Commercial Dryer Vent Cleaning

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How Important is it to Clean Your Commercial Dryer Vents?

According to the Nation Fire Protection Association “the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.” Imagine how much more dangerous it is to not clean your commercial dryer vents which dry a greater volume of material on a more frequent basis!

The following are the advantages of using our commercial dryer vent cleaning service for your facility:

  • Prevent fires from lint buildup,
  • Help control biological contaminants such as fungus, bacteria and insect infestations,
  • Maintain energy efficiency,
  • Removal of dust, debris, grease and other matter that can block your vents and reduce the air quality of your environment,
  • And prevent recurrence of any of the above issues by regular maintenance.


Many service companies, such as nursing homes, hotels, fitness centers, assisted living centers, commercial dry cleaners, laundries, and hair salons, have large scale dryers in them. These businesses are in danger of dryer vent fires due to the large amount of laundry they handle daily. According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year clothes dryers are linked to thousands of fires and cause tens of millions in damages. Appliances overheat and burst into flames due to an accumulation of lint. As a result, it is essential for businesses with high volumes of laundry to have regular dryer vent cleanings to protect against this safety hazard.

Commercial dryer vent systems often require multiple level and angle changes to reach the external exhaust vent. This can lead to substantial lint build up in the bends of the ducts which increases the chance of a fire. Cleaning the dryer ducts of a commercial dryer not only reduces the risk of fire or clogged airways but can also help reduce energy consumption and costs. It can also save on utility costs through improved laundry operations. By scheduling regular dryer vent and duct cleaning services, businesses can maintain proper safety standards and save money over time.

Residential vs. Commercial Dryer Vent

Residential dryer systems are quite simple. The laundry room is typically located close to an outer wall. There is a flexible duct attached to the back of the dryer and it links to a straight steel or aluminum duct that goes through the wall and vents to the outside.

Commercial dryer systems are far more complex. Dryer systems in commercial buildings are typically located in a basement, such as in residential buildings, nursing homes and spas, or somewhere in the interior of a building like in a laundromat or hair salon. The exhaust ducts for commercial buildings are typically built into a first floor or basement wall or on the roof. As a result, the dryer ducts rarely can travel a straight line from the dryer to the outside. The ducts will take twists and turns through the walls. This allows excess lint and debris to accumulate in the bends of the ducts.

While residential dryer systems may only need a once-a-year cleaning, the complexities of the commercial dryer duct systems require more frequent attention. For optimal performance, commercial dryer vents should be cleaned at least three times a year, or more frequently if necessary. Implementing these safety measures will reduce the risk of fire and keep your laundry machines working optimally. Routine maintenance should also involve inspecting the vent for lint accumulation outside and inside the appliance. If you detect any lint accumulation or indications of wear, it’s best to have it serviced immediately by an expert. Action Air Duct has certified and highly trained technicians to keep your commercial dryer working well for years to come.

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Tools for Commercial Dryer Vent Cleaning

Aside from improving the performance of a dryer, getting a professional dryer vent cleaning can significantly reduce the risk of fires or dangerous lint buildup in a commercial dryer vent. The work of professional dryer vent cleaners is critical to keeping your business healthy and safe.

As Action Air Duct knows, the proper tools can make commercial dryer duct cleaning go smoothly and provide a cost-effective experience for our customers. The right professional dryer vent cleaning tools help Action Air Duct provide fast, efficient and affordable service.

Commercial dryer vent cleaning consists of cleaning the debris and then removing the debris. An air compressor is used in combination with the compressed nozzle attachments to blast out lint and debris that has become stuck on the sides of the dryer vent or in the corners of the vent ductwork. Air compressors come in a variety of different sizes and styles. Most residential jobs use a small compressor since the dryer ductwork is short and straight. Commercial dryer ducts require a much stronger air compressor. Action Air Duct uses the right compressor to get the job done.
When it comes to cleaning out a dryer vent, the right type of line can make all the difference. In some cases, compressed air alone is not enough to sufficiently clean a duct system; however, it can be an effective starting point for the cleaning process. The dryer duct’s sides and edges may have lint and debris stuck to the edges and surfaces that needs to be removed. The Triple Whip Line is a tool designed to spin as it navigates through the dryer vent. The three lines will guarantee that all sections of the duct are thoroughly cleaned and free from debris.
A dryer vent brush is a tool used to manually clear out a dryer duct or vent. For good dryer duct cleaning professionals like Action Air Duct, it is important to have a range of brush sizes available so they can ensure a proper fit in the vents they are working on. A brush for a dryer vent resembles one used for chimney cleaning. The large surface area of the brushes guarantee that the middle and outer edges of the vent are completely cleared.
Having animals nesting in a dryer vent is not a pleasant thought, yet it can happen. During the colder seasons, animals seek out cozy and safe habitats. Commercial dryer vents often vent to a roof which makes them more likely places for birds and small critters to crawl into. The nest removal tool is just one of the tools Action Air Duct can use to clear these types of blockages. This attachment allows Action Air Duct to reach into the dryer vent and grab the nest that may be causing a blockage.
Unlike your home vacuum, dryer vent vacuums are extremely powerful. They also have larger air filters to ensure that the dust, lint and debris they are sucking up stays in the vacuum chamber and does not blow into the air. The lint can be extremely dusty and messy and the last thing you want is for your dryer air duct professional to be putting pollutants into your air when they are cleaning your dryer vents. Action Air Duct knows how to keep your facility clean as they clean your dryer ducts.

How Do You Know Your Commercial Dryer Vents Need to be Cleaned?

Dryer vent cleaning professionals employ specialized techniques and tools to effectively remove lint build-up from vents and ducts. These measures increase air circulation, decrease energy expenses, and minimize the risk of fire. It can also help make laundry operations more efficient, resulting in considerable savings on utility bills.

Signs that it may be time to clean your dryer vents include longer than usual drying cycles and excess heat from the appliance. If you notice either of these indicators, chances are that your vent is clogged and needs to be cleaned. If you feel an unusually high amount of heat coming from your dryer, or if your customers’ clothes emerge scorching hot, it is time to take action. If you detect a burning smell from your dryer, this may indicate a serious lint buildup that should be taken care of immediately.

Regularly cleaning your dryer vents is essential to maintaining the performance, safety and efficiency of your commercial dryer by removing lint and debris. It is essential to watch out for these indications so that any potential issues can be resolved before they become serious. Ideally you will act proactively and have Action Air Duct cleaning your commercial dryer duct regularly, but if you haven’t cleaned them recently reach out to an Action Air Duct for an inspection and cleaning service.

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