When it comes to dryer vent cleaning in the Ames and Des Moines area, we run across many dryer vents that have screens at the vent line exit. The purpose of the screen is to keep birds out of the dryer vent line. Those pesky birds love the warmth, making it the ideal place to build a nest. (It happens! Here’s a cute video!) In the process, they block the air flow out of the vent line and it backs up in the clothes dryer, triggering the safety device and shutting down the dryer.
If you have an older dryer it may not shut it off, which may require you to run it two or three cycles to dry a load of clothes. It may also cause the dryer to get excessively hot, which could damage the dryer – or worse yet, start a dryer fire!
As you can see in the picture above, this built-in screen has been blocked with lint and there was absolutely zero air flow. While there was very little lint in the line itself, what little lint there was, was captured by the screen, stopping all air flow.
Here’s a photo of the most common type of roof vent. Notice the screen in it. This screen plugs up fairly quickly and needs frequent cleaning. If it plugs up a couple times per year, it could cost a pretty penny to hire someone to clean it out. Since it’s difficult for birds to nest in a vertical line, the chances are slim a bird will try to build in one of these. It makes more sense to take the screen out and take your chances with the birds.
Here is what those little screens look like when they get filled with lint.
Many of our Ames and Des Moines area dryer vent cleaning customers ask us to remove them. They are more afraid of a plugged screen which can lead to a dryer fire rather than a bird getting trapped in the vent line.
You can hear the bird in the vent line and can get it out rather easily by disconnecting the dryer and using an air hose from the roof. Again, the odds of a bird coming in a roof vent line are very low, and it is much safer to remove the screen permanently.
As a matter of fact, some parts of the Des Moines metro area will not allow you to put on bird cages because they do trap the lint. In horizontal runs, birds can nest easily. The powers that be would rather take their chances with the birds, rather than see lint get trapped by a screen. As you can see in the last picture, this cage needs to have the lint removed. Again, even if the dryer line is clean, the bird cage is collecting the lint, stopping the air flow.
Supreme Dryer Vent Cleaning is a very reputable company when it comes to dryer vent cleaning in Ames and Des Moines – just check our reviews on Google. You can call us at 515-230-6446 and we will be glad to talk about cleaning your dryer vent line.
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- On July 6, 2019
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