Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer Vent Cleaning Services in NW San Antonio
The simple answer is that clogged dryer vents are dangerous dryer vents. Dryer vent fires are an all too real occurrence that can happen in any home or business, so you need to make sure a dryer vent cleaning is included every year in your annual home maintenance plan. Dryer vent cleaning is also necessary for commercial and industrial properties where dryers are used, especially if the dryers are used continuously.
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that dryer vent fires occur in 2,900 residential properties every year. These fires result in an average of five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property damages. The number one cause of dryer vent fires is a failure to clean the dryer.
The National Fire Protection Agency found that of the 3,700 hotel and motel fires annually, 10% are washer and dryer related, the majority of which started in the lint trap. The U.S. Fire Administration writes that commercial dryer vent fires are 78% more likely to result in injury than residential properties.
Dryer vent cleaning can prevent house fires
It's clear that dryer vents need to be cleaned regularly to prevent dryer vent fires, but how does the fire start in the first place? The root of the problem is the lint that comes off your clothes during the drying process. Dryers work by using a turning drum to tumble your clothes and push hot air through them. While your clothes are tumbling, any fibers or debris left on them separate from the clothes and form into pieces of lint. Ideally, the lint is caught by the lint trap which is cleaned before the next use of the dryer. When the lint isn't caught, it makes its way into the dryer vent when the moist air is vented, and given enough time it will build-up and clog the dryer vent. When this happens, you will notice the dryer requires multiple cycles to dry your clothes as it is now working harder and harder to dry one load. When the dryer vent is clogged, fire results from the heat build-up igniting the lint.
what are the signs?
- More lint inside the lint trap than usual
- Animal occupancy-bird’s nest in the dryer vent
- Clothing takes multiple cycles to dry
- Clothing smells musty after drying
- Dryer overheats-it’s hot to the touch
does it have any benefits?
- Returns dryer to peak efficiency
- Extends the life of the dryer
- Saves money on your energy bill
- Eliminates risk of lint-caused dryer vent fires
Here at AdvantaClean of San Antonio NW, our technicians have encountered just about every dryer make and model in the market. What does this mean for you? It means we know exactly how to tackle the clog you’re experiencing and how to properly clean not just the dryer vent, but the back of your dryer where lint gets trapped as well. Schedule a dryer vent cleaning appointment today and keep your family safe from dryer vent fires.