At Midwest Clean Air, we offer dryer vent cleaning services to homeowners in and around the Omaha, Nebraska, area. Keeping your dryer vent clean is not merely a good idea; it can be a matter of life and death.
Your clothes dryer is vented to the outdoors, so the lint that builds up in the vent doesn’t affect your breathing or the air quality in your home. However, it can be a serious safety hazard.
Each time you use your dryer, some of the fibers from the laundry are released into the appliance. This is what you see when you clean the lint screen. And while cleaning the lint screen is important, the truth is, 60% of the lint your laundry releases ends up in your dryer vent.
The lint that makes its way into the vent is warm and moist, so when it settles on the inside of the vent and dries, it’s hard to get out. This is one reason the lint does not simply blow out of the vent the next time you do laundry. Another reason is because most dryer vents are made to be pliable, so they have lots of grooves that trap the lint.
It’s hard for homeowners to know when their dryer vents have accumulated dangerous levels of lint without taking apart the appliance, which can be dangerous, especially if it is gas-powered.
Signs of a seriously clogged dryer vent include:
Dryer vents should be cleaned at least annually — more often if you use your dryer frequently — to keep your dryer working efficiently. If you see any of the above signs, your dryer vent is badly overdue for a cleaning.
Some Omaha consumers attempt to clean their own dryer vents. And while this is better than nothing, without the right tools, you can’t get the vent truly clean.
When the team at Midwest Clean Air cleans your dryer vent, we use special, motorized brushes to get into all the grooves. Then we use high-powered vacuums to suck all the lint out, leaving your dryer vent clean once again.
Dryer vents clogged with lint cost you money in drying time, but worse than that, they pose a fire hazard. Your dryer could overheat and ignite the built-up lint. Lint is so flammable that some people save it just for the purpose of starting fires in fireplaces and campsites.
Don’t take chances with your family’s safety. Call Midwest Clean Air today to schedule a dryer vent cleaning service.