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When Was the Last Time You Had Your Dryer Vents Professionally Cleaned?

Over the years, Magic Sweep has found that our customers are surprised to learn that their clothes dryer vent and exhaust system should be professionally cleaned once a year. An easily forgotten maintenance task, neglecting to have your dryer vent thoroughly cleaned annually can lead to a dangerous house fire. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), 15,000 fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries caused by dirty clothes dryer vents were reported to the US Fire Administration each year between 2002 and 2004. Of course you want to ensure that your dryer is not a fire hazard, which is why an annual professional cleaning of the venting exhaust sytem is important for the safety of your house and family. To help you understand the importance of this yearly maintenance duty, we would like to share with you some of the reasons why a professional dryer vent cleaning is so crucial.

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A Dirty Clothes Dryer Vent System Decreases the Efficiency of Your Dryer.

If your dryer vent is clogged with lint and debris, your clothes dryer cannot work properly. You may notice clothes still being wet or damp after going through a normal drying cycle. One of the main signs of a dirty vent and exhaust system, this should be a clear signal that you need to call Magic Sweep for a professional dryer vent cleaning. Another bad effect of a clogged dryer vent is having to use your dryer at its highest temperature. This decreases the life of the appliance, raises your electric bill, and can also lead to your heating element burning out or a fire igniting.

Dirty Dryer Exhaust Systems May Also Lead to the Possibility of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

If you have a gas-powered clothes dryer, it is important to ensure that it is properly vented and that the dryer’s exhaust vent is free from lint and debris blockages. If there are venting problems or blockages, poisonous carbon monoxide can be forced back into your home. Installing an alarm for carbon monoxide detecting is necessary. Without a carbon monoxide detector, you would never realize you are breathing in carbon monoxide until it is too late as this toxic gas is odorless and tasteless. Even electric dryers have the possibility of carbon monoxide leaks due to a dirty exhaust vent system.

Locations of Dryers in Newer Homes Make An Annual Dryer Vent Cleaning and Inspection a Necessity.

Newer home construction is much more complex, and architects are placing dryers in bathrooms, kitchens, closets, and other locations with no outside wall. Since the clothes dryer has no outside access to vent, a longer venting system has to be installed and typically contains bends. The bends in the additional length of this exhaust system provide more traps for lint to accumulate as well as a spot for animals and birds to hide to nest. An annual dryer vent cleaning is especially important with a longer venting exhaust system to protect your home from a possible fire.

You Faithfully Clean Your Dryer Vent Filter from Lint Before or After Each Load; However, You Still Need an Annual Professional Vent Cleaning.

Yes, routine removal of lint from the dryer vent can reduce the risk of fire by 90%, but you still need to schedule a professional cleaning of the dryer vent every year. The main reason is large clogs of lint can be found in the venting ducts as well as in the inner side of the wall. To be sure your dryer’s entire venting system is properly cleaned and inspected, you need to call a dryer exhaust technician from Magic Sweep to do this task for you.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for your annual dryer vent cleaning, contact Magic Sweep today. We can send our experienced technicians to your home to be sure your clothes dryer is not a dangerous fire hazard.

Time to Clean Air Ducts

How long has it been since you last had your air ducts cleaned? Do know what's inside them now? Are you confident that the air you breathe indoors is free of pollutants? Think again. Have your ducts cleaned.

How long has it been since you last had your air ducts cleaned? Do know what’s inside them now? Are you confident that the air you breathe indoors is free of pollutants? Think again. Have your ducts cleaned.

We see reports on the news of how the air quality is on the outside, but we hardly think of our indoor air. We may buy humidifiers or air fresheners for what we can notice immediately to make the space seem better, and that it does. However, as homeowners you should know how your air ducts work and what to do if a problem arises. For questions or to schedule your appointment with an experienced technician call Magic Sweep.

When do I need to clean my air ducts?

When you think about it, air duct cleaning sounds like something that needs to be done periodically. Surprisingly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not recommend you have routine cleaning, but only when it’s needed. However, if you have a fuel burning furnace or fireplace it is important to have the ducts inspected for proper functioning to prevent any chances of carbon monoxide poisoning.

So, how do you know when it is time to call in for cleaning? One of the main things to look for is mold growing inside ducts or on other parts of your heating and cooling system. You may not be able to see the mold, so if during an inspection the technician finds some, ask to be shown for future references. Sometimes mold can only be officially named such with appropriate lab testing. If you have air ducts that are insulated, they will need to be replaced instead of cleaned if they become moldy. Other things to look at are if your ducts have any rodents or insects stopping by, or if there is an excessive amount of dirt that is being allowed to enter your home. It is important to watch your air duct’s behavior after cleaning to make sure that none of these problems are able to happen again.

Can unclean air ducts affect the health of my family?

While the average person might not feel affected by a slightly dirty air duct, someone with allergies or other illnesses may. This could happen if you let the problems mentioned above go unnoticed. When hiring a technician, make sure it is someone reliable and professional. Without proper care and cleaning, your ducts could end up with more problems than you originally called for.