As the summer begins to heat up, we thought it was time to look at one of the most important summertime home cleaning services: dryer vent cleaning.
Did you know that dryer vent malfunction due to clogs and installation issues is a leading cause of fires in the home? Whether via clogs from lint and hair or from electrical malfunction exacerbated by overuse and the hot summer weather, the threat of a blaze caused by your dryer is very real—that’s why it is recommended to have your vent clean at least once per year, if not more.
Aside from mitigating the risk of a fire, having a thorough inspection and cleaning from a professional will help lower your energy bills and preserve the life of your appliance.
Dryer vent cleanings prevent fires
According to the Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association (VISOA), dirty dryer vents are the #1 cause of all household fires. Canadian statistics are lacking, but according to the most recent stats from the US National Fire Prevention Association, over 16,000 fires were caused by poor dryer vent maintenance alone in 2010.
The issue is that lint, debris, hair, and other buildup can get lodged inside the hose or duct and restrict the airflow. This backs up exhaust gases and creates a ticking time bomb of sorts. This lack of airflow accompanied by the gases and debris is a potent recipe for fires.
While you can’t always see it coming, there are a few signs that it is time to get your dryer cleaned immediately:
- It dries less efficiently, taking extra time to finish the job or leaving clothing still wet when finished
- You smell a burning smell when it’s working
- The dryer gets uncommonly hot
- You check the vent outside and find lint buildup
If you notice any of these symptoms or you just haven’t had it cleaned in a year, it’s time to call dryer vent cleaning professionals.
Vent cleanings save you money
A more efficient dryer reduces your energy bills. When you dry more efficiently and take less time with each load, you not only use less electricity to dry your clothes, you never have to dry a load twice. If you have a large family that is constantly doing laundry, the cleaning will save you even more.
Performing this routine maintenance will also extend the life of your appliance. If the dryer is working under heavy strain, the components will break down more quickly. If the vent is clogged, your machine could easily overheat, causing costly repair bills or forcing you to buy a replacement. Luckily, this is the easiest type of maintenance to perform, so long as you have the right tools and training; plus you’ll be preventing fire damage in the process. Again, according to the VISOA, $236 million dollars in property damages were caused in 2010 from dryer fires.
As summer heats up, it is important to perform regular maintenance on your home to keep it in working order, reduce repair costs, and prevent disastrous home fires. Dryer vent cleaning is the quickest and most affordable way to keep your home safe from this tragedy.
Speaking of the heat, Diamond Clean’s dryer vent cleaning services are “on fire” in the Greater Vancouver Area, so get in contact with us immediately!