Dryer Vent Cleaning
On this page we are going to tell and help you understand why dryer vent cleaning is so important. Please read on to learn why its important and what we do at Sunset Air on cleaning and taking can of all your dryer vent needs.
Why you should have your homes dryer vent cleaned
According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC), annually there are tens of thousands of Dryer Fires leading to many injuries or death, due to dryer exhaust duct fires. You should have your dryer vent hose and surrounding area cleaned once a year, and have the vent and hose inspected for any blockages at least every 6 months.
Reason to have your Dryer Vent Cleaned
There are a few benefits in keeping your dryer vent cleaned. It will reduce the risk of a fire starting from excess lint and other debris builds up. Having a clean dryer vent will keep the drying duration down, which in effect will help save on electricity and extend the life of the dryer. And biggest of all it will limit the amount of lint and other debris build up.
Tips for in between Dryer Vent Cleanings
Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes. A Clean lint screen/ filter will help in keep drying cycle to a shorter duration. If clothing is still damp by the end of a typical drying cycle or requires a longer drying time than normal, this maybe a sign that the lint screen or exhaust has some blockage
Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals. Special care when drying clothes that been soiled with gasoline, cooking agents, or finishing oils and stains. When possible, washing the clothing more than once to help minimize the amount of volatile chemicals and, preferably, hanging the clothes to dry. When using the dryer in this type of situation use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool-down period. To prevent the risk of clothes possibly igniting after drying, do not leave the dried clothes laying in the dryer or piled in a laundry basket for a prolonged time.
Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up. Periodically cleaning behind the dryer to minimize the amount of lint accumulation and, keeping the dryer area clean and clutter free.
Decreasing dryer vent lint and debris. Ways to decrease dryer vent lint build up and debris by limiting the use of dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener in the washing machine. Residue from dryer sheets can clog your dryer’s lint filter and some fabric softeners can leave oils and chemicals on clothing fabrics that may become flammable when drying. You should try to keeping the dryer operating intervals to 30 – 40 minutes per batch of laundry. Doing this allows more air circulation within the dryer and preventing lint build up from occurring. When possible, hang heavy bedding, pillows and other large clothing articles on an outside clothing line to dry. Every few months performing some simple cleaning service on your dryer can help keep buildup from happening. l taking a shop vacuum to the outside area and lint trap will decrease the possibility of a fire. If possible checking the outside ventilation opening for any blockage or damage to the ventilation cap, keeping the ventilation cap in good condition will minimize debris or birds nesting in the pipe. And finally periodically removing the back of the dryer to vacuum out anything caught in the lint trap or in the dryer itself. However, the homeowner should have adequate knowledge of the dryer before trying to attempt to take the dryer apart.
Signs that you’re dryer vent needs to be cleaned
- Clothing does not dry completely after a normal drying cycle
- A musty odor is noticed in the clothing following the drying cycle
- Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle
- The dryer vent hood flap does not properly open as it is designed to do during the operation of the dryer
- More than a year has passed since the last dryer vent cleaning service
- Debris is noticed within the outside dryer vent opening
- Drying time for clothing takes longer than 35 to 40 minutes in duration
- Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is being operated
- Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap for the dryer during operation
- A visible sign of lint and debris is noticed around the lint filter for the dryer
- Excessive odor is noticed from dryer sheets that are used during the drying cycle
What Sunset Air and Home Services Dryer Vent Cleaning process is
- We use Rotobrush Dryer Vent Cleaning Equipment
- Locate the dryer and vent exhaust
- Remove hardened lint from exterior vent
- Vacuum inside, under, and around the dryer
- We clean out those ‘hard to reach’ areas of your dryer cavity that are often forgotten or unseen
- Then we proceed to the lint removal process for the vent pipe with our specialized tools
- When the pipe is cleared of lint and obstruction, we reattach the dry to the vent pipe, making sure that the correct material and length are used
- Clean roof and or wall cap
- After everything is in place, we run the dryer to check for proper heat and airflow
Additional Dryer Vent Service Offered
- Modify pipe or wall for efficiency and safety
- Attaching pipe work in attic that may have become damaged or loose with age or from improper installation
- Replace or install vent piping
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