The Importance Of Dryer Vent Cleaning

Have you had your dryer vents cleaned out within the last year? If not, it may be time for some professional maintenance. Many underestimate just how vital these services are, but this is one instance where a little work now will pay off a lot down the line.

There are three big reasons we urge homeowners to invest in this maintenance:

  • Heightened Efficiency: Running cycle after cycle trying to get your clothes finally dry? This lack of efficiency isn’t normal, and it doesn’t necessarily mean your dryer is on its last leg either. It could be that your vents simply need a thorough cleaning. Avoid higher energy bills and a lot of wasted time and energy by getting those vents cleared out by an expert soon.
  • Lower Risk of Carbon Monoxide Exposure: Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless, and very hard to detect. If you have a gas dryer, clogged vents could lead to this gas entering your home, where it would result in serious illness or even be fatal if not detected in time.
  • Reduced Chance of House Fires: Needless to say, combining an overheated appliance with highly flammable lint isn’t a good idea. The biggest cause of dryer-related fires is clogged up vents. These fires are known for causing hundreds of injuries, thousands of dollars in property damage, and numerous deaths every single year.

At Lords Chimney, we’re qualified to clean out your dryer vents, as well as your booster vent and terminations, ensuring you get everything you need from your appliance. Learn more about this process below, and be sure to turn to us for all of your chimney and fireplace needs as well!

Your Booster Vents & Terminations

Now, most can easily point out their dryer vent when asked, but less is known about booster vents and terminations. That said, these parts are important to address and play a big role in keeping your system running safer and more efficiently.

So, what is a booster vent? It’s a vent that is designed to suck exhaust from dryer vents that are longer in length or have lots of turns and twists. This helps to ensure your dryer is not forced to work nearly as hard as it would normally have to, and it keeps it from performing poorly or breaking down prematurely.

Unfortunately, not many homeowners know much about maintaining these devices (or even know where they are), but they actually need to be cleared out at least once every two to three months to stay in tip-top shape. If not given regular attention, your dryer will be working overtime!

There’s also a hose that helps with the pressure system that is prone to fall apart and, if damaged, will need replacing right away.

In the end, a clogged up booster vent will create a huge fire hazard, and it will decrease the efficiency of your appliance significantly. This is one case where some routine maintenance now is a lot more affordable than buying a new dryer or paying for home restoration work after a fire. Not to mention you’ll avoid energy bills and a higher clothes budget (since all those tumbling cycles are sure to wear down your wardrobe in a hurry).

It’s a no-brainer – call on our team to check things over today. We’ll ensure you’re set up right in no time!

Another area we are happy to help you with is terminations. These are the spots where your vents end and the fumes from your dryer then safely escape out of your home. These are typically located on either the side of your home or on the roof, and every single one of them should have a backdraft damper, so air can effectively escape while animals, debris, and backdrafts are blocked out.

In regards to terminations, we recommend investing in metal options that do not have a screen. These will last longer and are more resistant to the elements. And if you don’t have a screen or mesh, then you won’t run into scenarios where lint and other things are building up and creating clogs.

Also, if possible, we urge all of our customers to invest in the rooftop terminations. Why? With rooftop options, there is less of a chance of experiencing back pressure, and your dryer’s job will be much easier. They’re a bit more expensive, but they’ll end up saving you money on energy bills, and you won’t have to empty your bank account for a new dryer anytime soon either. In the end, they’re a much smarter investment than their on-the-wall counterparts.

Lords Chimney Is Here To Help

When it comes to getting that high-quality care you deserve, the professionals at Lords Chimney are there for you through it all. We can clean the parts of the venting system that you can’t get to, and we even have special cameras that help us get a closer look ensuring nothing is missed along the way.

Along with this, we have the technology to measure the airflow in the venting system, ensuring your home is safer, and your dryer is working as efficiently as possible.

We can also analyze your venting system, taking into account the angles of the ducts, their lengths, and the number of curves, then use this information to make suggestions for a more efficient system.

If you ask us, it is not worth taking any chances, especially when an affordable, professional cleaning and inspection is just a simple phone call away. Don’t wait – schedule your appointment with our experts today!

Why Do I Need a Chimney Company?

So, you have a fireplace, but it doesn’t get much use. You use it once or twice a year (maybe on a colder day or around the holidays), but other than that it mainly serves as an attractive focal point in your home. Because of this, it shouldn’t need much professional care or maintenance. …right?

