According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Residential Fire Loss Estimates (latest figures available is 2005), 16,600 residential fires originated from dryer vents. Thirty deaths and $84 million in property damage resulted from these fires. The previously reported number from 1995 was 13,700—the number of residential fires attributed to dryer vents in on the increase.
Signs You May Need A Dryer Vent Cleaning
- Does it take more than one cycle for your jeans and towels to dry? If it does, you need to have your duct system checked. Running your dryer more than one cycle can increase your electricity costs and reduce your dryer’s lifespan.
- Is your dryer operating hotter than usual? If your dryer is hot to the touch, heat may be backing up due to a clogged vent.
- Is your laundry room humid when running the dryer? This may indicate that your dryer exhaust duct is clogged. Basically, the hot air from your dryer cannot freely exit the vent.
- If your clothes are extremely hot when removed from the dryer, you may have buildup in your dryer duct system causing heat to be trapped in your dryer.
- You may notice excessive dust in the laundry room. This is because lint is getting backed up in the dryer vent and then blown back into the room.
Tru-Clean Surface Care offers a thoroughly exhaustive dryer vent cleaning that will help reduce the chance of dryer vent fire while improving your dryer performance.
When dryers are in use, over time lint collects in the dryer vent and sticks to the inside of the moist dryer vent walls—the more significant the buildup, the larger the risk of having a fire start with the dryer or in the vent network.
If your clothes take more than once cycle to dry, you are using more electricity, placing additional stress on your dryer, and are at risk for a dryer fire or total burnout of your appliance. With the new smart dryers introduced in 2014, the manufacturer has tested and set the appropriate drying cycle for the clothes you are washing. If you need to run the clothes in the dryer more than what the smart device originally called for, you may have a problem in the duct system and not with your dryer.
How We Clean Dryer Ducts
- Our technician will move your dryer and disconnect the ducting so that he can gain access to your vent system.
- We will use a video scope to inspect the inside of your dryer vent.
- He will use a series of rotary brushes to safely clean the entire duct system. We connect a powerful vacuum device to capture all of the lint and debris is removed during the cleaning process.
- We will reinspect the duct to make sure it is lint and debris free.
- Our technician will introduce an EPA approved disinfectant to help eliminate mold and mildew spores. This disinfectant will fog the duct system.
- We will then clean the lint trap and vacuum around and under your dryer
- We will inspect the venting from your dryer to the wall to make sure no leaks are detected.
- Your dryer is put back in place, and he will discuss with you the result of the inspection and cleaning.
Tru-Clean Surface Care is A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau, and we are a seven-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. Our dryer vent cleaning service is thorough and designed to help prevent dryer fires and to help extend the life of your appliance.
For more information about our dryer vent cleaning services, please visit us online at www.TruClean SurfaceCare.com or call us anytime at 239-541-4888 I Cape Coral and Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Naples and Collier County, or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.
Dryer fires are preventable – Have your dryer duct system cleaned today.