Dryer Vent Cleaning
The importance of a clean dryer vent cannot be stressed enough. Beside saving you and your family from a dangerous house fire, it can save your family from harmful mold, mildew, and even carbon monoxide. It can even help get your clothes coming out smelling clean and fresh every time.
Cleaning a dryer vent is a daunting process to those not experienced. First, the dryer has to be disconnected from power and also disconnected from the duct. Disconnecting power is a safety precaution. Next the hole at the back of the dryer that connects to the vent must be thoroughly cleaned out with a vacuum and with special long brushes and brooms. A specialized vacuum such as a shop-vac is needed. A normal household vacuum and its attachments will not suffice as it is not specifically designed to collect lint and other debris. After this, the vent cover on the exterior of the house must be removed, and the vent must be cleaned from the outside in the same manner as the inside. Usually, the exterior end of the vent is covered with a pest screen - it may be a good idea to clean this more frequently than the rest of the vent. This is a tricky part, as often times the exterior vent needs to be accessed using a ladder. Not only is it difficult to properly clean a dryer vent while standing on a ladder, it can also be dangerous. This is one reason why calling a professional with years of experience is far safer. In some cases, the vent must be disassembled and taken out of the wall to properly clean it out; this requires some skill and experience. After this is complete, a large, flexible brush needs to be used to finish off the job. Some dryer vents can be quite long, so acquiring a brush that can fit the whole length of the vent can be difficult.
After a complete dryer vent cleaning, it’s very important to take steps in order to prevent further lint build up. The most critical step is to always empty your dryer’s lint trap after every cycle. You can even go further and pour some water over the lint trap to test it - and if the water pools up instead of falling right through, it's a good idea to clean the lint trap with soap and water or compressed air. Lint traps can also become damaged, affecting their ability to function properly. If this happens, it's extremely important to get a replacement lint trap. Also, regularly make sure the dryer is clean inside and there’s no build-up of lint or other debris in the drum. Another good tip is to limit the amount of dryer sheets you use. Although they make your clothes smell better, they add more lint to the load, which causes the vent to pick up more and more debris.
There are many signs that you may need a dryer vent cleaning. Due to trapped heat, your clothes can come out of the dryer extremely hot. Also, a clogged dryer vent also causes lint to be trapped, which in turn makes your clothes smelly. Another tell-tale sign that your dryer vent should be cleaned is if your clothes come out wet! Nobody wants to run their dryer more than necessary, but unfortunately this happens often due to a clogged or damaged dryer duct.
If you'd like to know how much it costs to have your dryer vent cleaned, then please fill out the quote form or call us at 860-575-7752.
Shoreline Dryer Vent Services is happy to provide our services throughout the Connecticut Shoreline. Our areas of service include Clinton, Killingworth, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Guilford, Madison, East Lyme, Old Lyme, New London, Groton, Branford, Stonington, and Waterford. Dave, our dryer vent cleaner, is a resident along the shoreline as well and takes pride in serving this wonderful area.
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