Dryer Vent Cleaning
The ability to wash and dry clothes is an essential part of daily living. However, repeated use of your dryer can create a potential fire hazard if the venting system is not cleaned on a regular basis. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center reports that clothes dryers cause nearly 16,000 fires every year. Blocked dryer vents that accumulate a plug of lint and other debris are the primary source of these fires. When the exhaust pathway is obstructed, hot air stays trapped in the system where it can become overheated and ultimately cause the lint to ignite.
Signs of a Clogged Dryer Vent System
There are many older homes in the Mid-Atlantic region that have never had their dryer vent system cleaned. Many dryers have been replaced prematurely when clothes are not drying properly. In most cases, the homeowner assumes there is a problem with the equipment. Here are signs to look for if you suspect you have an obstructed or clogged dryer vent:
- Clothes do not completely dry after a single cycle
- Total drying time takes longer than 45 minutes
- The dryer vent flap on the outside of the home does not open during dryer operation
- The dryer vent has not been serviced in more than a year
- Clothes have a musty odor after the drying cycle is complete
- The top of the dryer is excessively hot to the touch during operation
- Lint collects quickly on the lint filter
- Dryer sheets have a pungent smell after the drying cycle is complete
The Right Way to Clean Dryer Vents
At Griffith Energy Services, we specialize in cleaning dryer vents fast and efficiently. Our technicians are equipped with professional tools and training to reach the deepest recesses of the venting system to clear the debris that has built up over time. Our equipment is designed to maneuver through elbows and transitions without damaging any of the components in the venting network.
After removing the vent cap, our technician will insert a long snake brush and vacuum extension into the vent system. As the brush spins and dislodges the accumulated lint attached to the vent pipe walls, a HEPA vacuum removes the debris and deposits it into a sealed container.
Complete Dryer Vent Service
In addition to greatly reducing the chance of a catastrophic fire, a clean dryer vent will also lower utility costs and extend the life of your unit. If you are looking for dryer vent service in Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, call the professionals at Griffith Energy Services today.