How To Tell If My Dryer Vent Needs A Good Cleaning

Did you know that clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of residential fires in the United States?

The most common cause of house fires is clogged clothes dryer vents; not smoking in bed, not cooking, not frayed electrical wires or Christmas trees, as people might guess.

Over 15,500 house fires a year are caused by clogged clothes dryer vents resulting in approximately 35 deaths, 425 injuries and over $205 million in property damage.  A family’s dreams and memories can be lost in a matter of minutes.

If you find your clothes are still wet or too hot when they come out of the dryer or your energy bills seem higher than normal or if your clothes are taking longer to dry, it’s time for a dryer vent cleaning.

Tru-Clean Surface Care’s dryer vent cleaning professionals can help save you money on energy bills while reducing drying times and helping to prevent a dangerous fire due to a clogged dryer vent.

How We Clean Dryer Vents

  • Where possible a Digital test is performed to measure airflow of dryer exhaust before and after cleaning
  • The duct system is examined with a video scope to look for blockage and to check the health of the duct
  • The dryer duct system is cleaned using rotary extraction and a high-volume vacuum system (portable or truck-mounted)
  • The duct is inspected a second time with video scope to ensure a thorough cleaning
  • The dryer lint screen is vacuumed
  • The area under and surrounding the dryer is vacuumed
  • The duct system is treated with a hospital-grade bactericide to inhibit bacterial growth
  • The dryer vent transition hose is inspected for leaks and crushing to ensure proper ventilation from dryer to duct system
  • The dryer is returned to its original location

How To Tell If Your Dryer Vent System May Need Cleaning

  • Your clothes are taking too long to dry
  • The airflow from your outside vent feels sluggish
  • Your outside vent flapper does not open when the dryer is on
  • Your clothes seem unusually hot to the touch or damp at the end of the cycle
  • After the drying cycle, your clothes smell musty
  • Large amounts of lint accumulate in or around the dryer’s lint trap
  • The dryer vent hood flap doesn’t open properly during the drying process
  • Debris appears around the outside dryer vent opening
  • You feel excessive heat in the room where the dryer is operating
  • It’s been more than a year since your last dryer vent cleaning

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).  In addition, we are A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau and a six-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.

For more information on how you can keep your family safe while extending the life of your dryer, please do not hesitate to give Tru-Clean Surface Care a call any time at 239-541-4888 or visit us online at

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