You should add your dryer vents to your spring cleaning to-do list. Your clothes dryer is one of many important systems in your home which can turn dangerous if neglected.

Clothes Dryer Fires

Why Cleaning Your Dryer Vent is Important - Chicago IL - Robinson Maintenance RepairAccording to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryer fires are reported nearly 3,000 times per year and account for 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss each year. The leading cause for these fires is failure to clean the dryer.

The dryer vent has a very specific job–to vent the excess heat, moisture, and lint from the dryer and send it outdoors. If the dryer vent isn’t working properly, the air slows down and lint settles onto the sides of the ductwork. The moisture packs the lint firmly inside the ductwork and eventually a clog is the result. A clogged dryer vent leads to an obstruction that causes heat and lint to back up into the vent and the dryer itself.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Just like a chimney system, most homeowners will not notice a problem unless they schedule professional services. A professional will check and clean your dryer vent system and keep it working properly. We inform you if there is a problem. If you never schedule a professional cleaning, you will not know that there is a problem unless you pay close attention to how your dryer is working. Do not be fooled into thinking your dryer is just worn out, and don’t be conned into hiring a handyman to fix your dryer when the problem is with the vent!

If it Takes More Than One Cycle to Dry a Load

First, you’re wasting electricity and shortening the life of your dryer by running it two to three times for what should be accomplished with one cycle. If your dryer is less than five years old, and doesn’t get the job done in one cycle, there is likely a clogged vent to blame.

If the Dryer is Hot to the Touch and Warms Up the House

The excess heat from your dryer should travel outside through the dryer vent. If it doesn’t, there is probably a clog obstructing the vent. Save money by using a dryer that doesn’t heat up your conditioned air!

If There are Lint and Condensation on the Walls

The dryer vent should direct moisture, heat, and lint outside the house. If you find a layer of lint or condensation on the surfaces of your house or laundry room, the vent isn’t doing its job. Not only can the moisture damage your walls, but the moisture and lint can aggravate respiratory problems.

At RMR we service dryer vents in one and two-story homes. We clean your dryer vents thoroughly without damaging them. In addition, we also check the ducts for leaks and other interference. Dryer vents are safer when they work properly, and we want our customers and neighbors to be safe!

Call RMR at 847-290-1883 and schedule your dryer vent cleaning now or request an appointment online.