Dryer Vent Cleaning
You may not hear of many dryer vent fires on the nightly news here in Bellingham, WA, but they are a real threat and happen more than you know. At West Mechanical, we want to help you remain both safe and comfortable in your home by professionally cleaning your dryer vent.
When a dryer vent is not cleaned on a regular basis, it can make you unsafe since a house fire is a potential consequence.
How Can Dirty Dryer Vents Be So Dangerous?
When you think Washington house fires, having a clogged and dirty dryer vent may not be the first cause that comes to your mind. But this is a very real possibility. Dryer vents accumulate layers upon layers of lint along their inside walls.
Your laundry's clothing sheds clusters and clumps of fuzz and fluff during each dryer cycle. And it all gathers inside these vents.
Depending on the type of vent your dryer has, there could be feet and feet of lint. Some dryer vents are long and twist to eventually reach the outdoor exit. Vents are usually flexible, constructed of materials that bend or fold like plastic or foil.
All these layers of lint can easily grow into clogs. When your vent has a bend in it or is accidentally crushed in one area, your clothing's lint accumulates disproportionately there. This is what creates a clog.
Other times the clog can exist at the outdoor juncture of your vent and an exterior exit, where sometimes nature interferes. Birds and animals are attracted to the warmth of your dryer and can sometimes build a nest at this juncture. Lint no longer can exit and instead develops into a clog.
Since this lint usually consists of flammable fuzz and fluff, it can easily catch fire. Any type of mechanical issue with your dryer can throw a spark, and there are those layers or clumps of flammable lint sitting there. It's the perfect tinder for any errant spark.
Benefits of Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning
The obvious benefit of professional dryer vent cleaning is fire prevention. But our North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals at West Mechanical here in the Bellingham, WA, area can contribute to additional benefits as well.
When your dryer's vent is clear of lint and clogs, your dryer will operate more efficiently. This translates to less energy being used to dry your clothes and less you need to pay in energy costs. With this higher efficiency comes a longer life span for your dryer. Since it does not have to work harder and longer to dry your clothing, it will last longer.
Yet another benefit of a clear dryer vent is increased indoor air quality (IAQ). When your vent is dirty and clogged, normal airflow to the outdoors is blocked when your dryer is running. This can potentially cause carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, a serious and many times fatal situation. Keeping clean dryer vents ensures a good, normal exhaust flow.
Contact West Mechanical Today
Attempting to clean your Bellingham, WA, home's dryer vent on your own rarely ends in complete success. Our West Mechanical professionals have the expertise and equipment to perform a comprehensive cleaning, leaving your dryer vent clean and clear. Call us at 360-734-7599 or request service online to make your appointment today.
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