Dryer Vent Cleaning

What are the warning signs that dangerous lint build up is occurring in your dryer and venting system? Well, the symptoms may include:

  • Clothes take longer and longer to dry;
  • Clothes don't fully dry;
  • Clothes are hotter than normal at the end of the drying cycle;
  • The outside of dryer gets very hot;
  • The outside exhaust vent flapper does not open very much indicating low exhaust velocity;
  • Laundry room becomes more humid than it is usually;
  • Burnt smell is evident in the laundry room.

Why Should I use Philantrope Dryer Vent Cleaning?

We will treat your home and your dryer vent like our own. We have the skills and the equipment to get your venting clean. We stand behind our work with our six month satisfaction guarantee.

How Do You Clean My Dryer Vent?

Our cleaning process incorporates a compressed air with "agitating whips" paired with a high powered vacuum cleaner. Our hoses are able to snake to the end of your vent, releasing all lint and debris. At the same time the vacuum is sucking it out. We will locate and clean your exterior rodent screen if accessible.

How Long Does The Cleaning Take?

Most vents can be cleaned within one hour. Excessive lint buildup and the presence of a birdnest can take additional time.

How Much Do You Charge To Clean A Dryer Vent?

Call us, so we can go over the lay out of the dryer vent path, whether it goes through the roof or the side of the house, lower level or upper level. We will then price the dryer vent cleaning accordingly.

We do offer special rate if you get some neighbors to clean their dryer vent at the time you schedule your cleaning.

We also offer a special rate for rental properties if several are done at the same time.


Why Is Dryer Vent Cleaning So Important?

Dryer Vents are a leading cause of fires

Annual dryer vent cleaning will reduce the amount of time it takes to dry a load. A dryer with a blocked vent can take 3 to 4 times as long to dry costing upwards of $3.00 per load compared to $.75. If your dyer is unable to let the hot air escape properly it will produce an unsafe amount of heat. This becomes a huge fire risk.

Can I Clean My Dryer Vent Myself?

If your dryer vents right outside, and is relatively short, you can definitely clean it yourself. Here's what you'll need; a shop vac (stronger the better), and a dryer vent cleaning brush, sold at most hardware stores. Unfortunately most builders in recent decades put the laundry room in the center of the house creating longer dryer vents. If your vent is over 8 feet long your going to need someone with specialized equipment.

What Should I Do Prior To The Technicians Arrival?

Remove all items in and around your washer and dryer, the less stuff in the way the better. Also, remove all clothing from washer and dryer.

What Type Of Transition Tube Do You Recommend?

We recommend an aluminum corrugated transition if possible. If you look in your owners manual for your dryer you will see this same recommendation. Most of the time this type can and should be installed. The foil flex type transition should only be used if the corrugated transition won't work.

The frequency of cleaning depends on several factors:

  • - Number of loads dried each week.
  • - Total length of vent system.
  • - Number of bends in system.
  • - Type of transition hose.
  • - Pets in the home.
  • - Seams in the vent that are screwed together rather than taped.
  • - Type of laundry detergent used during the wash/dry process.
Depending on the factors above most dryers and vent systems should be cleaned every 1 to 3 years.

We also offer a Gold Package

The best cleaning method includes not only a thorough brushing of the interior of the entire dryer vent system, but also the interior cleaning of the chassis or cabinet itself. This includes the blower, motor, wiring, and smaller components. Lint can and does build up inside the machine and should be removed as part of the cleaning process. This requires opening up the machine to gain proper access to these areas.
A) The entire vent that leading outside
B) The roof or wall  exhaust outlet/hood
C) Transition hose or pipe
D) Booster blower (if applicable)
E) The lint trap housing
F) Interior cabinet duct
G) Blower
H) Motor
E) Cabinet & other components
J) The floor beneath the dryer. and
K) The wall behind

We often find pet & human hair wound Around the rollers on the machine! Dirt on the inside will negatively affect machine performance.