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Many homeowners include chimney and fireplace cleaning and inspection on their list of annual home maintenance projects. However, few think to consider having their dryer vents cleaned.

Despite the fact that they are used nearly every day, most homeowners do not know that they should regularly clean their dryer vents. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, clogged dryer vents cause nearly 15,000 house fires each year. These fires result in upwards of $200 million in damages and more than 400 injuries and 50 deaths. However, these tragic fires can be prevented by regularly cleaning dryer vents and hoses.

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How do dryer vents cause house fires?

Most people know that lint is highly flammable – it’s why we clean the lint trap each time we use the dryer. Over time, lint also accumulates in the dryer vents and hoses. If left untreated, this lint can constrict air flow in the venting system. To compensate, the dryer will create more heat which can then cause the highly flammable lint to ignite. Once burning, dryer fires can quickly spread to other parts of the house.

Why should dryer vents be professionally cleaned?

Although homeowners may be able to remove some buildup from dryer vents and hoses, a trained professional is the only one who will be able to thoroughly clean the entire system. In additional to simply removing trapped lint, professional technicians will check vents, lines, and hoses for any kinks, knots, or other blockages, as well as evaluate the efficiency of your dryer.

Instead of rushing in and out of your home in 15 minutes or less, the trained technicians at Jack Pixley Sweeps will take the time to ensure that your entire dryer vent system is thoroughly cleaned and inspected. We utilize a variety of tools including a rotary system and vacuum cleaner to ensure that as much flammable material as possible is removed from the dryer line. In addition, we will also collect and dispose of the lint and debris from your dryer vents instead of blowing it all over your yard.

When should my dryer vents be cleaned?

Because many people are unfamiliar with their dryer vent systems, they do not know when they should be cleaned. Luckily, dryer performance is an excellent indicator of the condition of your dryer vents. The following signs may indicate that your dryer vents need to be cleaned:

  • Clothes take longer than one cycle to dry
  • The dryer produces excessive amounts of heat, even to the point of heating the room
  • There are greater than normal amounts of lint produced each cycle
  • Either the clothes or the dryer has a strong, musty odor
  • There is noticeable or large amounts of lint or debris surrounding the exterior dryer vent opening

At Jack Pixley Sweeps, we can do more than just take care of your fireplace and chimney. Let the company you already know and trust to keep your chimney maintained take care of your dryer vents as well! Contact us today to schedule your dryer vent cleaning.