Dryer Vent Cleaning

A clothes dryer is one of the most expensive appliances in your home to operate. Operating the dryer for longer than a 40-minute cycle results in a waste of time and energy, and causes unnecessarily high energy bills. One load of wet clothes placed in a dryer contains about 1/3 gallon of water. If you are like most people, you probably have not given much thought to cleaning your dryer vent. Removing clogs from vents has a multitude of benefits, including increased efficiency, extended equipment life, improved fire safety, reduced utility bills, and decreased mold/mildew growth.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually, causing 10 deaths, 310 injuries, and more than $84.4 million in property damage. Lack of maintenance is the leading cause of dryer vent fires in Atlanta with lint cited as the leading material to ignite.

Your dryer exhaust and dryer vent system is designed to remove heat, moisture, and lint from your laundry as it is being dried. As the dryer vent fills with lint and other debris, drying time increases, causing the dryer itself to clog and overheat. When the lint builds up in the dryer vent, it prevents air and moisture from escaping the dryer, causing the clothing to remain damp. This can also become a potential fire hazard as the lint could ignite causing a fire. An additional problem created by a blocked dryer vent serving gas dryers is the possibility of seepage into your home. If the dryer is not exhausting properly to the outdoors, carbon monoxide can build up in your home.

The basic procedure is the same regardless of the type of dryer – stackable, side-by-side, gas, or electric – or how the dryer is vented – through the wall, up through the roof, across the inside of the ceiling, etc. We will ensure that the cleaning process is thorough and, before we leave, we will recheck your vent while your dryer is operating.

Warning Signs: Indicators for Dryer Vent cleaning

  • Dryer takes over 50 minutes to dry a load
  • Dryer is hot to touch on top
  • Dryer Lint is collecting on the inside of the dryer door
  • There is a slight burning smell when drying
  • Humidity inside the dryer door
  • Excessive lint on dark clothing
  • Never cleaned vent before
  • While checking the vent outside, you CANNOT noticeably feel the air blowing out at least 12" from the vent.