Green Bay Dryer Vent Cleaning Service
Prevent A Dryer Fire With A Yearly Cleaning
Every year, an average of 15,000 house fires start in the laundry room. In fact, our nation’s fire Marshalls consider the laundry room the greatest fire hazard in the home. Why? Lint-clogged dryer vent lines that catch fire and quickly spread.
Unfortunately, most people have no idea just how serious the danger is. With a once yearly dryer vent cleaning, though, you can virtually eliminate the risk of a fire starting in your laundry room. In Green Bay, the place to call for a thorough, professional dryer vent cleaning is Dryer Vent Wizard
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How Do Dryer Fires Start?
Over time, lint accumulates in dryer vent lines. It’s just inevitable. This lint is highly flammable. In fact, many campers swear by it as tinder for campfires. If dryer vent lines aren’t cleaned at least once per year, lint can accumulate to the point it actually clogs the vent line. Once that happens, it can easily ignite from the heat of the dryer exhaust.
The problem with a fire starting in your dryer vent is that it rarely stays in the dryer vent. Typically, the flames will spread inside the vent line to the inside of your dryer. The clothes inside your dryer ignite, any combustible plastics and other parts on your dryer burn, a thick and toxic smoke fills your house, and the fire ultimately spreads to anything in the vicinity. And this is a best-case scenario, assuming you have aluminum dryer vent housing.
If your dryer vent line is one of those flimsy vinyl or shiny, foil wrapped tubes, the first thing the burning lint inside will ignite is the exhaust vent itself. These materials are highly flammable, and your entire laundry room can be completely engulfed in flames in just 15 minutes. This is precisely why dryer manufacturers now put a sticker on the back warning against using flexible vinyl or foil-wrapped exhaust vents. Unfortunately, many installers continue to use these unsafe vent lines simply because they are cheaper and easier to install.
Do you have a flexible vinyl dryer exhaust hose, or one of those shiny, foil wrapped dryer exhaust hoses? Dryer Vent Wizard of Green Bay can replace it with fire-resistant aluminum dryer vent housing. Even the transition hose, the short piece that runs from your dryer to the longer run of exhaust venting should be aluminum—not the flexible, foil-covered hose that resembles a Slinky.
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)
- 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
NOTE: Although you cannot see inside your dryer vent line, you can usually take a look at the exhaust vent on the outside of your house. Often, these exhaust vents get clogged up with dryer lint, bird nests, beehives and other debris. Sometimes, the vent flaps have become permanently stuck—unable to open with the force of the dryer exhaust.
Dryer Vent Wizard Of Green Bay Services
Dryer Vent Rerouting
Dryer ducts should take the shortest route from your dryer to an external wall. There should not be a long run across a basement with twists and turns, or venting that exhausts into a basement or attic. Dryer Vent Wizard of Green Bay reroutes dryer vent lines to take the shortest distance from your dryer to the outdoors. We also use metal foil tape and metal clamps to connect sections of venting. Unlike duct tape, it’s impervious to heat, and unlike plastic zip ties, it won't come loose from the vibrations of the dryer.
Dryer Vent Repair
Dryer vents are often accidentally crimped or crushed when the dryer is moved away from the wall and then pushed back. This restricts airflow and promotes lint accumulation. Often, no one even realizes the transition vent line (from the dryer to the main vent line) is mangled. Another common problem is vent lines connected with screws. The protruding screws provide a perfect place for lint to accumulate. Our Green Bay dryer vent repair technicians replace any damaged or improperly installed venting so your dryer performs properly—and safely.
Dryer Vent Installation
Whether you’re having a new dryer installed in your home or want to replace an unsafe vinyl or foil wrapped dryer vent line, Dryer Vent Wizard of Green Bay will get the job done in full compliance with all safety codes for dryer vent installation. For the short run from your dryer to the main vent line, we use a flexible aluminum vent. Many plumbers use the foil-wrapped venting because it’s easy to install and cheap. We don’t. This transition venting is where the exhaust from your dryer is hottest, so it only makes sense to install an aluminum vent line there.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer Vent Wizard of Green Bay provides professional dryer vent cleaning for homes and businesses throughout the Green Bay area. Our technicians are courteous, respectful of your home, and committed to providing the best dryer vent cleaning service in Green Bay. In most cases, a yearly vent cleaning is recommended. However, if you do more than 5 loads of laundry per week, you should consider having your vent cleaned every 6 months. Don’t take chances with your home and family, schedule your dryer vent cleaning now.
Dryer Vent Wizard of Green Bay serves the following areas: Appleton, Oshkosh, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, La Crosse, Wausau, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and nearby areas.