Dryer Vent Cleaning
At Chimney Cricket, we clean the flammable lint, bird nests, and debris from your dryer vent. Dryer vent cleaning performed on a regular basis assures optimum operation and speedy drying time. In addition, dryer vent cleaning offers the following benefits:
- Save money on gas and electric bills
- Prevents wear on clothing caused by excessive drying times
- Stops excess wear and tear on the dryer caused by overheating and extended use
- Will prevent an unnecessary service call from an appliance repairman, when only the dryer vent is in need of cleaning
Our professionals also perform commercial dryer vent cleaning.
Most Homeowners Do Not Realize That Dryer Vents Need To Be Cleaned
A homeowner will notice that clothes take longer than usual to dry. They usually think that their dryer is just getting old. However, most of the time the problem is that the dryer vent is partially or completely clogged.
How Do You Know If You Need Your Dryer Vent To Be Cleaned?
Well if your dryer is connected to an exterior wall, then you probably are not going to have much of a problem. To check, turn the dryer on and look where the hose connects to the exterior wall. Go on the roof to where the dryer vent gooseneck is and feel the exterior dryer vent . There should be a forceful breeze coming from the vent. If there isn't, then the hose behind the dryer is probably kinked or clogged. A homeowner can usually clean this, however, some may say, "Hey, wait. My dryer isn't connected to an exterior wall. It goes behind my dryer and vents to the roof, or who knows where?" Bingo, you now know the dryer vent needs to be cleaned.
Dryer vent cleaning improves the safety and efficiency of your dryer installation. As dryer vents become filled with lint and other debris, drying time increases and can cause the dryer itself to overheat. This increases energy consumption since the dryer has to run longer to dry your clothes and can also cause fires in the dryer or the dryer duct.
If you have noticed that your dryer is running longer than it used to you may be in need of dyer vent cleaning. Some dryer vents are relatively short and straight and can be cleaned easily by the homeowner, but others aren't that easy and may require the use of special tools and equipment. Chimney Cricket has tools specifically designed for dryer vent cleaning and with these tools we are able to do a thorough job of cleaning even the most difficult installations. While dryer vents are routinely blocked with lint, animal nesting is also another frequent cause of dryer vent blockage and our equipment allows us to remove these blockages as well. Another problem created by blocked dryer vents serving gas dryers is the possibility of carbon monoxide seepage into your home. If the dryer is not exhausting properly to the outdoors, CO can back up into the home. We measure the duct back pressure before and after the dryer vent cleaning process to determine the effectiveness of the cleaning. This also helps insure your dryer duct installation does not exceed recommended limits.