We Offer Dryer Vent Cleaning Services & Answers to Your FAQs
In many homes, the clothes dryer is one of the most frequently used appliances. Laundry can seem endless, especially for families with children. What many families don’t know is that clothes dryers are a leading cause of house fires – approximately 15,000 every year, in fact.
Ace Chimney Sweeps gets lots of questions about dryer vent cleaning and why we think it is a necessary part of any home maintenance and safety plan. Fortunately, we’ve got answers to anything you’re wondering, and we can offer quality dryer vent cleaning services to ensure you get that peace of mind you deserve.
Ready to schedule? Call us at 410-424-5532 or reach out to us online today.
What Does Dryer Vent Cleaning Consist Of?
During a dryer vent cleaning, one of our certified dryer exhaust technicians will thoroughly inspect and clean your venting system. Over time, these vents can become clogged with dust and debris “boulders,” as well as nesting insects and animals.
We will also verify that your dryer vent is sized and installed correctly. For example, plastic ducts that join the dryer to the wall are flammable, and they should be replaced with metal ducts, which are non-flammable.
These inspections are more necessary now than they once were because dryers in newer homes are typically located away from outside walls (in places like bathrooms, kitchens, and hall closets), creating longer venting distances with more bending. As a result, dryer ducts are harder to access, and this extra length means more surface area where lint can collect and animals and birds can hide.
Why Should I Have My Dryer Duct Cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your clothes dryer duct cleaned annually because lint and debris can build up and cause your dryer to exhaust at less than optimum efficiency. This creates potentially hazardous conditions, including carbon monoxide intrusion and the possibility for fires.
How might these threats occur? If your clothes dryer is improperly vented or the exhaust duct is blocked by lint or debris, carbon monoxide can leak into your living space and poison your family. In addition, lint is highly flammable, and when you combine it with an overheated appliance that can’t vent properly because of buildup, well… you get the picture.
What’s a Chimney Sweep Company Doing Cleaning Out Dryer Vents?
The practice of sweeping a chimney and cleaning out a clothes dryer duct are actually two very similar things. With both jobs, we’re accessing and cleaning tight spaces that aren’t visible, but that play hugely important roles in the safety and air quality of your home. Furthermore, the dryer duct acts as a “chimney” for your dryer, carrying away toxic gases and debris – just the same as your chimney does.
What Are Birds & Rodents Doing In My Dryer Vent?
Birds, mice, and other pests and insects can enter your dryer vent (usually from the outside of your home) and make a nest there. This infestation typically compromises your dryer’s venting capability, and can eventually lead to a dryer failure or a fire. We are happy to rodent-proof your dryer duct.
Can I Install My Own Dryer & Dryer Vent?
We don’t recommend it. Incorrect installation is one of the leading causes of dryer fires. Hire a professional to hook up your clothes dryer so that you can rest easy, knowing that it is venting properly and safely.
In addition, we don’t recommend DIY dryer vent cleaning, either. It’s simply too easy to damage ducts (especially if your home is sporting the older accordion-style type), and sometimes homeowners only pack clogs in tighter, thus heightening the risk of dangers occurring. It’s best to leave the work to a team of professional who are equipped with the tools and know-how to approach the job correctly.
Protect Your Home By Working With Us
To protect your family and home from these dangers, simple preventive measures can be taken. At Ace Chimney Sweeps, Inc., we have the equipment and the experience to thoroughly and safely clean your venting system, so that you don’t have to wonder if your dryer is working as well as it could be.
Ready to get started? Give us a call or book your spot online now.