When it comes to dryer vent cleaning in the Ames and Des Moines area, I 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 heat and it makes for the ideal place to build a nest. 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, shutting down the dryer.
If you have an older dryer it may not shut it off which may cause 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.
To the right is the most common type of roof vent. Notice the screen in it. This screen plugs up fairly quickly and needs cleaned often. If it plugs up a couple times per year, it could cost a pretty penny to hire someone to clean it out. Since its rare for birds to nest in a vertical line, the chances are slim a bird will get in there. 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 is very low and it is much safer to remove the screen than it is to put it back in.
Believe it or not, 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 to be would rather take their chances with the birds rather than see lint get trapped by a screen. As you can see in the picture to the left, the cage needs to have the lint removed. 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. You can call them at 515-230-6446 and they will be glad to clean your dryer vent line.
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- On July 6, 2019
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