Dryer Vent Safety
Window Gang Austin cares about the appearance of your home; however, we care more about your safety. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, thousands of fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. The following explains the importance of dryer vent cleaning.
Here are some signs that your dryer vent cleaning is needed:
You notice that clothes, especially heavy, require more than one drying cycle
Clothes feel hotter than usual at the end of the cycle
Your laundry room becomes excessively hot during a drying cycle
A musty odor is noticed after running your dryer
Larger than normal amounts of lint are found in your lint trap
It is also important to note that the onset of these symptoms may be gradual and difficult to notice.
How often should my dryer vent cleaning be scheduled?
Because the symptoms can sneak up on you, Window Gang Austin recommends that you follow the US Fire Administration recommendation that you disconnect, clean, and inspect the dryer duct and venting at least every two years. If you have an older dryer, or there are more than 4 people living in your home, we recommend an annual service.
Facts about clothes dryer house fires:
2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
The leading cause of clothes dryer house fires is the failure to clean them (34%).
More clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.
Find the full government report at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html
Window Gang Austin offers flat rate pricing on dryer vent cleaning. We charge $125 if it is scheduled alone, or offer it for only $100 when it is scheduled at the same time as other services. Our recommendation is to pairing a dryer vent cleaning service with chimney sweeping. These are the two services we offer that can keep your family safe!