Clean Dryer Vents Reduce Fire and Mold Risk  

Problems Created by Dirty Dryer Vents 

Drying wet laundry with today's modern appliance rapidly removes up to a gallon and a half of water for every laundry load, per the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Although this achievement is desirable, it can create hazardous conditions if the machinery is improperly maintained. When you neglect cleaning dryer lint catchers and vent ductwork, many adverse consequences occur: 

  • The tumbling of fabrics causes microfibers (lint) to detach at the edges and creates pilling (rolling up of fibers on the surface of cloth). 

  • The rolling drum tosses the lint particles, and the bits move within the dryer and eventually through venting designed to exhaust the moist, hot air.  

  • The dryer vents catch a proportion of the linty material, and the interior of the ductwork slowly becomes clogged. 

  • The coated ductwork can become a favorable environment for mold growth if the lint exits before completely drying and the air moving from the drum through vents is excessively humid. 

Fire Damage Connection to Lint Buildup and Clogs 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that dirty venting caused by lint clogs causes about a third of dryer fires. Lint is the perfect tinder for a fire; in fact, homemade starters for fireplaces, campfires, and backyard fire pits usually include dryer lint and candle wax in their "recipe." 

Signs That Dryer Venting Needs Professional Cleaning 

Most property owners try to clean the screen in their clothes dryer. They might believe that is enough to keep the machine running appropriately and safely. A clean lint screen is an excellent first step, but yearly or more frequent dryer vent cleaning is crucial for efficient drying and mitigating fire and mold hazards. The following are signals that a dryer is gasping for free-flowing air and might be putting your family's safety in question: 

  • Clothing and other fabrics are still damp or wet after a normal drying cycle. 

  • Automatic drying cycles using temperature and humidity sensors take progressively longer.  

  • Gas and electricity costs soar as the dryer becomes more inefficient. 

  • Internal parts rust due to excess humidity, and thermostats fail because the appliance works harder. 

  • The dryer becomes hot to the touch during normal operations.  

  • Fabrics are unexpectedly hot and steamy at the end of a cycle. 

Professional Duct Cleaning Is the Answer 

The remedy is simple for residents of Charlotte. Arrange for dryer vent cleaning by AdvantaClean of York County and South Charlotte. Our IICRC-certified technicians inspect your dryer and venting, using rotating brushes and industrial-strength negative air pressure (suction) to pull the lint out of all parts of the drying and exhausting system. We ensure sections of rigid ductwork replace plastic coil venting and that all connections, inside and at the exterior exhaust point, are sealed. 

The well-qualified and properly equipped dryer vent cleaning team from AdvantaClean of York County and South Charlotte inhibits mold growth. It prevents fire by eliminating the lint and debris in your dryer's venting. Our crews are ready to respond fast when you call (803) 325-2100 for ducting and vent cleaning needs, located at 4101 Stuart Andrew Blvd E. Charlotte, SC, just minutes from your home.

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