Did you know that almost every year 3,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported, followed by an estimation of 5 deaths and hundreds of injuries? These fires in the clothes dryers were mostly reported during the fall or the winter season due to excessive heat produced by them and 34% of such incidents occurred because the dryer was not regularly cleaned.
Moreover, getting the dryers cleaned, can save you around $18-$24 on your monthly bills. Cleaning them on a regular basis not only protects you from any fire risk but also increases energy efficiency. Now that we have known about the importance of cleaning dryer vents, let us consider the factors about when and how often the dryers should be cleaned.
Why does a Dryer Vent need cleaning?
We all know lint as the lightweight fluff from clothes. However, under heat, it bonds with the plastic components of the dryer. If lint is from synthetic fibers, heat can also melt the lint to build an effective binder which results in the formation of a textile composite that might harden up like a stone inside the vent.
As more time passes, the blockage increases as the lint composite keep getting bigger and bigger in size by collecting in it more lint and joints, which then builds a local hot zone. This could keep going until the high surface area of the exposed lint reaches a flash point, which might start a fire.
Due to the aspect ratio, size of the fibers, and chemical composition, this lint composite is a far more effective kindling than any other material used when camping. This means that the heat energy needed for combustion is much closer to the machine’s operating temperature under normal operating conditions.
Signs that show you need Dryer Vent Cleaning Service
To avoid any health risks, it is mandatory to check for the signs pointing out a clogged dryer. The signs are as follows:
- When you see that it is taking longer than usual for the clothes to get dried, especially if it takes more than one cycle to completely dry them off.
- If you observe a sudden rise in your utility bill, your dryer taking longer than usual to dry the clothes might be a key factor behind it
- If you touch the dryer in operating mode, you might feel that it is getting too hot. This can eventually, lead to a fire.
Dryer Vent Cleaning Process
Now that we realize the importance of getting our dryers cleaned, let’s take a look at the steps followed by the professionals in cleaning a dryer.
Before getting started, the most important part is to pre-inspect the situation of the dryer. By looking closely, you could get an idea of the amount of debris, dirt, and lint that has been accumulated in the dryer over time and it also helps in figuring out the intensity required and the steps to be followed in cleaning up the dryer vents.
2. Vents are Vacuumed
All the equipment needed for the cleaning process is then collected, for this, a powerful vacuum, a cleaning kit, and a power drill are required. Then all the dust and debris from the vents is vacuumed and gotten rid of.
3. Cleaning Dryers with the Kit and Power Drill
The cleaning kit comes with a brush connected with the rod that rotates when powered by the drill. After connecting the brush with the power drill and turning it on, it goes deeper inside and rotates clockwise which completely removes all the lint from the vents. When no lint or debris is left, the power drill is turned off, and this finishes off the cleaning process.
How often should you clean the Dryers?
Ideally, the dryer vents should be cleaned once a year, but if you got a big family, then it is recommended to get the dryer vents cleaned twice a year, this prevents the overloading of the dryer and hence improves its functionality.
Pros & Cons of Dryer Vent Cleaning Service
Professional AusTex Service of Dryer Vent Cleaning
Here in our company, AusTex Duct Cleaning we got a team of highly experienced technicians, some of whom are are providing their services for more than 8 years. The team provides high-quality services under proper supervision and all the activities are carried out in a safe environment
After the procedure is finished, our technicians also clean up all the mess caused by the removal of lint, dust, and debris, leaving your dryer vents good as new.
For further details, please call at (512)-522-0569 or book an appointment with us to get your dryers cleaned for good.