Inspecting and cleaning your clothes dryer and other exhaust vents helps reduce the risk of a home fire, plus it may also improve the efficiency and extend the life of your dryer.
Potomac Services technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America in Dryer and Exhaust Vent Cleaning and Inspections. We are experienced in providing service for homes, commercial properties and apartment/condo communities.
Cleaning clothes dryer and exhaust vents is important
Safety is #1 – Protect your family from home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning
Too many people are unnecessarily impacted by home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Regular cleaning to reduce your risk of dangerous dryer or exhaust vent fires and protects you and your loved ones from potentially lethal carbon monoxide gas.
Increases dryer efficiency that helps saves time, energy, and money
A buildup of lint or other obstructions in your dryer vents can affect the overall performance of you appliance. When air is unable to flow properly through the vent, your clothes will take much longer to dry. This will force you to run your dryer longer. More drying times means higher utility bills, as well as excess wear and tear on your dryer. By having your dryer vent cleaned, you can save time, conserve energy, and lower your utility bill.
Appliance Wear – Reduce wear and tear on your dryer
If your clothes dryer takes longer to dry because your vent needs to be cleaned, you are using 2-3X more than you should. That means you are cutting the dryers life in half. Plus, you are likely running your dryer at unnecessarily hotter temperatures, which could burn out your heating element… or worse a fire could ignite as the result of worn out safety controls.
Typical process used for dryer vent cleaning service
A Potomac Services certified dryer exhaust technicians not only clean your dryer and exhaust vents, they also inspect the dryer system to make sure it is working in accordance with the codes and industry standards.
Step 1: System Evaluation
During your dryer vent cleaning appointment our technicians will first inspect your system to make sure the proper vent material is being used, as well as check that the mechanical and electrical elements of the dryer are in proper working condition. Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians are qualified and specially trained to recognize safety concerns with your dryer vent so that your household is well protected against possible dryer vent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Step 2: System Cleaning
To clean your dryer or exhaust vent, the technician will use specialized tools to loosen and remove the debris from you vent. The time it takes to clean the vent depends on the length, construction and the amount of debris that has built up in your vent. Sometimes birds or rodents have built nests in your vent, which requires special care due potential health hazards.
Step 3: Re-Exam the System
Once the cleaning process is done, the technician will re-examine the vent to ensure that it’s clean and the air flow is good. If any issues are found, the technician will determine what is going on and continue cleaning as needed.
Step 4: Review service documents
Once the service is complete, the technician will provide you with a document that outlines the service performed and the results. Typically, the technician will be telling you that your air flow is good and the vent is cleaned. This is a great time for you to ask any questions and for the technician to provide any tips. From time to time, especially in older homes, the technician may recommend a repair, informed you about any unusual construction that you need to be aware of.
Additional Services – Bird and Pest Guard Vents
Looking for a way to keep birds and other pests out of your dryer and exhaust vents? We install No-Pest Vents and Defender Vent guards that keep out the critters while improving energy efficiency.