Reasons to Ditch Toxic Dryer Sheets

The Lint King’s Reasons to Ditch Toxic Dryer Sheets

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According to the author of 7 Toxic Reasons to Ditch Dryer Sheets, here are the seven most common chemicals found in dryer sheets and their effect on the central nervous system.

What is a dryer sheet made of?

Dryer sheets are relatively simple products, generally made of a polyester sheet that’s been covered in a fabric softener chemical and, usually, fragrance chemicals. The amount of fragrance used in dryer sheets can be significant, representing up to 10 percent of the contents of the product.

Exposure may cause dizziness, drowsiness and confusion, red eyes and dry skin. Inhalation of its vapors is known to cause a burning sensation in the airways and cause a sore throat and labored breathing…

1. Alpha-Terpineol causes central nervous system disorders. Can also cause loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, and headache.

2. Benzyl Alcohol causes central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death.Dryer Sheets

3. Camphor on the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Central nervous system stimulant, causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.

4. Chloroform on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Neurotoxic and carcinogenic.

5. Ethyl Acetate on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Narcotic. May cause headaches and narcosis (stupor).

6. Linalool causes central nervous system disorders. Narcotic. In studies of animals, it caused ataxic gait (loss of muscular coordination), reduced spontaneous motor activity, and depression.

7. Pentane causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapours causes central nervous system depression.

Do dryer sheets damage the dryer?

The use of fabric softener dryer sheets will damage your dryer’s sensors and affect its operating efficiency. And, when efficiency is reduced, your utility bills go higher.
This example of Clothes Dryer Sheet’s effect on the Lint Screen. This screen is 80% clogged increasing the the cost to run a load of clothes also increased by 80%. That’s an addition 68 cents per load for a total cost of $0.89 per load!
Dryer Sheets affect on the Lint Trap
Dryer Sheets affect your Clothes Dryer’s Lint Trap

Dryer Vent Cleanout – Do I need to clean out my Dryer Vent?

Dryer Vent Cleanout - Do I need to clean out my Dryer Vent?
Dryer Vent Cleanout

Dryer Vent Cleanout

Is your dryer vent is fairly short? If so, it’s still good to have it cleaned by a professionally every year or so. Depending on your laundry habits and number of people and pets reside at your home.

One aspect of our clothes dyers inspection is checking the dryers’ airways… making sure there as clear as possible.

Did you Know that lint builds up in more location than most homeowners understand? Lint is under the lint trap, the dryer vent, and the dryer cabinet. This is more of a fire hazard than lint in the duct work!

DIY dryer vent cleaning often fails to remove all of the lint in the vent, or clean out the dryer airways. Homeowners think that leaf blowers will get the lint out. Do so can compact the lint into corners, making it more difficult for a professional to clean out.

Frustrated homeowners often call us after attempting to clean out tier dryer ducts, only to make it 90%, or so. This is because the tools won’t reach, or the homeowner is not skilled at using the dryer vent cleaning tools.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Starting at $89 Call 847-874-4805 for Quote.

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7 Ways to Prevent Dryer Fires

Prevent Dryer Fires with help from the Lint King

According to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, annually, there are 16,500 residential fires caused by clothes dryers. How can we Prevent Dryer Fires?

Prevent dryer fires by following these 7 steps:

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Prevent Dryer Fires in your home!
  1. Insure working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home.
  2. Clean the lint filter every time you use the dryer.
  3. Have the dryer airways and duct work cleaned professionally once a year.
  4. Use metal duct material instead of plastic or vinyl.
  5. Never overload the dryer.
  6. A dryer should not be used if; nobody’s home, or after you’ve gone to bed.
  7. Check electrical, gas, and water connections for damage.

These safety tips will reduce your chance of having a clothes dryer fire, but laundry room safety starts with the homeowner!

It’s your responsibility to make your home safe.

So, how common are dryer fires?

Three people died Thursday morning in a blaze that fire officials say began in a clothes dryer, a common hazard. Dryer fires cause about 15 deaths and an additional 400 injuries every year, according to the Fire Administration. Read this story

Dryer Vent Cleaning Starting at $89* Call 847-874-4805 for Quote.

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Preventing Dryer Fires and Bird Nests
Preventing Dryer Fires and Bird Nests

Prevent Dryer Fires in…

Addison, Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bartlett, Batavia, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Buffalo Grove, Carol Stream, Cary, Crystal Lake, Deer Park, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Franklin Park, Glendale Heights, Hoffman Estates,  and all points in between.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Services

Is it taking too long to dry a load of clothes?

