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Dryer Vent Clogs

Dryer vent clogs are the primary reason for having your vent cleaned out on a regular basis. The main purpose of a dryer vent cleaning service is to ensure your dryer is running as efficiently as possible. The warm air that circulates in the clothes dryer needs to run through the rigid pipe and out of the home. If there is a clog in your dryer vent, then the air cannot efficiently exhaust to the outside world. Routine maintenance will ensure your dryer is running in tip-top shape and your home is as safe as possible.

Bird Nests

Dryer vents are an extremely popular nesting spot for birds, especially in the winter time. The warm air coming from the dryer creates an ideal spot for birds to nest and get comfort from the harsh elements. Dryer vents are also safe, small, dark places where birds can go to nest, sleep, and get shelter, continuing to make them an ideal place for birds.

The birds will go out and gather twigs, sticks, and other nesting materials to bring inside of the dryer vent if not properly secured with some sort of guard preventing access. With time, the bird’s nest creates such a clog that air can no longer escape and gets trapped inside of your dryer vent. This drastically increases drying times, severely increases the risk of a house fire, and will cause more stress to your clothes dryer. 

One of the most important things you can do is ensure you have a properly affixed bird guard or cage around your dryer vent. The proper guard like the Defender from Inovate is an excellent option to increase airflow while boasting unmatched beauty. 

Excess Lint

Regardless of the overall length of your dryer vent, you can still deal with an excess build up of lint. Whether your dryer vent is 5 feet short or 35 feet long, your risk of excess lint in the dryer vent is just as serious. Dryer vent is extremely flammable and your vent should be cleaned at least 1-2 years for moderate use. 

In many inferior dryer vent products like foil transition hoses and semi-rigid ducts, the wired ribs holding the spirals together push in towards the center of the dryer duct. This acts as a trap for the dryer lint to cling onto. Over time, the lint continues to build, dramatically decreasing the ease of airflow to the exterior wall vent. Using a variety of methods, we can ensure all the excess lint build up gets cleaned out and your dryer vent can run like new again!

Wrapping Up

Clogged dryer vents can be extremely dangerous. Dryer fires are the leading cause of home fires so it is critical to have your dryer cleaned out on a routine basis. Depending on the dryer’s use and how many people live in your home, annual service may be recommending to ensure you’re safe. 

If you have any questions about your services, please reach out via our contact form and we’d be happy to help!