Dryer Vent Inspection
Properly inspecting a dryer vent requires a keen eye. Many factors go into this process, including the material of the dryer vent, the length, the curvature, transition ducts, and more. Materials a professional will always be cautious of include vinyl and plastic - in fact, plastic is a big no-no. Instead, your dryer exhaust should be made of a specific type of metal. Also, a lengthy and curvy duct leads to many more locations where things can go wrong. The support within the house holding up the dryer vent is also a point of inspection. When the duct sags, this can cause problems. Additionally, it's very important that your connecting ducts are sealed and tight. If not, heat and lint can escape into other areas of your home. Another thing we see a lot is a bad termination point, which is where the dryer vent ends and the air is expelled outside. When the termination point isn't outside and at least a foot above the ground, you can come across some serious problems.
As a homeowner, an annual or semi-annual dryer vent cleaning will be plenty to keep your dryer vent clean and your family safe. However, if you are an owner or manager of a large complex such as a hotel, apartment complex, dormitory, or anything else with multiple dryer vents, it's a good move to also have your dryer vents inspected once or twice in between cleanings. We generally recommend this because of a couple reasons. First, a bigger building means that your dryer ducts may be longer and have more bends, and both of these things cause dryer vents to entrap much more lint and debris. Second, the more dryer vents you have, the more that can go wrong! Plus, you are leaving your tenants with the responsibility of cleaning the lint trap on each use, which they may not do. This causes even more strain on your dryer vents. All in all, buildings with more dryers have increased chances of something going wrong. This is why we recommend a dryer vent inspection in between each dryer vent cleaning for large buildings.
After inspecting a dryer vent, it’s common to come across minor problems. It’s important to know to repair these problems, including holes or sagging. Repairing holes with the wrong material susceptible to heat damage can lead to many issues down the road.
There is much more that goes into properly inspecting a dryer vent. Only an experienced professional can confidently say that your dryer vent is up to safety standards. Call Shoreline Dryer Vent Services today and schedule an inspection! We serve several towns along the Connecticut shoreline including Clinton, Madison, Guilford, Killingworth, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, and Old Lyme. If you are in one of these areas and needs dryer vent services, do not hesitate to call!
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