Unless a dryer isn’t functioning properly, homeowners don’t usually think about their dryer vents, but the majority of dryer manufacturers recommend that a professional perform a dryer vent cleaning at least once a year. Over 16,000 homes catch fire annually because of improper clothes dryer maintenance. Dryer maintenance essentials—keeping the space surrounding the dryer free of clutter, not overloading the dryer, and clearing the lint screen after every cycle—are common practices for most homeowners. However, there are also more complex dryer maintenance tasks that are best handled by a company that specializes in dryer vent cleaning.
In addition to annual cleanings, call a Maryland dryer vent cleaning company if your clothes start taking longer to dry, your clothes or the dryer are uncomfortably hot to the touch after a cycle, or the lint trap remains empty after drying a load of clothes, all of which are indicative of a clogged dryer vent. A dryer vent cleaning professional will thoroughly inspect your dryer’s ductwork and remove flammable lint buildup. Not only will you be extending the life of your dryer by helping it run more efficiently, but you’ll also be helping to keep your home safe by limiting the chance of a fire.
Some dryer vent cleaners further specialize in the mechanical inspection, repair, and installation of vent systems. These companies are able to perform additional dryer vent services, such as vent replacement and rerouting, which may be necessary to bring older systems up to code.