent a dryer fire. If you notice heavy clothes such as blue jeans or towels taking a long time to dry, or clothes feel hotter than usual at the end of the cycle, then a clogged dryer vent exhaust is likely the problem. You need to clean your lint filter every time you dry a load of clothes and inspect your dryer components at least once per year.

Some dryer vents may need more frequent inspection, such as in homes with complex construction where the dryer vents exceed 6 feet from the outside, or with smaller stack dryers and dryers that are older and do not have moisture sensors or high temperature safety limit controls. Have your dryer vent system professionally cleaned regularly to reduce the fire risk and increase the dryer’s efficiency.