It is too early to talk of spring cleaning, but it is not too early to talk about dryer vent cleaning in the winter. As heat exhaust experts, Northeastern Masonry & Chimney stands ready to deliver a dose of safety to your home.

Why is it prudent and smart to clean your dryer vents (during any season)?

Well, we’re not trying to scare you, but here are some sobering statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

For 2006 to 2010, dryers and washing machines were involved in 1 out of 22 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments.

In 2010, an estimated 16,800 fires involved clothes dryers or washing machines, resulting in 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property damage.

Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; the leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (32%).

What is this “failure to clean”?Be Smart Start the Year With a Dryer Vent Cleaning - Albany- New York - Northeastern Masonry and Chimney

Dryer vents tend to get blocked or clogged over the course of time and repeated use. If the dryer vent is not cleaned, lint and other debris collected there can start a fire. The lint is dry and flammable. It poses a fire risk. These vents need to be professionally cleaned.

What is the solution?

Get your dryer vent properly cleaned by a professional. Have clogs and blockages removed to allow air to ventilate and flow freely — and safely. Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney to examine and then thoroughly clean your dryer vent, including the vent line, the lint trap, and connections and fittings.

Here are some additional tips the NFPA offers regarding dryer vent safety.

What are the benefits of professional dryer vent cleaning?

For one thing, you can save money because your dryer will be more efficient. You won’t have to take as long to dry those towels, sweatshirts, socks and unmentionables. And since your dryer won’t have to work as hard or as long, you should see some savings in your energy costs. Another benefit is that you can lower your health risks by ventilating carbon monoxide as it should be vented — outside your house. In addition, you can reduce the likelihood that lint buildup can create the conditions for mold to form. And, of course, as we said at the outset perhaps the greatest benefit is that you mitigate the potential for fire when you clean your dryer vents at least once a year.

Why call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney to clean your dryer vents?

This is something we excel at. Our certified, highly trained pros give dryer vent cleaning the same attention to detail as they do during a thorough chimney sweep. It’s a similar process when you come right down to it: let the air in and out as it should.

What are you waiting for?

Call Northeastern Masonry & Chimney now at 518-767-9315 or schedule an appointment online. After your vent cleaning, when you hear that dryer-completion sound go off, you can be at ease and free of worry.