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Benefits of Hiring a Dryer Vent Cleaning Company in Toronto
While it is common for people to think about having air ducts cleaned, many never even consider the importance of professional dryer vent cleaning in Toronto. In reality, both of these services are critical. With air duct cleaning, contaminants inside ductwork are eliminated, whereas for dryer vent cleaning, the operation of the appliance improves, but more importantly, the risk of fire is dramatically reduced.
The lack of dryer maintenance is one of the most common causes of fire, accounting for as much as 92 percent. What happens is that both lint traps and vents quickly become clogged. The problem is that a clogged vent prevents needed airflow. This has an impact on the dryer’s operation, causing it to operate at higher temperatures. As a result, there is a significant risk of overheating and fire.
To better understand how critical professional dryer vent cleaning in Toronto is, consider some of the current statistics. Although these numbers represent cases in the United States, they show the true dangers for Canadians as well.
- In 2010, roughly 16,800 residential fires involving dryers were reported in the US
- These fires resulted in 51 people losing their lives and an additional 380 people sustaining injury
- As for property, it was estimated that $236 million in damage was done by these fires
Whether people are unsure or unable to clean dryer vents, or perhaps they get busy and simply forget, a very serious hazard develops. To ensure proper airflow, regular dryer vent cleaning by a professional company is strongly recommended. If you are concerned that the cost of a dryer cleaning service in Toronto is too much to afford, consider the alternative. The good news is that this type of service is actually more cost-efficient than you might imagine.
To keep you, your family members, pets, personal belongings, and the home safeguarded, dryer vent cleaning in Toronto is worth the investment. For dryer vent cleaning, the process is relatively straightforward. However, there is time and effort involved in disconnecting the dryer from the energy source, and then removing, thoroughly cleaning, and replacing the vent. Once clean, you will notice a huge difference in how your dryer operates in that clothes dry faster. Therefore, the dryer does not run as long, which saves money on utility bills.
Although you might be tempted to tackle dryer vent cleaning in Toronto on your own, this is a job best left to a professional. City Duct Cleaning offers years of experience and expertise for both dryer and Toronto duct cleaning. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Dryer Lint Traps – Everything You Need to Know
Every time you use your clothes dryer, you should clean the lint trap. A clean lint trap helps the dryer to run at maximum efficiency and maximum safety.
Some dryer vent installations also have an external lint trap, which is also known as a secondary lint trap or a 4″ In-Line Dryer Lint Trap.
What Is a Dryer Lint Trap?
This device acts as an in line lint filter in the dryer’s exhaust pipe. Its purpose is to provide additional protection for your dryer booster fan, and it also helps to prevent the dryer exhaust pipe from getting clogged with lint as quickly.
External lint traps are usually installed on clothes dryers that are located on an inside wall, or when the length of the dryer vent exceeds 20-30 feet. The shorter the overall length of the vent pipe and the fewer the number of elbows or turns in the pipe, the better. New dryers will only carry the air and lint for about 18 feet, not including elbows and bends. Longer vent lengths and turns all add restriction to the air flow, causing dryer lint to build up inside.
Best Use Practices
A good way to do this is by having your dryer vent professionally cleaned on a regular basis. This is also where the secondary lint trap can help. Not everyone needs an external lint trap, and some homeowners who do have them often have questions about their use.
The most commonly asked questions about lint traps that are asked by people who already have one are:
1. How often should I clean it?
2. How do you open the door?
So to answer those questions, the lint trap has a clear door, so you can see through it. Check it before every load and you will quickly get an idea of how often your’s needs to be cleaned… something like every 3-5 loads is average. That’s for the secondary lint trap. The one that came with your dryer still needs to be cleaned at the start of every load.
While not every load fills the trap, cleaning it after each load will help reduce energy use.
And to open the door? That depends on the type of lint trap you have, however, they are all fairly similar. The most common one is a model called the LT-180. It has a plexiglass door with a knob on it. All you have to do is lift the knob up and pull it out on the bottom. To replace the door, you reverse those steps. Its very easy once you try it a few times.
