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Want to know how your dryer is performing at all times?

Let us install a Lint Alert dryer safety device.

Back pressure in the dryer’s exhaust system is always changing. Over time, it increases because of lint buildup, crushed hoses, damaged vent hoods and—surprisingly often—animal nests. The LintAlert® works to protect you by continually monitoring airflow and showing the exact pressure in the exhaust system. Armed with this information, you can save energy and be certain the dryer is operating at safe levels.
Air Pressure Sensor

The LintAlert gathers this information through a highly discriminating digital pressure sensor. It detects extremely small changes in water column inch (WCI) pressure by sampling minute amounts of airflow. Because of the very small volume of air sampled, there is zero impact to air pressure in the duct.
Onboard Computer

The air pressure samples are then analyzed by a programmable integrated circuit. This small onboard computer evaluates data to know whether the dryer is on and how the exhaust system is performing. Most importantly, it learns each unique system (click here to learn more about computer calibration) so it can compare current airflow to optimal, then report changes over time.
LED Indicators

These changes are shown through a simple to understand LED interface where green indicators, turn to yellow, and then red as pressure becomes more problematic. Optimal performance is shown with a single green indicator glowing. As airflow naturally becomes restricted over time, the second, then third green indicator will illuminate. This is a good time to clean the dryer and duct system for best energy efficiency and safety. In the event the system is not cleaned at that point, the yellow and red indicators will eventually illuminate. Once pressure becomes dangerous (or there is a sudden obstruction) all LEDs flash in unison and an audio alarm sounds.
Dryer Duct Connection

For the sensor to sample pressure in the system, a self-tapping fitting, the SmartTap™, attaches to the transition hose behind the dryer. This fitting is connected to the alarm module by a 1/8″ tube and provides flexibility to plug the alarm module into the nearest power outlet (to conserve available power sources, the LintAlert includes a pass through terminal into which other electronic devices can be plugged).

Professional vs Do It Yourself

I know what you are thinking…how hard could it be to clean out my dryer vent? I could save money if I do it myself rather than having it professionally cleaned! Armed with the proper knowledge, the appropriate tools, enough time, the right safety equipment, and a reasonably straight vent line, you may be correct, but then again…here are some of the problems you may run into or cause if you try to clean the line yourself.

It is pretty common for homeowners to try and use their vacuum cleaner to remove the lint from their dryer vent line. Unfortunately, the attachments that go on your vacuum hose are not permanently attached. We often get called to a home to help the homeowner retrieve a piece of the vacuum that has become detached inside the dryer vent line. Worse yet, if the attachment is left in the dryer line airflow will become obstructed, blocking lint flow to the outside which aggravates the issue of lint build-up in the line. Brush systems that can be purchased to clean dryer lines, often cause the same issue. Vent lines with 90° degree elbows provide an even greater likelihood that a cleaning instrument will break off inside the line.

Care should be taken to prevent damage to vent lines made of plastic or foil which tear easily. These type of lines, once damaged, often emit lint, moisture and combustible by-products into the home and will further decrease the overall efficiency of the vent line. The same for metal vent pipes; if the joints are not properly taped, the line can become disconnected and vent efficiency is reduced.

Another situation that can occur from cleaning your own dryer vent line is incomplete cleaning. Lines that have not been scrubbed out completely will re-fill with lint rather quickly. Lint on the sides of the line slows the airflow, allowing more of the lint to stick to the side. Further issues can arise from failure to clean the entire line and, pushing lint back into the line from improper cleaning which causes blockage.

Finally, if you choose to clean the dryer vent yourself, be sure to wear the proper safety equipment; safety glasses and a respirator. Birds, rodents and small animals—also a problem for dryer vents—create the potential for bacteria or fungus to be present in the lint that is removed. Conditions in a dryer vent line, especially one with excessive lint build-up, are conducive to the growth of mold and mildew. Inhaling these substances could be extremely hazardous to you and/or your family!

Bottom line, there is a lot involved with the proper cleaning and maintenance of a dryer line. It is far better to call a professional and save yourself time, money and aggravation. Remember, a properly cleaned dryer vent can extend the length of time between needed cleanings and will insure you have a properly operating dryer vent system.

