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Dryer Vents Need Annual Cleaning

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends dryer vent cleaning each year, or whenever you notice that it takes longer than usual to get a load of laundry dried.

Lint collected in a flexible dryer vent ductBut because you can’t easily look inside your dryer vent ductwork to see how much lint has collected inside the vent, it’s easy to forget.

Some people notice signs that their dryer vent needs cleaning, like:

  • It takes longer to dry a load of laundry
  • Your dryer overheads and shuts off, and you have to wait for it to cool before you can finish drying a load of laundry
  • You see little clumps of lint sticking out of your dryer vent end cap, on your roof, beside your home, or in your garage

And the more you use your dryer (such as if you have a large family, or if you have a bank of dryers in your commercial laundromat), you should plan to get your dryer vent cleaned more than just once per year.

A homeowner in the Julington Creek neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida called A Lint Free Vent recently to get their dryer vent cleaned. It had been 2 years since another company had cleaned their dryer vent.

The dryer exhaust flow in their dryer vent was restricted by the lint that had collected inside the ductwork since the last cleaning. These photos show some of the lint that we removed from their dryer vent ductwork. The rest of the lint that we removed went out the dryer vent end cap.

Our client was shocked to see how much lint had collected in their dryer vent! And they want A Lint Free Vent to clean their dryer vent on a regular basis.

As a service to our regular clients, we retain their contact information, and notify each client when their next dryer vent cleaning is due. Many of our clients have thanked us for providing this free and helpful safety consideration.

Call Eddie Kyles, owner and operator of A Lint Free Vent at 904.537.1483 or Contact Us if you have questions about our dryer vent cleaning service or to set up your annual dryer vent cleaning appointment, today.

How Much Lint Collects in a Dryer Vent?

Ever wonder how much lint collects in a dryer vent?

lint clogging a dryer ventEvery time you dry a load of laundry, moist lint from your drying laundry collects in the exhaust path of clothes dryers. This lint collects inside in vent duct work each time the dryer is used.

This lint that collects in your dryer vent constricts your dryer vent duct, so less and less air can pass through it.

This means your dryer will take longer and longer to dry each load of laundry. Laundry will still be damp at the end of a timed drying cycle. And you will start to see clumps of dryer lint hanging out of your dryer vent cap.

These are signs your dryer vent needs to be professionally cleaned.

According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading cause of thousands of fires in homes each year involving clothes dryers is failure to clean the dryer. And the NFPA recommends dryer vent cleaning each year, or whenever you notice that it takes longer than usual to get a load of laundry dried.

Our mobile dryer vent ductwork cleaning service usually takes less than an hour for most residential clients. For commercial clients, the time for dryer vent cleaning is determined by the number of dryer vents to be cleaned.

We provide a thorough cleaning from dryer to vent cap. (Whether the vent cap is on the roof top, on the side of your home, or in your garage.) And, we use a rotary brush. Cleaning lint out of dryer ductwork with a rotary brush is the recommended method in our industry for best results.

The first of the following photos shows of our rotary brush tool beginning to remove lint from the inside of a dryer vent duct.

The second photo shows of some of the collected lint removed from the dryer vent duct by our rotary brush.

And the final photo shows how much lint we removed from this dryer vent with our rotary brush tool. Even more lint blew out of the roof vent cap after our cleaning!

If we find any problems during our dryer vent inspection, we inform our client. We carry a selection of typical repair parts (such as flexible ducting and clamps) on our truck, so we can fix many common problems while we are at the client’s home or business.

A Lint Free Vent can also re-route or repair solid metal dryer vent ductwork. After we inspect your ductwork, we can give you a free estimate for the re-routing, repairs or replacement work that we recommend.

Call Eddie Kyles, owner and operator of A Lint Free Vent at 904.537.1483. Or you can Contact Us if you have questions about our dryer vent cleaning service or to set up your annual dryer vent cleaning appointment, today.