Dryer vent cleaning services… 

will save you time and money with lower utility costs! The best way to prevent the possibility of a dryer fire harming your family is with an annual dryer vent inspection and cleaning by the professionals at The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Services.

Did you know that clothes dyer vents that go without regular cleaning, typically 1-2 years, can cost the homeowners many times the cost of a cleaning.

Our Dryer Vent Cleaning Services will restore normal dryer operation.
Clogged dryer vents burnout dryer motors. Dryer vent cleaning will prevent from overheating.

A properly installed metal dryer vent system will ensure maximum airflow for best dryer performance.

The Lint King is proud of its customer satisfaction record as demonstrated by the customer testimonials that we’ve received since 2005 from our dryer vent cleaning customers.

Our goal is 100% CUSTOMER SATISFACTION – 100% of the time…

 

How to get lint out of a dryer vent. Call the Lint King for Dryer Vent Cleaning Services
We get the Lint Out. 100% of the Time! The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Services

The Lint King specializes in dryer vent cleaning and repair. Our Lint King dryer vent technicians are trained to look for all signs of airway constrictions.

We are familiar with most manufacturers’ lint traps. For example, the Fisher&Paykel dryer pictured here has a 2-part lint trap requiring special tools to clean properly.

The Lint King helps homeowners with an affordable solution to avoid a potential disaster. With annual inspection and cleaning you can be confident that your dryer vent is operating properly.

Click here for our special pricing and to schedule your next dryer and vent cleaning and inspection service. Schedule an appointment.

We are frequently in Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Bartlett, Roselle, Elgin, Bloomingdale, Arlington Heights, Medinah, Streamwood and surrounding communities.

See our complete list of dryer vent cleaning towns.

Visit the Lint King dryer vent cleaning experts.

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DRYER DUCT Cleaning $89 to $129

Residential Dryer Duct Cleaning in Schaumburg Area

Dryer vents get clogged with lint. Dryer duct cleaning $89 - $129
Clogged dryer vent will damage dryer motor.

Our #1 energy conservation tip would be continue your dryer duct cleaning and dryer airways checks. Be sure to clear any lint or other debris that collects throughout the system, especially under the lint trap!

The fact is that a lint trap stops only 75% of the lint

That remaining 25% is what collects over time inside your dryer duct work, and clothes dryer.

In my 11 years of dryer vent cleaning and inspecting dryer vents… I’ve seen time and energy lost to restricted airflow of the clothes dryer ducts.

Average Clothes Drying Time For 1 Load is 45 Minutes

The average time for drying a load of clothes is 45 minutes, and anything over 60 minutes is a sure sign you’ll need your dryer airway cleaned to restore proper airflow.

We have rolled back our dryer vent cleaning prices to 2005 dollars, which means you’ll save as much as $60 on dryer vent cleaning with The Lint King’s charges $89 to $129.00 for End-to-End Duct Cleaning and Dryer Airway Inspection and clean.

This offer includes all communities surrounding Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Bloomingdale, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Elgin, and surrounding communities.

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Call us today to schedule an dryer vent cleaning appointment or use The Lint King’s online Dryer Vent Cleaning service request.

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What Causes a Clogged Dryer Vent?

Clogged dryer vent causes buildup of lint and other debris.

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Our Clogged dryer vent

Our Customers with today’s laundry rooms find clothes dryers almost anywhere in the home creating very long vents.

Your Duct Work has complicated runs that have several bends.

This scenario means dryer vents tend to create back pressure and the dryer’s efficiency is degraded.

Homeowners with Long clothes dryer vents will collect lint more rapidly than dryer ducts with shorter runs and less turns.

What Causes a Clogged Dryer Vent?

Customers with clothes dryer ducts longer than 25 feet should consider annual cleanings, because a Clogged Dryer Vent can cost you more to operate your dryer. RESIDENTIAL DRYER VENTS

Other hazards are dryer vents made of flexible plastic occur When the dryer gets pushed back against the wall it gets crushed . This type of dryer duct materials are more likely to sag.

This is why we recommend ridge metal, or UL approved flexible metal ducts. All connections should be with aluminum foil tape for dryer vent.

Dryer vents should not have screws, or duct tape. Screws catch lint and the tape will dry out and be useless.

Customers that use Screens, or cages at the Dryer duct termination point outside your home will prevent animals from getting in, consequently you’ll need to check frequently for lint buildup.

