Dryer vent frequently asked questions
A dryer vent needs periodical cleaning regardless of special reasons to maintain proper functions. There is no way to know when a safety issue will sneak up on you.
But your dryer is at a greater risk if:
- Clothes are hot but still damp after one cycle.
- If your dryer takes more than one cycle to dry
- Dryer is hot to the touch
- Lint accumulates around/behind dryer.
- Laundry room is humid or warm when dryer is in use
- Musty smell coming from dryer
- Birds’ nests, clogged vents, broken parts
- Clothes dryer can catch fire. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that in the U.S. in the year 2000, there were 12,700 clothes dryer fires resulting in $99,400,000 (that’s 99 MILLION dollars) in damages, 330 injuries, and 20 lives lost.
- A clogged dryer vent adds to this risk. The lint is highly flammable and the reduction of air flow increases temperatures
Anyone you call can promise anything, there are no regulations in place to protect you. Many fly-by-nights and scammers pose as professionals and promise they can do a good job for any price. But the truth is they do not specialize in dryer exhaust cleaning and are not certified. They usually employ seasonal employees or students. Without the right knowledge and without advanced equipment you cannot do a proper job.
Cheap price turns the most expensive at the end: The cheaper companies only appear to be cheap and will pull the old bait & switch on you. You will get a superficial job and it will be the most expensive after all the gimmicks and extra costs.
Keep in mind; you get what you pay for. A real business, employing well paid certified C_DET dryer vent specialists and equipped with professional tools cannot afford to be cheapest, but it will really make your dryer vent safe.
It varies per house hold, but the National Fire Protection Association recommends cleaning or at least inspecting a dryer vent once a year.
The dryer vent that we are referring to collects lint in the pipes inside the walls where you cannot reach and become constricted and clogged which reduces the efficiency of the clothes dryer
Typically, this indicates that your dryer vent is completely clogged. When the dryer’s moist air cannot escape it condensates in the hose. By the way, a flexible hose is not up to code and it needs to be looked at.
No, your dryer should only be warm. If it is hot to the touch, then it’s most likely not venting properly or clogged.
There could be multiple issues, a disconnected/crushed hose or the vent may need to be cleaned.
Our technicians come to your house uniformed and in marked vehicles. They are good family men on weekends and courteous but seriously dedicated professionals at work. The C-DET Certified techs will give you an exceptional service experience.
It’s very likely that your dryer was originally installed by the appliance store delivery guys who not professional technicians. They use flexible transition hoses because they are cheap, easy, and quick to install.
But these hoses are not up to code, they are a big obstruction of the air flow and not recommend by all fire protection agencies, trade associations and safety codes.
Foil and vinyl hoses are corrugated, which traps lint and slows down airflow. These hoses also contain polyester plastic under the foil which is flammable. Using the correct transition is crucial to your dryer’s performance and safety.
It could work if your dryer vent is very short. But many times, we are called in to remove brushes that break off inside the vent. Also, improper cleaning compacts the lint and cause a clog that’s difficult to break. Only professional grade equipment can do a complete job.
This is a terrible idea. Chances are you will have a lint cloud in your laundry room.
The lint sticks to the wall of the pipe so by using a blower you will only move further out what is loose. The loose lint will then accumulate downstream forming a compact clog. Some of the worse clogs we have removed were caused by a leaf blower.