How Often Does Should You Clean Your Dryer Vents?

Posted on: January 13, 2016

As a homeowner, wouldn’t you do whatever you could to prevent an unexpected fire from destroying your property? A fire can cause devastating damage and even injuries or fatalities—don’t put your family at risk! Scheduling a dryer vent cleaning is an easy way to minimize the chances of a catastrophic house fire. But how often should the vents be cleaned? Can you do it yourself or should you rely on a professional? Atlantic Duct Cleaning has the answers you’ve been looking for!

If you’re in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. area and you’re looking to keep your family and residence safe, schedule a dryer vent cleaning or call us at 703-774-9241.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Frequency

Lint builds up in more places than more homeowners realize. You know the lint you clean out between dryer cycles? That’s not even half of the lint! The lint can get trapped in the lint trap housing, the interior dryer duct, the dryer vent, and sometimes the dryer itself—and without a proper cleaning, the outcome can be costly. The frequency of your dryer vent cleanings depends on a few factors:

  • How often the dryer is used
  • The size of your family
  • What materials were being dried

If your dryer is in constant use or you have a large family, you may need to schedule semi-annual dryer vent cleaning. For minimal to moderate use, you should schedule an annual dryer vent cleaning.

Is Dryer Vent Cleaning a DIYer?

Although there are many different dryer vet cleaning kits and vacuum attachments that can be used to clean out your dryer vents, these can actually do more harm than good! Using a do-it-yourself kit can leave your with a false sense of security. You might think you cleaned it all out and have reduced the chance of fire, but there is a likely chance that some lint was overlooked. Not only that, but an attachment could push the lint further and deeper into the system—possibly causing a blockage! This could result in devastating damage to your property.

When it comes to dryer vent cleaning, it’s best to leave the job to the professionals. At Atlantic Duct Cleaning, we value your safety. We will not leave your home until all the lint is extracted from your dryer vents!

Residential Dryer Vent Cleaning in Virginia, Maryland, & Washington D.C.

As a homeowner you need to do whatever you can to keep your home and your family safe—and a dryer vent cleaning is the solution! Dryer vent cleaning is often overlooked and is a necessary process to ensure safety in your home. Atlantic Duct Cleaning recommends having a professional technician come to your home annually—at minimum—to clean out the lint build-up in your home’s ventilation system.

For additional questions about dryer vent cleaning in the Northern VirginiaMaryland, and Washington, D.C. area, check out our FAQ or contact one of the professionals at Atlantic Duct Cleaning at 703-774-9241 to schedule an appointment today!