Dryer & Vent FAQ

Q: Why should I clean my dryer vent?

A: Three very good reasons to clean your dryer vent:

#1.Reduces the chance of a dryer vent fire; Lint is highly flammable and can ignite when the buildup in the vent piping is too great to allow for the dryer to effectively expel the heat.
#2. Reduces the risk of building fire; A fire may be caused by the vent pipe over heating, which in turn will heat the wood and combustibles around it to a point called “porolyses”. When this happens, combustibles can ignite by spontaneous combustion.
#3. Reduces “wasted electricity” and “appliance stress”; When the vent is dirty it causes the dryer to work harder and longer to dry clothing. In fact, this is the leading cause of excessive appliance repair. When there is a buildup of 1/8th inch or more of lint in the vent pipe, it decreases dryer efficiency by 50% or more.


Q: How often should I have my dryer vent(s) cleaned?

A: We recommend yearly maintenance and cleaning. However, once we have performed a service we can let you know whether it should be longer or shorter than that time frame.


Q: What determines intervals between cleaning?

A: A number of factors such as: the length of the dryer run, the amount of elbows in the piping, whether the exhaust pipe is vertical, horizontal, or both, and whether the vent hood has a screen or not.


Q: What do I need to do to prepare for vent cleaning?

A: The dryer should be empty and the area around the dryer should be free of obstructions in case the dryer needs to be disconnected for the cleaning.


Q: How long does it take to have my dryer vent(s) cleaned?

A: Approximately half an hour to one hour depending on what is encountered during the cleaning.


Q: When is the best time of year to have my vents cleaned?

A: Anytime of year is good, but spring and summer are optimal for cleaning if the exhaust vent is on the roof or has the potential to freeze.


Q: What method is best for cleaning dryer vents?

A: Both the rotary brush and skipper ball methods provide a quality cleaning. We are equipped to perform the rotary brush method which works quite well in most circumstances.


Q: Is there a difference in fees for vent cleaning methods?

A: They are usually about the same price. There may be an extra fee for service if there is disconnected venting, obstructions, or repairs that cause the job to be more labor intensive.


Q: Do you clean dryer vents for condominium and apartment complexes?

A: Yes we do! We have many happy management companies we have regularly served over the years that will gladly attest to the quality of service we have provided.


Q: If there are vent repairs needing to be done can Able Sweeps do them?

A: Yes we can, and if for some reason we cannot, we will refer you to someone who can.