Educating yourself is the first step to properly maintaining your dryer performance!
Why should I get my dryer vent cleaned?
First and foremost, having a dryer vent full of lint can create a huge fire risk when the hot air cannot escape from the dryer vent outside, putting your family and your home in danger. Second, if the dryer can't expel this moist air from your clothes, you have to run the dryer two to three times as long, costing you anywhere from an additional $3 to $4 per load. If you do at least two to three loads per week, that ends up costing you around $300-$400 per year in a higher electric bill.
Can't I just do it myself?
If your dryer vent is next to an outside wall and the vent is only a few feet long, then you can do this yourself, but you will need a very strong commercial wet/dry vac, and specialty dryer vent brushes in order to clean it. Don't forget that we also clean the transition hose and into the rear vent of the dryer itself. You can do it yourself, but if you're not confident with disconnecting and reconnecting dryer hoses, moving washer and dryers out of the way to get access, etc., then leave it to us to properly inspect and clean your dryer vent. Most homes these days have a dryer duct that goes straight upwards and through the roof (to a termination vent), so you are looking at duct that is at least 16-20 feet long, and this requires specialized equipment to clean.
When should I get my dryer vent cleaned?
Dryer vents should be cleaned at least once per year. More frequent cleaning may be required depending on various factors, including: high frequency of laundry done every week, older dryer (over 10 years), long dryer vents, vents with a lot of bends, etc. All of these factors may require more frequent cleaning. We also can install our Lint Alert Dryer Monitor Alarm, which can provide you with an indication as to whether your vent is starting to become congested. Find out more about the Lint Alert by going to our services page.
Why should I use "Clean Dryer Vent Pros" for my service?
We take special care when we are around your home and appliances. We are an HVAC registered contractor in Florida, and we use the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) recommended procedure of "Negative Air Pressure Cleaning" to clean your dryer vent. We don't let all of the dryer lint spill out all over your laundry floor or all over your roof. Our negative pressure vacuum system collects all of the lint and dust into our allergy-safe filter system. Our specialized equipment is made specifically for dryer vent cleaning, so you can be sure that your vent is being cleaned professionally.
How long does a dryer vent cleaning take?
We are very efficient and meticulous in our work, so a normal vent cleaning will typically take us anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Depending on how restrictive the laundry area is and how easy it s to maneuver around the appliances will dictate how much time is required to get the service completed. There may be a circumstance where we will not be able to get to the back of the dryer without completely disconnecting the washer and moving it out of the way. This may incur a nominal charge due to the extra time required, and will require that we know where your main water supply valve is located due to the fact that washer hot/cold valves are notorious for failing to close properly. It may also require that we replace the rubber gaskets inside the clothes washer water line connections in order to get a proper seal and no leaks when we re-install the hoses.
Will you need to move the clothes washer?
There may be a circumstance where we will not be able to get to the back of the dryer without completely disconnecting the washer and moving it out of the way. This may incur a nominal charge ($20) due to the extra time required, and will require that we know where your main water supply valve is located due to the fact that clothes washer hot/cold valves are notorious for failing to close properly. It may also require that we replace the rubber gaskets inside the clothes washer water line connections in order to get a proper seal and no leaks when we re-install the hoses. If you would like to avoid any possible clothes washer moving charges you may disconnect and move the washer out of the way yourself before we arrive.
What can I do to get ready for my cleaning?
Please have any items in and around your laundry area removed before your technician arrives (i.e. brooms, mops, vacuums, clothing, etc.). Your service will be much more effective if we do not have items in our way. Please remove all clothing from the dryer. Also, although we love pets and children, please remove them from the area during our visit.
What type of transition hose do you recommend?
The most common type of transition hoses (that goes from the back of your dryer to the wall) is the silver "slinky" type. While this hose offers flexibility, it can be easily crushed causing the air to restrict and most importantly the mylar coating on the outside can easily catch fire and spread the flame very quickly. On the other hand, there is also the semi-rigid aluminum transition duct that is flame resistant proof, but if it is pressure even slightly it will crush permanently causing issues by restricting the air flow through the vent.
OUR SOLUTION: The DryerFlex! This looks like the silver "slinky" hose, except that the DryerFlex is flame-spread resistant, and unlike the semi-rigid aluminum, it will not crush under a heavy load or vibration. Check out our services page for more information and a great video of the DryerFlex in action.