Your LT180 lint trap can be installed either on the wall (highly visible) or inside the drywall. If this is the case, then you would only see a plexiglass door with two small folds of metal on either side. This could be on the ceiling near your dryer or on the wall.
The photo above shows an extremely dirty lint trap. The condo owner had recently moved in and did not realize they even had one of these.
Home Depot Dryer Lint Traps
The LT-180 is the best we have found so far. It is made in Canada, is constructed of thick metal and is of commercial quality. This lint trap is a permanent model.
Over time (years) the door may crack or the screen may become damaged or frayed. It will help to know that the door and screen can be replaced seperately, and those cost about $20. If you have a broken door on your model LT180 lint trap, feel free to call us and we can send you a new one.
Some Do-it-yourselfers prefer to buy a dryer lint trap from Home Depot, but they also offer several other models as well. There are cheaper quality plastic ones, but it is recommended that you purchase the more durable and slightly more expensive model LT180. The metal one is much more sturdy and will be problem-free.
Risk Of Dryer Duct Fires
Dryer duct fires are a very real and serious threat. They have become more frequent with population growth, and stories of dryer duct fires have been steadily increasing and are now fairly common in the news.
Any home or business that operates a clothes dryer needs to take proper precautions to reduce this risk as much as possible, regardless if your machine is gas or electric.
Dryer lint is very flammable and can accumulate inside a vent pipe fairly quickly. It is recommended that most dryer exhaust vents be cleaned once per year.
More Info About Secondary Lint Traps
It is always a good idea for homeowners to educate themselves about the operation of their HVAC systems and clothes dryer. Everyone knows how to use the dryer, but you can still learn some helpful and useful tips with a small amount of research.
Below are some useful links that we’ve found regarding the safe operation of your clothes dryer, and how to help prevent a
dryer fire in your home or business.
Taking care of your clothes dryer is important for home fire safety.
Tips to prevent dryer fires at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html
More dryer tips at http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/118931/5022.pdf
Fire Service Demands Recall of Dangerous Tumble Dryers
This news item comes to us courtesy of the UK, but what a scary thought! The clothes dryer is such an amazing, time-saving device and almost every household has one… but do not take your’s for granted.
Manufacturers of dangerous tumble dryers should recall them immediately, fire services have said.
The Local Government Authority warned that people are “playing Russian roulette” by using appliances prone to exploding into flames.
It said firefighters were attending three blazes a day caused by dryers.
Whirlpool, which owns the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands, said: “The safety of our customers is our number one priority.”
The company has said that more than five million tumble dryers need to be modified to prevent fluff building up near the heating element and bursting into flame.
“People using faulty tumble dryers are unwittingly playing Russian roulette and leading manufacturers need to recall affected models as soon as possible to protect their customers,” said Jeremy Hilton, chairman of the LGA’s fire services management committee.
“These defective products are endangering lives, causing thousands of pounds of damage to homes and making people homeless.”
Whirlpool said it had to date resolved half a million cases and was looking into alternative options to speed up the programme.
To help it has increased its team of engineers by more than 45% to about 1,500 since the start of the modification programme.
Government statistics show there were 2,190 tumble dryer fires between 2012 and 2014 – equating to three a day.
Homes have been ruined and in one severe case, an inquest has opened into the deaths of two men who died after a tumble dryer caught fire.
The LGA – which represents 48 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales – wants manufacturers to recall affected tumble dryers.
It has also called for all white goods to have fire-proof markings on them, including the manufacturer, model and serial number, so they can be identified more easily if they are damaged after causing a fire.
“It’s been months since some manufacturers issued safety warnings over their tumble dryers but they need to be recalled as these appliances are still causing fires – until they do so, consumers continue to risk falling victim to a devastating and tragic house fire,” said Mr Hilton.
Some 5.3 million faulty appliances were manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 and sold in the UK.
Whirlpool said that more than a million were estimated to have been replaced or are no longer used by owners. The remainder require a modification that will see an engineer replace the back panel and rear drum seal.
