Don’t Risk a Fire — Get Dryer Vent Cleaning

December 12th, 2020 | seoteam
dryer vent cleaning

Our clothes dryers work overtime in the winter. We fill them with bulky knits, blankets, jeans and more. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, most dryer fires happen in fall and winter and peak in January. That’s why now is the perfect time to call Tahoe Clean Air for dryer vent cleaning — before the lint buildup gets out of control and starts a fire in your home.

Why Do Clothes Dryers Produce Lint?

Both gas and electric dryers work about the same way. With both models, electricity powers a belt that turns the drum that tumbles your clothes. An electric dryer also produces the heat that dries your clothes; but with a gas dryer, the gas performs this task.

Tumbling the damp clothes and adding heat creates steam, and unless this steam has an outlet, your clothes will not dry. The vent allows this steam to escape outside.

Washing and drying also cause tiny pieces of fabric to break off your clothes and other textiles. As the clothes dry, this lint comes off and gets sucked into the dryer vent. Because it’s still moist, it tends to stick to the inside of the vent and stay there.

Buildup of Lint Causes Dryer Fires

Some of this lint gets trapped in the lint screen (which you are supposed to clean before every load!). But the screen doesn’t trap all the lint. Much of it goes into the dryer vent where it can build up and even form a clog.

When this happens, your dryer can overheat and catch fire. Dryer lint is so notoriously flammable that it is a recommended method for starting recreational fires. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires per year are caused by lint buildup.

How to Tell When You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

How can you tell if your dryer vent has reached a crisis point? Two good clues are that it takes much longer to dry an average load than it used to and that your dryer emits a funny burning smell when running.

A dryer fire will not only destroy your appliance, but it can also damage to your home as well and even endanger your family’s lives.

Anatomy of a Dryer Vent

Some dryer vents are made of PVC, but many are still made of aluminum, and the grooves infamously trap lint in a way that is hard for the average consumer to remove. Here at Tahoe Clean Air, we use special brushes to remove the lint from dryer vents — both aluminum and PVC. We also clean other spots lint builds up in, such as inside, underneath and behind the dryer.

Don’t take chances with your safety. Call Tahoe Clean Air today for dryer vent cleaning.

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