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Is It Time for a Dryer Vent Cleaning?

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.

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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.

When Was the Last Time You Had Your Dryer Vents Professionally Cleaned?

Over the years, Magic Sweep has found that our customers are surprised to learn that their clothes dryer vent and exhaust system should be professionally cleaned once a year. An easily forgotten maintenance task, neglecting to have your dryer vent thoroughly cleaned annually can lead to a dangerous house fire. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), 15,000 fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries caused by dirty clothes dryer vents were reported to the US Fire Administration each year between 2002 and 2004. Of course you want to ensure that your dryer is not a fire hazard, which is why an annual professional cleaning of the venting exhaust sytem is important for the safety of your house and family. To help you understand the importance of this yearly maintenance duty, we would like to share with you some of the reasons why a professional dryer vent cleaning is so crucial.

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A Dirty Clothes Dryer Vent System Decreases the Efficiency of Your Dryer.

If your dryer vent is clogged with lint and debris, your clothes dryer cannot work properly. You may notice clothes still being wet or damp after going through a normal drying cycle. One of the main signs of a dirty vent and exhaust system, this should be a clear signal that you need to call Magic Sweep for a professional dryer vent cleaning. Another bad effect of a clogged dryer vent is having to use your dryer at its highest temperature. This decreases the life of the appliance, raises your electric bill, and can also lead to your heating element burning out or a fire igniting.

Dirty Dryer Exhaust Systems May Also Lead to the Possibility of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

If you have a gas-powered clothes dryer, it is important to ensure that it is properly vented and that the dryer’s exhaust vent is free from lint and debris blockages. If there are venting problems or blockages, poisonous carbon monoxide can be forced back into your home. Installing an alarm for carbon monoxide detecting is necessary. Without a carbon monoxide detector, you would never realize you are breathing in carbon monoxide until it is too late as this toxic gas is odorless and tasteless. Even electric dryers have the possibility of carbon monoxide leaks due to a dirty exhaust vent system.

Locations of Dryers in Newer Homes Make An Annual Dryer Vent Cleaning and Inspection a Necessity.

Newer home construction is much more complex, and architects are placing dryers in bathrooms, kitchens, closets, and other locations with no outside wall. Since the clothes dryer has no outside access to vent, a longer venting system has to be installed and typically contains bends. The bends in the additional length of this exhaust system provide more traps for lint to accumulate as well as a spot for animals and birds to hide to nest. An annual dryer vent cleaning is especially important with a longer venting exhaust system to protect your home from a possible fire.

You Faithfully Clean Your Dryer Vent Filter from Lint Before or After Each Load; However, You Still Need an Annual Professional Vent Cleaning.

Yes, routine removal of lint from the dryer vent can reduce the risk of fire by 90%, but you still need to schedule a professional cleaning of the dryer vent every year. The main reason is large clogs of lint can be found in the venting ducts as well as in the inner side of the wall. To be sure your dryer’s entire venting system is properly cleaned and inspected, you need to call a dryer exhaust technician from Magic Sweep to do this task for you.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for your annual dryer vent cleaning, contact Magic Sweep today. We can send our experienced technicians to your home to be sure your clothes dryer is not a dangerous fire hazard.

Time to Clean Your Dryer Vents

Is your dryer slower and noisier than usual? Perhaps it's time to have your dryer vents cleaned. Watch out for the signs!

Is your dryer slower and noisier than usual? Perhaps it’s time to have your dryer vents cleaned. Watch out for the signs!

The first time you use something it should be at its best condition and functioning at maximum efficiency. This is true for all appliances and the dryer is one of them. When it was brand new, all you had to do was wait a couple of minutes and it would do its job in a jiffy.

However, also like other appliances, regular use also means regular maintenance. If you start to notice weird sounds during the spin cycles and it takes a longer time to dry or cannot even completely dry your clothes, your dryer vents could desperately be in need of attention. Magic Sweep Corporation will tell you what you can do to prevent this from happening and the things you can do to prolong your dryer’s life.

Dryer Problems

Every time you use your dryer, lint can enter and accumulate in the vents. Mold, dirt and rust could catch onto the lint and lead to further problems for the dryer which makes the spinning process longer and the actual drying process not happen at all. Very soon it can begin a domino effect and ultimately affect the dryer’s performance.

Did you know that there is such a thing as dryer fires? Yes, the equivalent of creosote in the chimney is lint in the dryer vent. Lint is also very flammable. In fact, there have been more house fires caused by clogged dryer vents than those started in the chimney. This is really scary especially if you have kids or old people at home. As a precaution, make sure you have a fire safety plan in case there is fire inside the home, but it would really be best if you could avoid it altogether.

The ONLY Solution

Eventually, your dryer will get destroyed if you don’t have it checked. The important thing to note here is to make sure you have your dryer vent cleaned by our CSIA-certified professionals who have undergone rigorous trainings, seminars and tests just so we can give you our very best in work ethic and performance. Once there is regular cleaning and inspection of your dryer vents there should be no doubt in any homeowner’s mind that the result is a fully-functional, effective, fast-drying dryer.