There are many systems and appliances working in your home to keep things running smoothly. Systems such as your HVAC, chimney and fireplace, dryer vents, air ducts, and more, they’re all dependent on routine maintenance to work efficiently. When maintenance is neglected, you can expect to waste money on utilities monthly, replacement of parts, repairs, and extra precautions, when in use. Neglected appliances are highly dangerous. Your clothes dryer is especially dangerous, when it isn’t properly maintained.
In the U.S, there are nearly 3,000 clothes dryer fires reported each year. These fires resulted in 5 estimated deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. However, many homeowners are surprised by the cause of these fires, which is the failure to clean the dryer. The majority of these clothes dryer fires can be prevented by scheduling dryer vent services with a professional.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
At Ashbusters Charleston, we don’t just keep our customers safe by cleaning fireplaces and chimneys, but we also clean and services dryer vents. During a dryer vent cleaning, our technician move the dryer unit away from the wall to perform some diagnostics. Then, a vacuum is attached to the vent which blow out to test the flow of your dryer vents. From the outside, a set-up of flexible rods and brushes is used to scrub the vent tubing or duct work, while the vacuum blows from the inside. This process allows our team to clean your dryer vents completely, while preventing a mess inside your home.
When to Schedule Dryer Vent Services
Your dryer vent should be cleaned annually, though there are cause to schedule sooner. If you have neglected your dryer, it was self-installed, or if the vent itself is longer than 25 feet with 90-degree angles equaling 5 feet, your dryer vent is likely dangerous. If your dryer has any of the following signs, it may be costing you extra money and putting you and your family in danger.
- The dryer and clothes are too hot to the touch.
- Your home heats during dryer use.
- The dryer takes more than one cycle to dry your clothes completely.
- Condensation and lint are visible on surfaces in the laundry room.
- The lint trap is empty after dryer use.
- The dryer vent outlet hood doesn’t work properly.
Not only does a professional dryer vent cleaning protect your home from fire, but it will also save you money! A clogged dryer vent will prevent your unit from working properly. When you run more than one cycle for one load of clothes, it costs you more money. It also decreases the life of your appliance by 2-3 times! That means a dryer that should last 10 years will need to be replaced after 3 or 5 years.
Choose Ashbusters for your dryer vent cleaning and rest assured that your system is safe for use and saves you money. Call us at 843-225-9985 and schedule today!