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Safety Precautions for Dryer Vent Cleaningdryer venting before and after cleaning

Inadequate dryer vent maintenance and the subsequent buildup of lint is a leading cause of dryer fires. Even well-cleaned lint screens remove only about 75% of the lint produced in regular dryer venting usage. When lint builds up in dryer vents, the dryer motor has to work much harder, which can cause it to overheat and ignite the lint. Clothes dryers with blocked dryer venting start more residential fires than any other home appliance.

Statistics from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicate that, in one year alone, there were 16,700 fires in the United States originating in clothes dryers (many of which had blocked dryer venting). These fires resulted in 430 injuries, 30 deaths and over $84.4 million in property damage. The CPSC also reports that in one year, approximately 400 people were non-fatally poisoned by carbon monoxide as a result of gas dryers. Proper dryer vent cleaning and maintenance is no joke.

 

 

 

dryer vent blockage exampleMAXIM Provides Effective Dryer Vent Cleaning in Omaha

Call MAXIM Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. at (402) 807-5733 to get answers to any questions you have about our dryer vent cleaning services or to schedule an appointment.

We also welcome you to browse through the following dryer vent cleaning tips to learn more about how to properly maintain your dryer and reduce the chances of fire.

Dryer Vent Safety and Cleaning Tips

1How do I know my dryer vent needs cleaning?
  • Clothes (especially towels or jeans) start to take an unusually long time to dry
  • Clothes are hotter than usual at the end of the cycle
  • Flapper on vent hood doesn’t open when dryer is on
  • If you notice any of these signs, schedule a professional dryer vent cleaning immediately. You could save money and even your life with this simple procedure
2Why should I clean my dryer vent?
  • The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths, and 310 injuries associated with clothes dryers, not to mention over $84,000,000 in property damage. {link to www.dryerbox.com/dryer_fire_articles.htm} Accumulation of lint and reduced exhaust airflow provide conditions ripe for a fire because lint is highly combustible.
  • Dryer vent cleaning helps to protect your home and its contents from fires{link: www.dryerbox.com/dryer_fire_articles.htm , smoke and pollutants}
  • Significantly reduces energy operating costs
  • Dryer runs more efficiently
  • Dryers will last longer
  • Clothes will dry faster
  • Reduces utility costs
3How can I maintain my dryer vent cleaning between visits?
  • Clean the lint filter before or after each load
  • Clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped
  • Wash lint screen regularly as fabric softeners and dryer sheets can leave an invisible film in the screen
  • Contact MAXIM for dryer vent cleaning annually
4How often should I get dryer vent cleaning?
We recommend annual dryer vent cleaning.
5What is the right kind of dryer vent tubing?
  • Replace plastic transition ducts (joining the dryer to the wall) with metal ductwork because it is non-flammable
  • Make sure the dryer duct is made of solid metallic material. Both vinyl and foil are combustible and spiral-wound surfaces tend to catch lint more readily.
6How does MAXIM clean dryer vents?
  • Cleaned from the outside using high pressure, compressed air tool
  • Compressed air tool blasts lint, debris, and bird or other nests loose sending it to the outside and then caught in a special bag
  • Clean the complete vent run no matter where it exists — roof or side
  • Homes with extra long runs may need cleaning from the dryer inside to the outside vent hood flapper
  • No lint enters the dryer or residence
7Can I do my own dryer vent cleaning?
Yes, you can; however, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have the time for dryer vent cleaning?
    Cleaning a dryer vent takes a professional with appropriate equipment approximately a full hour to clean thoroughly
  • Do I have the right equipment?
    Using the wrong equipment could potentially damage your venting and leave it unclean
  • Do I want to clean this mess up?
  • Could I do damage to my venting or dryer?
    Again, using the wrong equipment could potentially damage your dryer and/or your venting
  • Do I have the knowledge and experience to do this?
    Hiring MAXIM will ensure a proper and thorough cleaning of your dryer vent — GUARANTEED
8Can MAXIM service my dryer or replace my dryer vent?
MAXIM does not offer these services. Please see our related services and providers.
9What else do I need to know?
Additional Information

  • dryerbox.com/dryer_fire_articles.htm
  • Purchasing a new dryer will not eliminate the potential fire risks if the dryer vent is clogged with lint build-up
  • Dryer venting that is clogged with lint, paper particles, bird nests or other items is the primary and most significant fire hazard, which is why proper dryer vent cleaning is so essential
Maxim Cleaning & Restoration Inc. | 10524 Chandler Rd Ste 1 | La Vista, NE 68128 | (402) 807-5733