Believe it or not, clothes dryers are responsible for roughly 15,000 fires every year, not to mention over $80 million in property damage, 300+ injuries, and 20 deaths that result from those fires. Accordingly, having your dryer vent cleaned properly on a regular basis can make a huge difference in your comfort and safety.
In addition to a reduced risk of fire, here are some of the other benefits of having your dryer vent cleaned:
Everyone’s clothes dryers would run more efficiently and use far less energy when the vents are properly cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning the vents will extend the life of your dryer, lower your utility bills, and keep you and your family safe inside your home.
If you are still wondering whether hiring a dryer vent cleaning service is worth it, consider the other costs… more wear and tear on your dryer, higher utility bills, and the risk of a house fire. Many condominium and apartment complexes require it on an annual or bi-annual basis for the safety of all residents. If yours doesn’t, ask management why not.
Ensure that you work with a licensed, insured and NADCA certified dryer vent cleaning company to get the highest quality professional service.
Over time, the efficiency of your chimney can be negatively impacted by creosote, debris, and soot build-up, not to mention the increased risk of a chimney fire occurring. Proper chimney cleaning can go a long way in correcting many issues and avoiding potentially dangerous situations. This will increase your chimney’s efficiency and extend its life as well. There are several methods that professional chimney sweep services can use to clean your chimney. The following will make you more aware of these different methods.
Applied weight method – if you have a longer chimney (e.g. a multiple story), applying weights will result in a more thorough chimney cleaning. The professional will attach a weight to their brushes then lower them down along the walls of the passageway.
Top-to-bottom/bottom-to-top method – as the name implies, a chimney cleaning technician will start with the flue and the top of the chimney to clean the majority of debris out. When done, they will reverse the process and work their way back up to the top in order to ensure that little if anything gets missed and remains on the walls of the passageway.
Two-person method – this method is one of the quicker, more effective chimney cleaning methods in use today. One of the two individuals involved in the process will start at the top while the other will start at the bottom. The chimney brush has a rope attached to each side. The person at the top controls one rope while the person at the bottom controls the other. The chimney cleaning specialists alternate pulling the ropes while dragging the brush along the walls of the chimney passageway.
Above all, chimney cleaning requires experience, skill and specialized knowledge to work with the tools and follow the proper technique for cleaning the chimney. The specifications of every job vary and we adjust our methods accordingly. Our DC, MD and VA chimney sweep service technicians do a professional job, leaving your business or home, healthy and clean.
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