DRYER VENT CLEANING
CONNECTION BETWEEN THE DRYER AND THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOME
All dryers have a vent or duct that connects the machine to an area outside of the home. The vent allows air to escape. The air often contains some particles of fabric and other debris. This is one reason why the air is not vented back into the house. The vents could run a short distance to a nearby wall or could extend for dozens of feet throughout the home. Chicago homeowners are not always aware that regular dryer vent cleaning is necessary in order to prevent forthcoming issues. Allowing the vent to go without a proper cleaning for a year or more could result in several problems.
The dust and debris that comes off clothes is often caught by the filter in the dryer. A certain portion of the debris or lint makes it past this screen. A clogged filter will force air to find another path out of the dryer. This will carry lint into the machine and the vent. Similarly, some dryer designs allow lint to escape from the drum during a cycle.
All of this debris eventually makes it to the dryer duct. Static electricity, moisture and even heat will cause the shreds or particles to stick to the inside of the vent. This will eventually start to form an increasingly thick layer of dirt, fabric shreds and other materials unless a dryer duct cleaning is performed regularly.
The main risk from a dirty or clogged dryer vent is fire. A very large number of fires in Chicago homes are caused by dirty vents. The material on the sides of the duct will react to the constant heat coming from the dryer. This has the potential to ignite the dried lint. This fire might go unnoticed for a very long time.
Another issue is efficiency. The debris on the inside of the duct will grow larger and reduce the amount of space available for air to escape. Very clogged ducts will prevent air from escaping and will force it back into the dryer. This can dramatically increase drying times and electricity bills.
DRYER DUCT CLEANING PROCESS
USUALLY TAKES LESS THAN ONE HOUR
Dryer vent cleaning is a process that should only be performed by professionals. It requires experience and special equipment in order to prevent damage to the vent. Dryer duct cleaning involves using a special vacuum with a brush on the end. The vacuum is threaded into the duct where it dislodges the debris and either removes it or pushes it outside of the home.
This improves performance and reduces the chance of a fire. Homeowners in Chicago should schedule a regular dryer vent cleaning at least once a year. If you have any questions about dryer vent cleaning, please feel free to reach out to us at Evergreen!