Even the newest, top of the line dryer will be rendered useless if your vent line is clogged. A dryer works by pushing hot, dry air into the tumbler. This hot air evaporates moisture out of your wet clothes and is then exhausted via the vent behind the dryer. The air is meant to travel unrestricted through the vent line in your walls and out to the exterior of the house.
Should this humid air not freely exhaust, the moisture in the tumbler never escapes. This will cause your clothes to take several cycles to dry or never dry at all.
If your dryer is producing heat, but clothes aren't drying quickly, the most likely problem is the vent. We're your source for professional dryer duct cleaning.
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Most of the cleaning is done from inside of your laundry room. We temporarily move the dryer aside and power brush/vacuum the duct from this connection point all the way to the exit point on the exterior of the home. The vent cover outside is also cleaned and inspected. For roof exits, we will either get on the roof to do this, or use a brush on the end of an extension pole (from a ladder) depending on the situation. Some roof cover designs require attic access to clean.
Our average time is about 45 minutes. We recommend budgeting an hour to be safe.
We use a two-step verification method. The first indicator the vent has been cleared is by the air flow our vacuum experiences. When the vent is clogged, our vacuum struggles to maintain full air flow (much like your dryer!). Upon power scrubbing, there is a very noticeable pressure release which indicates restored air flow. If a dryer is present, we also verify air flow at the exit point outside of the house.
While this very rarely happens, we wouldn't charge you anything if it were the case.
If the dryer is producing heat, but you are having this issue, the dryer vent is responsible 99% of the time.
Yes it will. Some brands need to run 2-3 full cycles in order to reset the code after service, though.
Yes. Although it's not a perfect comparison, imagine blocking your car's exhaust pipe. The most common failure we see from a clogged vent is the dryer overheats due to it's inability to dissipate heat properly. This is in addition to poor performance occurring prior to this complete failure point.
Although the vast majority of ducts don't have these, we do occasionally encounter them. If they are operational and accessible, we can probably clean the duct with no issue. Should the booster fan itself be the source of your clog, a small additional fee may apply to remove it and fill the gap with new a duct. If you decide to replace the booster fan with a new one, or it is not easily accessible for removal, our service may not cover this.
There are several variables to consider when answering this question. Many online sources recommend doing so once per year, but this may be excessive. Some things to consider are the length of your duct, it's path, the functionality of your exterior cover, and so on. We can provide a recommendation based on your specific system.
Absolutely not. We don't sell you anything during the visit.
If you experience any dryer vent issues within six month of the service date, we will inspect and clean the duct once more for free. Should this fail to remedy the issue, we will issue a full refund of your original service cost. This warranty is for your peace of mind and our assurance that the work was done right. Our cleaned dryer vents typically shouldn't experience issues for multiple years.
Most of the time, we can retrieve the tool and clean the duct. This changes the service being performed and adds more time, so we charge $195 (retrieval and cleaning). If we are unable to retrieve the stuck tool, however, we won't charge you anything and provide a referral depending on the problem. Due to the unpredictable nature of this issue, we cannot take any responsibility should your stuck object cause our tool(s) to become lodged as well.
Contact us directly to book this service.
We will need to schedule this service via phone, text, or email. The online booking option doesn't allocate enough time for multiple ducts. Please contact us via phone, text, or email for a quote on multiple dryer ducts.
December 2nd, 2023
When we think about indoor air quality, our minds often turn to air purifiers and ventilation systems. However, there's a crucial component that is frequently overlooked—the cleanliness of your dryer vent. In this article, we'll explore the often underestimated connection between dryer vent cleaning and indoor air quality.
The Hidden Culprit: Lint and Debris
As your clothes tumble in the dryer, lint and debris are generated. While the lint trap captures a significant amount, a portion inevitably escapes into the dryer vent. Over time, this accumulation can lead to a range of issues, including compromised indoor air quality.
How Dirty Dryer Vents Affect Indoor Air Quality
Airborne Particles: When lint and debris accumulate in the dryer vent, they can possibly be released into the air within your home. These airborne particles can trigger allergies and respiratory issues, especially in individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Mold Growth: Moisture trapped in the dryer vent can create an ideal environment for mold growth. If the air were to circulate or leak somewhere, mold spores may be dispersed into your living spaces, posing health risks and affecting the overall air quality.