Affected brands are Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline.
Owners can check if their appliance is affected by visiting the Hotpoint model checker or the Indesit model checker and entering the model number, usually found on the back of the dryer door.
Owners of 17,000 Swan appliances manufactured and sold through Shop Direct have been contacted directly.
Some 41,000 Proline tumble dryers were manufactured and sold by the KESA Group between 2004 and 2005. It is estimated that about 14,500 are potentially still in use and efforts are being made to contact the owners of them and to install modifications.
Owners can still use their dryers, but they should clean the lint filter after every use, and never run the dryers while they are out of the house or asleep.
“People must take simple precautions using tumble dryers,” said Mr Hilton of the LGA. “The compartment where fibres from fabric build up should be cleaned out after every load of clothes is dried, to reduce the risk of it igniting, and the vent or any other opening should not be covered.
Have professional dryer duct cleaning done on a regular basis. Most homes require this service once every two years, while some homes require this on a much more frequent basis. The frequency of cleaning depends on a number of factors such as how long your dryer duct is, and how often the dryer is used. If you use your clothes dryer just about every day, then you should probably be having your dryer vent pipes cleaned at least once per year.
“People should never leave tumble dryers on overnight or when they go out,” he added.
Anyone with concerns about the safety of electrical appliances can report them to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36562398
Why Dryer Duct Cleaning Is an Immediate and Urgent Need
Although the average drying cycle is relatively short, it does not take much time for a clog to develop. In addition to being an annoyance, a clogged dryer is potentially dangerous. As lint builds up within the vent or hose, the duct becomes clogged, blocking airflow. When this happens, exhaust gases create an environment that is combustible. Considering the potential for fire, you can see why dryer duct cleaning in Toronto is so critical.
Using an Expert for Dryer Vent Cleaning in Toronto
If a problem exists, you need to hire a professional duct cleaner. Even if there is no current issue, your dryer duct should be cleaned by an expert about once a year. However, if you do laundry for a large family, more frequent cleaning is required.
Even the type of clothes dried makes a difference in how often dryer vent cleaning in Toronto is performed. For example, if you live near the beach or have a swimming pool in the backyard, you probably wash a lot of towels, which are notorious for lint. In this case, the need for professional dryer duct cleaning in Toronto increases.
When to Hire Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning in Toronto
It is important to pay attention to warning signs, which will help you determine if professional cleaning is needed.
- Long Drying Time – A clog causes moist air to become trapped within the dryer drum. Because of this, it takes longer to dry clothes. If clothes still feel damp after running a normal drying cycle, there could be a clog.
- Non-Closing Vent Hood Flap – Whenever the vent hood flap does not open or lint is visibly seen spilling out of the hose or vent opening, airflow is blocked.
- Hot to the Touch – Another indicator that you need dryer vent cleaning involves the dryer being hot to the touch. Not only is this dangerous but it wastes energy, increasing the cost of drying laundry.
- Burning Smell – Anytime there is a burning smell, immediately turn the dryer off, unplug the unit from the wall outlet, and call a Toronto professional to clean the dryer duct.
Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning
Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning
Cleaning your dryer exhaust vent is a very important maintenance item and should be done at least once very two years.
Dryer vent duct cleaning is done with our high-pressure air snake system, while the dryer lint itself is collected by our truck-mounted vacuum.
During the procedure, we clean and inspect any flexible dryer vent connectors as well as the outside discharge vent.
Cleaning your dryer duct can help you save money on your energy costs because of the amount of hydro that your dryer uses. A clothes dryer is one of your home’s biggest energy users, and making sure that the duct is clean will help it to run more efficiently.
A clean exhaust system will help your dryer to run for shorter periods of time and will also reduce the possibility of having a dryer duct fire.
Dryer Duct Cleaning
Cleaning the dryer exhaust fan and ducts in your condo
Clothes dryer maintenance and fire prevention tips
Dryer Duct Cleaning Special
We’ve got a special ending this month for Dryer Exhaust duct cleaning where you can save 10% for a limited time.
