Milwaukee: Routine Dryer Vent Cleanings Can Keep Your Home Safer & Save You Money
As a company, we’re passionate about reducing fire risk for our clients in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and the neighboring areas. Which is why we also offer dryer vent cleaning services to the area. We know, it seems a bit strange at first for a chimney company to take care of dryer vents. But the more you think about it, the more sense it makes.
Like chimneys, dryer vents can develop flammable buildup. So while the systems, the type of buildup, and the areas of the home may be different, the problem’s the same: buildup needs to be removed for fire safety.
In the case of dryer vents, it’s lint and sometimes nests that need to be removed. Lint is so flammable that it’s used by the Boy Scouts of America as a fire starter. And even if you empty the lint trap regularly, it’s still not enough because not all lint is captured by the lint trap.
And when lint builds up inside of the dryer vent, it can:
- Limit airflow and reduce the efficiency of the clothes dryer
- Cause overheating and over work your clothes dryer
- Spark a fire
- Prevent proper venting and send carbon monoxide back into the home
As a result, you could find yourself wasting time and energy running your clothes dryer longer and for multiple cycles to get the job done. Or worse, you could be at increased risk for carbon monoxide poisoning and house fire.
To protect homeowners from the above, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) encourage homeowners to make dryer vent cleanings a normal part of annual home maintenance.
Dryer Vent Cleanings Bring $$ Savings Too!
Not only do dryer vent cleanings reduce fire risk and carbon monoxide risk, but they can also save you money in the short and long run. How so?
#1 Energy Savings
When dryer vents are clean and clear, your dryer can work quickly and efficiently. The faster and more efficient your dryer is, the faster it can get the job done. Which means you’ll save money on utilities because you won’t have to waste energy on multiple dry cycles.
#2 Appliance Savings
No matter what brand or size you’re looking at, clothes dryers are costly! And buying a new clothes dryer isn’t exactly a *fun* expense. Most of us hope and pray our dryers last a long time, and they can if they’re well-maintained. But when dryer vents are lint-logged, the dryer has to work harder and longer. And overworked, overheated clothes dryers need to be replaced before their time. Save yourself a trip to a big box store for a big expense by keeping those vents clean.
#3 Clothes Savings
Let’s face it: Clothes that spend more time in the dryer at higher heat simply don’t last as long. Colors fade and clothes lose their shape, and that means: you’ll be shopping for new clothes more frequently. But by keeping your dryer vents clean, you can prolong the life of your clothes and keep the shopping to a minimum.
This one small service can save you money and reduce your fire risk, so it’s worth the investment each year!
Why Should You Call Ashbusters Chimney for Your Dryer Vent Cleaning?
Like we said above, dryer vent cleaning services align with our purpose: they reduce fire risks for homeowners in the Milwaukee area. But we don’t just show up with our chimney cleaning tools and hope the systems aren’t much different. We’re actually CSIA-Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians (CDET) as well, so we have the training, knowledge, and expertise to take care of your chimneys AND your dryer vents. We’ll use specialized tools to check for and remove buildup and blockages, and we’ll also check that the system is up to code.
How Do We Clean Dryer Vents?
Here’s what’s involved in the process:
- Diagnostics check for proper function and airflow
- Connector check for safety, installation, and code compliance
- Cleaning of the vent using flexible, rotating rods that loosen lint
- Removal of the lint from the system using a powerful vacuum that forces all debris outside
And don’t worry, we won’t leave the lint strewn across your property. Every last bit will be captured and taken with us when we leave, and you’ll be left with a cleaner, safer, more efficient system.
*A note on newer homes with longer dryer vents*: For homeowner convenience, some newer homes place the clothes dryers in interior closets or on upper levels of the home. And while we’re all for convenience, these decisions can negatively impact airflow and efficiency. It’s especially important to have these dryer vents routinely cleaned because they typically have longer runs and more turns and twists – long runs and sharp corners can encourage lint buildup and blockages. So don’t skip the dryer vent cleanings just because your home is new!
Time to Schedule That Dryer Vent Cleaning?
Is it taking longer for your clothes to dry these days? Do you see lint gathering behind or around your clothes dryer? Is your dryer hotter than you think it should be after a cycle? It may be time for a dryer vent cleaning.
Let Ashbusters Chimney, Milwaukee’s Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians, take care of it for you. Call 414-626-5636 or request an appointment online. Our team will provide a fast, thorough, mess-free cleaning – guaranteed.