Your dryer vent may not be something you ever think about. However, there are about 15,500 fires each year that are associated with dryer vents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Should you schedule a dryer vent cleaning along with your chimney cleaning in Woodstock? Advanced Chimney Sweeps answers that question.
The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning
In short, yes, your dryer vent probably needs to be cleaned. If you haven’t thought about it in a while, let alone cleaned, it’s almost definitely something that’s needed. You clean out your lint filter when you’re doing laundry. You know how much lint can be produced by a dryer. That lint is getting built up in your dryer vent over time, causing poorer airflow as the lint accumulates.
Lint traps aren’t a foolproof solution. While they can trap a large amount of lint, a lot still ends up in the dryer vent. Lint particles can be extremely tiny. This means they can get through the holes that are in your lint trap. The trap can only catch so much, so it’s important to realize how much is actually getting through.
Usually, homes have plastic or foil dryer vents that have ridges similar to accordions in order to promote flexibility. However, these ridges are also asking to be filled with lint. If they’re moving frequently, it’s easy to get every ridge packed full as it moves while the dryer is running. Both plastic and foil are also flammable. Between this and their tendency to collect lint, they’re an extreme fire hazard if they aren’t cleaned regularly.
If you have a do it yourself cleaning kit on your dryer vent, you may also be doing more harm than good. These devices usually aren’t successful at removing all of your lint. You may also be compacting the lint. This means that there’s a chance that blockages can be formed of this compacted lint. This can cause further problems to your dryer and vent.
Advanced Chimney Sweeps Offerings
While we often focus on Woodstock chimney cleaning, we offer numerous services besides that and dryer vent cleaning for your home. We also provide chimney service and repair, leak and smoke solutions, and accessories for your chimney, such as chimney caps and rain pans. We also offer installation of gas logs for your new fireplace.
Are you ready to make your house a safer home for everyone in it? Call us today or request services online!