Muskego Dryer Vent Cleaning
Don’t let lint in your vent line start a fire
Would it surprise you to learn that doing the laundry can start a fire in your home? Every year, approximately 15,000 house fires are started by trapped lint inside dryer vent lines igniting from the hot exhaust of the dryer blowing over it. Fanned by hot air, a vent line fire grows quickly. Once it reaches the flammable plastics in the typical dryer, the fire quickly spreads. An entire laundry room can become a raging inferno in just 15 minutes.
How does lint get inside dryer vents?
Every time you run a load of laundry in your dryer, tiny fibers come off of it as the clothing and towels tumble in the dryer. These tiny fibers are what we know as lint. Even though dryers have filters to catch it, some always gets past the filter. Over time, it accumulates inside your dryer and in your vent line—providing just the tinder needed for a fire.
How do you know if your dryer vent needs to be cleaned?
You can’t see inside a dryer vent to know if there’s a lint clog, but your dryer will give you clues:
- Your clothes are still damp after tumbling in the dryer – If it takes 2 or 3 cycles to get your clothes dry, your vent line is probably obstructed. Dryers are designed to push out hot moist air, but if the vent is clogged with lint the moist air will stay inside the dryer.
- Outside of your dryer is hot to the touch – Dryers generate a lot of heat, but the top and sides of it should never be more than slightly warm. If yours is hot to the touch, the heated exhaust is backing up inside it due to a clog and causing the entire dryer to overheat.
- There’s a moldy smell around your dryer – When moisture backs up inside your vent line, mold and mildew get a foothold. If you smell something moldy, chances are you have a lint clog in your vent line.
- Condensation on walls and ceilings in your laundry area – Damp air that isn’t exhausted through your vent line escapes into your laundry area, causing condensation to form on walls and ceilings.
- Lint around the door of your dryer and little in the lint trap– When your vent is clogged, lint from your tumbling laundry isn’t exhausted to the outside vent. Instead, it stays in the dryer and accumulates around the door.
- A burning smell from your dryer – Lint will typically smolder for a while before igniting. Besides lint in the vent line, there’s often a layer of lint inside your dryer. If you notice any burning smells, stop your dryer immediately and call the fire department.
If you notice any of these signs, don’t use your dryer again until you’ve had your vent line inspected and cleaned. In fact, if you haven’t had your dryer vent line cleaned in over a year—or if you have no idea when the vent line was last cleaned—schedule an inspection by Dryer Vent Wizard before you run another load of laundry in your dryer. It’s just not worth the risk.
Why Dryer Vent Wizard and Not A Local HVAC Company?
Unlike HVAC companies and handyman services, Dryer Vent Wizard is the only company in all of Wisconsin focused solely on dryer vents. No one knows dryer vents like we do. The reviews left by Dryer Vent Wizard customers speak for themselves.
Our service technicians are all C-DET certified, drug tested, courteous and respectful of your home and property. We come to every job with the tools, parts and—most importantly—the experience to get the job done right.
In addition to dryer vent line cleaning, we also provide a full complement of related services to ensure the safety of your dryer.
Dryer Vent Wizard of Muskego Services
Dryer Vent Cleaning - Accumulated lint in the vent is like tinder. Heat buildup inside the dryer vent can easily heat lint to the point of combustion. If you have one of those flexible foil or vinyl wrapped tubes, it will literally go up in flames in a minute. The best way to prevent a fire is to have your dryer vents cleaned at least once a year, twice per year if you do more than 5 loads per week.
Dryer Vent Rerouting - Dryer vent lines need to take the shortest route possible to the outside vent. The longer the run, and the more twists and turns it takes, the harder it is for the dryer exhaust to actually reach the outside vent and the greater the chance of a lint clog igniting. Our dryer vent technicians will reroute your vent line for the shortest, most efficient route possible.
If your dryer vent exhausts into your home, your attic or a crawl space, it really needs to be rerouted to exhaust outdoors. The condensation and lint particulate released by an interior dryer vent is unhealthy for homes and humans, and if you have a gas dryer you run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Dryer Vent Repair – Older dryer vent lines often sag and develop gaps where the sections connect. We can secure your vent line so all sections connect securely. If there are sections that Joe Handyman tried to secure with screws, we’ll replace them. A screw protruding into a vent line is like a magnet for lint.
Dryer Vent Installation – If you recently moved into a house with no dryer vent line, or a house with an older vent line in poor condition, Dryer Vent Wizard can install a new vent in full compliance with today’s building codes. Since we are licensed to do structural work, we can also install an exterior vent if necessary.
If your vent line is one of those flexible vinyl wrapped vent lines, it needs to be replaced with a rigid metal vent line. Vinyl and foil wrapped vent lines are known fire hazards, and all dryer manufacturers now have a warning label cautioning against using them for the transition vent (the short section from your dryer to the main vent line), or the main vent line.
NOTE: Dryer Vent Wizard also offers deep cleaning of dryers. This involves opening up the dryer and vacuuming out the layer of lint that accumulates inside, where it can ignite from the high temperatures inside a dryer. We recommend a deep cleaning at least every 2 years. If yours has never been cleaned, it’s a good idea to have this done when you have your vent line cleaned.
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