We Clean Dryer Ducts For Safer Homes
Has your clothes dryer seemed sluggish lately? If you have noticed longer drying times or if you have a dryer that’s centrally located in your home—rather than positioned against an exterior wall—there’s a good chance that your dryer has accumulated hunks of lint and dust in its ducts and as a result is not operating as safely and efficiently as it should.
For many people, simply cleaning out the dryer vent following each load of laundry suffices for keeping the dryer running well. However, over time lint naturally accumulates in the dryer ducts, and if these ducts have lots of twists and turns there is a higher likelihood that large amounts of lint will build up, becoming a fire hazard and impeding efficiency. Professional dryer duct cleaning is a great solution to this problem.
The Truth About Clothes Dryer Fires
An uptick in the number of clothes dryer fires led to the advent of professional dryer duct cleaning services over the past decade. Why are there suddenly more house fires being traced back to clothes dryers? Fire authorities speculate that this is because more clothes dryers are now positioned in the center of new construction homes, as opposed to against an exterior wall. This means that the dryer duct has to travel farther to vent outdoors, and the farther that it travels, the more that it has to twist and turn before venting outside. The more twists and turns there are in your ductwork, the easier it is for there to become a lint log jam.
The following figures are from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System.
- An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year. These fires cause an average of five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
- Residential clothes dryer fire incidence is higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11 percent.
- Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to residential clothes dryer fires.
- Dust, fiber, lint (28 percent), and clothing not on a person (27 percent) were the items first ignited in clothes dryer fires.
What Happens During A Dryer Duct Cleaning?
The way we clean a dryer duct system is not dissimilar to the way we clean a chimney, which is part of the reason we provide both of these services to our customers around Fort Payne.
Our certified dryer duct technicians use closed-circuit cameras, in addition to rotating brushes and high-powered vacuums, to remove all the lint boulders and other debris from your dryer duct.
For more information or to schedule your dryer vent cleaning, give The Fireplace Service Center a call at (256) 845- 9814. This is an affordable service that could have a huge impact on your dryer’s efficiency and help reduce the risk of a dryer fire!
Take a few minutes to learn more about us and you’ll see why The Fireplace Service Company is the company to call!