Dryer vent cleanings are an essential task that homeowners often overlook – and many homeowners don’t even know who they can hire to perform this important task. Some homeowners choose to do the job themselves, but it is highly recommended to hire a certified technician, like the professionals here at Wolfman Chimney and Fireplace, to keep your home and family safer.
The latest report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that dryers and washing machines cause an average of 15,970 fires each year, with dryers causing 92% of them and an average of $200 million in property damage. Needless to say, it’s well worth investing in a cleaning from a Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician (C-DET), like us.
Who Should Complete My Dryer Vent Cleaning?
There are several professionals who can perform dryer vent cleaning, but chimney sweeps are already well-versed in venting and fire risks, so we’re always a good industry to turn to for the job. All said, though, it is important to choose a professional who is experienced and qualified to perform the task.
Many chimney sweeps are qualified to perform dryer vent cleaning. They have experience cleaning vents and can ensure that your dryer vent is free of lint and other debris. However, not all chimney sweeps offer this service. Companies like Wolfman Chimney and Fireplace have Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians (C-DET) who have trained with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). This is the only nationally recognized certification for dryer vent services – and it’s a credential we’re proud to uphold.
Why Are Dryer Vent Cleanings Important?
Clogged dryer vents can cause a range of problems, from increased energy bills to house fires. When your dryer vent is clogged, your dryer has to work harder to dry your clothes, which leads to higher energy bills. Additionally, clogged dryer vents can lead to a buildup of lint, which can ignite and cause a fire.
What are the signs of a clogged vent?
It is important to be aware of the signs of a clogged dryer vent, such as:
- Clothes take longer than usual to dry
- The dryer being hotter than usual
- The dryer shutting off before the cycle is complete
- A musty or burning smell coming from the dryer
- Lint being visible around the dryer vent outside your home
If you notice any of these signs, it is important to have your dryer vent cleaned as soon as possible.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Dryer Vent Cleaner
- How long have you been in business?
- Are you licensed and insured?
- What is your experience with dryer vent cleaning?
- What equipment do you use?
- What is the cost of the cleaning?
- Are your technicians C-DET certified?
How Often Should I Have My Dryer Vent Cleaned?
As a general rule, it is recommended that you have your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year.
If you have a larger family or do a lot of laundry, you may need to have your dryer vent cleaned more frequently. Additionally, if you notice any signs of a clogged dryer vent, such as longer drying times or a burning smell, you should have your vent cleaned right away.
How Does a Company Like Wolfman Chimney and Fireplace Clean Dryer Vents?
Professional technicians who are C-DET certified are thoroughly trained to use specialized tools and devices to ensure proper cleaning of your dryer vent. The team at Wolfman were all required to go through an in-depth examination process, as well as demonstrate proficiency in proper maintenance, troubleshooting, and installation of equipment before getting their certification. Here is the general process we follow.
Step 1: Disconnect the Dryer
The first step in the process is to disconnect the dryer from the vent. This is done to ensure that the vent is thoroughly cleaned without any obstructions.
Step 2: Inspect the Vent
The next step is to inspect the vent thoroughly. A professional will check for any signs of damage or wear and tear, as well as proper venting material, which can affect the vent’s efficiency and safety.
Step 3: Cleaning the Vent
Once the vent has been inspected, it’s time to start cleaning. A professional will insert the rotating brush into the vent and use it to remove any lint and debris. They will continue to rotate the brush while inserting it further into the vent until it has been thoroughly cleaned.
Step 4: Vacuuming
After the vent has been cleaned out with the rotating brush, a professional will use a high-powered vacuum to remove any remaining lint and debris. The vacuum will ensure that all the lint and debris have been removed from the vent.
Step 5: Reconnect the Dryer
Once the process is complete, it’s time to reconnect the dryer to the vent. A professional will ensure that the connection is secure, no leaks are possible, and that there are no obstructions in the vent.
Give Us a Call Now to Schedule
Dryer vent cleaning is an important task that homeowners should not overlook. It is definitely worth the price to pay for professional dryer vent cleaning services to ensure the safety and efficiency of your dryer and home.
While there are several professionals who can perform this task, it is important to choose a qualified and experienced professional to ensure that the job is done properly. All technicians at Wolfman Chimney and Fireplace are CSIA Dryer Exhaust Technician (C-DET) Certified. You can trust that your job will be done safely and properly. Call us today to schedule an appointment. Dial 830-620-9130 or schedule online now.