Why Your New House Should Get a Dryer Vent Inspection
The Dryer Vent Wizards are Here to Help!
Sales of existing homes in Wisconsin have been on a tear in recent years. While most new homeowners put bathroom and kitchen remodeling at the top of their home improvement checklist, having their dryer vent line inspected and cleaned should be their first priority.
On average, over 15,000 house fires every year get their start in the laundry room—with lint-clogged dryer vent lines as the primary culprit. Over time, lint inevitably accumulates in the ductwork, even when properly installed. The heated exhaust from a clothes dryer is enough to ignite a lint clog, or cause a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide from a gas dryer to back up inside your house.
Ensuring your dryer vent lines are clear of any clogs is the best way to prevent a disaster. In addition to cleaning vent lines, Dryer Vent Wizard can reroute dryer ducts that were improperly routed, repair or replace damaged sections of vent line, and install vent lines if there are none.
“Wait? Didn’t the Home Inspection Check the Dryer Vent?”
In most cases, no. Home inspectors usually check to make sure the washer and dryer that convey with a house are working, but they don’t they don’t run a camera through the vent line to look for clogs and they don’t measure the air flow through the vent line to find out if it’s adequate or not. Only the technicians of Dryer Vent Wizard go to these lengths.
When you buy a home with a washer and dryer already in place, you have no way of knowing when the vent line was last cleaned or how much lint is stuck inside it. Sure, there may be the occasional home sale where the previous owner provides records of when they had the vents cleaned, but this is the rare exception.
The unfortunate reality is that many homeowners don’t realize their dryer vent lines need to be cleaned. Case in point: The clogged vent in the photo to the right. The homeowner told us he had lived in the house 12 years and never had the vent line cleaned. For all you know, the vent in your new home could look like this.
For your own peace of mind, it's worth having the vent line inspected. If it needs cleaning, we'll let you know.
Why You Want Dryer Vent Wizard to Inspect and Clean Your Vent Lines
While there are chimney cleaners and HVAC companies that advertise dryer vent cleaning, Dryer Vent Wizard is the only business in Wisconsin dedicated solely to dryer vents. Nobody knows dryer vents like we do. All our technicians have taken (and passed) a test administered by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and have received the certificate of Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician (C-DET).
Besides cleaning dryer vents, we also install them, reroute them (for safety and greater efficiency) and repair them wherever possible. With three Wisconsin locations, we serve the northeast counties of the state, the greater Milwaukee area, and southeast Wisconsin. Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and hundreds of positive reviews from satisfied customers should tell you all you need to know.
How Much Does it Cost to Have Dryer Vent Wizard Inspect and Clean Your Dryer Vent?
We have a flat fee of $39 for having a technician come out to do an inspection and provide you a quote. If you hire us for a cleaning or any other work, the $39 fee is deducted from your total. Because every job has its own unique circumstances, and many of those can affect the amount of labor involved, the cost for a vent cleaning and any other work required varies.
Ultimately, though, a dryer vent maintenance service is one of the lowest cost home improvement projects imaginable—and one which can literally save your home and even your life.
7 Warning Signs Your Dryer Vent Line May Be Clogged
- It takes more than one cycle in your dryer for your clothes to get dry.
- You notice condensation forming in your laundry area, especially on the ceiling. This means the dryer is retaining moisture instead of exhausting it through the vents.
- Smell something burning during the drying cycle? Chances are there’s lint in the vent line or inside your dryer that is starting to smolder. Turn off your dryer immediately and call Dryer Vent Wizard for a cleaning.
- The lint trap is catching debris unevenly, or not at all. If lint collects on one side or has stopped collecting, this is a good indication that airflow through the vent is being blocked by a lint clog.
- If your dryer is hot to the touch, you have a lint clog. Dryers overheat when the hot air they produce cannot be exhausted due to a clog in the vent line.
- If you notice a moldy smell in your dryer or on your clothing, it’s because the hot, moist air created during the drying cycle isn’t being exhausted as it should.
- If you see an accumulation of lint around your dryer door, this is another sign of dryer exhaust not properly being vented outside due to a clog in the vent line.
Schedule a Dryer Vent Inspection Today, Sleep Better Tonight
The risks of having a clogged dryer vent line are simply too great to ignore. But besides protecting your home, having a clean and properly routed dryer vent line also ensures your dryer operates at peak efficiency. On average, an unobstructed dryer vent can save you around $20 per month in utility bills—and you won’t be subjecting your clothing to multiple dryer cycles just to get it dry.
Request a free estimate on dryer vent cleaning for your home or business.
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.)