One of the many services we offer is commercial dryer vent cleaning. We’ll admit, we’re a little weird when it comes to dust and lint and clearing it out. And places that have many different laundry facilities have a special need for vent cleaning.
A residential home has a dryer that is only used by one family. Even if they produce a large amount of laundry (kids in sports!) it still is only for one family. Areas like high-rise condos, dormitories, laundry facilities or other shared areas, have dryers that are constantly being used. Remember your college days when you’d go to do laundry and all the dryers were full (not always being used, but full). And, that’s also why these places have professional and large dryers, they need to be able to handle the amount of stress they are being put through. So, shouldn’t the amount of dryer vent cleaning also increase?
We were recently looking at some statistics regarding dryer vent fires. The number one cause of dryer vent first is the failure to clean. This makes sense. You’re combining high heat with an ideal fuel source – lint. In fact, some people use lint as a fire starter when they go camping. They put the lint in a cardboard egg carton section and pour wax over it to SLOW the lint from burning too quickly.
Another statistic that surprised us was that when the fire moves from beyond the area of origin, the average loss was over $40,000. That’s a lot of damage. And honestly, that also made us think of safety issues. If the dryers are in the basements and the fire moves, what does that mean for the occupants?
You’re probably thinking that high-rises, laundry facilities, dormitories and more have sprinkler systems. But the report we read from FEMA said that only 5% of the fires took place in an area with Automatic Extinguishing System (AES). Think about it – 18% of dryer fires take place in areas other than traditional residential homes, but only a total of 5% have AES.
Dryer fires go up in December and January. Now is a perfect time to schedule your next commercial dryer vent cleaning for your Brandenton, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Sarasota, University, Venice location.