Dryer Vent Cleaning In Knoxville TN – Clogged Dryer Vent
Four Seasons Fireplace & Chimney offers dryer vent cleaning for homeowners in Knoxville TN and the surrounding area, including Gatlinburg TN, Jefferson City TN, Maryville TN, Oak Ridge TN, and Pigeon Forge TN.
Did you know that virtually every homeowner needs a venting expert, whether or not they have a fireplace or a gas, wood, or pellet stove? Our certified chimney technicians at Four Seasons Fireplace & Chimney are trained and experienced in dealing with another fire hazard in the home: The dryer vent. According to statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 2,900 home dryer vent fires are reported annually—they occur more often than chimney fires. Dryer vents are huge potential fire hazards and need regular cleaning.
How Does Dryer Lint Cause Fires?
Each time a load of laundry is washed, the agitating of the water causes small cloth and fiber particles to become loosened. Then when the clothing is dried in your dryer, those loosened threads and fibers come off. Much of the lint is trapped in the filter. Unfortunately, lint also makes its way past the filter. It gets trapped all along the dryer duct or the vent hose on the way to the vent opening leading to the out-of-doors. Once the lint sufficiently builds up, airflow is restricted.
What Happens When a Dryer Vent is Clogged?
An obstructed dryer vent hose is very hazardous because it increases the chances of overheating, which can cause the lint to ignite. There are warning signs that your dryer is in danger of overheating due to a clogged venting system, and those signs are:
- It takes longer for clothes to dry
- The clothes won’t fully dry
- At the end of the drying cycle, the laundry items are hotter than normal
- The laundry room has become more conspicuously humid
- The outside of the dryer feels hot
- The laundry room has a distinct burnt smell
How is a Clogged Dryer Vent Costly?
In addition to creating a fire hazard, electricity or gas bills are much higher when your dryer vent is either fully or partially clogged with lint. It takes anywhere from twice as long to four times as long to dry a load of clothes when lint has obstructed the system. When a dryer vent is clogged, residents of Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Jefferson City, Maryville, Morristown, Oak Ridge, Pigeon Forge, and the entire greater Knoxville area can simply give us a call at Four Seasons Fireplace & Chimney. Our technicians will do an excellent job of cleaning out your dryer vent. Before and after the work, we’ll check the air velocity, to ensure optimal performance of the dryer venting system.
Benefits of Dryer Vent Cleaning
Fire safety experts at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend regular dryer vent cleaning. In addition to lint and other combustible materials getting clogged in your dryer vent, animals may also nest there, causing hazardous obstruction. Benefits of dryer vent cleaning include:
- Your dryer will have a longer lifespan
- Clothes will dry more quickly, which can help clothes to last longer
- Your electricity or gas bill will be lower than it is with a clogged dryer vent
- When you schedule regular dryer vent cleaning, you help to avoid a dangerous home fire
- If you have a gas dryer, routine maintenance of the venting system will help to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning that may occur due to an obstructed dryer vent
Contact the Pros at Four Seasons Fireplace & Chimney
At Four Seasons Fireplace & Chimney, we truly care about your safety. If your dryer isn’t operating properly, contact us today. We’re here for all of your chimney, fireplace, and heating stove service needs, as well.