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Seattle Commercial Dryer Vent Cleaning

We clean all types of commercial dryer vents in King, Snohomish & Pierce Counties

We are NADCA certified to clean commercial dryer vents in apartment and condo communities as well as all types of businesses

Dryer vent cleaning facts

There are 15,000 fires caused every year by dryer vents. If it takes more than one cycle to dry, you need to clean your dryer vent. Dryer vents clogged with lint cost $18 to $24 more per month.

Dryer vents need to be thoroughly and professionally cleaned on a regular basis to prevent fires and keep your dryer running effectively. Our cleaning system will reduce fire risks and may even lengthen the life of your dryer. It will certainly dry your clothes faster! We use a suction hose system and pressurized air to clean the dryer vent and dryer opening. We can do the job whether it vents through a side wall or up through the roof.

Dryer Safety – What You Need to Know

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (Division of U.S. Department of Homeland Security), clothes dryers were involved in an estimated 15,600 U.S. structure fires, fifteen deaths, 400 injuries, and $99 million in direct property damage, annually.

“Failure to clean” is the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in commercial buildings

Clogged Dryer Vent Syndrome

Proper dryer venting is much more important than most homeowners realize. Considering the stakes involved and the frequency of residential dryer fires, the topic of dryer venting deserves more attention than it gets.

In addition to the danger of fire, clogged dryer vents prolong drying time. This wastes energy and helps contribute to even more lint buildup.

A quick look behind just about any dryer can be illuminating. In most cases, the flexible duct (transition hose) is going to have multiple bends. In situations that can be very dangerous, the exhaust hose can be crushed against the wall. Add lost socks, an empty fabric softener box and a considerable accumulation of lint dust and this very real fire hazard becomes obvious.

All this is before looking inside the wall or at the exhaust system’s outside termination. Inside the wall, long duct runs with many elbows increase the rate of lint accumulation in the duct and in the dryer itself. Inefficient dryer vent terminations that are all too common also contribute to the problem.

While we strongly recommend that the lint screen be cleaned before every load, the fact is that lint still makes it past the filter. There are many reasons lint builds up in every dryer system. Some you can see. Some you can’t.

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Fact! These Five Conditions Promote Lint Build-Up In Your Dryers’ Exhaust Duct

Dryer Vent Cleaning - Duct Run May Be Restrictive or Excessive

Duct Run May Be Restrictive or Excessive

New construction trends are placing laundry rooms in nontraditional areas of the house, further away from exterior walls than in the past. These locations require longer dryer duct runs and more elbow fittings in order to reach an outside wall.

Bird and Rodent Nests in the Vent Hood

Bird and Rodent Nests in the Vent Hood

In some parts of the country, birds, rodents and insects build nests within the exterior termination hood.

Flex Hose Crushed or Kinked Excessively

Flex Hose Crushed or Kinked Excessively

The transition hose behind the dryer tends to get crushed or kinked excessively when the dryer is moved back, either inadvertently or by vibration. This kink or partial blockage drastically reduces the unit’s ability to efficiently vent the air.

dryer vent cleaning plugged vent hood screen

Vent Hood with Screen-Like Features

It’s not uncommon to find an exhaust termination hood or vent that is not specifically for dryer venting or that has some sort of lint catching grill or screen feature. Even so, dryer specific vent hoods require an inspection and regular cleaning, as they too get debris buildup.

Condensation within the Conduit Duct

Condensation within the Conduit Duct

Running the exhaust system through an un-insulated area like a crawl space or attic in cold northern regions may cause condensation within the pipe. Wet surfaces within the pipe attract and promote accumulation of lint to the duct walls.

Summary

A clean, unobstructed dryer vent improves the safety and efficiency of your dryer. As the dryer vent becomes obstructed and filled with lint, drying time increases and causes the dryer itself to overheat. Likewise, this prevents the adequate removal of air and moisture from the dryer, and a typical 40 minute cycle turns into an hour and 40 minute cycle, resulting in a waste of energy, additional clothes fibers lost and the frightening possibility of a fire. Clothes dryers are one of the most expensive appliances in your home to operate. The longer they run, the more money they cost you.

Problems from clogged dryer vents can be prevented. Regularly check the inside of the dryer and the dryer exhaust system vents. Continually monitoring dryer vent airflow with a Lint Alert can help improve home safety by providing reminders when the system needs to be cleaned and alerts when there is a sudden clog or restriction.

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Serving all of King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties

We clean Dryer Vents in Seattle, Sammamish, Kirkland, Redmond, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Bellevue, Bothell, Woodinville, South King County and Snohomish County