Dryer Vent Cleaning Blog

October 25, 2016

My inspection report flagged a dirty dryer vent – help!

Many times when an inspection is performed on a home for sale there will be note made about lint build up in the dryer vent pipe. Much of my business comes from people in this position and for good reason, it is the job of the inspector to highlight any area of the home which is either not up to par or poses a safety threat. A dirty or clogged dryer vent is a major fire hazard and is easily dealt with by a dryer vent cleaner. Today I was cleaning a client’s vent who was required to have her dryer duct cleaned and provide a receipt per the request of her home inspector and buyer. This particular client had some interesting stories about calling other companies to price and availability check. First of all I was the lowest priced and did not charge a trip fee. She also said in addition to the $40-50 difference in price, my competitors also wanted to charge a fee to get on the roof which I also do not charge for! However, the most interesting part of her story was that one company she called apparently offered to simply give her a receipt […]
October 25, 2016

Do I really need to have my dryer vent cleaned?

I get this question a lot from friends and family. As much as I’d like to instinctively answer “YES!”, the fact is most people will likely never have their vent cleaned. This is because I am usually only called to a customer’s house because their dryer taking too long to dry or getting to hot and in some cases has actually broken. It’s frightening to think about how close to starting a fire their dryer may be at this point (the common household dryer can reach temperatures of nearly 475°), but what if you are not actually experiencing issue with your dryer? Let’s start by examining the consequences of an even somewhat dirty dryer vent… A dryer is a fairly simple appliance, it consists of a tumbling drum which can heat to very high temperatures and a fan which blows the moisture and humidity out through the dryer vent. Though all dryers have built in lint traps, these only capture a fraction of the lint produced by the dryer. Typically dryer ducts are built using 3 or 4 inch wide pipe inside of the wall and are generally not supposed to be any longer than 30 feet. The longer a […]