Mr. Soots Chimney Sweep, Inc.
Mr. Soots Chimney Sweep, Inc.

 

Dryer Vents

Lint Buildup in Your Dryer Vent Can Be a Fire Hazard

Annual dryer vent cleanings are more necessary than ever before due to the complex construction of modern homes. Newer homes tend to have dryers located away from an outside wall. Although locating the dryer in an interior room in the middle of the house can be convenient, this can be potentially dangerous from a safety standpoint. These new locations mean that dryer vents tend to span much longer distances and are commonly installed with more bends to accommodate the longer path they must take through the home. As a result, dryer vents are harder to access and this additional length creates more places where lint can accumulate.

We Can Save You Money!
  • Reduce Drying Time
  • Lower your electric bill
  • Extend the life of your dryer

If your dryer takes twice as long to dry clothes as it should, the number of loads that it will dry in its lifetime is cut in half. When the dryer runs at higher than designed temperatures, the life of your clothes dryer decreases even more.

In addition, if your dryer takes twice as long to dry clothes as it should, you are using twice as much electricity. Drying clothes is a significant portion of your electric bill. In many cases, the money saved annually in electricity alone will pay for the cleaning of the dryer vent.

Another area to consider is the laundry: If your clothes are tumbling in the dryer twice as long as they need to, then they will wear out faster.

Let us clean and inspect your dryer vent so that we can make it more efficient!

When we inspect your dryer vent, we check to make sure there are no obstructions and that the installation has been done correctly. We also verify that the correct type of vent is in use. Dryer vents made of combustible plastic hose, or other flexible material may be a potential hazard and should be replaced. Some dryer vents are only 3-inches in diameter, and these should be replaced also.

How Do We Clean Your Dryer Vent?

Mr. Soot's uses the following method:
We take a reading to measure the amount of air-flow that is coming out of the termination of the vent. The dryer is usually moved away from the wall in order to gain access to the vent. We disconnect the transition-duct (the flexible connector that goes from the dryer to the vent) and clean the transition duct. Then a rotating brush is pushed through the entire length of the vent (by means of flexible poles attached to a drill) to loosen the lint that is sticking to the inner wall of the vent. A blower is also used to remove the loosened lint from the venting system. The lint screen is cleaned. The transition-duct is re-connected. The dryer is moved back into place making sure that the transition-duct is not crushed or restricting air-flow. Finally, another reading is taken to determine the improvement of the air-flow. Recommendations are made if we notice any deficiencies in the dryer venting system that may be inhibiting air-flow or that may be considered a potential fire hazard.

Some companies claim to "Clean" or "Extract" lint from the dryer vent by just using a large vacuum from the outside, or by blowing air through the vent. This method would no doubt be faster and cheaper, however it will leave a significant amount of combustible lint in the venting system, thus giving customers a false sense of security. Please consider this information when deciding which company you will hire to properly clean your dryer vents.

Here at Mr. Soot's, we offer proven methods and quality service at a fair price.