Appleton Dryer Vent Cleaning Service
Yearly Dryer Vent Cleaning Prevents Fires
|The Appleton Fire Department posted this recap of a dryer fire.|
Every year, there are an average of 15,000 house fires that start in the laundry room. The culprit: Lint clogs in dryer vent lines.
Over time, lint accumulates in dryer vent lines and obstructs the flow of exhaust from your dryer. Superheated dryer exhaust concentrated on a highly flammable ball of lint in a dryer vent line can only have one outcome: Fire. Combine this with a flammable vinyl or foil wrapped dryer vent hose and it’s a recipe for disaster. Within just 15 minutes, an entire laundry room will be engulfed in flames.
With a little preventive maintenance, though, you can prevent a fire from starting in your dryer vent line. Yearly cleaning of the dryer duct removes built-up lint, virtually eliminating the possibility of a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have a large family, or do more than 5 loads of laundry per week, twice yearly cleanings are recommended. Some big families even have three cleanings per year.
Dryer Vent Wizard is the Only Company in the Fox Cities Region Devoted Solely to Dryer Vent Safety
Dryer Vent Wizard of northeast Wisconsin serves the entire Fox Valley region as well as Wausau and surrounding areas. In addition to dryer vent cleaning, we also install dryer duct work, replace those flimsy and flammable Mylar vent lines with rigid aluminum vent lines, reroute improperly routed vent lines, and make repairs to existing vent lines as needed. We can also give your dryer a thorough internal cleaning—which is highly recommended if your dryer is more than 10 years old.
Unlike other local companies, we specialize in dryer vents. It’s all we do. We’ve seen every imaginable problem with dryer vents and know exactly what needs to be done to ensure your dryer vent lines are clean, up to code, and correctly installed in order to minimize the chance of a fire.
How To Tell If Your Dryer Vent Is Clogged
- Your clothes don’t come out dry, even though you run them through two or three cycles.
- There’s a moldy smell coming from your dryer (caused by moisture not exiting the dryer due to a lint clog in the line)
- Condensation forms on the walls and ceiling of your laundry room
- There’s a burning smell coming from your dryer (most likely lint inside the vent line or dryer housing getting scorched)
- The exterior of your dryer is hot to the touch
- The lint screen in your dryer isn’t catching lint evenly, or maybe not at all
- There is lint around the door of your dryer when you open it
Services Offered by Dryer Vent Wizard
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Accumulated lint in your dryer vent line blocks the flow of dryer exhaust. If you have a gas dryer, you’re at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. That is, if the lint clog doesn’t ignite and catch your house on fire first. If you don’t believe us, check with your local Fire Marshall. They routinely recommend having dryer vents cleaned at least once per year.
Dryer Vent Rerouting
Dryer venting is often routed in an unnecessarily circuitous manner. The more twists and turns it takes, the greater the chance of lint accumulating and igniting. Our technicians will reroute your dryer vent in the safest, most efficient manner possible—using rigid or semi-rigid aluminum housing to minimize the risk of a fire spreading.
If your dryer is exhausting into your home, into an attic or a crawl space, you risk having mold develop there. And if you have a gas dryer, you also risk carbon monoxide poisoning. We will route your dryer vent to an exterior wall so it can be safely exhausted outside.
Dryer Vent Repair
Dryer vents sometimes detach from their connection to your dryer and can get crushed by the dryer being pushed too far against them. If they’re those cheap, flexible transition tubes, they can even have small punctures in them. Often, the person who installed the long runs of dryer venting used duct tape to secure sections of the venting together, and over time it has fallen off due to the heat and humidity of exhaust in the vent.
We’ll secure your loose aluminum venting with foil tape to prevent sections of the vent from disconnecting and releasing exhaust into your home.While we don’t repair the flimsy vinyl or foil wrapped venting, we can replace it with flexible or rigid aluminum venting.
Dryer Vent Installation
If you’re having a new dryer installed, or need to get your old dryer connected in your new place, ensure the safety of your home by letting us install up-to-code rigid aluminum vent lines. The cheapo vinyl or foil wrapped dryer venting is such a fire hazard that most dryer manufacturers now warn against their use. Not only are they prone to clogs, but they erupt in flames if lint inside catches fire.
Dryer Vent Wizard of northeast Wisconsin serves Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, Eau Claire, Wausau, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Sheboygan and surrounding areas.