How Much Does it Cost to Clean Gutters & Downspouts?

Cleaning your gutters is something that should be done regularly as part of home maintenance. This is typically a job that needs to be done either annually or biannually, depending on your climate and the amount of trees near your home. Working with a licensed professional will make the job a lot easier on you. They have experience working on a ladder, and can save you the headache of doing the job as well as the risk of falling.

Each Gutter Cleaning Company has their own preference to how your gutters will be cleaned. Some prefer to use a Pressure Washer. Others use a Blower to blow the debris out. Some use a Vacuum System while others do it the good old fashioned way, by hand. All of these methods work.

I personally prefer the Vacuum and the Old Fashioned Hand Cleaning Method for the following reasons. First, the debris in the gutter is sucked into the vacuum and reduces any mess to a very slight minimum. Second, the clean up is very little. And third, you can show the customers what was in their gutters. I also remove the debris in the downspout and test them by running water through them to make sure that they function properly. After all, if the water can’t drain properly it is going to cause a back up in the gutters.

In my opinion, Power Washing can be messy and splatter debris over the roof, the side of house, the windows and ground below. It is the fastest way but probably the messiest. Blowers will basically do the same as a Power Washer except using air. It tends to blow the debris everywhere which adds to clean up time or as many customers have complained from past experience, they just left the mess for the home owner to clean up.

By using a reputable professional, you can protect yourself from having to pay for any injuries compared to hiring a neighbor or teenager to do it. Once you find a professional to help you, then the cost to clean gutters will depend on a couple of factors.
1) House Height
A single-story house will have the lowest gutter cleaning costs. The cost to clean gutters will increase with each story. If you have more than two stories, then the taller stories might be charged on a higher rate than the lower ones because it increases the risk and usually requires special equipment.
2) Gutter Size
The cost to clean gutters is also determined by the amount of linear feet of gutters or by the square footage of the home. Either way, the larger your home, the more you can expect gutter cleaning costs will be.
3) Gutter Condition
If you haven’t had your gutters cleaned out in awhile, then the cost to clean gutters will probably be higher. If there is a lot of debris to remove, then the job might take longer. Gutter cleaning costs may reflect that extra time.
4) Gutter Extras
Some gutter cleaning professionals will inspect and tighten fasteners and reseal end caps and outlets. You may also opt to have a gutter cover installed so you can wait longer between cleanings. This will increase the cost to clean gutters, but could save you money in the future.
5) Downspout Cleaning
It kind of blew my mind when after giving an estimate, some customers would ask me if that included cleaning the downspouts. I found out that some companies don’t include the cost of cleaning the downspout in their estimates and consider it an added charge. My estimates include the downspouts. This is a crucial element of gutter cleaning, though, as this will ensure that the water pours all the way down to your yard. They take extra time to clean and some companies do charge extra. Make sure that they are included in the cleaning!
6) Installation Discounts
Sometimes you can find discounts by signing up for a repeat service or by contacting professionals during their off season. By investigating these discounts, you might be able to save on the cost to clean gutters.
Getting your gutters cleaned will make sure that you don’t flood your yard, damage your foundation or your roof, or have your gutters rip off your home from the weight of debris. You don’t want to be involved in any of these scenarios; the cost to clean gutters is much less than fixing any of those possibilities. Just make sure to talk to at least three professionals before hiring anyone to make sure you find someone you trust and who you can rely on to do this job going forward.

We also clean Air Ducts & Dryer Vents along with Bath Tub Restoration and Install Walk In Bath Tubs on existing Bath Tubs.

Should air duct cleaning cost more for a two-story house?

I want to hire a reputable air duct cleaning company. What should I expect to pay for air duct cleaning in a two-story house with about 20 vents and two air conditioner/furnaces? – Barbara C.

Dear Barbara: We’ve seen a lot of reports from Angie’s List members in which they were quoted prices anywhere from $49 to more than $1,000 for the cost of air duct cleaning.

With such a wide array of pricing, how is a homeowner to know what to pay? Well, I recommend you start by avoiding the super-low duct cleaning “deals” altogether.

