Dryer Vent Cleaning Blog

November 28, 2016

A Look at Indoor Dryer Vents

There isn’t just one type of dryer vent. In fact, there’s an outdoor and indoor type. The indoor variant doesn’t require any outdoor routing. Dryers may work best when they’re vented outside for heating efficiency and safer overall operations, but the advantage of an indoor dryer vent is that it becomes more practical for laundry rooms that sit too far away from exterior walls. They become even more desirable when it’s impractical or impossible to cut through the exterior wall. The standard outdoor vent, on the other hand, includes steel duct pipes, an exterior vent cap, and clamps. The pipes are installed along the quickest and most convenient path to the exterior wall, while the cap is screwed to the siding. When it comes to the installation process, you’ll need to cut a four inch hole through the house’s side. From there, the vent covers up the hole and the duct pipe is attached to the vent. The whole structure is secured with the accompanying clamps. It is worth noting that if the house is made out of brick or if the it is built with a different type of tough siding, then it might be difficult to cut through, […]
November 25, 2016

Dryer Do’s and Dont’s

Dryer vents don’t have to be that complicated. Despite that, there are numerous misconceptions out there that leave a lot of people confused. To prevent further misinformation, here are a few do’s and don’ts that should help clear things up: DO: Clean your dryer vent A dryer vent can push out heavy, wet lint, but only so far. At some point, it’s going to remain behind in the vent pipe. How often you should clean your vent will depend on how heavily you use your dryer. Those that get a lot of use should be cleaned out every six months, while those used less might get away with one cleaning every three years or so. DO: Insulate your dryer vents Now, this is something that doesn’t have to happen all the time. If your duct is in a heated space, then don’t bother to insulate it. However, if it’s running through a crawl space, an attic, or an unheated basement where there’s a potential for freezing, then it definitely needs insulation. This can help prevent moisture in the exhaust air from freezing inside the pipe. If you allow the latter to happen, it can potentially lead to unwanted condensation and […]
November 22, 2016

Tell-Tale Signs That You Need to Clean Your Dryer Vent

Despite it’s seemingly simple nature, your dryer is probably one of the most dangerous appliances in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers are one of the most common household appliances that cause home fires. In 2010 alone, more than 15,500 home fires in the United States were caused by faulty dryers. Thankfully, such horrific events can easily be prevented. What you need to do first is learn what the warning signs are, so that you can take the appropriate precautions when these signs become apparent. Here’s what you need to be on the lookout for: The drying cycle takes longer than usual. In the event of a clogged dryer vent, the drying cycle can take much longer than usual, even doubling or tripling in duration. To do their job, dryers are designed to push hot air through wet clothes. This hot air is then expelled via the dryer vent. However, when the vent is blocked by lint, air will stay in the dryer, keeping all of your clothes both moist and hot. Longer drying cycles will obviously require your dryer to work harder, resulting in more damage from wear-and-tear and a shorter estimated lifespan. There is […]
November 8, 2016

How Does Dryer Vent Cleaning Work?

While the dryer vent can be cleaned from outside your home, it’s more effective to do it from inside. To start, we pull out the dryer and disconnect the hose. We clean it until it’s free of lint and kinks. Next, we attach a “Y-join” to the dryer vent opening in the wall. This allows us to use our rotary brush and vacuum at the same time. The rotary brush fits snug inside the vent. It spins and loosens any lint build-up in the process. As the lint comes loose, the powerful vacuum sucks the lint out of the vent to clean it thoroughly. The brush attaches to flexible rods which allow us to run the brush the entire length of the vent. Have 90-degree bends? No problem. The rods are that flexible. We run the brush through the entire vent several times to ensure the dryer vent and exhaust duct is completely clean. You don’t have to do much to prepare for a dryer vent cleaning. Just empty your dryer and remove everything on or around the dryer. This will make it easy for our techs to move things around and access the vent easily. It’ll help the job […]