La Crosse Dryer Vent Cleaning and Installation
Dryer Vent Wizard Gets The Lint Out
Lint. Just a harmless little bit of fluff, right? Well, not exactly. If enough of it accumulates inside your dryer vent, it can easily get heated to the point of combustion. Should you be concerned? Absolutely.
Every year, about 15,000 dryer fires start with a little spark in a ball of lint. As you might expect, these fires don’t politely stay in the dryer vent. They end up engulfing the laundry room in flames and thick, black smoke. Often, the fire spreads to other rooms. Sometimes even the whole house is burned to the ground.
With a little preventive maintenance, though, you can easily prevent a dryer fire in your home. Dryer Vent Wizard of La Crosse, as well as Fire Marshalls across the country, recommend a yearly dryer vent cleaning to remove any lint that may be accumulating in your venting. If you have a large family and do a lot of laundry, say, 5 loads per week, you should consider having your vents cleaned every six months.
How Do You Know if You Have a Lint Clogged Dryer Vent?
If it takes two or more cycles to dry a load of clothes, and your dryer is hot, there's a good chance your vent is clogged with lint. Here's the full rundown of telltale signs you have a lint clogged vent line:
Seven Signs Your Dryer Vent Line Is Clogged
- You have to run your clothes through two or three dryer cycles to get them dry
- There’s a moldy smell coming from your dryer (caused by moisture not exiting the dryer due to a lint clog)
- Condensation builds up on the walls and ceiling of your laundry room
- There’s a burning smell coming from your dryer (probably lint inside the vent line or dryer housing getting scorched)
- The exterior of your dryer is hot to the touch
- The lint trap in your dryer isn’t catching lint evenly, or perhaps not at all
- There's lint around the door of your dryer when you open it
In addition to cleaning dryer vents, Dryer Vent Wizard also offers other services in the La Crosse area to help ensure your dryer is operating safely and efficiently.
Our dryer vent services include:
Installing New Dryer Vents
If you just got a new dryer and need dryer venting installed, our La Crosse dryer vent wizards can get you set up. If you have one of those flexy vinyl or Mylar foil covered dryer vents, we’ll replace it with the infinitely safer aluminum or flexible aluminum venting.
In fact, if you have one of those flexy vinyl dryer vents, DON’T RUN ANOTHER LOAD OF LAUNDRY IN YOUR DRYER UNTIL YOU HAVE IT REPLACED! If lint inside it ignites, the vent will go up in flames in seconds. It only takes about 15 minutes for a fire started this way to fully engulf a laundry room in flames.
Dryer Duct Repairs
Everyone seems to have a helpful uncle or a friendly neighborhood Joe whose fix for everything involves a roll of duct tape. Unfortunately, securing dryer venting with duct tape results in disconnected dryer venting when the adhesive on the duct tape dries out from the heat running through the vent.
Another truly bad idea for connecting sections of dryer vent is the “Let’s just put a screw or two in here to hold them together” method. The protruding screws attract lint particulate, providing a jump start on a great big ball of lint forming in your vent.
Dryer Vent Wizard repairs disconnected and damaged dryer vents with the proper materials: metal foil tape, metal clamps and secure mounts for hanging venting from floor joists and concrete walls.
Rerouting Dryer Vents
Often, the dryer venting in a home is trouble waiting to happen. Dryer vents longer than 25 feet or with sharp bends cause inefficient dryer operation and pretty much ensure a lint clog at some point. Indoor venting, another no-no, causes condensation to form, which leads to mold. If you’ve put off having your not-to-code dryer vent re-routed because it’s too expensive, just wait ‘til you price mold remediation services.
Dryer Vent Wizard will find the most direct path from your dryer to an outside wall so the exhaust from your dryer goes outdoors—where it belongs.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Most people don’t realize it, but one of the biggest fire hazards in the home is in the laundry room. The lint that accumulates inside dryer venting is highly combustible. Having your dryer vents cleaned out at least once a year is the single best thing you can do to prevent a fire from destroying your home. Our Dryer Vent Wizards will remove all the lint that’s accumulated inside your dryer vents, so you can run your dryer without worrying about it starting a fire.
Dryer Vent Wizard serves La Crosse, Appleton, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Wausau and surrounding areas.