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Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning and Inspection

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Dryer vents are duct work that ventilates hot moist air from clothes dryer, to the outside.  Most of the time dyer vents do their job without any problems, however even a small dryer vent problem can have big consequences. Lint build up in dyer vents causes clothes dryers to work harder evaporating the water from wet clothing. Leaks in your dryer vent cause mold, water marks, and poor indoor air quality.

You can search the web and find a good do-it-yourself dryer vent cleaning website. However if you don’t have the time or want the peace of mind knowing a professional has cleaned and inspected your dryer vent, give us a call to schedule dryer vent cleaning in the Philadelphia Suburbs today.

We Perform Two Types of Dryer Vent Cleaning: “Routine Cleaning “and “Problem Solving”

At A1 Sparkles Cleaning our Philadelphia suburbs cleaning services team provides two types of dryer vent cleaning services:

  • Routine Cleaning: All dryer vents are cleaned using a high pressure, compressed air tool – a jet-snake. The jet-snake shoots down the dryer vent, blasting loose lint and debris, where we catch it in a special vacuum cleaner. We also may use brushes and air whips for extreme dryer vent clogs. No lint escapes into the dryer or your residence.
  • Problem Solving: All dyer vent cleanings include a free 21 point inspection, along with video camera inspection. If we find any safety hazards or potential problems we will inform you and with your permission performed any necessary repairs.  This way you know your dryer vent is clean and safe.

How Much Do We Charge For Dryer Vent Cleaning?

We will clean one dryer vent up to 15 linear feet for only $129.00 plus sales tax. Repairs and removing bird / animal nest may be extra. For properties located more than 15 miles from King of Prussia PA, we may add a small destination fee.

What We Don’t Do:

No latter’s over 12 feet are used. Our insurance company will not allow it. We also are not permitted to accesses you roof. For dryer vents located on the second or third floor we can clean them from the inside.

For commercial dryer vent cleaning please contact us.

Top 9 Dryer Vent Problems

  1. Bird nests in dryer vent ducting
  2. Dryer vent is too long
  3. Dryer vent has too many turns
  4. Dryer Vent termination screens
  5. Exposed screws in dryer vent
  6. Plastic duct materials
  7. Flaps painted shut
  8. Crushed behind dryer
  9. Damaged or loose venting

Top 9 Benefits of Dryer Vent Cleaning

  1. Fire Prevention
  2. Reduced energy bills
  3. Prolonged clothes dryer life span
  4. Quicker drying times
  5. No musty smelling clothes
  6. Better indoor air quality
  7. Mold prevention
  8. Elimination of possible critters
  9. Peace of mind

Dryer Vent Safety Tips

The recommendations outlined below reflect International Residential Code (IRC) SECTION M1502 CLOTHES DRYER EXHAUST guidelines:

M1502.5 Duct construction.

Exhaust ducts shall be constructed of minimum 0.016-inch-thick (0.4 mm) rigid metal ducts, having smooth interior surfaces, with joints running in the direction of air flow. Exhaust ducts shall not be connected with sheet-metal screws or fastening means which extend into the duct.

This means that the flexible, ribbed vents used in the past should no longer be used. They should be noted as a potential fire hazard if observed during an inspection.

M1502.6 Duct length.

The maximum length of a clothes dryer exhaust duct shall not exceed 25 feet (7,620 mm) from the dryer location to the wall or roof termination. The maximum length of the duct shall be reduced 2.5 feet (762 mm) for each 45-degree (0.8 rad) bend, and 5 feet (1,524 mm) for each 90-degree (1.6 rad) bend. The maximum length of the exhaust duct does not include the transition duct.

This means that vents should also be as straight as possible and cannot be longer than 25 feet. Any 90-degree turns in the vent reduce this 25-foot number by 5 feet, since these turns restrict airflow.

A couple of exceptions exist:

  1. The IRC will defer to the manufacturer’s instruction, so if the manufacturer’s recommendation permits a longer exhaust vent, that’s acceptable. An inspector probably won’t have the manufacturer’s recommendations, and even if they do, confirming compliance with them exceeds the scope of a General Home Inspection.
  2. The IRC will allow large radius bends to be installed to reduce restrictions at turns, but confirming compliance requires performing engineering calculation in accordance with the ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook, which definitely lies beyond the scope of a General Home Inspection.

M1502.2 Duct termination.

Exhaust ducts shall terminate on the outsid

e of the building or shall be in accordance with the dryer manufacturer’s installation instructions. Exhaust ducts shall terminate not less than 3 feet (914 mm) in any direction from openings into buildings. Exhaust duct terminations shall be equipped with a back draft damper. Screens shall not be installed at the duct termination.

Inspectors will see many dryer vents terminate in crawlspaces or attics where they deposit moisture, which can encourage the growth of mold, wood decay, or other material problems. Sometimes they will terminate just beneath attic ventilators. This is a defective installation. They must terminate at the exterior and away from a door or window. Also, screens may be present at the duct termination and can accumulate lint and should be noted as improper.

M1502.3 Duct size.

The diameter of the exhaust duct shall be as required by the clothes dryer’s listing and the manufacturer’s installation instructions.Look for the exhaust duct size on the data plate.

M1502.4 Transition ducts.

Transition ducts shall not be concealed within construction. Flexible transition ducts used to connect the dryer to the exhaust duct system shall be limited to single lengths not to exceed 8 feet (2438 mm), and shall be listed and labeled in accordance with UL 2158A.

In general, an inspector will not know specific manufacturer’s recommendations or local applicable codes and will not be able to confirm the dryer vent’s compliance to them, but will be able to point out issues that may need to be corrected.

Disclaimer: Dryer vent cleaning improves drying times and reduces the chance of dryer fires. A plugged dryer vent, however, is only one of several factors that contribute toward a hazardous situation. (Other factors may include: lint inside dryer, plugged or missing lint screen, and defective thermostat and limit switches.) We cannot, therefore, make any claim that dryer vent cleaning will, by itself, prevent dryer fires. Consult you municipal building code inspector for more your townships regulations.

FEMA: Factors Contributing to Ignition in Clothes Dryer Fires

House fires caused by dryers are far more common than are generally believed, a fact that can be appreciated upon reviewing statistics from the National Fire Protection Agency. Fires caused by dryers in 2005 were responsible for approximately 13,775 house fires, 418 injuries, 15 deaths, and $196 million in property damage. Most of these incidents occur in residences and are the result of improper lint cleanup and maintenance. Fortunately, these fires are very easy to prevent.n Residential Buildings

If you are interested in our dryer vent cleaning services in the Philadelphia suburbs then please call 610-292-9069 or complete our online request form.

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