dryer vent cleaning tacoma

Dryer fires are one of the leading causes of home fires in the United States. And the cause is the simple byproduct of the process. A build-up of lint constricts airflow through the vent, causing the appliance to overheat. When the conditions are right, excess lint can also be ignited by the dryer’s heating elements.

Dryer Vent Cleaning In Tacoma

When your dryer is located in the center of the home, away from an outside wall, you have a long distance for the warm air and lint to travel.  A significant amount of this combustible fluff builds up inside the dryer, near or on the heating element, and within the vent house that empties outside. Your dryer vent could even be obstructed by a bird’s nest or other debris that critters bring into the external vent.  

Even when you diligently clean their dryer’s lint screen before putting in a new load of clothes, some amount of lint will still flow into the vents, beyond your reach. It’s time to bring in outside help, like PMG Restoration who services Tacoma and many of the surrounding areas with dryer vent cleaning and much more. 

How Often Should You Clean The Vents?

Experts suggest that you have your dryer exhaust vents professionally cleaned at least once per year. The amount of use and type of fibers in your home will vary by household. Some signs that it is time to call PMG Restoration to inspect it are:

  • You can’t remember the last time it was cleaned (or never)
  • Drying times surpass 30 minutes for a normal load
  • Dryer space (or clothing) is hotter or more humid than usual after running
  • Vent hood flap does not open during a dryer’s operation

What Are The Dangers?

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, every year there are an estimated annual 15,500 clothes dryer fires. And they are costly and dangerous. The National Fire Protection Association research attributes more than 50 deaths and $236 million in property loss per year.  

The real risk of clogged vents is a house fire but this can also cost you a significant amount of money. Dryers with clogged vents will not run as efficiently, leading to an increase in your electric bill. The lifespan of your dryer can also be shortened when the vent is not cleaned regularly.

Maintenance Tips

FEMA offers many safety tips for drying clothes:

  • Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber, or plastic, i.e. a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.
  • Maintain your laundry area.
  • Look behind the dryer to ensure the tubing is not damaged, crimped, or restricted.
  • Inspect outside, as well.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow, and dirt.
  • Make sure that it opens when the dryer is on.
  • Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.

PMG Restoration is committed to excellence and treating all Tacoma customers with compassion and respect. The safety of our customers is the number one priority.  As a minority and female-owned business, we strive to create an environment where our customers feel safe and understand that their safety is our number one priority.