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Why You Should Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned

If you did not realize the importance of having your dryer vent professionally cleaned, you are not alone. Many homeowners neglect this important maintenance task because they do not think it is necessary; however, this professional service could end up saving your life. According to a report by the US Fire Administration, 2,900 clothes dryer fires occurred each year between 2008 and 2010, and these fires caused approximately five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property losses. Why were there so many clothes dryer fires? The majority of these fires happened because the dryer vents were dirty and clogged. Magic Sweep is proud to offer our professional dryer vent cleaning services to the residents of the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area, and we would like to tell you more about why you should have your dryer vent professionally cleaned at least once a year.

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A professional dryer vent cleaning prevents accidental dryer fires.

You probably know that your clothes dryer produces a lot of lint every time you dry a load of clothes. Even though the lint filter does trap a lot of this lint, it still gets into the vent and can accumulate into large deposits that can clog the vent. Lint is so highly flammable that the Boy Scouts of America recommend using it to start campfires, so you can imagine what could happen when your dryer vent is clogged with lint. A clogged vent makes your dryer overheat, and these extremely high temperatures can easily ignite an accumulation of lint. Magic Sweep promises to remove every bit of lint from your dryer vent to reduce your risk of an accidental dryer fire.

A professional dryer vent cleaning prolongs the life of your appliance.

When your dryer vent is clogged and your dryer overheats, it causes the parts of the appliance to wear out more quickly. One of the most important parts, the heating element, can be very expensive to replace or repair. You could be better off replacing your entire dryer. After a professional dryer vent cleaning from Magic Sweep, your dryer will work more efficiently than ever.

A professional dryer vent cleaning saves you money and energy.

A clogged dryer vent causes your dryer to not work as well, and you may notice that your clothes are still damp after a complete drying cycle when the vent is clogged. Having to run your dryer for more than one cycle to fully dry one load of clothes can be costly and wastes energy. Magic Sweep knows that you will see a reduction in your utility bills after a professional dryer vent cleaning because you will not have to use your dryer as long to dry your clothes.
Keep your dryer running smoothly this summer. Contact us at Magic Sweep to schedule an appointment for our dryer vent cleaning services and reduce your risk of an accidental clothes dryer fire.

Does Magic Sweep Serve Your Area?

Since 1979, Magic Sweep has worked on the chimney and venting systems of over 100,000 customers in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area. We are proud to be the most trusted chimney company in the region by expertly serving the chimney and fireplace maintenance, repair, and installation needs of the residents of coastal Virginia and North Carolina. The major cities in our service area include Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, and Moyok. If you live close to one of these cities, you are most likely in our service area. You can always call us to check and see if you are, and you can also look for your zip code on the detailed service area section of our website. If you do not find your town and feel you live in a place where we should serve, let us know. We will do our best to provide you with our chimney services, or we can give you a referral to one of our colleagues who does serve your town. Whatever chimney issue you have, we can take care of it, and we do provide a couple of other services as well. We would like to tell you a bit more about these maintenance services.

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AIR DUCT CLEANING

Your HVAC system recirculates air throughout your home as it operates, and this air is filled with dust, pollen, pet dander, dead skin cells, and other irritants. When you have your air duct system cleaned on a regular basis, you and your family will be able to breathe much easier. Magic Sweep especially recommends this service for those with allergy and other respiratory problems. If you have had part of your home renovated, this service is also recommended to remove all of the construction dust and debris from your house.  To clean your air ducts, we hook a vacuum system up to the duct system that uses negative pressure to pull contaminants out of the ducts. Once we have finished vacuuming the ducts, we will dispose all of the dust, dirt, and other debris. In just a few hours, we will make the air in your home clean again.

DRYER VENT CLEANING

Having your dryer vent system professionally cleaned once a year can save your life! According to the US Fire Administration, 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported every year, and these fires result in approximately five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The main reason for these fires is failure to clean the dryer vents. Magic Sweep is proud to offer professional dryer vent cleaning services, and you can trust our certified dryer vent technicians to reduce your risk of an accidental clothes dryer fire. We will make sure to remove every bit of accumulated lint and other debris from your vent, which not only decreases the fire risk, but also prolongs the life of your clothes dryer. You will notice a big difference in the performance of your dryer after we have cleaned the vent. If you are noticing that your clothes are still damp after a complete drying cycle, give us a call to schedule an appointment for a dryer vent cleaning.

If you live in the Chesapeake Bay region, Magic Sweep is here to serve all of your chimney and venting system needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment for our maintenance, repair, or installation services today.

Proudly Serving the Chesapeake Bay Area

If you live in the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia, you are fortunate to have the best chimney company in the region, Magic Sweep, to assist you with your chimney and fireplace needs. We also are proud to serve part of the northern coast of North Carolina. In fact, our service area includes a wide area of the coastal region, from Yorktown, Virginia to Harbinger, North Carolina, as well as the inland areas of Franklin and Suffolk, Virginia and Moyok, North Carolina. Not only do we provide chimney and fireplace maintenance, repair, and installation services, but we also offer dryer vent and air duct cleaning services. We would like to tell you a little bit more about the services you can receive from Magic Sweep if you live in our service area.

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CHIMNEY SERVICES

Magic Sweep agrees with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety organizations that you should have your chimney swept and inspected once a year for safety and efficiency reasons. We offer both of these services, and you can trust our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps to remove all of the creosote deposits and check for flue blockages and damage so that your chimney poses no hazards. We also provide chimney repair services, including rebuilds and restoration. We can reline your chimney and install a new chimney cap or damper as well.

