In Addition To Chimney Services, Hudson Chimney Also Offers Dryer Vent Cleaning & Installation

Dryer lint buildup is one of the most common causes of house fires, but because the dryer vent is hidden from view, it is all too easy to put out of mind. Plus, many people don’t ever think about lint making it past the built-in trap. And aside from clearing that out after every load, homeowners rarely think about the dirt, debris, and other gunk that might find its way into the appliance’s vent. However, anyone who has ever seen the amount of lint that can come out of a dryer venting system during a professional cleaning would not hesitate to schedule this incredibly important service on an annual basis; there can be an immense amount of lint jammed inside your dryer’s venting pipe, making a professional dryer vent cleaning an absolute necessity at least once a year. 

Wondering why a chimney sweep company also specializes in dryer vent cleaning? Well, a dryer vent is not very different from a chimney; it just carries away moisture and flammable lint instead of smoke and wood debris. That’s why the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified technicians at Hudson Chimney are also trained to clean and install dryer vents. Beyond routinely cleaning out your dryer’s lint trap, it’s recommended that you have your dryer vent professionally cleaned once a year.

Do you remember the last time you had your dryer vent professionally cleaned? Having a hard time sifting through the Google results of “dryer vent cleaning Jacksonville, FL”? Hudson Chimney is here to help. If it has to do with your hearth, chimney, or venting, our team of experts can handle it.

To learn more or schedule your appointment today, get in touch by filling out this appointment request form, or give us a call at 904-282-4159.

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Clothes Dryer Fire Statistics

A highly-combustible material, lint can become a very real fire hazard. In addition to regular lint buildup, though, the professionals here at Hudson Chimney have also seen blockages in dryer exhaust vents from nests of small animals and insects, as well as damages to the venting system or an improper connection. Regardless of the specific issue, a compromised vent will not exhaust properly to the outside. And if there is a significant amount of lint or other debris reducing airflow, the system can overheat and easily start a fire. In fact, U.S. fire departments report an estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings each year, causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss.

These findings were collected by the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS):

  • Clothes dryer fire incidences in residential buildings were higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11%.
  • Failure to clean (34%) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
  • Dust, fiber, and lint (28%) followed by the clothes themselves (27%) were, by far, the leading items first ignited in dryer fires in residential buildings.
  • 54% percent of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings were confined to the object of origin.

How Do I Know When it’s Time To Schedule a Dryer Vent Cleaning?

Sometimes, knowing when to schedule such a service as a dryer vent cleaning can be a bit tough. After all, out of sight, out of mind. However, while it is important to establish a maintenance schedule for appliances like your dryer, there are also some signs that indicate you might be due.

Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Your clothes are taking longer than normal to dry.
  • The dryer seems to be overheating.
  • There is an excessive amount of lint found on freshly dried clothes.
  • Your laundry room smells of something burning.

Have you noticed other issues with your dryer’s performance lately? It’s quite possible that you need to have those vents cleaned. For high quality dryer duct cleaning near Jacksonville and beyond, trust none other than Hudson Chimney. To learn more about the various services we offer for both hearth appliances and other venting systems, get in touch with someone from our team! You can reach us online, through our website, or by calling 904-282-4159. We’re more than happy to answer any questions and help you get this important service taken care of!

How Can I Prevent a Clothes Dryer Fire?

Beyond routinely cleaning out your dryer’s lint trap between each load of laundry, there are many things you can do to prevent your clothes dryer from becoming a fire hazard:

  • Have your dryer installed by qualified personnel.
  • Clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. While you’re back there, inspect the venting system to ensure it is not damaged, crushed or restricted. Consider replacing coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with a rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
  • Make sure that outside wall dampers have a covering that keeps out rain and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating. Also check periodically to see that nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.
  • Have the interior of your dryer and venting system serviced and cleaned periodically by qualified service personnel.
  • Have gas-powered dryers inspected by a professional annually to ensure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly.
  • Don’t run your dryer when you’re away from home or while you’re sleeping.

Ready To Schedule a Dryer Vent Cleaning for Your Jacksonville Home? Call the Team at Hudson Chimney!

Here at Hudson Chimney, we care about the health and safety of your entire home – not just as it pertains to your hearth and chimney. We go to great lengths to offer a variety of venting-related services to ensure your comfort and safety. To learn more about our dryer vent cleaning services, or to schedule yours, get in touch with us! Fill out this appointment request form to contact us through our website, or give us a call at 904-282-4159. We guarantee you’ll be glad you did!


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