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Why You Should Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned

If you own a home in the Houston area, and you need your dryer vents cleaned, why not turn to your reliable chimney sweeps to help you out? The staff at Lords Chimney are CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians, fully trained and qualified to help you maintain a safer and better functioning appliance. You Should Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned - Houston TX - Lords Chimney

Dirty Vents Lead To Inefficiency

Many underestimate the negative impact of clogged and dirty dryer vents, but consider how many times you run your dryer throughout the week. Many homeowners run it multiple times and, if your family is big enough, you may even find yourself running the machine two or three times in one day! That’s a lot of energy being used, so it’s important to do everything you can to ensure it’s functioning as efficiently as possible. Clean vents play a huge factor in that!

The more debris you have built up inside of your vents, the harder your dryer has to work to get your laundry properly dry. If you find yourself forced to run cycle after cycle because your clothes continue to feel damp, don’t assume the problem lies with the appliance, itself. It’s very likely that a simple cleaning done by our professional crew will solve the problem!

Ensuring Your Home Stays Safer

Along with this, dirty vents can lead to some pretty serious and life-threatening issues in your home. One thing of concern is gas leaks and exposure to harmful toxins, such as carbon monoxide. As you may know, carbon monoxide can be deadly when not treated soon enough and, unfortunately, detecting its presence in your home is nearly impossible, due to its colorless and odorless nature.

Clean dryer vents, along with multiple carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home, greatly minimizing the risk of loved ones being harmed by this poisonous gas. We’ll ensure all pathways are cleared and ready to go, so any fumes produced by the dryer can safely escape outdoors. Rest easier by giving us a call right away!

Harmful fumes are a major issue but, unfortunately, they’re not all you have to worry about when it comes to lint buildup in your venting system. As you can imagine, lint is highly flammable, so it’s important to keep it a safe distance away from the extra heat your dryer produces. Yet, when it piles up and clogs your system, it blocks the pathway for these high temperatures to escape, causing the appliance to overheat and potentially triggering a fire in your dryer.

This occurs thousands of times per year all throughout the United States, causing hundreds of injuries, some deaths, and costing the homeowners thousands of dollars in damages. Don’t let yourself become a victim of this easily preventable disaster. Call us in right away, so we can get you back to where you need to be!

How Do Dryer Vents Work?

Nothing beats the modern convenience of a great working dryer. In less than an hour, you’re provided with clean, warm clothes, so you can face whatever the day has in store for you. However, what if things aren’t working properly? When you are forced to run cycle after cycle in hopes of getting your laundry completely dry, something isn’t right.

At Lords Chimney, we can make sure this doesn’t happen to you. We are CDET certified by the CSIA to clean dryer vents in homes all throughout our service area. We have helped countless customers feel safer and more at ease with this service, and we want to help you out, too!

Learn more about how your venting system works. Then, give us a call today, so that we can give your more information about just what it is that we can do for you. We’re excited to help you out soon!

Your Dryer System

Once heated air works its way through your dryer, it needs somewhere to escape. This air passes through the lint screen, then goes through a series of ducts, where it eventually ends up outside, safely away from the interior of your home. This is one reason why cleaning that lint trap after every drying cycle is so important!

While this process seems easy enough, the lint trap unfortunately cannot catch every piece of lint that comes its way. As various pieces escape through, they enter your duct system, where they get trapped until they are physically removed by a certified technician. It is important to have this excess debris cleaned out on a regular basis (at least once per year).

Why Are Clean Vents Important?

Clean vents are important for multiple reasons. First and foremost, dirty vents can trigger fires. Thousands of fires occur every year due to home dryers and the majority of these are caused by clogged up venting systems. With something this serious, it’s not worth taking any chances. Have your vents cleaned out, so that your home stays as protected as possible.

Fires aren’t the only threat. Hazardous toxins can easily back up into your home when they are not given the chance to escape outside. With nowhere else to go, they turn back in the air you and your family breath in every day. This can lead to some serious illness, and it has landed many people in hospitals over the years.

It’s clear that good venting is vital to keeping a safer home. You’ll want trained and experienced techs on the job! Turn to Lords Chimney, so you know that every step along the way will be taken care of to the highest standards possible.

When you’re ready, give us a call at 281-497-4000. We can’t wait to help you out soon. Count on us for all of your fireplace, chimney, and dryer vent needs!

We Are Proud To Serve Houston!

Houston, Texas is a city loved by visitors and residents, alike. It is rich in culture and diversity, and there are countless celebrations, events, and holiday festivities to enjoy all year round. No matter your age, interests, or lifestyle –  Houston has something for you!

Ready for some family fun?

