Dryer Vent Cleaning

Why is dryer vent cleaning important?

Clogged dryer vents can be costly to your home or business. Dryer vent cleaning is extremely important for the following reasons:

◦ According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers.  Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard.
◦  If the dryer vent is not clean, it will hinder the dryer’s ability to properly dry your clothing. You may have to use multiple cycles to get your clothes dry which uses more energy and makes your dryer work harder.

Marshall’s dryer vent cleaning in Knoxville, TN will cleanse the dryer vent system, removing all debris that has attached to the walls of the ductwork and built up over time. Dryer vent cleaning is an often overlooked, but important, step in maintaining your home or building

What is dryer vent cleaning?

Every homeowner should be aware of the last time their dryer vent was cleaned out. When you hire a professional to take care of it, you can rest assured knowing they will clean out all lint and other debris in your dryer’s venting system that could become jammed and lead to potentially deadly fires.

At Marshall we utilize special tools and equipment to force air inside your vent, carefully cleaning out your venting system without leaving any mess behind. Depending on how often you use your dryer, inspection and vent cleaning may be recommended anywhere from every month to every year. When you call on Marshall, we diagnose your appliance and provide you with a safe service plan.

Why do I need dryer vent cleaning?

As with most households, you likely use your dryer on a frequent basis. Even when you clean your lint trap regularly, that doesn’t mean all the lint from your laundry has been removed. In fact, only around 25% of the lint from your clothes is collected by the lint trap in your dryer. That means the rest is building up in the dryer vent system, restricting airflow and causing your dryer to work harder. As a result, this can cost you more in monthly energy bills, and as mentioned before, become a threat for fire.
vent cleaning can be very helpful, leading to:
• Shorter dryer times for clothes, including heavier materials
• Elimination of damp or extremely hot clothes at the end of a drying cycle
• Increased safety as outdoor flap properly opens during operation
• Savings back in your pocket thanks to lower energy usage
• Extended appliance lifespan by preventing break downs or other damage
• Prevention of fires, carbon monoxide backup, and other damage
• Compliance with insurance inspection requirements

Whether you need to schedule dryer cleaning for safety purposes, monthly savings, or as a part of manufacturer-recommended routine maintenance, Marshall Cleaning Service is ready to help.

Safety Concerns

Lint and debris can build up in the clothes dryer vent blocking air flow and creating potentially hazardous conditions including the possibility for an exhaust fire or carbon monoxide intrusion (gas clothes dryers). According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers resulting in 15 deaths and 300 injuries, and 88 million dollars in property loss.”  Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard.

Along with the water vapor evaporated from the wet clothes, the exhaust stream carries lint – highly flammable particles of clothing made of cotton and polyester – through the ventilation duct. Lint can accumulate in the exhaust duct, reducing the dryer’s ability to expel the heated water vapor, which then accumulates as heat energy within the machine. As the dryer overheats, mechanical failures (thermostat, limit switch, damaged screen, or crushed hose) can trigger sparks which cause the lint trapped in the dryer vent to burst into flames.

Dryer Efficiency & Energy Savings

A restricted dryer vent reduces air flow and causes your dryer to run hotter and longer, substantially impacting energy efficiency. Excess heat created by poor air flow can ruin your clothes, add dollars to your home’s energy bill and increase the wear and tear on your appliance. If your dryer takes twice as long to dry clothes as it should, the number of loads that it will dry in its lifetime is substantially reduced. Having your dryer vent cleaned helps reduce energy consumption, operating costs and the possibility of a fire.

Dryer vents are often made from flexible plastic or metal duct, which may be easily kinked or crushed where they exit the dryer and enter the wall or floor. Ducts made of flexible plastic or foil are likely to sag and let lint build up at low points. Ridges can also trap lint. Screens may be present at the duct termination and can accumulate lint and restrict air flow.

Indoor Air Quality

A clogged dryer vent does not allow for the clothes dryer to exhaust properly. Gas clothes dryers that become clogged have the potential to cause Carbon Monoxide to back fill into your home. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is very dangerous and can be fatal with prolonged exposure.

The complex construction of new homes built today tends to have dryers located away from an outside wall. This means dryers tend to be vented longer distances creating more bends in the vent run to accommodate the extended path they must take through the home. The additional length create more places for lint to collect or for animals and birds to hide.

Marshall Cleaning Service removes lint, debris, and clogs from dryer vents to ensure proper airflow through the venting system. Our high quality dryer vent cleaning services protect your home from a dangerous fire hazard while saving you time and money.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Benefits

◦ Save time – Clean dryer vents allow air and moisture to properly escape, decreasing the time it takes to dry a load of laundry.
◦ Save money – A clean vent allows your clothes dryer to work efficiently, which results in decreased drying time and saves on dryer utility costs. As an additional bonus your clothing will spend less time tumbling, meaning decreased wear and tear, so they will last longer, saving you additional money.
◦ Improve fire safety – Each year there are over 15,000 dryer vent fires in the U.S. alone; removing trapped lint and debris greatly reduces the chance of a dryer fire.
◦ Decrease health risks – Removing debris, including rodent and bird nests, from vents decreases the occurrence of molds, fungi, bacteria, and viruses that can cause a variety of health problems.

Advantages of Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning
While you can easily clean and maintain some areas of your dryer vent yourself, such as the lint catcher and tailpipe, professional attention to other areas of your dryer’s venting system such as pipes running through walls or ceilings is strongly recommended. The innovative technology used by Marshall Cleaning Service allows our professionals to clean your entire dryer vent in as little as 30 minutes. In fact, in we can clean your dryer vent from the outside of your home in most cases, without ever stepping foot in your home.

Dryer vent cleaning facts

Professional Service – Quality, Dependable Results
Did you know that thousands of structural fires occur every year due to clothes dryers? In connection with those fires, it is estimated that more than one hundred millions dollars in property loss is incurred each year. That is in addition to dozens of tragic deaths and hundreds of terrible injuries. These fires all occur due to dryer vent clogs that could be prevented with proper and regular cleaning.

Why is dryer vent cleaning important?

Clogged dryer vents can be costly to your home or business. Dryer vent cleaning is extremely important for the following reasons:

◦ According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers.  Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard.
◦  If the dryer vent is not clean, it will hinder the dryer’s ability to properly dry your clothing. You may have to use multiple cycles to get your clothes dry which uses more energy and makes your dryer work harder.

Marshall’s dryer vent cleaning in Knoxville, TN will cleanse the dryer vent system, removing all debris that has attached to the walls of the ductwork and built up over time. Dryer vent cleaning is an often overlooked, but important, step in maintaining your home or building

Dryer vent cleaning facts:
When a dryer vent is clogged, it reduces airflow and forces the dryer to work harder, which can cause:
◦ Internal temperature of the dryer to increase dramatically
◦ Accelerated thermostat failure
◦ Higher energy consumption
◦ Reduction in the lifespan of your appliance

Signs you need your dryer vent cleaned:
◦  It takes more than one cycle to dry one load of laundry
◦ The dryer is hot to the touch indicating it is overheating
◦ You see an increase in energy bills (dryer has to run longer and work harder to dry clothes)
◦ Clothes smell “musty” after being in the dryer

Clean dryer vents:
◦ Keep your home safe
◦ Enable the dryer to perform properly
◦ Allow clothes to dry more quickly and evenly
◦ Can save $18-$24 on monthly power bills
◦ Create peace of mind by eliminating a potential fire hazard
◦ Limit mold, mildew and other bacteria on your clothes and in your home

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