Wrong! In fact, believe it or not, refraining from using your fireplace typically causes it to deteriorate more quickly than if you use it on a regular basis.

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Like a washer, dryer, refrigerator, or other appliance, your fireplace needs regular attention, no matter how often it’s used. This especially goes for metal prefabricated fireplaces. Learn more below, and be sure to reach out with any questions! We’d love to do all we can to help you out.

Preventing Damages

Think of your fireplace like a car. If you let a car sit in your driveway for years on end without ever starting it up or taking it on a drive, would you expect it to work perfectly when you eventually try to drive it again? Not likely. Fluids likely will have pooled, your battery will probably be dead, and there’s sure to be weather-related wear and tear.

Water Leak Colors are Key

The same goes for your fireplace. Rust and warpage will occur more than usual during long periods of unuse, along with countless moisture-related damages, such as mold growth, deterioration, decay, stains, and more.

What happens when we experience another freeze or you just feel like starting a cozy fire after these issues have occurred? Like the car that was left abandoned, the system is simply not going to function correctly. In fact, you may experience dangers such as smoke and fume backup, an increased risk of house fire, exposure to harmful gases, and more.

Saving Money Long Term

When we come in to inspect your chimney, we’ll look for things like holes, gaps, signs of animal life, warpage, rust, and more. If we can spot and resolve these issues while they’re still small and manageable, the lifespan of your fireplace could be extended significantly.

We’ll also look for parts that need replacing. Some things, like the chimney cap, are fairly easy and inexpensive to replace if spotted in time. That said, if you ignore a broken cap, your system will be exposed to harmful things (like storms, rain, curious animals, and more) that cause a lot more damage overall.

In the end, purchasing a new chimney cap to ensure your system stays protected is a lot cheaper than investing in a time-consuming and costly rebuild or relining job. And the sooner we can react, the better shape your system will stay in, thus preserving resale value and ensuring you can use it when you need to.

Avoiding Unwanted Visitors

Critters in your fireplace? This means something is wrong up top. Animals should never have easy access to your fireplace, and once they get in they can cause a lot of damage. Along with this, animals that are unable to escape may pass away, leaving you with an even bigger mess on your hands.

Another problem has to do with bird’s nesting materials. If birds set up camp in your chimney (an ideal spot for them), the twigs, leaves, and materials that make up their nests can clog things up and affect airflow. A system that cannot properly vent doesn’t do anyone any good. Be sure to get a sweep in to look things over so you can avoid those uninvited guests – especially this time of year.

Assisting in Insurance Claims

If your chimney was damaged due to a natural disaster like a lightning strike, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, or something similar, your insurance company should be covering the costs to repair it. Unfortunately, they often look for ways around this.

If you have no records on your fireplace, then your insurance company could easily deny your claim stating that there’s no proof the damage caused was due to the event that had just occurred.

That said, if you have a report from your chimney company showing that at the last yearly inspection your system was just fine, getting that money you need for repairs, restorations, and replacement parts won’t be such a challenge.

Ease the Home-Buying Process

Before buying a home, we strongly advise getting a video inspection. This ensures you don’t get caught with big repairs after you finalize the sale.

Home inspectors will tell you if you should have it cleaned or have something looked into, but there’s no way for them to gauge just how extensive certain damage can be. All too often people sign the papers on their dream home, only to realize later that they’re now responsible for thousands of dollars worth of repairs.

Also, keep in mind that if you bought a house and no one has ever used the fireplace, there’s typically a reason for that. The previous homeowner may have used it once only to have something go wrong and never use it again. And if you see freshly painted brick? There are likely smoke stains underneath.

In the end, getting that level 2 inspection done is always worth the peace of mind you gain in the end.

Give Us a Holler

The big takeaway from all of this? If you want to use your fireplace at all – even once – you need an inspection. Even if the system is brand new or rarely used, an inspection is vital. Professional insight can make all the difference when it comes to how safely and efficiently your system operates down the line.

Anything specific you need covered? Send us a message! We’d be happy to answer any and all of your questions. You can reach out to us through our website, give us a call, or even follow us on Facebook or Youtube. It’s Lords Chimney’s goal to keep you as up to date and informed as possible!