Carbon Monoxide Concerns: Gas dryers, if not properly vented, can produce carbon monoxide. A clogged or blocked vent may increase the risk of this dangerous gas entering your home. Regular dryer vent cleaning is essential for ensuring proper ventilation and reducing this risk.
The Importance of Regular Dryer Vent Cleaning
Preventing Health Issues: Routine dryer vent cleaning is a proactive measure to safeguard the health of your household members. Cleaner vents mean fewer airborne particles, reducing the likelihood of respiratory problems and allergies.
Enhancing Indoor Air Quality: A clean dryer vent contributes to overall improved indoor air quality. Fresh, clean air circulating in your home creates a healthier living environment for you and your family.
Signs Your Dryer Vent May be Affecting Indoor Air Quality
Persistent Musty Odors: If you notice musty smells, it could be an indication of mold growth in the vent. Addressing this promptly through professional cleaning can eliminate the source of the odor.
Visible Debris Around the Dryer Area: If you see lint or debris around the dryer or vent area, it's a sign that the vent may be clogged. Ignoring this could lead to compromised air quality.
As homeowners, we prioritize indoor air quality for the well-being of our families. Recognizing the link between dryer vent cleanliness and indoor air quality is a crucial step toward creating a healthy home environment. By scheduling regular dryer vent cleanings, you not only ensure the efficiency of your dryer but also contribute to the overall well-being of your household. Take the proactive approach—breathe easier with a clean and well-maintained dryer vent.
November 12th, 2023
In the realm of household chores, dryer vent cleaning might not be the first task that comes to mind when thinking about energy efficiency. However, the link between a clean dryer vent and energy savings is more significant than you might imagine. Let's delve into the details of how regular dryer vent cleaning can have a substantial impact on your home's energy efficiency.
Reduced Drying Time, Lower Energy Consumption
One of the primary benefits of a clean dryer vent is the reduction in drying time. When your dryer vent is clogged with lint and debris, it restricts the airflow, making your dryer work harder to dry clothes. This extended drying process not only wastes time but also consumes more energy. By keeping the vent clear, you allow hot, moist air to escape efficiently, leading to quicker drying cycles and decreased energy consumption.
Optimized Appliance Performance
A clean dryer vent contributes to the overall health and performance of your dryer. When the vent is clogged, the dryer's internal temperature can rise, putting stress on components and potentially leading to malfunctions. Regular vent cleaning ensures that your dryer operates at its optimal temperature, reducing the risk of overheating and extending the lifespan of your appliance. A well-maintained dryer is not only more energy-efficient but also more cost-effective in the long run.
Preventing Energy Waste
Beyond the direct impact on your utility bills, maintaining a clean dryer vent aligns with broader environmental goals. Energy efficiency is not just about personal savings; it's also about reducing unnecessary energy consumption. When your dryer operates efficiently, it requires less energy to perform its job, contributing to a more sustainable and eco-friendly home.
Safety First, Efficiency Follows
While energy efficiency is a compelling reason to prioritize dryer vent cleaning, safety should not be overlooked. Clogged vents pose a significant fire hazard, as the accumulated lint becomes highly flammable. By keeping your dryer vent clean, you not only enhance energy efficiency but also prioritize the safety of your home and loved ones.
Conclusion: A Small Task with Big Rewards
In the grand scheme of home maintenance, dedicating time to clean your dryer vent might seem like a small task. However, the rewards are substantial, ranging from lower energy bills and reduced environmental impact to a safer living space. Consider adding dryer vent cleaning to your regular home maintenance routine to enjoy the benefits of a more energy-efficient household.