Dryer duct cleaning will improve the safety of your dryer venting system and will help save you money on your energy bills.
If you’ve noticed that your clothes dryer is taking longer than usual to do its job, or if it requires two or more cycles to dry one load then you definitely need this.
Please call our office for a free estimate or to arrange a convenient appointment.
Visit our dryer duct cleaning page for more information.
Update on November 3, 2014…
We will honor this special once again until the end of the month.
Dryer duct cleaning is an excellent investment and will save you money and keep your home safer.
Take a look at these typical dryer venting systems that we have previously cleaned…
Dryer lint is highly flammable. Every one we know who has ever had a dryer duct fire before, now has this service done religiously. And for plenty good reason! Cleaning this out is money well spent!
New Home Safety Device
We are pleased to announce that City Duct Cleaning Inc. is a distributer of Lint Alert, which is a new home safety device that basically monitors the air pressure inside your dryer exhaust duct.
Why is this important? The air flow, or pressure inside your dryer vent, is often directly attributed to how dirty your exhaust piping is. A dirty dryer vent will make your clothes dryer consume more energy and is also a potential fire hazard.
The Lint Alert will warn you of any potential problems with your dryer’s venting system so that you can take any corrective action required BEFORE it becomes a problem.
Causes of venting problems could be excessive lint build-up inside the exhaust duct, a plugged dryer exhaust outlet, a crushed flexible dryer vent hose, etc.
Check out this informative video which explains more about Lint Alert.
Lint Alert can no longer be ordered online. It is best to have this device installed immediately after your dryer vent has been cleaned. That way, when it is calibrated during the installation, you will be getting a true reading as to what is good air flow. As the condition inside the pipe decreases, a series of lights will tell you the condition of your exhaust pipe at any given time. The installation procedure is quick and fairly easy, but should be done by a qualified expert.
The Lint Alert has a pass-through 120v plug, and also acts as a night light. It is easily installed in minutes.
The Technical Side To Cleaning A Dryer Vent
A magnehelic pressure gauge is a device, similar to a manometer, that is used to measure positive, negative, and differential pressures.
Just as a magnehelic gauge can give your HVAC technician a wealth of information about the operation of your furnace and duct system, it can also provide your duct cleaning technician with valuable information about your dryer exhaust vent too.
The magnehelic gauge can be used to quantify how blocked (or inefficient) a dryer is operating prior to cleaning the dryer vent. After cleaning, the gauge will tell you exactly how much more efficiently the dryer is venting. Technically speaking, dryer manufacturers say to have the dryer vent cleaned if the back pressure readings are greater than 0.6 – 0.75 inches of water column (wci), as indicated on the gauge itself.
The magnehelic gauge measures duct static pressure, which is the pressure the blower produces in the exhaust conduit. In this industry, back pressure is a result of one or more of these conditions: long duct runs, excessive elbows, squished transition hoses, lint buildup, bird nests, rodent nests, and termination hoods that are blocked or feature an inefficient design.
As you can see, cleaning a dryer exhaust duct can be narrowed down to a pretty exact science. Contact City Duct Cleaning today to schedule your dryer exhaust vent cleaning/inspection.
You May Be In Danger Of A Dryer Duct Fire
The danger of a dryer duct fire is very real. Check out this video which offers some excellent tips on how to prevent a dryer duct fire from occurring in your home.
Dryer vent cleaning will significantly reduce this fire hazard and will give you peace of mind. It also reduces the amount of time it takes to dry each load, which in turn saves you money on your hydro bill.
If you notice ANY of the following it may be time to schedule a cleaning:
- Damper (flappers) on outside exhaust termination barely opens when dryer is on.
- Clothes are damp or hotter than usual at the end of the cycle.
- Laundry room feels warmer or more humid than normal.
- Clothes take an unusually long time to dry.
- Outside of dryer is unusually hot.
- It has been over a year since you had your dryer vent cleaned.