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  About Us
  1. Are you certified?
  2. Are you insured?
  3. Are you a contractor?
  4. Why should we use you?

About the Service

  1. What is a dryer vent?
  2. Why do I need to have it cleaned?
  3. What are the sign that the dryer vent needs to be serviced?
  4. Can I clean it myself?
  5. How do you clean it?
  6. How long does it take?
  7. What should I do prior to your arrival?

Miscellaneous Questions

  1. Why is there a lot of lint collecting around my dryer?
  2. What type of connector hose do you recommend?
  3. How do I get the lint buildup out of the dryer?
  4. How do I know if the problem is the dryer or the venting system?

Tips to operate your dryer as safely as possible

 
 

 
 

About Us

1.       Are you certified?  Rick is certified as a C-Det Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician (the only C-Det Technician in San Diego County) as well as being a Certified Chimney Sweep through CSIA.

2.       Are you insured?  We carry $2 million dollar liability insurance

3.       Are you a contractor?  Rick is a California State Licensed Contractor (Lic # 749202) and carries all of the necessary insurances and bonds.

4.       Why should we use you?  We have been in business since 1985, and as a result have a tremendous amount of experience with dryer vents.  We are proud members of the San Diego Better Business Bureau with an A+ Rating and no complaints in 24 years!  We are very proud of receiving the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008!

We are a small company and are of course consumers as well.  We live and operate our business with a simple philosophy, “Treat people how you like to be treated.”  That philosophy never lets us down. 

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   About the Service

1.       What is a dryer vent?  The venting system consists of the connector hose that is attached to the back of the dryer and the vent pipe it attaches to that runs through the house walls and exhausts to the outside of the house

2.       Why do I need to have it cleaned?  Dryer lint is a fire hazard.  It can be easily ignited from the flame used to heat the dryer and put your home and family at incredible risk.  At the very least, a clogged dryer vent system leads to higher energy costs, more wear and tear on the dryer and more of your time wasted.

3.       What are the sign that the dryer vent needs to be serviced?  If more than one cycle is needed to dry your clothes, it’s likely the vent is clogged.  Many times you will also notice that your dryer is running hotter, that there is more lint accumulation in the room, or that the laundry room is more humid—like walking into a sauna.

4.       Can I clean it myself?  You can clean the connector hose, and any lint that may be blocking the outside vent.  But since these venting systems tend to run upwards to 25 feet inside the walls, special tools are needed to brush them out.

5.       How do you clean it?  We use special rods and brushes that are specifically designed for cleaning dryer vent systems.  We also will in most cases use a blower to remove the excess lint after brushing the system.  After the venting system is reattached to the dryer, we test the airflow at the exhaust with a vane anemometer to make sure that the system has adequate airflow.

6.       How long does it take?  Generally it takes between 1 hour and 1˝ hours to do the job.

7.       What should I do prior to your arrival?  It helps tremendously if the laundry and all of the cleaning supplies are removed from on and around the dryer.  We have to pull the dryer out in order to access the vent, so please consider this prior to our visit.

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Miscellaneous Questions

1.       Why is there a lot of lint collecting around my dryer?  It’s very likely that the connector hose behind the dryer either has a hole in it or is not properly attached.  There is also a possibility that there may be some blowby caused by trying to use the dryer with a clogged venting system.  Either way, this creates a very unhealthy environment for you and your family.

2.       What type of connector hose do you recommend?  If it’s possible, the ideal setup is to use solid metal pipe.  Unfortunately, a flexible pipe is usually needed because of how close the dryer is to the wall.  Since the corrugated connector hose can be crushed easily, it’s  necessary  to use the foil type hose in tight places.  Never use the plastic connector hose.

3.       How do I get the lint buildup out of the dryer?  We are not trained appliance technicians and do not clean out the dryers.  We do strongly recommend using a qualified technician to clean out the dryer to get rid of the lint buildup.  It is a fire hazard.

4.       How do I know if the problem is the dryer or the venting system?  Dryers are built very well and are rarely the problem.  The newer dryers do have temperature sensors that are designed to cut off the heat if the venting system is restricted.  If this happens, it may be necessary to call out an appliance technician to repair this after we have brushed out the venting system.

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Tips to operate your dryer as safely as possible

1.       Never leave the house or go to bed with the dryer running

2.       Clean the lint screen after every dryer cycle

3.       If you use dryer sheets, periodically wash the lint screen with liquid soap and water, using an old toothbrush to remove the film buildup on the screen material.  

4.       Make sure and remove anything in the pockets before running your dryer—especially Kleenex

5.       The dryer requires a large amount of makeup air from the room, so don’t run the dryer with the laundry room door closed or with the exhaust fan running in that room. 

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