WHY CLEAN YOUR DRYER VENTS? Call 314-629-2696
Did you know.....
* Lint and debris can build up in the clothes dryer vent blocking air flow and creating potentially hazardous conditions including the possibility for an exhaust fire or carbon monoxide intrusion (gas clothes dryers). “The U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Data Center reports that there are over 12,700 home fires per year associated with clothes dryer fires resulting in 15 deaths and 300 injuries, and 88 million dollars in property loss.”*
Along with the water vapor evaporated from the wet clothes, the exhaust stream carries lint – highly flammable particles of clothing made of cotton and polyester – through the ventilation duct. Lint can accumulate in the exhaust duct, reducing the dryer’s ability to expel the heated water vapor, which then accumulates as heat energy within the machine. As the dryer overheats, mechanical failures (thermostat, limit switch, damaged screen, or crushed hose) can trigger sparks which cause the lint trapped in the dryer vent to burst into flames.
* (Source: U.S. Fire Administration
National Fire Data Center, Jan. 2007)
Indoor Air Quality
Clogged dryer vents don't allow clothe dryer's to exhaust properly. Carbon Monoxide can back fill into your home if gas clothe dryers becomes clogged. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is unseen and very dangerous and with extended exposure, can be fatal. Dryer Efficiency & Energy Savings
Having your dryer vent cleaned helps reduce energy consumption, operating costs and the possibility of a fire.
Fire Prevention in the News of Dryer Vent Cleaning
Why Call Us for dryer vent cleaning?
Most homeowners do not have the equipment to clean a dryer vent properly. We use a powerful vacuum system for your clothes dryer vent as we do when we clean a heating/cooling air duct system. The St Louis Airt Duct Cleaning team uses high pressure air and specialized tools to dislodge the dirt and debris from long vent runs, crevices, elbows and bends, cleaning the entire length of the vent from the dryer to the outside of your home.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission* recommends that you:
- Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes.
Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically.
Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up.
Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or semi-rigid metal duct.
Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oil, cleaning agents or finishing oils and stains.
Keep the area around the dryer free of clutter.
*CPSC Document #5022, Updated June 2003