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Are You Making Dryer Vent Cleaning A Regular Part Of Home Maintenance?

It’s hugely important to maintain and inspect your chimney, since a neglected or dirty chimney can result in increased fire risk. But there’s another appliance that needs regular care and cleaning in order to keep fire risk low: your clothes dryer. It’s just as important to maintain your dryer vent, because a clogged dryer vent can lead to house fires and a host of other problems.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) states that clothes dryers accounted for nearly 16,000 reported structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries each year (2002-2004). The culprit in most of those cases: excessive lint buildup and neglected maintenance.

We don’t mean the lint trap inside your dryer – (though it is advisable to clean that out each and every time you run a load of laundry through it) – we’re talking about the dryer vent itself. The dryer vent leads from your dryer to the outside of your home, venting heat, gases, lint, and moisture. If not professionally cleaned out, lint can build up in your dryer vent, leading to problems that can cost you extra money and endanger your home and family.

Clogged Dryer Vents Can Cost Energy, Money — Even Lives

A clogged dryer vent will reduce the efficiency of your clothes dryer and leave you waiting on the dryer to effectively dry your clothes. This leads to wasted energy and wasted time, and can wear down your dryer as well. Plus, a clogged dryer vent will require greater heat to get the job done, which can cause the heating element to burnout prematurely or a fire to ignite.

Reasons to make dryer vent cleaning a priority in your home include:

  • Partially or fully clogged dryer vents don’t let air flow properly and dryer exhaust escape. Heat can build up in the vent, and the lint can then ignite, causing a fire in your home.
  • If you have a gas clothes dryer that isn’t properly venting due to lint buildup in your dryer vent, carbon monoxide could be coming into your home. This deadly and odorless gas is not to be taken lightly.
  • Your dryer simply won’t work right or efficiently if lint builds up in your dryer vent. If you’ve noticed that your dryer isn’t drying your clothes, or is taking far longer than it used to, it may not be your dryer’s problem — it could be that lint buildup is restricting air flow, and not allowing your dryer to perform. That means you’re wasting energy, and money (or you may end up replacing an appliance that truly doesn’t need replacing).

Enjoy A Safer, More Efficient Home With A-1 Dryer Vent Cleaning Services

Get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your dryer vent is functioning as it should, and that lint buildup isn’t putting your home and family in danger. If your dryer vent could use a good cleaning, let the Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians (CDET) here at A-1 Chimney Specialist help! We specialize in thorough, effective, mess-free dryer vent cleanings so you can enjoy a safer, more efficient home. Call 931-967-3595 or fill out our online appointment request form to get started!


At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we want you to know more about us so you’ll be confident of our quality, dependable service. Give us a call today at 931.967.3595!

  • review rating 5  Great people to work with. Definitely the best choice for chimney services in the area! FM

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  • review rating 5  Great service! Due to unexpected doctor appointments, I had to reschedule two times and they worked with me to get it done as soon as possible. They were very prompt; the living area was left exactly as it was when they arrived (no mess at all!) and answered my questions. I highly recommend them!

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  • review rating 5  In a time where customer service is becoming more infrequent than frequent , I have to take a moment to acknowledge the superb above and beyond service my husband and I received from A1 Chimney . First of all , we came to use this company several years ago when they sleeved our 100 year old house's chimney so we could burn real wood . We have used them regularly to check and sweep our chimney since. This year however , I had a chimney fire . Thankfully no damage was done . In looking at my records , I realized I hadn't had the chimney swept in a few years . BIG mistake on my part , hence the fire . So I called the company , sing my woes , asking if it would be possible for them to come out before Thanksgiving , this is less than 2 weeks prior by the way . Kind Marty lets me know the first availability isn't until 12/16 but he will do his best to see what he can do. He calls me back the same day to let me know he had jiggled some things around and could be out 12/13 . I thanked him but asked if there were any cancellations to please let me know. Kind Marty , let me rephrase , very KIND Marty , calls me back a couple of days ago asking if we could be free the Monday pre Thanksgiving . Absolutely , I reply . Well on Monday afternoon Preston and Robert leave after checking for damage , cleaning and confirming the sleeve did exactly what it is designed to do , protect the house in the event a chimney fire takes place , never once suggesting it wouldn't have happened if I hadn't waited 4 years . So THANK YOU all for doing such a wonderful job ! You have made us and my out of town family very happy in making it safe for us to enjoy this holiday with lovely fires , something we / they look forward to on their cold weather visits . May each of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving ! You've certainly made ours !!! Gratefully , Linda & Gill Ramsden

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  • review rating 5  A1 came out to sweep and inspect our chimney, as well as put a screen over the chimney opening. The guys that came out were fantastic!! They were so kind, friendly, and very professional. I was comfortable with them in my house, and they did a great job. They explained everything to me, and joked with my kids. We’ve already recommended them to other people and it’s only been 10 hours since their visit! We’ll definitely use them every time we need chimney services.

    thumb Laura Cole
  • review rating 5  I can't say enough good things about this company. The men came to clean our chimney (which badly needed it). They kept the house clean; they were so very polite; they took photos of the chimney. They also checked our dryer vent and took photos of that. We then learned that they service gas fireplaces--and we have been hunting for someone to help us with this. A lovely team. Super professional. It was like having the best doctor make a house call.

    thumb Elizabeth Grammer


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