There is a wide array of museums, parks, and attractions, all filled with entertainment for any age. Hermann Park is a great spot filled with things to keep you busy all day long! Houston is also home to Memorial Park, the Houston Hall of Fame, and Sam Houston Park. You will never run out of things to do!

However, the fun doesn’t end there! Enjoy a baseball game at Minute Maid Park, explore the Johnson Space Center, or head downtown to experience countless sights, restaurants, shopping centers, and more!

All of these attractions are why Houston remains a popular spot year after year. At the end of a long day exploring this major city, you need a relaxing place to rest your feet! What better spot than in front of your fireplace? For chimney service you can trust, turn to the experts at Lords Chimney today!

What We Can Offer You

Our staff is CSIA and CDET trained and certified, which means we know what we are doing when it comes to your fireplace, dryer vent, and chimney. We strive for excellence in everything we do, so you know you are getting the best services available. This is why the Better Business Bureau has given us an A+ rating – we know how to do business right! Check out just some of our services below.

Inspections, Sweepings & Cleanings

We will inspect your chimney and do a thorough sweeping, so you can rest easy knowing all parts are safe and ready for regular use. We perform level I, II, and III inspections – whatever you need, we can help you out. Once we assess the situation, we always consult with the homeowner, so no work is started with prior authorization.

We can also install, inspect, and clean your dryer vents. If you are noticing issues with your dryer, contact us to so we can take a look at your situation and fix any issues that may be occurring.

Repairs

Are you facing issues with your chimney crown, firebox, chase top, damper, or chimney cap? Is your brickwork starting to crack or show other signs of deterioration? If so, we can repair damaged chimney parts, patch any leaks, and address any water damage that has occurred. Letting necessary repairs go unaddressed can lead to big problems down the line, costing you a lot of time and money. Save yourself the hassle by investing in our services today.

Installations

We can install your fireplace, gas appliance, or insert, so you are left with the home of your dreams! So, contact us right away to learn more about our various options for remodels, facelifts, and conversions.

…And More!

On top of all that, we offer a wide line of fireplaces, fireplace accessories, fans, mantels, glass doors, and more! In addition, we can also reline your chimney, remove nests and other debris, and install and repair flashing. Whatever you need, we want to help!

Call Lords Chimney today to schedule an appointment with the best chimney techs around. We look forward to making your home the best it can be!

Importantance Of Dryer Vent Cleaning

While you may know us as a chimney company, we can do much more than just clean your fireplace – we can also take care of your dryer vents! Having your dryer vents cleaned is an important part of home maintenance and can significantly help reduce the risk of dryer fires.

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The dangers of clogged dryer vents

Lint is extremely flammable; it is what makes it a great tool for fire starting as well as why it must be removed from the lint trap after every dryer cycle. However, the same lint that accumulates in the lint trap is also slowly accumulating in the dryer vents.

Accumulation of lint in the dryer vents can cause problems with dryer performance as well as increase your risk of dryer fire. As the air flow in the dryer vents becomes restricted due to lint buildup, the dryer has to work harder and harder to produce enough heat to dry the clothes. The more clogged the vents are, the harder the dryer has to work and the hotter the air it creates is. This supercharged air can eventually cause the lint in the dryer vents to ignite.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 15,000 house fires caused by clogged dryer vents each year. Thankfully, these kind of fires can be prevented with regular dryer vent cleaning and maintenance.

Why trust Lords Chimney with your dryer vents

At Lords Chimney, we can care for your chimney as well as your dryer vents. Our professional technicians are trained on how to correctly clean dryer vents and have a number of specialty tools at their disposal.

Our technicians begin by checking your dryer vents and connecting hoses to make sure they are correctly installed. One tool that is used to evaluate dryer vents is small video cameras. These cameras are used to look inside the vents to check for lint accumulation or kinks and knots in the vents. Likewise, our technicians also have gauges that can evaluate air flow before and after the dryer vent cleaning; most homeowners are amazed at how much removing the lint positively affects air flow and dryer performance!

Four signs your dryer vents need to be cleaned

The dryer is one of the most-used appliances in many homes; despite this, most homeowners do not know when to have their dryer vents cleaned. The following are four signs your dryer vents may need to be cleaned.

  • Clothes are still damp after a full dry cycle
  •  Clothes over time begin to take progressively longer and longer to dry
  • Clothes or the inside of the dryer smell moldy or musty
  • Clothes are too hot to touch after being dried; the dryer or laundry room may also be excessively hot

Make dryer vent cleaning a regular part of your annual home maintenance. Contact Lords Chimney today to schedule your dryer vent cleaning!

Dryer Vent Cleaning

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.

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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!