Home owners that clean the clothes dyer vent screen will get proper air flow. Good air flow is approximately 15 MPH up to 20 MPH at the exit outside your home.

Want to learn more? Please call The Lint Kink at 847-874-4805 or visit us online at TheLintKing.com.

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Snow Covered Dryer Vents and Carbon Monoxide

Snow Covered Dryer Vents and Carbon Monoxide

Dryer Vents and Carbon Monoxide
Ice covered dryer vent

 

Snow and Ice Covered Dryer Vents Cause Homeowner Headaches

Large amounts of snow and ice are more than just a nuisance that need to be cleared away on a cold winter day, especially when it builds up around the outside of your dryer vents.

When this happens, the lint, dust and other debris that normally get carried away from your clothes and out of your house get trapped inside the dryer and dryer vent. Serious problems can occur if your dryer vent exits your home in an area that is prone to snow cover.

For example, when snow drifts off the roof it can easily accumulate several feet high covering up the dryer vent below. Snow not only enters the vent, but it can also freeze over.

Blocked dryer vents and carbon monoxide

Perhaps the most harmful effect from a snow-covered or ice-blocked vent stems from the carbon monoxide (CO) gas that can get trapped within the gas dryer and unknowingly get released back into your home or commercial building.

Exposure to the gas can lead to health problems including headaches and dizziness.  Prolonged carbon monoxide exposure can even lead to death. Although carbon monoxide buildup and exposure are not hazards with electric dryers, gas dryers need to be checked after every snowstorm or deep freeze to make sure they are venting properly.

Blocked dryer vents waste energy because your dryer has to work harder to dry your clothes. Snow and ice can prevent the dryer’s vent flapper from opening properly, which prevents cooler air into the appliance.  If a dryer is blocked for an extended period of time, the lint inside the vent has been known to ignite causing a home fire.

4 Signs Of A Blocked Dryer Vent and Carbon Monoxide

Here are 4 signs to look for if you are unsure whether your dryer vent is blocked from excessive snow or a frozen dryer vent.

  • Increased dryer time. If you notice your dryer taking longer than usual to dry your clothes
  • Your clothes feel hot to the touch
  • Lint blowing out into your room, or lint settling on your clean clothes.
  • Lint settling on the inside and the dryer’s back panel.

If you are concerned that your dryer vents may be clogged due to excessive snow and ice buildup, please contact us at (847) 874-4805 to have a trained technician from The Lint King remove the snow around your dryer vent, inspect and clean your dryer vent and ensure your dryer is safe to operate and free from Blocked Dryer Vent and Carbon Monoxide.

You can also find us online by clicking here. Your 100% satisfaction is our greatest concern.

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Dryer Vent Cleaning Company Goes Green

In fact, our dryer vent cleaning company works with HostGato.com as out GREEN partner! Because they’re not just neutralizing our environmental impact, they’re reversing it!

HostGator has purchased certified Renewable Energy Credits representing 130% of the electricity used to both power and cool every last one of our shared and re-seller servers!

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Dryer vent cleaning  There are many factors that will determine HOW OFTEN YOU SHOULD CLEAN YOUR DRYER VENT like, the number of loads of laundry you do, pets that shed hair, the configuration of the dryer vent’s length and number of turns.

In general the Lint King recommends annual cleaning including a deep dryer airway cleansing. Just as we humans get a little backed up, so can your dryer… Worst case you should have the vent cleaned and dryer airway cleaned at least every 2 years!

Every day here at The Lint King we get customers that say “THEY NEVER NEW THEY NEED TO GET THE DRYERVENT CLEANED“. It’s really something which needs to be maintained. Just because the dryer seems to be working fine is definitely not a good reason to put off cleaning it.

We are your lint pros that have the experience and knowledge to get the lint out!

Call the Lint King Today to Schedule a service call (847) 874-4805, or use our online form.

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Dryer vent cleaning cost $89 to $129 *. Call the Lint King today to learn how we can save you time and money. Are you unsure whether it’s time to get your vent cleaned? Dryer Vent Cleaning Test.

Bird nest removal and cleanup.

Bird Nest Removal

A birds nest in your dryer vent will cause your dryer to run longer. It will be the cause of lint building up inside the ductwork from the nest to the inside of your dryer cabinet.

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Best Dryer Vent Cleaning Service offers same day service in Northern Illinois. Call The Lint King today for quality workmanship at an affordable price!

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