Dryer Vent Cleaning
Most people have no idea how important it is to do this at least once a year. Clogged dryer vents are the #1 reason for house fires according to most insurance companies. Give yourself the peace of mind that this wont happen to you. At Hydra Maxx we clean hundreds of dryer systems every single year.
Does your dryer take longer than it should to dry your clothes? Can you remember the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned? Almost everyone is shocked when they see how much lint we remove. Having a clean vent will not only cut dry time down which will save you money with your utility company it will also save wear and tear on your dryer and prolong its life.
Clogged systems start from the rooftop vent cover itself so Hydra Maxx not only cleans your system from the inside we will get on your roof and clean from that direction as well assuring your roof vent is clear. This isn’t something that can just be done from inside. After every clean we perform a flow test to assure that we cleared all obstructions and your dryer is performing efficiently.
PLAN AND DETAILS
A professional dryer vent cleaning company will measure the airflow and temperature with an anemometer (gauge) at the termination, before and after cleaning the vent. Besides showing what improvement has been accomplished by the cleaning, this gives a baseline regarding the airflow for your specific system.
The system can then be checked in the future with a quick test to determine if it needs cleaning or not. Some products are available which will automatically alert you when your system is plugging up and can be installed by a professional technician.
The system many professionals use includes spinning brushes that loosen the lint and a powerful three motor vacuum that pulls the lint out. This may be augmented with a leaf blower or done with an air whip using compressed air instead of the brush.
They will clean all the way into the lint trap and check the interior of the dryer cabinet around the heat source (if accessible), where fires usually start.
Often, the technician will suggest rerouting the flex connector or replacing it to smooth out the air flow or to get rid of non-code compliant plastic flex.
Dryer vent inspections are required due the typical construction of modern homes. Modern homes often have the laundry room away from an outside wall. This is a convenient placement but is potentially hazardous. The vents run greater distances with more bends, which makes your dryer work harder and creates more places to collect lint.
If your dryer takes twice as long to dry clothes, its lifetime is cut in half. When the dryer must be run longer or at higher temperatures, the lifespan of the clothing and fabrics decrease correspondingly. Dryer vents are also favored places for critters (birds, rodents and reptiles) to hide.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)recommend dryer vent inspections annually to secure safer and cheaper operation of your system. How often it actually needs cleaning will depend on factors such as how often it is used, if there are pets, how long the vent is run and how many bends are in the vents.
Proper maintenance will add to home safety and efficiency while saving money by extending the life of the dryer and your clothing and reducing your energy costs.