Dapper Ducts, Inc. provides dryer vent cleaning services in Washington DC, Virginia (VA) and Maryland (MD). Do you have a clogged dryer vent duct? Dryer vent cleaning is important for both safety and economic reasons. Few people realize that dryer vent duct cleaning significantly reduces the risk of a dryer vent fire and improves the efficiency of the dryer, thereby lowering utility costs. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths, 10 injuries, and cases of carbon monoxide poisoning associated with improper maintenance of dryer vents. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In many cases, injuries and death can be prevented with proper dryer vent cleaning. Is not cleaning your dryer vent a risk you are willing to take?
Why Dryer Vent Fires Occur
In today's homes, dryer vents tend to be vented longer distances, creating more places for lint to gather. Although dryers are equipped with lint traps, a significant amount of lint is not caught by the trap, and instead, builds up inside the dryer. In addition to creating a fire hazard, if your dryer vent duct is too long or has too many bends, it will cause your dryer to take much longer than necessary to dry loads, using more energy and electricity. Finally, inadequate clearance space between the dryer and the wall can cause the dryer to work inefficiently. Many people create problems by putting their dryer against the wall crushing the venting material in the process. The cumulative effect of reduced air-flow and the resulting lint buildup prevent the dryer from drying at a normal rate and risk causing a fire.
Why Dryer Vent Cleaning is Important
According to the Fire Department, your dryer vent exhaust duct should be professionally cleaned once to twice a year. Not only does dryer vent cleaning help ensure the safety of your family and your home, but economically, dryer vent cleaning can result in improved efficiency of the washer/dryer. This improved efficiency helps cut down on the cost and energy spent operating the dryer, perhaps extending the dryer's useful life.
How Dapper Ducts, Inc. Performs Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dapper Ducts, Inc. performs dryer vent cleanings using powerful compressed air tools supplying 180 pounds per square inch of air pressure. Our tools will blast through even the most compact debris, including layers of bird's nests. In fact, if you have had problems with birds entering the dryer vent duct and creating nests inquire about a bird guard. Depending on the severity of the clog, the length of the dryer duct and the height of the outlet, the average cleaning lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
Dryer vent cleaning in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland is one of the many services we offer. Call today to for an estimate over the phone. Please read more about our services to see what is appropriate for your circumstances.