Dryer Vent Cleaning

Virginia Beach Dryer Vent Cleaning

Guarding Against Potential Dryer Fires

Annual dryer vent cleaning is one of the most important services to retain to ensure that you are safe in your home. According to consumerreports.org, “$80 million in property damage is caused by clothes dryer fires, many of which are ignited by lint build-up in or around the machine.”

Dryer vent fires are the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. A surprising number of home fires originate in vents that become obstructed by lint. It is recommended to have your dryer vents inspected and cleaned every 12 to 18 months. Many condominiums and townhomes require yearly dryer vent duct cleaning to ensure that all residents are safe in their homes.

Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs to Be Cleaned

Excessive lint build-up in your dryer and dryer venting occurs gradually, and it may not be easy to notice it right away. Still, it’s important to know what to look out for in this potentially dangerous situation.

Some indicators and warning signs that your dryer venting system needs to be cleaned include:

  • Slower dryer time or clothing that does not fully dry
  • Clothing that is hotter than usual when you remove it from the dryer
  • The outside of dryer gets very hot
  • Laundry room becomes unusually humid
  • Burnt smell is evident in the laundry room
  • Your dryer vents have not been cleaned in over a year
  • The outside exhaust vent does not open very much indicating low exhaust

Steps We Make During a Dryer Vent Cleaning Service

While these steps may seem simple on the surface, they do require a technical expertise to ensure that the process is properly completed and that those working on the dryer are not harmed.

Cleaning dryer vents entails the following for our Virginia Beach HVAC professionals:

  • Unplug the dryer — If it is a gas dryer, turn off the gas valve
  • Disconnect the duct joint closest to the dryer
  • Gently pull the dryer away from the wall
  • Disconnect the remaining sections of dryer duct
  • Clean each section of dryer duct and all the elbows
  • Make sure the exhaust discharge cap on the outside of the house is clean and free of lint
  • Reassemble dryer ducting
  • Turn on gas valve if you have a gas dryer, and plug in dryer

If the dryer ducting is not accessible from inside the home, we may clean from the outside, with all the ductwork intact, using long-shafted brushes.

Contact our Virginia Beach heating and cooling professionals at (757) 347-8549 to schedule your next dryer vent or duct cleaning service in the Virginia Beach area today!

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  • “Jon S. came out this evening with a sewer backup. He was very thorough trying to find out why it had occurred in order to hopefully prevent it from happening again. We purchased the house a few weeks ago. He found a 2nd sewer cleanout under our front schrubs other than the one in the back yard. This helped to alleviate our concern that the backup could be from underneath our home. He spent extra time with me this evening to go over common causes of sewer backups. He was very kind and courteous and professional.” - Kevin S.
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  • “Eric V is a very honest hard working young man who knows what "customer service" really means. I really appreciated his honesty and his desire to do the job right. After the initial pressure washing of the sewer lines on 8/10/15, I was told by another technician (not Eric) that we would be fine after $495.00 charge. On 9/22/15 the other technician had to come back and pressure wash the pipes again because we were backing up again for another $495.00. So, now I was angry because we had only gone past the 30 day warranty by 12 days and we had to pay another $495.00. We also had to pay for a video scoping of the line and we were given a discount for that procedure (that cost $250.00) which I was told was a discounted rate from $325.00. Eric was the technician who came to do the video. He said the pipes were cast iron and looked to be in good shape and the last five feet before the city line had some roots in it that should be removed. That would require installing a two way clean-out for $450.00 and running a big snake to cut the roots. Eric did this job after much work at trying to remove a bush that was sitting over the pipe and discovering the water line ran directly above the sewer pipe. He was honest and hard working as I stated earlier. So, this job cost a total of $1,690.00 and probably would not have cost that much if Eric had been the first technician we saw. Eric did only what needed to be done and didn't try to "sell" a bigger job. I would call American Mechanical again as long as Eric was my technician. That is my honest review.” - Scott C.
  • “Joe went out of his way to come to my home on Christmas Eve. Par for the course for American Mechanical. He was prompt, professional and a pleasure to deal with. I will never use any other company! I love this company! Every interaction I have had with them has been nothing short of amazing. The staff…from owner to receptionist…has always been kind and courteous. I will never go elsewhere!” - Melanie G. Virginia Beach
  • “Joel was on time, courteous, and listened to what I had to say prior to offering solutions. Had to leave my job to complete another but said he would return. He really did and in a timely fashion. This is my third service with American Mechanical, they are my plumbers for life. Thank you for doing an excellent job at a very reasonable rate.” - Thomas
  • “Rich P. is a life saver! My upstairs bathroom sprung a leak and flooded the floor. My home warranty service couldn't get anyone out for 24 hours. We called American Mechanical and Rich P. was knocking on the door in roughly 30 minutes! Rich took one look and knew exactly what the issue was. Not only did he fix the problem, he also took extra time talking to a representative with the warranty company to help ensure I'm reimbursed. He did it all with a smile! He was very personable and professional. He really was the rainbow at the end of the storm. His calm demeanor, small talk and positive attitude really helped me let go of the stress and put a smile on my face. I can't say thank enough for his help. I'm definitely storing his business card in a safe spot...just in case!!!"” - Sherelle O.
  • “American Mechanical, Incorporated plumbing technician Jon S. just left after spending 3 hours to resolve my non-functioning DELTA kitchen faucet issue. He thoroughly trouble-shot the problem, cleaned assumed culprit and even got on the phone with the DELTA representative to follow up on my communications earlier with them. With DELTA’s help, Jon bypassed the bad switch and got running water to my faucet! Joy! Joy! Thankfully, Jon did not give up and was able to resolve my problem just in time for a party that we are hosting tomorrow!” - Sondra Mulkey
  • “Chuck was great with knowing exactly what was wrong and was a straight shooter in sharing information of what costs would be should we tackle another huge project. We’ve had other plumbers out before working on the same issue and Chuck was the only one who actually FIXED the problem.” - Gustavo O.

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