When’s the last time you looked into your dryer vent? While some of us are responsible enough to regularly clean the vent, most of us don’t give it a second thought.
Unfortunately for most of us, that lack of attention could be dangerous. Not only does lint build-up weaken the effectiveness of the dryer, but it also poses a fire hazard.
While you can clean your dryer vent using a DIY Vent Cleaning Kit, the best way to ensure that your vents are completely clear is to hire a professional vent cleaning service.
Clean Dryer Vents Keep Your Virginia Home Safe
When your dryer vent is clogged up with lent, dirt, and other debris, it makes your dryer less efficiently. Since less hot air can reach the unit, it’ll work harder to try and dry your clothes.
Since less air is getting through no matter how much energy the dryer uses, your clothes are going to need more cycles to be dry. Even worse, you’ll be using more and more energy, which will skyrocket your energy bill each month.
Above all else, a dirty and clogged dryer vent poses serious hazards for your home. Uncleaned clothes dryers are the leading cause of dryer related fires in the U.S. On top of that, clogged vents can also result in gas dryer exhaust becoming taped in your house.
DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning Is Not 100% Effective
As discussed earlier, you should be cleaning your dryer vent regularly. The easiest way to maintain a mostly clear vent is by using a DIY dryer vent cleaning kit that you can find at most home improvement stores.
These kits come with long rods that connect to a brush. You attach the rods and brush to a power drill so that it spins rapidly inside the vent. The rods are also flexible, making it possible to bend them around the corners of your dryer vent.
While helpful in maintaining a relatively clean vent, there are problems with many of these kits. For one, it’s easy for the rods or brush to snap off and get stuck inside the vents. Once broken off, it can be difficult to get them back.
If your kit stays intact, then there’s the possibility of the brush not reaching to the end of your vent line. Rather than clearing the lint build-up, you’ll instead create a large collection of dust that’ll clog the system further.
Worst of all, you could easily damage the vent duct. If you puncture the duct, you’ll allow hot air to gather in your laundry room. This creates humid air, and that can easily lead to mold growth. Now what at first was a simple cost-efficient solution has led to a dangerous and expensive problem.
What Does a Professional Vent Cleaner Do?
After a few months of cleaning your dryer vent yourself, or if you’ve never cleaned it since installing your unit, it may be time to call a professional.
Vent cleaning services specialize in effectively cleaning the ducts and vents in your home. These include your HVAC system and your dryer vents. These trained professionals have the experience and tools to make sure your ducts are spotless.
They make sure that every step of the process is done correctly, not only clearing all lint and debris, but making sure the vents and dryer unit are put back in their right spots.
They also don’t come with the same risks as a DIY cleaning kit. You can rest easy knowing that a trained duct cleaner will get the job done fully and efficiently.
Kohmar Air Duct Cleaning For All Your Dryer Vent Needs
Now that you know the benefits of hiring a professional dryer vent cleaning service, why not hire the best? Kohmar Air Duct Cleaning has an experienced team that has been helping Virginia homeowners for over 25 years.
We specialize in keeping you and your family safe through effective HVAC and dryer duct cleaning, along with mold removal. Contact us today at 804-382-9873 to keep your duct system clean safe!