Dryer Vent Cleaning
You clean the lint trap after each cycle, but some lint still escapes the lint trap and builds up in the duct. This buildup restricts the passage of hot air, reducing the efficiency of the dryer’s operation, lengthening drying time, and increasing energy costs. When a dryer vent duct is completely clogged – excessive moisture that can’t exit your home lingers and can cause mildew. It also becomes a fire hazard.
The quickest, least costly way to keep your dryer duct clean is to perform a biennial (every other year) negative pressure maintenance cleaning. Loose debris are vacuumed out of the dryer duct to prevent accumulation.
If your dryer requires more than one cycle to dry each load – a brush may be is inserted into the duct to loosen the lint from the walls of the duct. Once the lint has been loosened, it is vacuumed out.
If your dryer stops working – or requires a few cycles to dry – de-clogging is necessary. Tools inserted into the duct are used to take apart and pull out the blockage matter. Some newer dryers are designed to indicate logged ducts by shutting off. Older dryer’s efficiency will simply slow down requiring more cycles to dry the laundry. In sever blockage, condensation may appear on the windows of the laundry room and moisture will penetrate the walls.
A routine dryer vent maintenance regiment every other year is required by many insurance companies, as dryer backfire is cause of many home fires.