One more reason why dryer vent maintenance is very important: I received a phone call this morning to inspect a dryer vent at an apartment complex that had caught on fire last night. The dryer vent was installed correctly but it had never been cleaned before. 

The dryer then overheated because it had to work extra hard to dry the laundry. A small piece of lint inside the dryer vent line ignited and traveled upwards; which caused the lint filled vent line to ignite.  

Fortunately the fire department was able to extinguish the fire before further damage to the building could be done. This fire could have been a horrible disaster if the fire had caught the unit on fire and then traveled to the other 7 units in the building. This could have all been avoided simply by getting the dryer vent exhaust line cleaned.   

Nick Lovellette
Dryer Vent Wizard of Middle Tennessee
Q: Do I really need to worry about getting my dryer vents cleaned?

A: Yes. One of the leading causes of house fires is the dryer.  Between the years 2002-2004, an annual average of 12,700 clothes dryer fires occurred in homes causing over $88 million in property loss each year.

Q: How often should I have my vent cleaned?

A: We recommend having your vents cleaned every year. Ask about our lifetime warranty program and our discounted annual service fees.

Q: How can I tell if I should have my vents cleaned?

A: Increased drying times are one of the best indicators of a dirty or clogged vent.  If it takes more than one cycle to dry a load of clothes, especially jeans and towels, cleaning is most likely in order.

Q: Are these plastic dryer-to-wall vent extensions safe to use?

A: No. Consider having one of our trained professionals install a proper vent extension.

Q: My laundry room is on the second floor next to the bed room. Does this matter?

A: Yes. The placement of your laundry room may require longer venting lines.  Long vent lines can result in the increased build-up of lint.  Additionally, some newer dryers are not configured to work with these long vent lines.  Our technicians can evaluate your specific venting requirements and recommend the best configuration.

Q: My house is only a year old. I can wait a few more years before calling you, right?

A: In our experience, it is never too early to call. Improperly installed vents are a major cause of house fires.  In our experience, we've even found insufficient venting in new, upscale housing.

Q: My dryer doesn't seem to dry my clothes well lately. Does this mean I need a new dryer?

A: Not necessarily. Clogged vents or improperly installed vents will prevent your dryer from efficiently drying your clothes. Consider calling us before purchasing a new dryer. Many folks purchase new dryers when the problem is really the venting and the new dryer still doesn't dry the clothes.

Q: I need to buy a new dryer anyway. So I don't really need to worry about having my vent cleaned, right?

A: After the removal of your old dryer is a perfect time for a visit from one of our trained service professionals to inspect and clean your vent so that your new dryer can operate at maximum efficiency.

Q: It looks like there is water dripping from my dryer vent. Is this normal?

A: One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heating of damp clothing. This moisture is held in the warm air produced by the dryer as humidity and is normally expelled to the outdoors through the dryer's vent. If this air can not be adequately removed, poor drying will result. This moisture can also condense into pools of water in the dryer vent, eventually leaking out. Any moisture accumulation inside the dryer ducting is a sign of poor venting which should be checked.

For dryer vent service go to our request service page or call 615-768-9626.

Improperly Installed Dryer Vent

Improperly installed dryer vent lines are a significant fire hazard. Fire statistics and research list clothes dryers as a leading cause of home fires. Clothes dryer fires account for around 15,600 fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries annually. Failure to have you dryer vent professionally inspect and cleaned is the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.

As you can see in the picture above the dryer vent line is improperly installed. The dryer vent line installed in the picture is made of a foil material which should never be installed. The issues associated with the foil material are: the inside diameter is only 3 inches and a dryer vent line is required to be 4 inches in diameter, the ridges collect lint and water, foil is un-cleanable, and it’s a know fire hazard. When removing the foil material I drained about two gallons of water out of the line where you see the foil sagging. You can see the darker area of plastic on the ground, which is where water had been leaking out of the foil dryer vent line into the crawl space.  

The above dryer vent line was causing the dryer to run multiple cycles to dryer a load of laundry, the timer no longer worked correctly due to the dryer vent line being improperly installed. The dryer was wasting the home owner’s time, costing them more money due to the increase in their electric bill, caused from the dryer running longer to dryer their launder. After the foil material was removed and the new 4 inch ridged metal vent line was installed, (pictured below) the dryer timer started to work correctly. Also, the moisture that was leaking into the crawl space had been stopped, and the clothes now dry in one cycle.

Properly Installed Dryer Vent