If you hire an indoor air professional for duct work cleaning, expect to pay between $350 and $500, depending on the size of your home, the number of ducts it contains and how difficult or easy it is for the company to access them. According to recent Angie’s List member reports, homeowners are paying an average of $423 for air duct cleaning.

In your case, that number will likely be closer to $500 than $350, but check with a few companies in your area to see what they charge.

What’s most important is to find a company with a good reputation in your community. Unfortunately, air duct cleaning is an industry where we see some companies try “bait-and-switch” tactics. These scammers advertise an unbelievably low rate, and then as soon as they get in the door, they immediately start trying to tack on more charges or use scare tactics, such as saying they found mold in your ducts.

When you hire someone to fix your stove or clean your carpets, it’s pretty easy to tell right away if they did the job the way they were supposed to. It’s not as easy to know whether they cleaned your ducts properly.

A shady company or an air duct cleaner with little experience could overcharge you, might not have the proper equipment to do the job, or could even do costly damage to your duct work and furnace with inferior equipment.

So, my advice is to do plenty of research on a company before you allow them to clean your ducts. Read reviews, talk to friends and neighbors, and question the person who will do the cleaning. Ask about his or her process.

A good company should provide a checklist of exactly what they will do. Most reputable cleaners are well-versed on the tactics of less-scrupulous competitors and will point out red flags.

A thorough air duct cleaning should take a few hours. If a company tries to get in and out in less than an hour, they likely did an inferior job.

Should Homeowners and Businesses Be Concerned About Dirty Air Ducts?

While no one can say with complete certainty that clean air ducts promote better indoor air quality, there’s little doubt that dirty ones collect contaminants like dust, pet dander, and chemicals. A six-room home can collect as much as 40 pounds of this each year, according to the HVAC Inspection, Maintenance, and Restoration Association (also known as NADCA).
Professionals who have been specially trained to use Rotobrush equipment can remove these contaminants altogether. The US Environmental Protection Agency says homeowners should consider cleaning air ducts when:

There is visual evidence of mold growing inside ducts or on other HVAC components.
Mold can only be positively identified by an expert; final confirmation may require a laboratory test.
Ducts are infested with vermin such as rodents or insects.
Ducts are excessively clogged with dust, debris, or particles and are getting released into the home through the supply registers.

NADCA notes that contaminant buildup can also block airflow and force HVAC systems to work harder and for longer periods of time. This can increase energy bills and wear and tear on the systems themselves.

According to Angie’s List, many people who have had their air ducts cleaned report fewer allergies, and less dust in the home. Some even comment that their homes smell nicer after a cleaning. Even the NADCA Executive Director says that the only difference between his organization’s and the EPA’s recommendations are how often air ducts should be cleaned.

The Importance of Cleaning Air Ducts

Relieves allergies and sneezing
Cleans mold, bacteria and pollen fungus dust mites
Improves over all air quality in the home
Improve HVAC Efficiency
Clogs of dust, cobwebs, and debris, or noticeable particles blowing out supply registers
Rodent droppings and dead insects inside ducts

Good Reasons for Duct Cleaning

Cleaning removes accumulated dust so it won’t shed into the household.

Removing debris and cobwebs eases airflow and increases the efficiency of the system, in extreme cases as much as 40%.

If you have fiberglass ducting, fiberglass gathers more dust than sheet metal.

Our process will remove any dirt, dust, debris and possible allergens located in the ducts which run throughout your home or office. Contact us today to get started!
By cleaning Air ducts you can rid your home of pollen, dust mites, pet dander, germs, viruses, bacteria, mold spores, dirt and dust, and more, with professional air duct cleaning. Air ducts should be cleaned periodically for clean air in the home or office. Every 2 minutes the air circulating through the HVAC system includes dust mites, bacteria debris and pollen. EAS Home Services uses powerful duct cleaning equipments that works on all air duct types. This will improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, which may result in lower costs to run your system.

Questions To Ask An Air Duct Cleaning Company Before Hiring Them

It is important that you take the time to interview potential air duct cleaning companies before you decide whether or not to hire them. The answers to the questions that you ask will tell you a lot about the company and will help make sure that you hire the right company for the job.

