Having your dryer vent cleaned can increase the efficiency of your dryer and, more importantly, prevent house fires. You should have a dryer vent cleaning performed by professionals at least once a year to avoid an excessive build up of lint, but checking your dryer hose a few times over the course of a year can help you to detect and remove dangerous blockages. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 72 percent of all dryer fires result from unclean drier venting systems. Lords Chimney specializes in dryer vent cleaning services and will clean and repair your dryer vent system in order to prevent house fires and carbon monoxide leaks and so that you have a more efficient dryer.
Because lint build-up blocks dryer exhaust from escaping through the hose and out of your house, your dryer will run less efficiently. You will notice that your clothing takes longer to dry and that the room with the dryer in it becomes more humid when the dryer is running. The dryer as well as your clothing may become hotter, and you may even notice the smell of something burning. Outside your home, the vent flap or flaps may not open all the way when the dryer is on, indicating that the exhaust is exiting the dryer slowly. All of these occurrences are signs that it is time to have your dryer vent system cleaned, although it is better to have these things cleaned before such signs of dryer inefficiency are evident.
Professionals at Lords Chimney will clean the parts of the venting system that you can’t get to. They are trained to thoroughly clean the drier vents as well as to detect any problems that need to be addressed. They even have special cameras to take a closer look at the insides of your vents. Not only that, but they have the technology to measure the air flow in the venting system so they can be sure that your home is safe and that your dryer is working efficiently.
Professionals at Lords Chimney will also make sure that your venting system is set up in a safe and efficient way. Many times driers are not set up along the exterior of the house, meaning that the venting ducts between the drier and the outside of the house are long. This not only makes the venting system more difficult to clean, but it can also mean that your drier runs inefficiently. Professionals at Lords Chimney can analyze your venting system based on the angles of the ducts, their lengths, and the number of curves and then use this information to make suggestions for a system if possible that will allow for greater efficiency and less build up of lint. Furthermore, they will check to make sure that your system is installed correctly, checking that the ducts are connected correctly.
Once Lords Chimney has fully serviced your venting systems, your home will feel safer and cleaner!
It’s very important to keep up with dryer vent cleaning, as the built up lint is a fire hazard that endangers your house and everyone in it. Call Lords Chimney to schedule an inspection and cleaning of your dryer vents to help you maintain a safer and more efficient dryer.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 281-497-4000! We look forward to providing you with a lifetime of high-quality, professional services!
That work all has some common ground, though: We’re caring for venting systems to help our clients enjoy safer and more efficient venting, better appliance performance and cleaner air.
Your Chimney isn’t the Only System Affecting Your Air Quality
Without regular dryer vent cleaning, lint can build up in your vents and begin to constrict the airflow, allowing heat to build up to dangerous levels, and creating the potential for a dangerous dryer fire.
We talk a lot about the negative effects of deferred maintenance on a chimney system, because it’s important to know what your chimney needs to function at its highest levels of efficiency and safety. A chimney that isn’t regularly swept and regularly inspected can result in improper venting, an increased chance of a fire hazard, even toxic carbon monoxide leaking into your living area.
Like your fireplace or stove, your dryer is a heating appliance. And like your chimney, your dryer vent system is working to vent the dangerous byproducts coming from that appliance.
Over time, your chimney develops creosote deposits that can hinder its ability to vent properly. In your dryer vents, lint creates a similar potential for blockage.
Without regular dryer vent cleaning, lint can build up in your vents and begin to constrict the airflow, allowing heat to build up to dangerous levels, and creating the potential for a carbon monoxide leak. Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, it can be an invisible cause of illness — even death. (Which is why we also stress the importance of having a properly functioning carbon monoxide detector installed in your home.)
Lords Chimney technicians use state-of-the-art tools to properly clean your dryer vents and ensure complete and thorough results — we use video cameras to make sure those vents are cleared of lint, and gauges to check for proper air flow. And proper airflow means that dangerous byproducts like carbon monoxide are moving through the vent and out of your home, not into your living space.
If you have any concerns about the air quality in your home — related to your chimney or dryer vents — Lords Chimney can help. Give us a call to make an appointment with our CSIA-certified technicians!