What to Expect From Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning Services

Did you know that firefighters respond to about 13,820 house fires caused by dryers every year? These unfortunate and dangerous accidents often cause fire-related injuries and cost a great deal of money in property loss. What’s more, they are often preventable:  34% of the time, these fires are often the result of simply not cleaning the dryer vent. To keep your dryer safe and running smoothly, schedule professional dryer vent cleaning services at least once a year for a thorough cleaning and inspection.

Read on to find out what to expect from professional dryer vent cleaning services – and learn about how these services guarantee better performance!

Expect a Thorough Cleaning

With professional services, you will get a deeper and more thorough cleaning than you would from cleaning the dryer yourself. That’s not to say you shouldn’t still clean your dryer vents regularly – doing so will keep buildup and clogs to a minimum – but professionals have the specialized equipment and techniques to extract a high volume of lint and dust. Clean dryers can dry clothes faster, run on less energy, and last longer than dirty dryers.

Expect High-Quality Equipment & Techniques

Professionals have been trained to use specialized equipment that can reach every nook and cranny in your dryer vents and ducts. The process usually involves a flexible vacuum brush, snake brush, or suctioning tool, which can reach inside the dryer vent and collect all of the debris within. After the cleaning, technicians perform an inspection using a digital airflow meter to ensure that the airflow has improved.

Expect Improved Fire Safety

Lint is essentially kindling sitting in the hot environment of the dryer vents. By keeping ducts and vents free of lint, dust, and debris, there is a greatly reduced chance of fire. Without anything to ignite, sparks won’t catch. Professional cleaning services are an investment in the fire safety of your home.

Expect High-Quality Results

Clean and maintained dryers work better, faster, and last longer. Though maintenance requires foresight and action, it offers long-term benefits for your household appliances. After professional dryer vent cleaning services, you can expect improved performance, faster drying times, reduced energy usage, reduced damage to your dryer, and reduced wear and tear on your clothes on each cycle.

Signs your dryer vents and ducts need cleaning:

  • It takes more than one cycle to fully dry clothes
  • Clothes smell musty after going through a dryer cycle
  • The laundry room feels hot or maybe damp while the dryer is running
  • Clothes are too hot to touch at the end of a cycle
  • The dryer sheet picks up sour or musty odors

Schedule a Dryer Vent Cleaning Now

The Irish Sweep specialists can get deep into your vent system where most household cleaning methods can’t reach, so you can enjoy a safer and more effective system for years to come. Our top priority is safety and we customize our services with our client’s best interest at heart. To schedule an appointment with an expert, call us at (510)521-4088, or use this simple contact form by clicking here.

Tips on Having Your Dryer Vents Cleaned

When was the last time you had your Alameda dryer vents cleaned by a professional? If it’s been a while, don’t put this essential home maintenance off any longer. Did you know that a clogged dryer vent that accumulates lint is actually a fire hazard? Dirty dryer vents start thousands of fires each year in the United States. Here are some basics you need to know about dryer vent maintenance.

A Messy Chore

It’s a messy chore, but someone has to do it. At the bare minimum, your Alameda dryer vents should be cleaned out on a yearly basis to keep the appliance working at peak performance. This is especially true if some of the occupants of the house have long hair or if there are pets in the home that shed. Also did you know that dryer sheets leave a sticky residue inside the vent and, of course, the lint from the dryer is prone to sticking to that residue.

There are some common signs to watch out for, such as a burning smell, clothes that just won’t seem to dry no matter how long you leave it running, and also a dryer that becomes hot to the touch.

Cleaning Your Alameda Dryer Vents

First things first, a professional will disconnect your dryer before getting to work. Whether it’s gas or electric, it can simply be unplugged from the outlet, so know that we don’t need to touch the gas supply valve. The vent can be found at the back of the dryer, and the exhaust should always vent to the outside atmosphere.  A professional will then pull the appliance about a foot away from the wall so they can access the vent and the area behind the dryer. After a pro has taken these steps, they will disconnect the vent connector from the dryer and the vent. If the vent connector is made from plastic or other flammable material, it will be replaced with an all-metal, non-combustible option.

Wearing protective gloves, they will then clean out all the lint from the back of the dryer by hand, and then use a brush with a series of rods to brush the lint from the interior venting ductwork.  Once completed, a leaf blower will be attached to the vent and all loose debris will be cleared to finish the job.  And finally, the exterior vent cover will also be removed and cleaned out before the dryer is reconnected for use.

Schedule a Dryer Vent Cleaning

A professional will also be able to make sure that everything is up to code and doesn’t need to be replaced. Your safest option is always to call an expert who can make sure your dryer isn’t a fire hazard. Carbon monoxide poisoning is also a risk if a dryer isn’t installed correctly, or maintained over the years.

At The Irish Sweep, we have the experience you need for such an important job. If you’re in the Alameda area, give us a call at (510) 521-4088. We’re available to answer any questions you have about dryer or fireplace safety in your home. You can also view our customer testimonials by clicking this link.