What is a dryer vent system?

 

The Dryer Vent System is where you heated moist, lint filled air travels from your dryer to the exterior of your dwelling. It is made up of:

  • Lint Screen
  • Lint Screen Housing Housing where your lint screen slider into. It may be on top of the dryer or in the door frame of the dryers door.
  • Dryers Exhaust 4 inch aluminum tube that travels from your dryers lint trap housing to the exterior of the dryer to the transition hose.
  • Transition Hose 4 inch flexible aluminum hose that travels from your dryer exhaust to the dryer vent.
  • Dryer Vent 4 inch aluminum tube that comes out of your wall about 1 inch. The dryer vent takes the moist, heated , lint filled air from your transition hose to the exterior of your dwelling.
  • Roof Vent The goose neck on your roof where the moist, heated, lint filled air exits your dwelling. On most one story homes the Roof Vent is on the roof, in two story homes, condos, town homes, apartment the Roof Vent (Exhaust may exit the dwelling any number of ways (Roof, Exterior wall, Below Grade).
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How is a dryer vent system cleaned?

All parts of the dryer vent system are professionally cleaned by 4 inch brushes, extension rods, lint brushes, vacuum and ladders. The parts are

 

Lint Trap

Lint Trap Housing

Dryers Exhaust

Transition Hose

Dryer Vent

Gooseneck (Roof, Exterior Wall)


Why do dryer vent systems need to be cleaned out/maintained?

 

Over a period of time, lint accumulates in all parts of the dryer vent system. This accumulation leads to several hazards/problems.


FIRE HAZARD: Statistics from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) state that almost 17,000 structure fires occur every year in the United States due to clogged, blocked dryer vent/dryer vent systems. Dryer Vent fires lead to dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries every year. Over $210,000,000 in property damage occurs each year to dryer vent/dryer vent system fires. This fire hazard can be easily avoided by having your dryer vent system professionally cleaned every 2 years ( NFPA recommendation).

 

LOWER POWER BILL: Clothes should dry in about 50 minute cycle. Each 50 minute cycle costs you about $.65 on your power bill. Your dryer is on a 220 outlet (big black plug behind dryer), your dryer is also a heat producing appliance. If your clothes are dry in one cycle $.65, two cycles $1.30, three cycles $1.95. Multiply these numbers by the number of loads you may do in a month.

 

When your dryer vent system is clogged/blocked with lint, the dryers heated moist air must escape and moisture will make your air conditioner work more and cost more.

 

SAVE TIME/AGGRAVATION: Multiple cycles waste your time and are aggravating to all who are doing the laundry. Property Managers your cleaning personnel may be waiting extended times for the linens to dry, when they could be at the next cleaning job.

 

EXTEND DRYER LIFE: If heated, moist, lint filled air cannot escape through the dryer vent system due to clog/blockage, the heat in the dryer will build up and damage your dryer. Common dryer problems now occur such as heat sensor failure, heating element failure, which are costly to repair.

 

PREVENT WATER DAMAGE/MOLD AND MILDEW: When moisture from the dryer cannot escape through dryer vent system the moisture will now seep through dryer vent piping into walls, ceilings, attics. Over a period of time this will cause water damage, mold and mildew.

 

ALLERGIES: When lint cannot escape out of dryer vent system the lint will go into laundry room and throughout the dwelling causing problems with allergies.


How Long Does It Take?

Averages about 1 hour and 15 minutes.


How Often Should A Dryer Vent System Be Professionally Cleaned?

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) highly recommends dryer vent systems be professionally cleaned every 2 years.


News articles that highlight the importance of properly venting the dryer. Click To Read More Reports

Two Displaced After Fire - By Rhonda Roberts - WBAY ABC Channel 2 News (4/6/2015)

DE PERE, WI - Two officers and a tenant were treated for smoke inhalation after a dryer fire in De Pere.  De Pere police were the first to arrive on scene, and they were directed to the second floor apartments.  The officers found fire in a hallway near a dryer near a rear apartment.  Two officers and the tenant inhaled smoke and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.  The fire caused damage throughout the second floor and the kitchen area of the bar.  Two tenants were displaced from their apartments.