Dryer Vent Cleaning: Easier And Cheaper Than Having Your House Rebuilt
The two most common reasons homeowners give for not having their dryer vents cleaned on a yearly basis are inconvenience and expense. For many, having to be home for an hour or so while the cleaning is done is a major inconvenience. Then there's the expense. On average, a dryer vent cleaning runs about $150, which is apparently too high price for many homeowners.
And yet, anyone who has had a fire in their home due to lint buildup in the vent line or dryer will tell you they wish they had taken the time and spent the money to have their dryer vent line cleaned. The cost of the service is nothing compared to what they’re faced with after a fire. Even a fire that’s brought under control quickly can result in several thousand dollars in damages and remediation costs, plus the cost of replacing the fire-damaged dryer.
Where Will You Go If A Dryer Fire Destroys Your House?
No one wants to think about being homeless due to a house fire (or any other reason). But since astonishingly high numbers of the general public don't realize their dryer vent lines need to be cleaned every year, we offer here some useful advice for those who may find themselves in need of shelter after a dryer fire.
Interestingly, all of these options are considerably more inconvenient than having Dryer Vent Wizard come out and clean the dryer vent line. And when you factor in the insurance company deductible (You do have insurance, right?), all these options are far more expensive than the cost of an annual dryer vent cleaning.
If the garage is still standing, you and your family may be able to shelter there. At least until the remediation company can get rid of the acrid smell of smoke in your house. Just hold your nose when you go in the house to use the shower or toilet. Oh, and pick up a good sleeping bag if it’s winter…an unheated garage floor gets pretty chilly.
Probably fine for a night or two (if it’s just you). But no one wants you in their living room indefinitely—and that’s exactly what it’s going to feel like as the weeks go by while remediation crews remove the smoky smell from your house and repair the water damage caused by firemen extinguishing the blaze.
Renting a hotel room might actually be fun for a few days, but a dryer fire isn’t usually something you bounce back from in a few days. Even “small” fires contained to the laundry room can take weeks to repair (if you’re lucky.) Will your insurance company cover weeks, or even months, at a hotel? Might want to check on that.
Sleeping in Your Car
Assuming your car wasn’t destroyed in the fire, sleeping in your car is an option to consider, although not exactly practical for a family. Or in a Wisconsin winter. In fact, spending any more than a night or two in your car is going to be spectacularly awful. Bring an extra blankie or three!
Back Yard Camping
If the damage to your house isn’t too extensive, camping in the yard may be one of your better options—especially if you can access the bathroom and kitchen of the house. Of course, this assumes the house is still standing and not so polluted with toxic smoke residue that you can’t go inside for the necessities.
Rent an Apartment
If you can find a short term rental (6 months or less), this is by far your best option. Look for a furnished unit, since your furnishings are now either in ashes or the remediation crew is still trying to remove the ashes and soot all over them. Settle in to your new digs, because rebuilding a house doesn't go quickly.
The Cost of a Dryer Vent Cleaning is Offset by the Money You'll Save on Your Energy Bill
Something else to consider, a clean dryer vent can actually save you money on your energy bill. When a vent line is obstructed by lint, the hot, damp air from the dryer exhaust backs up into your dryer. You end up running the dryer for two or more cycles just to get your clothes tolerably dry. On average, this can cost you an extra $18 to $20 per month.
Now Are You Ready To Schedule a Dryer Vent Cleaning?
If you haven’t had your dryer vent line cleaned in over a year, or can’t even remember ever having it cleaned, it’s time. Now that you’re thinking about it, why not contact Dryer Vent Wizard of Wisconsin and request an estimate for having your dryer vent cleaned?
Unlike some of our competitors, Dryer Vent Wizard is the only company in Wisconsin dedicated solely to dryer vents. In addition to cleaning them, we also install, reroute and repair dryer vents. No one knows dryer vents like we do.
Contact the Dryer Vent Wizard of Wisconsin Nearest You:
Northeast Wisconsin: Fond du lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee and the Fox Valley Counties. 920-644-3797
North Milwaukee: All locations north of Highway 94 in Dane County, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Dodge counties. 262-757-8368
Southeast Wisconsin: All locations south of Highway 94 in Dane County, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties. 262-312-1991. For property managers and condo associations, call 262-501-5240.