Many people know that taking care of your appliances in your home is not only important to keep them working and safe, but also important for the health of you and your family members. When it comes to your dryer, you must clean the lint out routinely, but the vents in the back of the dryer must also be cleaned out. This sounds like an easy task, and for an experienced technician it is, but this is not something that should just be handled at home. Thankfully, the sweeps at Environmental Chimney Sweep are here to make sure all of your needs are met.
Dryer vents are a leading cause of fires in homes, because lint such a flammable substance. Because the heat from your dryer is produced so quickly, this gives the lint a jump-start on getting warm. So, how are dryer vents cleaned you ask? First, the technicians will need to move your dryer away from the wall to remove the vent from the unit, so make sure the path is cleared before they arrive. They will then attach a vacuum to the vent where they can clean the one that blows to the outside of your home. Next they will scrub the inside of the vent tube. All that is left to do is to clean up the debris and reattach the vent to the dryer. To finish off they pack their things and are on their way.
There are many ways to tell when your dryer vents are in need of attention. One of the first signs is when you have to put your clothes in the dryer for multiple cycles. Other than lint, many things can cause blockages in your vents, such as bird and squirrel nests, and bee hives. Of course, you may not always be able to sense when your vents need maintenance so it is recommended that your dryer’s hose is cleaned once a year, and that the vents themselves are inspected for blockages once a year. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that there are 15,500 dryer fires every year, causing up to 30 deaths and 310 injuries. Be safe by calling to get your vents checked today!