Dryer Vent Cleaning Good for your Dryer and your Clothes

Dryer vent cleaning prolongs the life of your clothes dryer. Dryer vent cleaning can also prolong the life of your clothes. Most importantly, dryer vent cleaning eliminates a dryer fire hazard. So, why clean dryer vents? Many reasons! The Wizard of Chicago recommends dryer vent cleaning at least once a year to promote maximum dryer performance.

You are folding your laundry and notice holes in your T-Shirts that were not there before! New clothes are ripped, sweaters are snagged and there are holes in your underwear! Or worse yet, clothes have a smoky smell when they should be clean. What is going on?

The smoky smell is easy to explain. You probably had a small lint fire inside the cabinet of your dryer. If this is the case, you’re very lucky it was a small fire. This is rare; most people who have fire caused by lint build-up experience more than just a small fire. Even though the lint filter catches most of the lint, some escapes to the cabinet and dryer ducts that lead to the vent outside. Lint is flammable and when it builds up it restricts air flow, causing overheating and eventually a fire.

This is not something to be taken lightly! Clothes dryers are the cause of over 15,000 fires annually; failure to properly clean and maintain dryer vent systems is the leading cause of dryer fires.

Some items are not meant to be put in the clothes dryer, like bath mats, rugs with rubber backing or some padded bras. These items should be air dried to prevent them from losing their shape. Also, be careful not to put items into the dryer if they are soaked or stained with motor oil, gasoline or other flammable products, even if they have been washed! Combustible residue can remain. It’s best that these items be air dried and not be stored near the clothes dryer.

You should have your dryer vent cleaned annually by a professional dryer vent cleaning and repair specialist. They do more than just clean the vents and cabinet in the dryer. A specialist will also inspect the system to be sure it meets building and safety codes and UL safety standards.

There are also parts of a dryer that can become worn and cause damage to clothing. These are not fire hazards, but still, it is frustrating to have your clean clothes come out of the dryer damaged. Felt-like seals in the dryer drum become worn and clothing can get caught in the gap and get damaged.

Another item to check is the lint filter; it could be worn and have sharp edges where clothing gets caught and tears. If this is the case, it is important to replace it since this is where most of the lint removed from your clothing is trapped. Holes in the lint filter allow more lint to escape in the vent system which can cause a fire.

When the glides, rollers, wheels or drum bearings become worn, there will be play in the dryer drum, causing it to be thrown off balance. Clothes can get pinched in between moving parts of the dryer causing damage.

Another cause of damage to clothing is over-drying. Try not to mix very heavy materials with lighter fabrics as different weights of fabric require different drying times. Prevent your clothes from coming out wrinkled by removing them immediately when the dryer stops rather than leaving them sit. Be sure to wash clothes in the correct water temperature and dry with the correct cycle. Most clothing has a label with care instructions printed on it; follow these instructions for the best results.

Proper dryer maintenance is the key to preventing fires and damage to clothing. A clogged dryer vent will cause your dryer to work harder and take more than one complete cycle to properly dry your clothes. Worn parts in the dryer can damage clothing. The service charge for a professional inspection and dryer vent cleaning is minimal compared to the possible damage caused to your dryer, your clothing, and your home in the event of a fire!

Mory Matias is the Wizard of Chicago. Dryer Vent Wizard provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair, dryer vent installation and all dryer exhaust services for North Side Chicago and North Shore Suburbs, Cook and Lake Counties, Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Niles, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Wilmette, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Northfield, Winnetka, Glencoe, Northbrook, Highland Park, Deerfield, Riverwoods, Highwood, Bannockburn, Lincolnshire, Fort Sheridan, Lake Forest and neighboring cities and communities.

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Mory Matias, who used to work in product development, is now dedicated to helping his local community prevent easily avoidable dryer fires. He is committed to providing a quality service for home and business owners that will help them achieve tangible safety and savings through regular dryer vent maintenance.

According to Mory Matias, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard of Northshore Chicago, most consumers are unaware that annual dryer and dryer vent maintenance is required to keep the dryer running properly and to prevent dryer fires. Additionally, annual maintenance can save energy and associated costs.

When a consumer finds their dryer taking multiple cycles to dry clothes or if it keeps stopping during a cycle, the cause could be lint accumulation in the vent line, causing the dryer to work inefficiently or not at all. Annual maintenance can mean lower energy bills, since the result is the dryer not having to work so long and hard to dry clothes. In addition, clothes don’t wear out as quickly when they don’t have to go through multiple cycles.

While cleaning a dryer vent may seem like a very simple and sensible thing to do, the fact of the matter is, many people just don’t do it. Time is a precious commodity for most people today. Busy households have an urgent need to get their dryers up and running safely and efficiently. This is why they call Dryer Vent Wizard to help them obtain a quick solution to their dryer vent problems.