October 23rd, 2023
Drying your laundry might seem like a simple and routine task. You load your clothes into the dryer, press a button, and voilà, you get clean and dry clothes. However, there's one small yet crucial step that often gets overlooked - cleaning the lint trap after each dryer load. Here’s why this seemingly minor task is so important:
Perhaps the most vital reason to clean your lint trap regularly is fire safety. Lint is highly flammable. When it accumulates in the trap and around the dryer's exhaust duct, it poses a significant fire hazard. Thousands of house fires are caused by dryers every year, most of which could have been prevented by simple maintenance tasks like cleaning the lint trap.
A clogged lint trap reduces the airflow in your dryer. When your dryer can't circulate air properly, it has to work harder and longer to dry your clothes. This inefficiency not only increases your energy bills but also puts unnecessary wear and tear on your dryer, leading to potential breakdowns and repair costs.
Regularly cleaning the lint trap can extend the lifespan of your dryer. By cleaning the lint trap after each use, you’re ensuring your dryer runs smoothly and lasts longer.
A clean lint trap allows for proper airflow, which translates to better drying performance. Your clothes will dry faster and more evenly, saving you time and ensuring your laundry comes out as expected. Optimal dryer performance means you're using less energy.
In conclusion, taking a few seconds to clean your dryer's lint trap after each load might seem like a minor inconvenience, but the benefits far outweigh the effort. From preventing house fires to saving energy and money, this simple act of maintenance ensures your dryer functions effectively and safely, making it a habit well worth adopting. So, the next time you toss a load of laundry into the dryer, remember to clean the lint trap – your safety and wallet will thank you.
October 1st, 2023
There are many services which offer a professional and do-it-yourself option. Dryer vent cleaning is one of them, so if you need help deciding, consider the following.
Dryer vent cleaning is a fairly straightforward process. Much like clearing a clogged drain, the aim is to locate and destroy a clog. Dryer ducts are a little different because, in addition to the clog, the rest of the piping needs to be cleaned AND you don't have the benefit of running water to help clear the debris.
In order to clean your duct as thoroughly as possible, we use commercial grade power brushes. These are made of steel and literally shred everything they come in contact with. The clog won't have a chance. DIY kits (and other dryer vent cleaning companies for that matter) use standard nylon-bristle brushes. These are fine, but they lack the shredding power that our tools provide.
Another item to contend with is the length and complexity of your duct. DIY kits are usually only 12 feet long and only able to spin in one direction. If you don't have enough rods, or they can't navigate the ducting properly, your issue won't be solved. Our commerical rods can spin in any direction, and we have over 40 feet of accessibility!
The choice is yours, of course, but when you want the job done right, backed under warranty, Pro-X is the way to go.
January 10th, 2023
The most common answer to this question is once per year, but you may not need to do it that often. The factors that affect the functionality of your duct are the following:
Complexity of Design (bends)
Diameter of Duct
Let's look at the most simple factor first. Most home dryer ducts are 4" in diameter. If your home was built in the last, say, 30 years, it's almost certain that this is the diameter. Some older homes use 3" ducts. These are fine, but less ideal. You're essentially starting out with a 25% restriction versus a 4". These smaller ducts should be cleaned more often.
The length and complexity are tied together. A long, straight duct can perform the same as a short, complex one. If your duct run is very long (over 24 feet in most cases) or very complex (90 degree bends, multiple 45 degree bends, rectangular duct to round transition point, etc), you may need to clean you duct more frequently as well.
The final factor is how often you use the dryer. For a family that does laundry daily, debris will build up quicker than, say, a single person or couple who only do a few loads per week.
Monitor your drying times and clean the duct at the first sign of performance deterioration. For preventative maintenance and based on the factors above, we'd recommend cleaning the duct every 1-3 years.
July 12th, 2019
If you're having drying issues, it's important to identify whether the source of the problem is coming from the dryer itself or the vent. In nearly all cases, this can be identified by asking one question. Is the dryer producing heat? If the answer is yes, but clothes are still taking long to dry, the problem in nearly all cases is the dryer vent. If you want a definitive answer, you can disconnect your dryer from the duct behind the dryer and vent it out into the garage (electric dryers only. Gas dryer exhaust is poisonous). If doing this fixes your drying issues, there is no longer a question that the dryer duct is clogged. If you continue to have drying issues even when the dryer is disconnected from the wall, your dryer is the problem.
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