Are you running your dryer two or three times only to realize your clothes still aren’t getting fully dry? Do you smell a smokey/musty odor when running your dryer? When your dryer turns off does a humming noise come from the appliance? All of these are clear-cut warning signs that your vents, as well as your booster vent and terminations, may need some attention. Here at Lords Chimney, we’re qualified to help with it all.
What Is A Booster Vent?
Not sure what a booster vent is exactly? If you have a duct system that is long or has lots of turns, then it’s very likely you have a booster vent in place. It is designed to suck exhaust from the dryer vent, thus ensuring your dryer is not forced to work nearly as hard as it would normally have to.
Clearly these devices play a very important role in keeping your appliance functioning as safely and as efficiently as possible, but unfortunately, not many homeowners owners know much about maintaining them. In fact, some hardly notice they’re even there! The truth is that these pieces of equipment actually need to be cleared out at least once every two to three months, and if not given regular attention, they’ll force your dryer to work 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.
As you can imagine, the harder your dryer works, the fewer years it will last, and you could be looking at some expensive damages down the line, too. Along with this, a clogged up booster vent creates a huge fire hazard! In the end, some routine maintenance now is a lot more affordable than buying a new dryer or paying for home restoration work after a fire. Combine all that with increased energy bills and a higher clothes budget (since all those tumbling cycles are sure to wear down your wardrobe in a hurry), and you’ll be looking at a big dent in your bank account.
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!
All About Terminations
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 located on either the side of your home or the roof, and every single one of them should have a backdraft damper. These ensure air can effectively escape, as well as prevent animals, debris, and backdrafts from getting in.
In regards to terminations, we recommend investing in metal devices that do not have a screen. Metal options simply last longer and stand the test of time against the elements, and if you don’t have a screen or mesh, then you don’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 over the ones on the sides of your home. Why? Well, these are known for creating no back pressure, which then makes your dryer’s job much easier. In the end, your system will face less stress, which will help it last longer, and it won’t have to run as long to get your clothes dry, which will then have a welcome effect on your energy bills. These devices cost a bit more upfront, but in the end, they’re a much smarter investment than their on-the-wall counterparts.
What Risks Do I Face If Maintenance Is Avoided?
All in all, your vents, terminations, and booster vents need to be cleared out regularly, and investing in professional care is the only way to ensure the job gets done right. Avoiding these services puts your home at serious risk, and we can assure you that you’ll wind up paying a lot more down the line for repair services and replacement parts than you would for a simple and affordable cleaning now.
What could happen if maintenance is avoided? The main concern is dryer fires. Thousands of dryer fires occur across the country every single year, and these result in hundreds of injuries, multiple deaths, and thousands of dollars worth of damage. Needless to say, combining flammable lint with a system that’s overheating doesn’t result in a good scenario.
Another concern is carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide could easily pour back into your home if your vents are backed up, and this colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas is impossible to detect with basic human senses. This deadly substance is known as a silent killer, and many are hospitalized due to exposure. Avoiding it at all costs is vital!
Investing in professional care is a surefire way to prevent mishaps and dangerous scenarios, and you’ll definitely appreciate the added efficiency you gain. We also urge our customers to invest in both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for their home. These should be placed on every level of the property, as well as outside of all bedroom doors to ensure everyone inside is alerted at the first sign of trouble.
Need professional care? The team at Lords Chimney is ready to be here for you every step of the way. Give us a call today.