DRYER VENT CLEANING SERVICES - Commercial & Residential
At adl-systems, we recognize that having a clean dryer vent is an important safety measure for your home. Cleaning your dryer vent is an absolute must every year. It sounds silly to do but the lint is the most dangerous and flammable item in your house. In fact, Dryer lint caused 16,800 fires last year. It is important that you have a professional dryer vent cleaning expert do it the right way.
These types of fires can be caused by lint build up in the dryer vent. If lint build up blocks the flow of air, excessive heat can result, which sometimes can cause a fire. Cleaning your home's dryer vent can help prevent a potential house fire.
Residential dryer fires happen more often than you think
There are many other fire hazards to consider throughout your home. One fire hazard that is often overlooked is dryer fires. In Canada we rely on these helpful appliances to get us through a long winter that usually doesn’t allow for hanging clothes outside never mind the busy lifestyle that prohibits the time required to hang and bring in clothes.
A quick bit of research left me with some startling statistics. There are about 16,800 clothes-dryer fires in residential buildings annually in the United States, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. These preventable fires caused 15 deaths, 300 injuries and about $88 million US in property damage. There are no comparable statistics available for Canada.
Clothes Dryer Lint is a Fire Hazard
According to the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, clogged dryer vents full of lint are a leading cause of house fires, "The fire marshal reports one house fire caused by dryers every two days in Ontario,"
According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These clothes dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents.
7 Benefits of Getting Your Dryer Vents Cleaned
Most folks don’t really give a thought about getting the vents of the dryer cleaned. As a matter of fact, there are a multitude of benefits to removing dryer vent clogs. This also results in decreasing the growth of pollutants and allergens as well as reduced costs in your utility bills. The benefits of getting your dryer vents cleaned include saving time, increasing the life of your clothing, extending the life of your dryer, saving energy, eliminating issues of allergens, preventing poisoning from carbon monoxide and fire safety. Here they are in detail:
Save Tons of Time
When it takes more than a single cycle to get a load completely dry, your dryer vent line may have a fire hazard and be clogged. This ends up in longer time spent getting your clothing to dry. When you get a cleaning service such as ADL to clear up the clogs in your dryer, this results in much more machine efficiency. Your dryer will be free of clogs and thus run more efficiently. Your clothes then end up dry in just one cycle. Why should you waste more time than you have to when it comes to clothes drying? When you get your dryer vents cleaned, you will immediately see the difference and free up tons of time in your day.
Increase the Life of Your Clothing
When the vents of your dryer are clogged, this creates more dryer heat. What happens is that your clothes get more heat than they should be getting and end up damaged. The reason behind this is that the fibers of fabric tend to break apart due to more heat than is recommended during the regular drying process. Dryers that are clogged require a longer time for drying and cause damage to fibers in the overly-heated environment. To ensure proper working conditions and preserved clothing, get your dryer vents cleaned by professionals.
Extend the Life of Your Dryer
Usually, a dryer that takes more than once cycle for drying a single laundry load will cause the owner to think there is something wrong with the machine. The usual culprit is actually accumulated lint in the vents of the dryer that cause the dryer to work less efficiently or to stop working altogether. Clogging in the dryer vents result in a shorter dryer lifespan. On the other hand when you maintain the vents of your dryer properly, this helps your machine work at maximum performance and at the same time, helps in extending the life of your dryer. In the long run you end up saving money by not having to get your machine replaced quite so often.
When the vent line of your dryer is clogged, the running time will have a tendency to increase. This results in excess energy expenditures of up to thirty dollars a month. The accumulation of line or other vent line blockages will cause inefficient dryer operation and a restriction in vent lines. This might even cause your machine to go to a complete stop for no apparent reason. In fact, lint can block even new dryer which cause your running time to dwindle over time. You may not even notice what is happening. To maximize energy and efficiency periodic vent cleaning is highly recommended. You end up saving money since you won’t have to pay for all the extra run time costs month after month. Plus, you get the job done in half the time.
Get Rid of Allergens
In every home, the growth of allergens can result in damage to the structure and problems with the health of family members. It is a good idea to get rid of the places in your home where you think moisture can build up. Also, check to see if your dryer vents are leaky as this causes allergens and pollutants growth as well.
Your dryer is supposed to completely eliminate moisture in the process of drying your clothing. When your clothes are still damp after a full cycle this may produce allergens. A load of clothing that is put into the dryer will include water by the gallons. Vents need to be installed properly and clean to make sure that every drop of water is properly expelled in the cycle of drying. When you have a build up of lint in your dryer, this will cause allergens growth and dryer vent leaks. Airflow is blocked by clogged dryer vents. The dryer may exhaust moist air and cause water leaks, which result in allergens growth. When you have a clogged vent, there can be condensation of moister in the vents. This then mixes with the lint that creates a kind of paste sticking to the walls of the vents. This will cause allergens to grow. Plus, it also clogs the vents even more.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention
When you have a gas dryer that is not properly maintained, poisoning by carbon monoxide becomes a risk. This gas is odorless, color-less and toxic. It is hard to detect through taste. It causes flu-like symptoms. When lint clogs your dryer vents this makes it hard to exhaust dryer fumes properly. Thus, fumes can get into your home and create a real risk of getting poisoned by carbon monoxide. To keep your family and your home safe from poisoning, get those dryer vents cleaned properly. Your cleaning service should be able to remove debris and clogs such as nests, dryer sheets, clothing and lint that could get stuck in the vents without your realizing it. Clean vents results in great ventilation and removes the hazards that dirty vents create.
Whether you use an electric or gas clothes dryer, you will have lint. Lint builds up in the lint trap but also inside the dryer vent and ductwork, reducing air flow and drying efficiency. Lint can cause humidity levels to rise around vents causing mildew and mold to develop in walls and insulation. But most important, Lint is combustible and Lint causes fires.