Dryer Vent Cleaning
Residential & Commercial Services
Dryer vents are a part of our every day lives… When we need dry clothes that is.
It doesn’t even have to be your home’s unit, but rather a laundry service.
Did you know that dryer vent fires are the #3 leading cause of house fires in the United States next to electrical and cooking fires.
There are 15,500 fires, 310 injuries, and 10 deaths annually due to dryer vent fires. They also result in millions of dollars in property loss.
However, all of this can easily be avoided if you call a professional in advance.
Need a free quote to clean your vents? We service Hampton Roads which includes Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown and as far as Williamsburg VA!
Don’t hesitate to reach us at (757) 538-7900 or by filling out our free estimate request form.
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A Little About Dryer Vents
Dryer vent ducts are usually a 4 inch diameter, so even small amounts of lint can cause excessive drying times and risk of fire.
Dryer vents in most homes are on average 10-15 feet long and have about two turns. The longer the vent, the less pressure your dryer can build up to expel the lint created from the drying process and the more lint build-up occurs. More turns in your dryer vent line also reduce the pressure of dryer’s exhaust, however, turns also pose a second problem, which is having the lint build up on the turns and corners of your vent line.
Eventually, these become blocked and can cause a fire, which will damage more than just the vent.
If you know that there are holes or cracks in your vent, be sure to inquire about dryer vent repair or complete replacement that we provide.
Another common problem is having bird nests in your dryer vent. The pine needles and leaves the birds bring into your dryer vent can block exhaust, increasing drying times as well as creating risk of fire. View each of the examples below!
How Do Dryer Vents Catch On Fire
It’s important to start with what’s inside the vent? Lint! Which means it’s dry, dust link material that extremely flammable!
The way dryers heat up the clothes, is by using a heating coil that’s installed, usually in the back of a unit for ease of access.
The heat from the coil enters the dryer drum (chamber) where the magic of drying happens.
At the same time, a fan is blowing out the moist air that goes through a lint filter and out the dryer vent (the same lint filter or screen that we empty before each use).
If there’s too much lint that bypassed the filter element, it ends up in the vent and is waiting the heat to raise until it catches fire.
The longer the dryer vent, the longer it takes for lint to accumulate.
If you believe that it might be time for you dryer vent to get cleaned, give us a call at (757) 538-7900 or inquire about your free estimate!
Stephanie F. Norfolk, VA