Dryer Vent Cleaning Info
Things Every Wisconsin Homeowner Should Know About Clothes Dryers
Over 80% of the homes in the United States contain dryer units.* This means over 80% of American homes are at risk of a dryer fire. Over time, dryers without any maintenance become prone to:
- Safety concerns
- Health issues
- Inefficient running performance
- Financial loss from all of the above
The Problem With The Typical Dryer Vent Installation
When you have a dryer installed, the store you purchased it from usually sends a couple of guys to deliver it and hook it up. Unfortunately, the materials used with the typical dryer vent installation can actually increase the risk of a dryer fire. Those slinky, foil-covered transition vents make installation easier because they are so flexible, but they get crimped easily. Their accordion-like ridges also trap lint, which creates a fire hazard. To make matters worse, these dryer vent lines go up in flames quickly if a lint fire ignites them.
The other risk from common dryer vent materials is lint sludge. This happens to a certain extent inside all dryer vent lines, but is particularly bad when PVC tubing is used to vent a dryer's exhaust. If you are thinking of using PVC for your dryer vent line, STOP! PVC, as well as other plastics, creates static that results in lint clinging to it. Combine this with the hot, moisture-laden air traveling through a dryer vent line and the result is a sludgy residue that ends up clogging your dryer vents. When the sludge dries out, it's difficult to remove.
If you've noticed it takes several drying cycles to actually dry your clothes, or your dryer keeps shutting off before the drying cycle is completed, you most likely have a clogged dryer vent line. Don't put off having it cleaned! A fire that starts in your dryer or the vent line can have your entire laundry room engulfed in flames in just 15 minutes. Many people have lost their homes to fires that started in their dryer. Some have even lost loved ones and pets.
Top Dryer Cleaning Professionals with the Best Methods and Superior Equipment
Dryer Vent Wizard uses the best material for a dryer vent system: Rigid metal. The inside doesn’t produce static like PVC or plastic pipes and lets lint pass through easily without buildup. Rigid metal doesn't burn, either, and is less likely to spread flames. We use a semi-rigid aluminum for connective piping linking our vent systems to the dryer itself. This flexible aluminum venting is fine for the transition from the dryer to the exhaust line in your wall, but isn’t intended to be used for a whole vent system.
Don’t Use These Materials to Keep Your Vent Line Together
A common problem with dryer vent lines is the methods used to connect sections of venting together. Often, amateur installers use duct tape, but the adhesive on the tape dries out over time and results in gaps in the vent joints. Bolts and screws are also used sometimes to connect vent lines, but they attract lint--which increases the chance of a fire. Metal foil tape is the only proven method of securing sections of dryer venting. This tape can handle the change in temperatures and firmly hold a dryer vent line in place.
You’ll Get Sick If Your Vent System Blows Here
Consider where your dryer vent system exits. If it is somewhere inside your home (like the basement, the attic, or even the garage), the moisture expelled will cause condensation to form on your walls and ceiling. This leads to mold growth. Mold in your home causes respiratory illnesses and other health concerns, as well as contaminating portions of your house. The only place you want to have your dryer vent exhaust go is outside your home.
As if that's not bad enough, a gas dryer venting inside your home can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Yes, the exhaust from a gas dryer contains carbon monoxide and people have died from it entering their home from an improperly vented gas dryer.
Don't Try to Screen Out Pests From Your Dryer Vent
If you have a pest problem and are trying to keep insects, birds or other small animals out of your dryer vent system, be careful what you have in place. Cages and screens might keep a pest out, but they also keep lint in and reduce dryer effectiveness--which increases the risk of fire.
We recommend using the No-Pest vent cap, an exhaust vent cover with a pest proof door. The dual door design allows for maximum airflow when the vent flap is open, but creates a tight seal when closed so even insects can't get inside. Dryer Vent Wizard has installed many of these throughout southeast Wisconsin and we've yet to hear of anyone having a pest problem after having one installed.
Dryer Vent Wizard of Wisconsin Cleans Dryer Vents Better Than Anyone Else
Our vent cleaning specialists ensure all of our repairs and installations are in compliance with the recommendations or requirements from:
- Current International Residential Code
- Underwriters Laboratory
- Dryer manufacturers
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- National Fire Protection Association
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If you need your dryer vents clean, bring in the specialists. After all, we're the only company in Wisconsin specializing entirely in dryer vents. Our dryer vent pros are all C-DET certified, with all the equipment necessary to thoroughly clean your vent. When you hire Dryer Vent Wizard, we’ll increase your dryer’s efficiency and reduce the risk of a dryer fire breaking out in your home.
*ENERGY STAR Market & Industry Scoping Report Residential Clothes Dryers November 2011