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Is It Time for a Dryer Vent Cleaning?

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Did you realize many national fire safety organizations recommend that you have your clothes dryer venting system professionally cleaned once a year? Many of our customers at Magic Sweep do not even realize that they should even have their dryer vents cleaned by experienced and trained technicians at all, let alone annually. We are often asked why it is so important to have this job done. Our answer is simple: the United States Fire Administration found that, between the years of 2008 and 2010, close to 2,900 clothes dryer fires were reported by residents to fire departments each year in this country. The cost of these fires is devastating as they resulted in an average of five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss each of those years. What was cited as the biggest cause of these clothes dryer fires? Neglecting to clean the vents. Most importantly, professional dryer vent cleaning prevents dangerous residential fires, but it can also save you money and increase the life of your clothes dryer. We would like to take this opportunity to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about professional dryer vent cleaning.

Time for Dryer Vent Cleaning - Chesapeake VA

Can I just clean my dryer vent myself?

Since most of your dryer vent is hidden from view and confined inside your walls, floor joist, crawl space, or attic, professionals are needed to get into these spaces as special tools and skills are needed. Although it is true that your dryer lint trap does collect lint, typically only 60% can be gathered in the lint trap. The remaining percentage enters into your dryer vent system. The twists and bends in the venting system are excellent places for lint to build up inside the vent. To guarantee that your dryer vent system has been completely cleaned, there should be access to the entire system to be sure every accumulation of lint has been removed.

How does having this job done by the experienced technicians from Magic Sweep save me money?

It can take a longer than normal time period to completely dry a load of clothes when the vent system is clogged with lint. To be able to fully dry one load of wet clothes, you may even have to run your clothes dryer for two cycles. Running your dryer on overtime adds up quickly to high utility costs. Not only are you wasting money, but you could be spending your time more wisely than waiting around for your laundry to be done. Furthermore, the components of your clothes dryer will wear out faster when you have to use it longer than normal on a regular basis. This overuse could possibly cost you money in expensive appliance repairs. Whenever you must dry your clothes for more than one cycle, you should heed the warning that your clothes dryer venting system is clogged and needs a professional cleaning.

What other hazardous risks do dirty dryer vent systems pose?

You do have a risk of toxic gases like carbon monoxide leaking into your home if your dryer vent system is dirty. When lint is clogging your vents, there is no possible escape to the outdoors for these poisonous gases. Particularly when you own a clothes dryer that is powered by gas, a professional dryer vent cleaning can greatly reduce the risk of being poisoned by carbon monoxide.

Is it time for your annual professional dryer vent cleaning? Contact Magic Sweep to schedule an appointment with our trained and experienced technicians.