FYI - 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean your dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires, a staggering 34%. More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January and it is important to clean your dryer duct once a year. If you’re dryer exhaust is a long run, than you might want to consider cleaning it more frequently because of lint build up, more heat at the dryer instead of proper venting out the stack or discharge...which could lead to a fire.
Cleaning of the dryer vent would entail cleaning of the lint build up inside of the lint trap, removing any tubing behind the dryer and cleaning the duct connected to the back of the dryer. Last would be cleaning the duct leading to the termination point outside, if another duct does exist. Cleaning of a dryer vent usually requires vacuuming of any build up inside of the exhaust duct and, using compressed air tools and special brushes to dislodge any lint inside of the duct. The shorter the dryer exhaust length the better as this allows air to pass through the duct more easily which is less likely for lint build up.
If putting a dryer duct together be sure to never penetrate the duct with any kind of nails or screws as it could cause restriction of the airflow by lint to getting trapped inside. Use metal clamps and foil tape to seal dryer duct connections. Rigid round vent pipe is the number one recommended use for dryer exhausts as opposed to metallic flex duct which has corrugation that is more likely to clog. It’s ok to use metallic flex duct for running exhausts shorter distances but not recommended on longer runs.
With some of today’s home builds dryer exhausts are being installed in many locations making it hard for a home owner to maintain themselves. We have serviced dryer exhausts that run through the attic, crawl space, a wall and other hard to reach places like venting out the roof...all that can make cleaning it more challenging.
Pricing for dryer vent cleaning ranges depending on the location of the duct and length of time it takes to clean the dryer and the average price would be between $75 and $200. We have serviced and seen just about every kind of dryer duct there is in residential and commercial settings. Benefits of cleaning your dryer include:
So call us to schedule for your family's peace of mind...it's worth it!
Mirror Ducts L.L.C.
661 Oswego Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48198