Dryer Vent Services:
Dryer Vent Cleaning
For most people, your dryer vent should be cleaned annually. Lint accumulates the most in areas where there is restriction--the transition duct, turns/elbows, and the termination cover. Lint also collects throughout the entire system by sticking to the inner walls of the ductwork and settling onto the bottom of the vent. You want to clean your vent before too much buildup occurs! We discount annual cleanings to make it even easier to keep your home safe.
Dryer Vent Inspection
A basic dryer vent inspection is included with every cleaning, but this is also available as a standalone service. We are able to investigate concerns, evaluate velocity and back-pressure metrics (assuming there is a working dryer appliance that is connected to the dryer vent system), and offer recommendations regarding safety and efficiency based upon the current Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and understanding best-practice from years of experiance.
Screens should not be used to prevent birds (or other pests) from entering the dryer vent. These screens have the unintended result of collecting lint from the exhaust and bottlenecking, resulting as a fire-hazard. Birds love those warm dryer vents, but a code-compliant option should be employed to keep them. We can help keep those pesky birds out!
Termination Cover Replacement
Most importantly, termination covers should be efficient (non-restrictive) and should have a damper system that closes well. If possible, it is good to have one that is also long-lasting (UV rays often terrorize plastic models) and attractive looking. There are even designs engineered to deter bird entry. We stock several termination cover models so we can install the best option for you.
Dryer Vent Replacement & Rerouting
There are times when a dryer vent needs to be replaced or rerouted. Usually, this is because the ductwork is constructed of the wrong material, although occasionally this stems from issues such as a lack of cleaning. Whether replacement or rerouting is needed, we can tackle almost every situation.
Transition Duct Replacement & Adjustment
It is important that the transition duct, the piece of vent that connects the back of the dryer to the main ductwork, is in accordance with the following considerations: 1) UL 2158A Approved; 2) constructed of heavy metal; 3) non-crushed and non-torn; 4) fully connected, in order to ensure that the exhaust remains in the ductwork and not in your laundry room; 5) reasonably allows the dryer appliance to be connected and disconnected; and 6) ensures the dryer appliance does not inhibit walkways or door functionality. Appropriately installing a transition duct can be a tricky business, but we do it all the time!!
Assorted Dryer Vent Repairs
Most of the time dryer vents are ready to be cleaned and there are no lurking issues. However, there can be numerous places and situations where the dryer vent may need repair--a disconnected elbow here or a split duct there. Maybe it's behind drywall or in the attic. Maybe the duct is disconnected where it meets the termination cover or should be extended to make a proper connection in the laundry room. We've seen it all and can help, should the need arise.
The LintAlert is a device which alerts you to the buildup in your dryer vent system. It can be most helpful to detect sudden blockages, but now it is also available as a "smart device." It can send smartphone alerts to your phone when your clothes are finished as well as supply certain statistics about your dryer's performance. The new smart-version also offers a leak detector for under the washing machine.
Many people do not realize that it is possible to route their dryer vent out of the side of the dryer (either side) instead of off of the back, as it is installed when you initially purchase the appliance. Most of the time this is not something that needs to be done, but in tight spaces it can be important.
Should a bird get into your dryer vent (because you don't yet have the code-compliant bird guard installed!), then we can handle removing it--dead or alive. There can be a fee involved, if this is the case.