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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