Are your clothes taking too long to dry? You might have a clogged dryer vent. Over time, lint gets sucked in dryer vents and sticks to vent walls. As lint keeps building up, airflow gets compromised and can lead to your dryer having to work harder, increasing load, energy usage, and even compromising security!
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The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning
Even when dryers start getting slower, making noises, or turning hot, nobody really takes a look at the vents. The National Fire Protection Association suggests that an estimated 15,500 dryer-related fires every year are because of clogged dryer vents.
Dryers do continue to work but are much slower. The warm dryer air gets trapped in the vents, and as more and warmer air gets blown from behind, the lint starts burning. All it takes is one fiber to catch fire, and the results are devastating!
Getting your dryer vents cleaned can help you keep yourself, your family, and your home safe. SteamPro takes pride in having helped numerous clients throughout North Carolina with their lint removal, dryer vent clog removal, and more!
Here are some telltale signs that your dryer vent is clogged and needs cleaning. If you find any of these signs the next time you turn on the dryer, check your vents or call us immediately!
The dryer takes longer to dry out clothes than it used to (over half an hour)
The dryer is hotter than usual when opened. Clothes may be hotter as well
The vent is abnormally hot if you touch it, and so is the dryer room
You smell something burning. If that happens, turn the dryer off immediately
The lint flap is stuck and won’t open
The dryer isn’t turning on or is showing an error. This is a safety feature in some newer models
Your electricity bill is racking up. Dryers need more power to push warm air in case of blockages (usually adds $300 per year)
Vents should usually be cleaned at least once a year or depending on how frequently you use the dryer. If you aren’t sure whether your dryer vents require cleaning or not, or if the lint accumulated is beyond safety protocols, give us a call and we’ll help you inspect and determine the same!
Our Dryer Vent Cleaning Process in North Carolina
Only certified and trained professionals should attempt to clean dryer vents. This is because proper removal and assembly before and after cleaning is detrimental to ensure safety and functional efficiency. There are several ways SteamPro goes about cleaning your dryer vents in North Carolina.
The first step involves an inspection where we send over professionals to determine how rigorous the cleaning sessions need to be. If the vents are relatively clean and simply require some dusting off, we use a rotary brush connected to a vacuum.
If the blockage is extensive, we start by cleaning the whole system out from the dryer to the terminal cap. Everything will be hand cleaned so that nothing gets left behind. High-powered vacuums and air-pressure tools are up next. These tools force the lint and other debris to dislodge, which gets sucked into the vacuum.
After cleaning the ducts and driers, we will clean the terminal cap, install a pest guard, and reconnect the dryer. As a final test, we cycle the dryer and test the exhaust and suction power. If needed, while we’re there, we can also help you clean other air ducts affordably!
At SteamPro we make sure that all of our services are as safe and eco-friendly as possible. We use green, eco-safe cleaning products and protectants in every avenue possible. From our stain guard to our solutions, we take the time to find what works and is safe for everyone.