Dryer vents are all we do. Founded in 2009, we’ve cleaned, repaired and improved 10,000+ dryer vents across North Texas.
We personally guarantee a complete and thorough cleaning of your entire dryer vent, from the laundry room to the termination. We don’t charge extra to go on roofs or under homes. Before as well as After pictures and airflow readings provide our customers with reassurance and peace of mind that their dryer vent is 100% cleaned and allowing their dryers to run as efficiently as possible.
Dryer vents run so differently from home to home. Some dryer vents were not installed correctly or just have an inefficient system. Maybe your dryer vent has an extremely long run or it may be venting into your attic or subflooring instead of the outside per building code. Superior DVC can reroute your dryer vent to have a more efficient run, saving you energy, time, money and prolonging the health of your dryer.
Did you just moved into a home that did not have a dryer vent or maybe you are building a new home and need a dryer vent installed the right way. Here at Superior, we are experts at anything and everything that deals with dryer vents. We have installed hundreds of dryer vents all over the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas.
A dryer vent is a perfect place for birds and rodents to nest to stay protected from predators and the crazy Texas weather. Providing a safe, dry place for critters is a nice thought, but not so much when you consider the health and fire hazards associated with that kind of accomodation. Birds are rodents are infamous for carrying all sorts of diseases and birds often are carriers of bird mites, which are extremely difficult to eradicate! Bird and rodent nests are sometimes terribly difficult to extract from a dryer vent and can cause a complete blockage–which leads to long drying times, premature wear and tear on your dryer and an eventual fire hazard.
The cavity or housing where your dryer’s lint screen sits while the dryer is in use (and should always be cleaned before or after every load/dry cycle) tends to get clogged up with lint over time and should be cleaned thoroughly 2 – 3 times per year. Left unchecked, it can cause the same issues as your dryer vent being clogged. Sometimes this can be done fairly easily, but some dryers are engineered differently and can be intensely difficult to clean–even with the proper tools!
When your dryer vent terminates on the roof, a “hood” or “cap” should be installed that is specifically designed for dryer vents. Per building code, the dryer vent termination, . . . “must be equipped with a backdraft damper” (a flap that opens when the dryer is running and closes when the dryer is off) and, a crucial note: “Screens shall not be installed at the [dryer vent] termination”. When roofers install the wrong type of hood (for a dryer vent) it can cause a lot of problems (i.e., water damage, dryer inefficiencies and component wear and a possible dryer fire).
Concerning the dryer vent or “DRYER EXHAUST DUCT”, the IRC (International Residential Code), M1502.3 Duct termination states: . . . “Screens shall not be installed at the duct termination.” In the additional commentary of the code it says, “Screens are prohibited on the duct termination because lint from the dryer will clog the screen creating flow resistance and eventually a complete blockage. This will result in a fire hazard. Consider that the filter screen integral with the appliance becomes restricted with lint in each cycle of operation. The code does not recognize any type or size of screen as being acceptable. Some dryer exhaust terminals are manufactured with a “basket” type of animal screen and the code makes no exception for such screens. Clothes fibers have the ability to coalesce and clog any screen.”
Most homes are built with cheap, plastic outside vent fixtures. Beside being inefficient, they’re prone to quick corrosion which leads them to break and crumble. Most hoods also allow easy access for birds and rodents too. We use a type of hood that is designed specifically for dryer vents, is steel and powder coated, has a low-profile and looks great to boot!
While it’s imprudent (and against building code) to install a screen at a dryer vent termination, it’s a great idea to protect birds from being able to gain access and build nests in your other vents (i.e., bathroom exhaust, kitchen exhaust and gas exhaust vents).
Many people blame their dryer’s inefficiency on the actual dryer, but most of the time it is their dryer vent that is causing the problem. We receive many referrals from dryer repairmen who get calls about broken dryers only to find that it is their vents that are clogged and their dryer is fine. Clogged vents don’t allow the hot air and moisture to escape the dryer, so your clothes don’t dry very well.
Cleaning your vents will most likely save you some money on your power bill since your dryer won’t have to expend as much energy and you won’t use as many cycles. Average savings are $18-24 per month. The dryer is one of the most costly appliances to operate.
The dryer vent can be cleaned from outside the house but it is much more effective if cleaned from the inside. If you prefer our technician not come inside please let us know and we will clean your vent from the outside.
It is helpful if you remove all clothing from the dryer and can remove anything on or around the dryer, so our technicians can have easy access to clean your vent as quickly and easily as possible.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends having your dryer vent cleaned out at least once per year. Superior believes that there are several factors to consider when determining how often you need your vents cleaned:
While approximately 70% of the lint is caught in your dryer’s “lint trap/screen”–the remainder is blown through the dryer and ventilation tubing. Most of that wet, sticky lint gets stuck on the walls of the duct work and just continues to build up over time causing issues and does need to be cleaned.
If your dryer vent is short (6 inches – 1 foot) you can most likely clean it yourself fairly easily. If your vent is longer, home improvement stores do sell dryer vent cleaning equipment. We have had multiple customers tell us that they bought it and tried it themselves, spent hours on end attempting it but were unsuccessful in cleaning the vents. At Superior we have high quality equipment that can clean your vents in a very thorough and efficient manner, saving you time and big headache in the end.
The amount of time it takes us to do the job varies depending on how long your vent is, how bad the build up is and if we run into unexpected problems such as bird’s nests and disconnected vents. It typically around an hour to complete a job.