Cleaning out the lint filter isn’t enough. In reality, the dryer vent duct is where lint really builds up and gets clogged. Lint is highly flammable and it accounts for most dryer vent fires. Birds/Animals: Animals nesting in dryer vents pose a common problem. They are drawn to the warm and dry air space. The Fireplace Doctor has the experience, expertise, and equipment to clean your commercial dryer vents to prevent any hazards.
Why do you need to have your dryer vents cleaned?
- Dryer lint is extremely flammable. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, there are aver 15,000 dryer vent fires per year!
- Your clothes dryer(s) have to work harder to dry properly. This requires more energy, thus incurring higher operating costs for you.
- Lint build-up also means your dryers will often need 3 or more cycles to dry their loads.
- Many commercial dryers are gas-powered. If the vent is plugged with lint, an animal nest or other debris, carbon monoxide problems may result.
What Makes Us the Best Choice for Cleaning Your Dryer Vents?
We have many different vent cleaning tools and equipment available to select from to best clean your commercial dryer vents.
Dryer Vent Checklist:
- Dryer duct must be at least 4″ diameter and as large as dryer outlet.
- Duct joints shall be secured with metal tape – do not use screws or rivets.
- Use flexible metal connectors between the dryer and the duct. Plastic or vinyl connector ducting is not recommended.
- Unless otherwise permitted by dryer manufacturer, developed length of dryer duct shall not exceed 25 feet. A 45 degree elbow counts as 2 feet of pipe and a 90 degree elbow counts as 5 feet of pipe.
- Dryer vents shall be independent of all other systems and terminate outdoors. (Do not vent into another chimney or vent.)
- Typical drying times should not exceed 1 cycle per load.
- Concealed ducts must be rigid metal (galvanized or aluminum) duct.
- Outside termination hood should be equipped with a back draft damper.
- Duct back pressure should not exceed 0.6 WC (inches of water column). Higher back pressures indicate a poorly installed vent or a vent that needs cleaning.
- Joints shall be installed so the male end of the pipe points in the direction of the airflow (away from the dryer).
In many cases we have serviced many apartment complexes, and because there are so many chimneys/dryer vents at one location we lower our price for each unit. Call today for a quote.
Our commercial clients may be like you. They include: laundromats, apartment complexes, pet stores, assisted living facilities, colleges, hotels, health care facilities, B&B’s and multiple family units.