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As part of our mission to be your Healthy Home Provider, Chem-Dry offers industry-leading cleaning services and solutions for every surface and room of your home. One of those services is Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning.

Dry vent cleaning can have a major impact on the safety and health of your home. Your dryer vents may be easy to forget, but cleaning them regularly is an important part of ensuring that your home is clean and safe for your entire family.

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When to Call for Dryer Vent Cleaning

Some of the warning signs that your dryer vent may be blocked or obstructed include: 

  • Excess lint behind the dryer 

  • Clothes taking longer to dry  

  • No lint on the lint screen 

  • Excess lint or pet hair on clothing 

  • Lint around the door seal 

  • Unusually hot dryer and clothing 

  • Moldy smell 

There are risks with ignoring these warning signs and not properly cleaning dryer vents.  These risks include: 

  • Home fire. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns that malfunctioning or poorly maintained clothes dryers and washing machines are one of the leading causes of home fires 

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Gas dryers where the vents are blocked, obstructed, or not properly maintained can cause carbon monoxide to build up in the home 

  • Mold Growth. Blocked or obstructed dryer vents can’t effectively remove moisture as designed, causing moisture to be released into the home and possibly resulting in mold growth 

Our Dryer Vent Cleaning Services

Chem-Dry offers professional Dryer Vent Cleaning using specialized equipment including cameras and powerful extraction equipment to completely clean your dryer vents. 

The Chem-Dry Dryer Vent Cleaning process provides many benefits, including:

  • Improved Home & Family Safety. Regular cleaning helps to reduce the risk of fire, mold growth, and carbon monoxide build-up.

  • Cost Savings. Improve the efficiency of your dryer and you can lower energy costs. You’ll also benefit from having fewer repairs or needing replacement parts. 

  • Time Savings. Along with lower costs, your clothes won’t take as long to dry with clean vents, giving you back time in your day.

  • Longer Clothing Life. Shorter drying times mean less wear and damage to clothes per drying cycle. 

To learn more about our Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning service, find your local Chem-Dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dryer vents play a critical role not only in keeping your dryer functional, but also in keeping your home safe.

When dryer vents become obstructed, moisture from your dryer is unable to escape. As a result, your dryer becomes less efficient. Dry times increase, energy costs go up, and clothes start coming out of the dryer still damp.

Obstructed dryer vents also pose a serious health and safety hazard. In the U.S., dryers and washing machines lead to almost 16,000 home fires each year. Vents obstructed by lint are a leading cause of dryer fires.

The Chem-Dry cleaning process is focused on clearing lint dust and other buildup within the ventilation system.

To clean this buildup, our technicians will start by disconnecting the vent. Our technicians then use powerful HEPA filter vacuums to clean out the vents.

For longer vents, we will also use a tool called an auger brush. This type of brush is attached to a flexible rod, allowing us to clean lint out of hard-to-reach areas.

Over time, all dryer vents start to develop lint buildup. But if you’re careful, you can limit this buildup between cleanings.

The most important step you can take is to keep your dryer’s lint trap in good condition. Clean out the trap after each load of laundry, and regularly check the trap for signs of damage. If you find a tear, replace the lint trap as soon as possible.

In most homes, dryer vents should be cleaned at least once a year.