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Save on Your Dryer Vent Cleanings

Dryer vent cleaning is a crucial part of home maintenance. The lint that builds up in your dryer each time you dry a load of laundry can cause your dryer to overheat and catch fire. It can also burn out your dryer prematurely. Finally, it can cause the carbon monoxide produced by your dryer’s combustion to build up to dangerous levels within your home. This summer, you can save money while keeping your home and family safe from the dangers posed by clogged dryer vents. When you schedule a summer dryer vent cleaning with Total Chimney Care, you’ll save $50!

So how do you know if your dryer vents are due for a cleaning? Professionals recommend annual dryer vent cleanings and inspections to prevent dryer fires. Here are the most common signs that your dryer vents require immediate cleaning:

 Longer Drying Times

The first sign that your dryer vents require cleaning usually is longer drying times. When your dryer isn’t exhausting properly, the moisture will be trapped in your dryer with your laundry, and clothes and linens won’t dry as quickly as they should. Generally, a load of clothes should take no more than 40 minutes to dry. A load of towels or heavier items shouldn’t take longer than 50 minutes to dry.

Lint Buildup

Is your dryer spewing lint? If your vents are clogged, the lint generated by your clothes will have nowhere to go. You’ll see lint building up around the lint trap, in the dryer drum, at the back of your dryer where the vent attaches to the dryer, and even outside your home where the dryer vent exhausts.


Clogged dryer vents cause your dryer’s heating element to work overtime, and as a result, the dryer overheats as it works to dry your laundry. If your vents are clogged, you might notice that clothes seem abnormally hot when they come out of the dryer. The dryer itself may also feel hot to the touch or the entire laundry room may heat up significantly during operation.


Your laundry should smell nothing but fresh, and clogged dryer vents can bring out all sorts of odors in your laundry and in your laundry room. You might smell a musty odor because laundry isn’t drying fast enough, a burning smell because of dryer overheating, or the abnormally strong smell of fabric softener because the scent isn’t escaping through your dryer vents.

Closed Dryer Vent Flap

The dryer vent flap located outside your home on the dryer exhaust should flap open to let air out during use. When running the dryer, check to see if the vent flap is opening. A closed flap means your dryer vent is completely clogged.

If your dryer is showing signs of clogged dryer vents or if your vents are overdue for a cleaning and inspection, call Total Chimney Care today to schedule your summer dryer vent cleaning and enjoy $50 in savings!

By Steve Sobczak on June 29th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Keep your home safe by having your dryer vents cleaned

Clothing dryers cause 15,600 fires in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center. Those fires cause 400 injuries and 15 deaths, and they were largely preventable. In 80 percent of cases, those fires were completely preventable. They were caused by dirty, clogged dryer vents.

Know the dangers of dirty dryer vents.

You know that loads of laundry tumbling in the dryer result in lint. Before you dry each load of clothes, you likely make sure that your lint trap is clean as a safety precaution. But that trap doesn’t collect all of the lint generated by your dryer. A portion of that lint makes its way into the dryer vent. The damp, sticky lint sticks to the walls of the dryer vents and then to itself, causing a partial or complete blockage of the dryer vent. When the dryer can’t vent the heat it creates, the dryer overheats, and a fire can result. Or, if you have a gas dryer, the carbon monoxide that’s exhausted through the vent can be pushed back into your home and build to dangerous levels.

Keep your home and family safe with dryer vent cleaning.

Professional dryer vent cleaning is the best way to keep your home and family safe from the dangers of clogged dryer vents. During a professional dryer vent cleaning, a technician will use high-powered rotating brushes. It will also use a vacuum system to safely remove the lint from your vent without damaging your ductwork. The technician also will examine your vents and ducts for signs of damage. The will look for improper hookups to be sure that the system is safe for use as well. To protect your home from a fire, it’s recommended that you have your dryer vents cleaned by a professional at least once a year.

Look for the signs of clogged dryer vents.

The recommendation is to have vents cleaned once per year. However, you might require more frequent cleanings if you put a lot of laundry through your dryer. That’s why, in between cleanings, you should be on the lookout for signs that your dryer vents have become clogged. The first sign of dirty dryer vents is an increase of time it takes to dry a load of clothes. You also might notice that the dryer or the clothes become hot to the touch. Also, the laundry room might be noticeably warmer while the dryer is running. Clogged vent also can result in a musty smell, a burning smell or an unusually strong smell of fabric softener while the dryer is running. You also should check the dryer vent at the exterior of your home periodically. Do this is to make sure that it is free from obstructions and that air is being exhausted from the vent while the dryer is running.

Keep your home and family safe by having your dryer vents professionally cleaned. Call Total Chimney Care to schedule your dryer vent cleaning today!

By Steve Sobczak on July 5th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment