There could be a few things that have brought you to needing to call in a dryer vent cleaning service. Maybe you are looking to do some annual routine maintenance on your home and dryer vent cleaning is a tick on your list. Or, perhaps you feel as though your dryer vent isn’t expelling air or drying your clothes like it should. Whichever, we’re glad you’re here! Below, you can expect the following steps for either method!
Inspection of your vent
Both outside and inside, your specialist will want to visually inspect your vent to make sure that everything is okay and nothing is out of the ordinary as far as leaks, cracks and more. This is done to make sure that a dryer vent doesn’t need to be repaired or replaced.
The source of the clog will be searched-for and found (if needed)
If you called in a specialist because your dryer vent isn’t working properly, the specialists will use their tools to find a clog. This involves searching your vent from end to end and looking for caked up grit and lint (amongst other things) that could be restricting air flow and causing the clog. Most of the time, the clog is closer to the dryer and it is easy for the technician to find.
In the case of ordering regular maintenance, they often will check your vent just to make sure that there are no possible clogs forming, and so-on.
A specialized vacuum will combine with a brush to loosen the clog
Next, the specialists will loosen the clog using a brush that will, essentially, scrape the vents and get all of the dirt and build-up free and clear so that it can be sucked out. The sucking itself is from a specialized vacuum that sits on one side of the vent and sucks all of the dirt out.
After this is done, the specialist will check the vent again and see if any dirt and debris are still caked on. If so, they will re-do the scraping, and suck again. This will happen as many times as it’s needed to make sure your vents are clear and safe from all build-up, clogs and debris.
Specialized diagnostics and test runs
Once that’s done and the vent is clear, the specialist will run a diagnostic test and make sure there are no weaknesses, gaps or other issues that could indicate that your vent should be replaced. This is done on all cleanings just in case.
If everything looks good, they’ll give it a test run to make sure that the air flow is as it should be for your vent from one end to the other and leave you with the assurance your dryer vent is ready to go!
While cleaning your dryer vent may not be a priority, it should be part of your yearly maintenance to make sure that you minimize the risk of a dryer fire as much as possible. The right specialists will make all of the difference!
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