Here are some questions you will want to ask an air duct cleaning company before you hire them:

1) How long have you been operating in my area? (Companies with a long record of working in your area are likely to have good customer service records.)
2) What types of air ducts do you have experience cleaning? Do you have specific experience with cleaning the type of air ducts I have in my home? (Improper cleaning techniques can damage air ducts, so you want to make sure that you choose a cleaner that is experienced and trained.
3) What procedures will you use to protect my home from contaminates? (The cleaner should have an answer to this question because you want to make sure that your home is properly protected.)
4) Will you be using any chemicals in my home? (You definitely want to check up on this. Never allow anyone to spray any type of chemicals into your air ducts unless you have agreed and fully researched all of the risks.)
5) What equipment do you plan to use? (Look for vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters.)
6) Is your company licensed to operate in my state? Is your company insured? (The answers to these questions should be yes. Most states require that air duct cleaning companies be licensed. Insurance is also important to protect your property.)
7) Does your company follow the recommended standards set forth by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association or NADCA? (The answer to this question should also be yes.)
8) Will we be signing a contract? Does your company offer any forms of guarantees? (You should always sign a contract with any company you hire to complete a job. Most companies will offer you a warranty or a guarantee. Avoid companies who do not.)

What Happens If You Hire a Low Quality Air Duct Cleaning Company?

There are many things that could go wrong if you hire a low quality air duct cleaning company. Not all air duct cleaning companies are created equal. Some are just out to steal your money. Because of this it is very important that you take the time to properly research a company before you decide whether or not to hire them. Here are some things that could go wrong if you hire a low quality air duct cleaning company.

Damage to Your System

The internal components of heating and cooling systems are very complex. If you hire an air duct cleaning company who is not fully trained and experienced with these types of components they could end up causing permanent damage to your system.

Releasing Dust, Debris and Contaminants into Your Air

Air duct cleaners are supposed to break up any dirt, dust, pollen, debris and environmental contaminants from the inside of your air ducts and then vacuum them up so they don’t end up circulating back into your home’s air. If the technician is not properly trained they could end up causing these materials to flow into your breathing air.

Not Fixing Mold Problems

You will want to have your air ducts cleaned if mold is present. However, simply cleaning up the mold will not prevent it from reoccurring. The specific problem or damage that is allowing the mold to grow must also be fixed. Many low quality air duct cleaners are not equipped to fix mold problems.

Fixing Problems that Aren’t There

Many low quality air duct cleaners are just out to steal your money. Many will tell you that you have a specific problem that requires them to clean out your air ducts, when there actually is no problem. If an air duct cleaner tells you they have found a specific problem in your ducts, ask to see the problem in person. Be aware as well that not everything that looks like mold is actually mold. You may want to have a mold-like substance tested in a laboratory to make sure that it is actually mold before you pay to have it removed.

Why Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

It Helps To Relieve Allergies and Sneezing
Helps To Remove & Clean Mold,Mildew, Bacteria, Pollen,
Dust Mites & Pet Dander.
Improves Over All Air Quality.
Improve HVAC Efficiency
Removes Excess Dirt & Debris That Finds Its Way Into Air
Ducts.
Prevents Dust From Being Circulated Throughout The Home.
Helps To Increase Your System’s Efficiency.

Why Have Your Dryer Vent Cleaned?

Reduce The Chance Of Fire.
Reduce The Excess Wear & Maintenance On Your Dryer.
Reduce Energy Costs.
Reduce Dust From Lint In Youur Home Caused By Back
Pressure.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Overheated Clothes Dryers Can Cause Fires
CPSC Document # 5022
Updated June 2003
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.
To help prevent fires:

Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times than normal, this may be a sign that the lint screen or the exhaust duct is blocked.
Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically. Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If it is not, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked. To remove a blockage in the exhaust path, it may be necessary to disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer. Remember to reconnect the ducting to the dryer and outside vent before using the dryer again.
Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up. Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint accumulation. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter.

Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. Most manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, which provides maximum airflow. The flexible plastic or foil type duct can more easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the airflow.
Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains. If possible, wash the clothing more than once to minimize the amount of volatile chemicals on the clothes and, preferably, hang the clothes to dry. If using a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool-down period at the end of the cycle. To prevent clothes from igniting after drying, do not leave the dried clothes in the dryer or piled in a laundry basket.