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Ensuring Safety and Efficiency: How Often Should Commercial Dryer Vents Be Cleaned?

Discover the critical importance of cleaning commercial dryer vents for employee and customer safety.

Learn the signs that indicate your dryer vents may need cleaning, how often to schedule professional cleanings, and the economic benefits of maintaining clean dryer vents for your laundromat or on-site laundry business. We price match, call today!  514-616-5900.


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As a laundromat or on-site laundry business owner, prioritizing maintenance is paramount for the safety of both employees and customers. Neglecting dryer vent cleaning poses a severe fire hazard, as lint accumulation forces machines to overwork, leading to overheating and, in extreme cases, fire outbreaks.


In the United States, residential dryers cause 2,900 fires annually, resulting in $35 million worth of property damage. The dryer holds the unfortunate title of being the household appliance most prone to catching fire. Commercial environments, like laundromats, elevate the risk due to the proximity and quantity of dryers.


Signs Your Dryer Vents Need Cleaning


1. Extended Drying Time:

Increased drying times indicate clogged vents, requiring prompt cleaning.


2. Excessive Heat:

Unusually high temperatures from the dryer may signal a need for vent cleaning.


3. Burning Smell:

A burning smell suggests lint buildup, a highly flammable material. Stop the machine and seek professional help.


Professional Cleaning for Commercial Dryer Vents


Cleaning commercial dryer vents is a task best left to professionals. Specialized contractors with experience in unclogging commercial equipment are equipped to handle the job safely and effectively.


1. Inspection:

Professionals inspect vents and pipework for immediate concerns before initiating the cleaning process.


2. Specialized Tools:

Using specialized tools, they remove lint accumulations and debris, ensuring optimal performance.


3. Deep Cleaning:

After removing materials, specialists conduct a deep cleaning of all ductwork and filters.


How Often Should You Clean Commercial Dryer Vents?


While commercial dryers are larger and require less frequent cleaning, it's advisable to schedule professional cleanings every year under average usage. Some may require regular monthly cleanings: it all depends on volume. Many laundromat owners, aiming for optimal efficiency and profits, opt for more frequent cleanings to maintain healthy margins.


Regularly cleaning dryer vents not only reduces the risk of fire but also improves machine efficiency, leading to shorter run times, lower energy bills, and increased profits. Prioritize safety, economic benefits, and the longevity of your commercial dryers by adhering to a regular cleaning routine. Call SOS Dryer and Ventilation today to book your commercial dryer vent cleaning and don’t forget to ask us why we don’t use blasted air!


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