Clothes Dryer Vent Safety & Installation Tips

Clothes Dryer Vent Safety & Installation Tips

Clothes Dryer Plastic Duct Safety Issue
Clothes Dryer Plastic Duct Safety Issue The Lint King Inc.

Clothes Dryer Vent Safety.

The minimum-allowed clothes dryer exhaust vent piping diameter for all installations is 4″.

Plastic Flex Duct  is a flexible dryer vent duct  with a spring wire covered with plastic.

I’ve seen this material used in older homes as “dryer vent ducting”. Plastic should not be used!

There’s a variety of materials  that I’ve observed that are bad or even be a safety concern in your home.

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5 Signs You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

Paul Meyers @ The Lint King Inc.

The hot, humid air exiting your clothes moves from inside your Schaumburg, Illinois, home through your dryer and vent pipe to the outside.

Prevent Dryer Fires
Prevent Dryer Fires in your home!

Over time, lint builds up in the pipe and under the lint trap. Without regular dryer vent cleaning, the moisture in your home increases with each use of the clothes dryer and your machine will be less efficient over time. A clogged dryer vent pipe lowers your indoor air quality and can cause a dryer fire. If drying takes longer, your clothes get hot, there’s a burning smell, or you haven’t had it done in the past 2 years, you should have your dryer vent cleaned soon!

Clothes Drying Takes More Than 1 Hour

Drying a load of clothing shouldn’t take longer than 45 minutes, but a dryer with a clogged vent could take two or three times as long to dry the clothes. Dryer vents push hot, moist air out of dryers so they can pull in more dry air and keep drying clothes effectively. If the dryer vent clogs, moist air from the drying process won’t have anywhere to go, so it wastes energy, increases your utility bills, and wears out the machine and your clothing.

Clothes Dryer Fire
Clothes Dryer Fire in Hoffman Estates IL.

If your clothes aren’t dry at the end of a normal drying cycle, about 45 minutes, you should have your dryer vent airways and vent checked for clogs. You’ll may also notice a smell from mold or mildew growing on wet clothing.

Burning Smell

If you smell something odd when you run your dryer, it’s probably lint, or plastics. Dryer lint is very flammable, and the burning smell comes from the motor, internal parts and trapped lint. Lint is very flammable and can even catch fire. If your clothes dryer smells like it’s burning, turn off ASAP and have the appliance inspected by a professional.

Hot Dryer

When a dryer vent airflow is slow because it’s clogged, your appliance will feel hot and your laundry room and clothing may feel hot as well.

Lint Visible On the Outside Vent Opening

The outside vent interface is where the air from your dryer exits the home. The outside vent opening is 4 inches wide pipe. If you see lint or lawn debris around the opening you should have your dryer vent airways cleaned. When the outside vent flap doesn’t open when the dryer is running, then lint has blocked the air flow and you should have it cleaned out ASAP.

More Than 1 Year Since the Last Dryer Vent Cleaning

Have your dryer vent transitions and ductwork cleaned and inspected every year to save energy, make your dryer more efficient, and prevent a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Lint King
The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning

Hiring a professional isn’t expensive, on average only $125, and an experienced technician has the equipment for almost any home’s structure. At The Lint King Inc. we use a rotary brush with a powerful vacuum to remove debris. Be aware that with some types of home kits and you could damage your vent by accident, or get the tools stuck in the vent pipe behind walls and ceilings.

If you have a large family or your dryer is in the center of your home with a long duct or pipe to the outside, you may need to have your dryer vent cleaned

The Lint King
The Lint King

more frequently. If you attempted cleaning your dryer vent system and you’re still having slow drying times, you probably need to have your vent repaired or replaced.

The Lint King Inc. has more than 15 years of laundry room safety and energy efficiency experience. We can help with installations, maintenance, or repair.

Call us anytime at 847-874-4805 for excellent service from our trained technicians.

Clothe Dryer Safety

Reasons to Ditch Toxic Dryer Sheets

The Lint King’s Reasons to Ditch Toxic Dryer Sheets

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Dryer Sheets and 7 Toxic Reasons to Ditch them!

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 vapors 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

Visit The Lint King Website to learn more.

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:

Prevent Dryer Fires
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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Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts in Northern Illinois

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Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts in Northern Illinois

Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts
Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts in Northern Illinois

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.

Dryer vent cleaning service call.

Service Call

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.

Dryer vent cleaning service locations.

Areas Served

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

Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts

Test Your Dryer Vent for Clogs Online

Test your dryer vent for clogs
Test your dryer vent for clogs

Our FAQs @ The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning
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Keep your family safe from fire. Be aware of the hazards in your home. And, be sure to have an escape plan. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan.

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