Dryer vents become plugged with laundry lint over time, which leads to longer drying time for clothes and if dryer vents are neglected for a long enough period of time become a fire hazard. In the spring of 2008 I received a call from a lady because her dryer was smoking. A plugged dryer vent is a leading cause in house fires. Last year up to 15,000 house fires were caused by lint buildup in dryer vents, resulting in 19 deaths.
We use our air duct cleaning equipment to clean dryer vents.
There was a leak in a wall of an apartment for which the plumbers could not determine the source. When we cleaned the dryer vents in the twelve units this is what we found: At the base of the dryer vent stack we sucked out at least three gallons of water due to a buildup of condensation every time the dryer was run. The picture on the right is the amount of debris we pulled out of the dryer vents. (12/12/11 Fort Collins, Colorado)
We have had to clean every type of dryer vent imaginable, from commercial laundromats, hair salons, to removal of bird nests at residential homes.
This is one of the most common questions we receive. A simple way to know if your dryer vent needs cleaned is if it is simply taking longer for your clothes to dry than it used to. A common mistake people make is to assume their dryer is not working, and perhaps the heating element is going out. First, turn your dryer on and go outside to check the air flow. If you cannot feel good air flow coming out of your vent then you need to have your dryer vent cleaned.
Call for a free quote today. The basic charge is $85. Certain vents might be more due to the length of the run, or if the vent goes out the roof.