FAQs About Dryer Vent Cleaning Las Vegas
At A to Z Indoor Care, we receive many questions over the phone regarding dryer vent cleaning. Different people frequently ask some of these questions so we’ve decided to put together a resource in which we share the answers to those questions openly. We hope that it helps guide home and business owners in finding the information that they seek.
If you have a question that has not been answered below, or you’re interested in a free quote, give us a call at (702) 897-7395. Our call response team is standing by ready to learn more about your cleaning needs and provide you with valuable information that will save you time and money.
How Often Should I Clean My Dryer Vents?
This question is very difficult to answer without seeing the environment of the vents, and the vents themselves, in person. The frequency with which dryer vents should be cleaned will depend on a few different factors such as: the amount of laundry that is run through a machine using that vent, if you have pets or clean clothes with pet hair on them, if you use multiple turns on your dryer, and if you have an older dryer machine.
In general, a laundry vent should be cleaned at the very least every two years. Otherwise you risk getting the dryer vent clogged and have to deal with other complications that a clogged vent leads to.
What Happens If I Don’t Maintain My Dryer Vents?
A clogged dryer venter can lead to a few different issues, some of which are more serious than the others. For example, a clogged vent can lead to longer drying times and mildew growth in the vents. But it can also lead to house fires and a loss of your home. At first such a thing may sound a little ridiculous, yet it is a very true reality. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than fifteen thousand fires begin every year as a result of dryers, with the majority of the fires being caused by a build up of lint.
Why Does a Build Up of Lint Cause Fires?
This is a really great question and the answer that lint causes fires is because it is so flammable. Lint is essentially like tinder. It would be great to start a fire in a forest because it doesn’t take too much heat to get it to light, and it remains lit for a long time. However, a lint build-up in your vents is the last thing you would want.
As soon as the lint catches on fire as a result of heat not being able to escape, the entire clogged vent will begin to smolder and spread. Sometimes lint fires have been documented to begin and smolder for hours without the homeowners noticing the smell coming from their basement or laundry machine until it was too late.
Can Other Things Clog My Dryer Vent?
In addition to lint being able to clog up dryer vents, there is a wide variety of materials that can also lead to them becoming blogged. This ranges from rat and bird nests to crushed vents. If you think that something is off with your dryer, then it’s definitely a good idea to get a professional to come out and inspect it to make sure that everything is okay. More than often a dryer that is acting up will be experiencing some sort of dryer vent issue, and the majority of the time it is an issue that can easily be fixed. In the long-term it’s much better to get things that aren’t working checked out before it becomes too late and results in permanent damages.
How Do You Clean Dryer Vents?
Some companies that try to overreach and offer every service possible that they can bill for may use their hands and simple clothes to wipe lint out of vents. However, this is not the right approach. Here at A to Z Indoor Care we use special brushes that remove debris from deep inside of vents. Then we also use powerful vacuums that are tough on the lint but safe for the vent materials themselves. The last thing you would want to do is puncture the vent, leading to an unnecessary repair or ineffective ventilation due to leaking air.
Do You Install New Dryer Vents?
Yes, our specially trained technicians are experienced in installing new dryer vents in the case that your vent has become so clogged or damage that a replacement is necessary. More than often a dryer vent installation will not be necessary if the technician is skilled in cleaning it properly.Google+