Dryer Vent Cleaning
Residential dryer vent cleaning.
Why is dryer vent cleaning important?
Clogged dryer vents can be costly to a home so cleaning the dryer vent is extremely important for a number of reasons.
According to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a full load of wet clothes can contain up to one and a half gallons of water. With the drying process:
Moisture is removed along with tiny fibers (lint)
Lint and other debris accumulate in dryer vent duct work
Dark, moist duct work becomes an ideal breeding ground for mold
Cleaning the dryer vent will cleanse the dryer vent system, removing all debris that have built up over time. Cleaning the dryer vent is an often overlooked, but important step in maintaining your home or building. A good rule of thumb is to have dryer vent and air duct cleaning performed at the same time.
Cleaning the dryer vent is also significant in reducing the risk of fire to your home. According to a recent FEMA study, 28% of residential clothes dryer fires were caused by dust, fiber and lint. Every year, there are an estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss.
Dryer vent cleaning facts you should know
When a dryer vent is clogged, you should think about cleaning the dryer vent. Clogged dryer vents reduce airflow and force the dryer to work harder, which can cause:
- Temperature of the dryer to increase dramatically
- Accelerated thermostat failure
- Higher energy consumption
- Reduction in the lifespan of your appliance
- Signs you need dryer vent cleaning:
Consider cleaning the dryer vent if it
- takes more than one drying cycle to dry one load of laundry
- if the dryer is hot to the touch indicating it is overheating
- if clothes smell musty after being in the dryer
- if you see an increase in energy bills (dryer has to run longer and work harder to dry clothes)
Call (386) 968-1472 for Dryer Vent Cleaning
Commercial Dryer Vent Cleaning
Commercial dryer vent cleaning is imperative for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, where dryers are routinely over-taxed to support extensive washing.
Dryer vent fires are responsible for a substantial number of damages, injuries, and deaths annually. There are approximately 15,600 structure fires, 400 injuries, and 15 deaths reported each year due to dryer vent fires. And, half of all commercial dryer vent fires start from within the lint trap. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states there are an average of 3,700 structure fires at hotel or motel properties annually, causing $127 million in damage. Of those fires, 9% are clothes dryer and washer related. And, the statistical percentages grow in industrial and manufacturing properties along with other commercial environments.
According to the United States Fire Administration, every year clothes dryer fires account for over $100 million in losses. Also, dryer fires involving commercial dryer vents have a 78% higher injury rate than residential dryer fires.
A majority of commercial dryer vent fires occur as a result of highly flammable lint getting caught in the dryer duct and becoming heated to the point of ignition. Most commercial dryers come with lint traps, or filters, designed to capture the lint, yet only 70% is typically collected. The remainder sticks to the duct work and piping. Lint and other debris builds up over time so it is not ever safe to assume that emptying the filter regularly is enough to protect your property from a dryer vent fire.
Save money, reduce fire hazards and prevent business interruption with commercial dryer vent cleaning.