FIREPLACE SERVICES

If you are looking to upgrade your fireplace, Magic Sweep is here to help you. We are fully qualified to service, install, and repair both wood-burning and gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts. We also can do the same things for gas logs. In our catalog, you will find a wide variety of fireplaces, inserts, and stoves as well as outdoor products, tools and accessories, and mantels, marble, and stone masonry.

DRYER VENT CLEANING SERVICES

Magic Sweep is known as the top choice for professional dryer vent cleaning services in Hampton Roads. Our services will prevent your clothes dryer from accidentally catching on fire, prolong the life of your clothes dryer, and save you money on your utility bills.

AIR DUCT CLEANING SERVICES

Magic Sweep can help you and your family to breathe easier in your own home with our professional air duct cleaning services. Our experienced technicians will be sure to remove all of the dust and other pollutants from your air duct system. This service is especially beneficial for those with allergy problems or other respiratory issues.

If you live in the Chesapeake Bay area, you are in good hands with Magic Sweep for your chimney, fireplace, dryer vent, and air duct needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment for any of our services. We are happy and proud to serve you as best as we can.

How Do I Know If My Dryer Vent Is Clogged?

Did you know that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) named clothes dryers as the cause of 15,520 residential fires between 2006 and 2010? The main reason for these fires had to do with dirty dryer vents. Your clothes dryer produces lint, which is so flammable that the Boy Scouts of America suggest using it to start campfires. Lint can accumulate in your dryer vent and create blockages, which can lead to an accidental fire. But, how do you know if your dryer vent is clogged? Magic Sweep would like to share with you some of the signs of which you should be aware. We are proud to offer professional dryer vent cleaning services and recommend that you contact us whenever you notice any of the following signs.

Your clothes are not completely dry after one drying cycle.

If you are having to run your dryer for at least two cycles to fully dry a load of clothes, your dryer vent is most likely clogged. The purpose of your dryer vent is to draw out the moist air from your dryer to allow more hot air to be pulled in to complete the drying process. If your vent is clogged, that moist air is trapped inside your dryer, which makes it difficult for clothes to dry.

Your dryer is hot to the touch.

A clogged dryer vent causes your dryer to overheat and can make your dryer hot to the touch. Not only does overheating reduce the life of your dryer, but it also can lead to an accidental fire. Remember that lint is very flammable, and extremely high temperatures can ignite any lint accumulations in the vent.

You can see lint coming from the outside vent opening.

 

Take a look at the vent opening on the outside of your home. If you can see lint gathered around this opening, this is another sign of a clogged dryer vent.

You smell something burning when your dryer is being used.

This burning smell is probably lint burning inside the dryer vent. This could lead to a very dangerous situation. You should immediately turn off your dryer and contact Magic Sweep to schedule a professional dryer vent cleaning.

You have never had your dryer vent professionally cleaned.

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The NFPA and other national fire safety groups recommend that dryer vents be professionally cleaned at least once a year to prevent residential fires. If you have never had this service done, it is time to schedule a professional dryer vent cleaning.

Have you noticed any of these signs? If so, contact us at Magic Sweep to schedule an appointment for our professional dryer vent cleaning services.

What Happens When Your Dryer Vent Is Clogged

If you have noticed lately that it takes at least two dryer cycles to completely dry one load of clothes, you most likely have a clogged dryer vent. Can you remember the last time you had your dryer vent professionally cleaned? Just like your chimney, your dryer vent system should be cleaned by a professional technician once a year. In their blog, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) states that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 5,100 residence fires were caused by clothes dryers with dirty vents in 2012. This number was actually a 22 percent drop from the previous year, and the CSIA wants to keep this number of fires decreasing by educating the public on the importance of annual professional dryer vent cleaning. That is why Magic Sweep would like to tell you more about what can happen when your dryer vent is dirty and clogged.

Lint is the main culprit.

What Happens When Your Dryer Vent Is Clogged - Chesapeake VA - Magic SweepWe know you have seen how much lint is produced from just one load of clothes when you clean the lint trap on your clothes dryer. Actually, there is a lot more lint in your dryer vent system that does not get cleaned out in the trap. If your dryer is in an interior room of your home, the vent can have twists and turns on its way outdoors to exhaust. In these situations, lint can easily gather in a bend in the vent and accumulate to the point where it clogs the entire vent. This blockage of lint will trap air from your dryer and become extremely hot while the dryer is running. Lint is highly flammable; the Boy Scouts of America even recommend using it to start campfires. As the temperature in the vent rises, all of the lint clogged inside could possibly ignite and start a devastating residential fire. Having your vent cleaned by our technicians from Magic Sweep will reduce this risk of an accidental fire. A clean dryer vent will also prolong the life of your dryer and decrease your utility bills.

Pay attention to how long it takes your dryer to dry a load of clothes.

When you have damp clothes at the end of a full drying cycle, you should give us a call at Magic Sweep to schedule a dryer vent cleaning. Also, watch out for your dryer being hotter than normal. A clogged vent makes your dryer overheat, and this can burn out the heating element more quickly than normal. When your dryer must work twice as hard to dry a load of clothes, it also wastes energy and costs money. We guarantee you that you will notice your dryer working more efficiently after we clean the vent. You will also see your utility bills go down as well.

If you cannot remember the last time you had your dryer vent professionally, it is time to schedule an appointment. Contact us at Magic Sweep to arrange a visit from our dryer vent technicians.