Five Star Carpet Cleaning & Restoration in Chandler / Gilbert / Mesa, AZ
How to Know It’s Time for a Dryer Vent Cleaning
The risk of fires from lint filled dryer vents is so high that the U.S. Fire Administrations National Fire Data Center says that clogged clothes dryers vents are responsible for 12,480 fires per year, causing death and injury. The U.S. Fire Administration also states that homeowners should have their dryer vents cleaned at least once per year to prevent lint buildup and fires.
There are signs that let you know that your dryer vent is blocked by lint and it's time for a dryer vent cleaning.
*After running a dryer cycle, clothes are not totally dry
*You notice a moldy odor after a dry cycle
*Clothing is hot to the touch after a dry cycle
*You can see lint around the lint filter
*your used dryer sheets smell bad
*The room the dryer is gets hot when you are running the dryer
*The dryer flap outside does not close up
* You have not had your dryer vent cleaned in a year or more
* Dry time is longer than 45 minutes of dry time
Hints to decrease dryer vent lint build up include:
*Limit the use of fabric softeners and dryer sheets as they cause lint build-up and are flammable
*Only run you’re your dryer for 30-40 minutes at a time
*When possible, hang large items to dry (blankets, sleeping bags etc.)
*Make sure the outside dryer vent is clear
When selecting a company to clean your dryer vent look for someone who is licensed, and has been in business for quite some time. Ask them what equipment they use. At Five Star Carpet Cleaning, we use a RotoBrush System that spins and scrubs the inside of the vent. Then we blow the system out with high pressure. A shop vac alone will simply not do the job, if a company shows up to your home with only a shop vac, consider sending them away and calling a professional.
For more information on How to Know It’s Time for a Dryer Vent Cleaning in Chandler / Gilbert / Mesa, AZ or to schedule, please call 480-450-5871.