Dryer Vent Cleaning: Signs and Benefits

As a homeowner, I’m sure you’ve noticed the benefits of having an efficient dryer. One such benefit is the reduced cost of your monthly electric bill. However, there’s another feature that we don’t think about until it reaches its full potential: The Dryer Vent Cleaning. We all know how dirty and dusty lint can be left in our dryers after running a load of laundry and drying it with heat and air circulation for hours at a time. If enough lint builds up over time, it could cause an explosion or fire to happen inside your home!

Before starting your next load of laundry, read this blog post to learn more about the signs and benefits of having your dryer vent cleaned by professionals like us and how we can help you!

What is a dryer vent?

A dryer vent is a pipe that extracts the moist air outside of your home after it has been dried in your dryer. Over time, the lint and dust within this vent will build up and reduce airflow or cause a clog. The reduced airflow could make it take longer to dry your clothes, which means you are wasting money on energy costs!

Is my dryer vent clean?

There are some signs of your dryer vent being dirty that are easy to spot.

First, take a look at the exterior of your home and examine if there is lint or dust anywhere. You may also notice that your dryer vents need to be cleared out when there’s an unpleasant smell coming from them after drying your clothes for an extended period of time. The build-up in the vent will reduce airflow, leaving behind dampness that can cause mold and mildew growth throughout your home, leading to respiratory problems.

Signs that you need to have your dryer vent cleaned.

1) The exterior of your home has lint or dust.

2) There is a bad smell coming from your dryer vents after laundering clothes for an extended period of time.

3) Your dryer takes longer than normal to dry your clothes.

4) The dryer vent makes unusual sounds, such as gurgling and whistling, while running.

What are the Benefits of Dryer Vent Cleaning?

There are many benefits of having your dryer vent cleaned; some you may not know about.

For example, it can reduce the chance of a fire in your home and reduce energy costs by drying clothes faster and with better efficiency. The moist air that is normally recycled back into your clothing will be fully extracted and ventilated outside, increasing comfort levels throughout your home.

Your clothes will dry faster with fewer wrinkles and you can move on with your day!

How do I know if my Dryer Vent is Cleaned properly?

There are some signs you will want to check for if you want to make sure it has been cleaned properly:

The exterior metal piping on both sides of the house appears dirty with lint and dust. It may also seem to be not as straightforward as it once was, or even bent out of shape if the venting has been removed for whatever reason.

A smell may develop after running clothes through a load. This smell is caused by moist lint build-up inside the metal piping. If you see mold and mildew growth on your exterior walls, this means your interior piping definitely needs to be cleaned. You will want to do more research on how best to clean this problem yourself, but we recommend asking an expert who can professionally help you with this issue!

Is Regular Maintenance Important?

Yes! There are a few simple things you can do on a monthly basis to make sure your dryer vent stays clean.

First, it’s best not to allow the lint catcher of your dryer to have too much lint build-up over time. This build-up will happen as clothes run through this appliance and it is suggested that you clean this catcher out after every load of clothing is dried. Also, as clothes dry and shrink, lint will fall off onto the lint catcher and will start to build up over time.

Next, you can run your vacuum cleaner on a regular basis along with your exterior piping. This practice alone will help with some of the dust and dirt buildups outside your home.

Finally, make sure to check the metal piping on both sides of your house for any lint or dust build-up. If you find these areas with lint and dust, we recommend making a professional cleaning appointment right away.

How Much Does Dryer Vent Cleaning Cost? 

Depending on how long your vent is, you will pay anywhere from 50-100 dollars at the most. In some situations, there may be a need to have a professional remove part of your exterior metal piping for access before cleaning your dryer vent. This cost is typically less than 100 dollars and includes labor costs.

If you feel it is not cleaning your dryer vent properly, then you have the option of paying to have a professional come out and clean it again. This cost can be anywhere from 40-100 dollars depending on how much lint is left in your venting or if there are other issues that need to be resolved before completion of work.

Finding a Dryer Vent Cleaning Company

Make sure the company you hire has good reviews, as this is a very important factor. Also, be aware of any up-front fees for service before work begins as some companies may try to hit you with this cost after they have already begun cleaning your vent. Be wary if the company requires an up-front payment for service to be done.

We Provide Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning in the Following Cities: Concord, Martinez, CA, Pleasant Hill, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, Dublin, CA, Danville, CA, San Ramon, CA, Pleasanton, CA, Lafayette, CA.

If you do not see your location in Northern California above, give us a call! We probably serve your location.