Dryer vents that are not regularly cleaned can cause house fires and severely limit the life of your dryer, so it is recommended that you have your dryer vents cleaned once a year. Tru-Clean Carpet & Tile Care offers professional and efficient dryer vent cleaning services throughout Lee, Charlotte and Collier County.
How do you know when it’s time to have your dryer vents cleaned?
- Your dryer takes an unusually long time to dry your clothes. Even after multiple cycles, clothes may still be damp. If there isn’t anything wrong with the dryer, this can be a sign that the dryer vents are starting to restrict due to lint build up and need to be cleaned.
- At the end of the dryer cycle, your clothes are very hot. This can be because the hot air that the dryer produces isn’t able to escape properly due to clogged vents.
- The outside, especially the top, of the dryer is very hot. This is often because the dryer is working too hard, trying to push air through vents that are clogged with lint.
- The dampers or flappers of the exhaust termination don’t open or barely open when the dryer is running. This can be because air is not traveling at all or very poorly through the vents.
- The laundry room starts to feel very warm or humid when the dryer is in use. The hot, damp air can’t escape through the vents, so it backs up into the laundry room.
- You notice excessive dust or moisture in the laundry room. This is because lint is getting trapped in the dryer vents and blown back into the laundry room.
- The dryer may stop before the dry cycle is finished because it can’t properly vent the hot air or the unit itself gets overheated. Clogged vents contribute to this.
- A burnt smell in the laundry room can indicate that lint is backed up. If you notice a burnt smell, you should have the dryer and dryer vents inspected right away, as this could cause a fire.
Dryer lint is highly combustible and clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of residential fires in the United States. In fact, over 15,000 fires are started annually due to clogged dryer vents with over 35 deaths, 400 injuries and over $200 million in property damage.
Remember, cleaning your lint trap after each dryer cycle can help reduce the amount of lint trapped in the vent, however, even when keeping your lint screen clean, lint will still enter the ducting where it will build up over time. Don’t forget to also check the back of the dryer for lint as well. Check the exhaust vent from the outside of the house regularly to ensure that it is clear and free of debris, along with an annual inspection to make sure your dryer is functioning safely.
If you notice any of the warning signs or multiple signs, it is time to give Tru-Clean Carpet & Tile Care a call. In about an hour we can clean and disinfect your dryer vent system removing years of built-up lint, bacteria, and other contaminants. Our service is designed to help your dryer run more efficiently, help prevent damage to your dryer, and reduce the risk of devastating fires.
Tru-Clean Carpet & Tile Care is a Certified partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI). In addition, we are A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau and a six-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.
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