Do you know what’s in your Dryer Vent?

Dryer vent cleaning Sacramento:  Dryer vent cleaning is the only way to remove lint build-up and ensure your dryer is operating safely and efficiently.  Dryer vent cleaning promotes air flow needed for maximum dryer performance.  One of the most common signs that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned is when the dryer starts taking longer to dry your clothes.

If you neglect to clean dryer exhaust ducts you might notice more bad signs, like clothing wearing out and towels losing their fluff.  Are clothes very hot when you remove them from the dryer; or is the room excessively hot and humid when the dryer is running?  This is because there is not enough air-flow.  Where do you think the moisture and heat are going as laundry is drying?  The dryer exhaust ducts and dryer vent are responsible for removing heat and moisture from the dryer drum.

I spend my days cleaning, repairing and installing dryer vent systems and educating consumers on the importance of dryer vent cleaning to prevent dryer related fires.  One of the most common complaints that I hear from customers is the dryer is taking much longer to dry a load of laundry.  My services are a sure cure for this problem.

Sometimes I will talk to a customer who thinks they should buy a new dryer before I come in.  They believe the age of the dryer has something to do with decreased efficiency.  In this case, I explain that they will be wasting their money.  Increased drying time rarely indicates a worn out appliance.  This is a sure sign of blocked air-flow, likely caused by lint build-up.  Even a brand new dryer will take longer to dry a load of laundry without sufficient air flow.

This happened recently and the customer agreed to let me check their dryer vent system.  The first thing I noticed when I went into the basement was the flexible metal dryer exhaust duct which traveled up from the back of the dryer and then turned to head about 4 feet to the dryer vent outside.  The 4 foot extension was installed at a slight decline.  Can you guess what I found in this dryer vent?

I unscrewed the clamp and emptied about a gallon of lint, dust and water from the dryer duct.  I explained to my customer that this is a very poorly installed dryer vent system.  The decline allowed cold air to cause steam from the dryer to liquefy and become trapped in the pipe, already clogged with lint.  The flexible duct material, sagging between the joists allowed the lint and water to pool in a low spot and block air flow from the dryer.

I take pride in my work and my relationship with my customers.  I explained why the dryer vent system she had was not in compliance with current safety codes.  I installed a new dryer vent system made of rigid metal, and strapped it to the joists properly so that it led to the dryer vent at a slight incline.  The customer was very happy to have her dryer operating safely and efficiently.  I promised to contact her every year for dryer vent cleaning service.

So, do you know what’s in your dryer vent?  You might be surprised.  Water, lint, dust, and debris are commonly found in neglected dryer vent systems.  Birds, bees and rodents like to invade this area as well, as they move right in and build a nest. 

Gina Fazil, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard of Sacramento, CA provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair, dryer vent installation, dryer vent inspections and all dryer vent services for homes and businesses in Sacramento, Solano County, Elk Grove, Folsom, Eldorado Hills, Roseville, Fairfield, Vacaville, Loomis, Lincoln, Davis, Rancho Cordova, Gold River, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Placerville, Vallejo and neighboring cities and communities.

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