Spring is definitely in the air here in the Northern Virginia region, and people are busy with plans to spend more time outdoors and to undertake spring cleaning tasks. When you own a home, it is important to follow a routine of the necessary maintenance tasks to keep everything in your home running safely and smoothly. Scheduling some of the annual professional services you need performed each spring can make it easier for you to remember to take care of tasks like having your chimney swept and inspected and your dryer vent cleaned. Winston’s Chimney Service is proud
to offer these maintenance services, and since we have focused a lot of attention on your chimney, we would like to tell you more about why you should have your dryer vent professionally cleaned every year.
PREVENT A CLOTHES DRYER FIRE
You may have heard that The Boy Scouts of America recommend using lint to easily start a campfire. This is because lint is extremely flammable. Your clothes dryer makes a lot of lint, and this lint can accumulate in your dryer vent to clog the vent. Since a clogged vent causes your dryer to overheat, you have a high risk of your clothes dryer catching on fire as the accumulated lint ignites from the high heat. Unfortunately, these clothes dryer fires are not uncommon. According to the National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA), 16,800 clothes dryer fires were reported in 2010, and these fires resulted in 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property damage. Scheduling a professional dryer vent cleaning with Winston’s Chimney Service will keep you from becoming one of these statistics.
SAVE MONEY AND ENERGY
When your dryer vent needs cleaning, your clothes dryer will not work as well as it has in the past. You may find that a load of clothes is not completely dry after one cycle. When you have to run your dryer for more than one cycle to fully dry your clothes, you will see your utility bills rise due to the extra use. Winston’s Chimney Service can help you save money and energy by cleaning the dryer vent to make your dryer work more efficiently than ever.
PROLONG THE LIFE OF YOUR DRYER
When you overuse your dryer, it can cause its parts to wear out prematurely. When your heating element breaks down, you could be in for an expensive repair. You may have to even replace your dryer. After we professionally clean the vent, your dryer will work like it did the first day you got it home, and this keeps the parts working as they should.Add a professional dryer vent cleaning to your spring cleaning to-do list. Contact us at Winston’s Chimney Service so we can greatly reduce your risk of suffering a clothes dryer fire.