How can I Find Reputable Dryer Vent Cleaning Services?
Dryer vent cleaning is an important service to keep your home safe from fires. But with so many companies out there, how can you be sure you’re hiring a reputable one? Here are some tips on how to find trustworthy dryer vent cleaning services.
Check their online reviews.
Some companies offer customer service numbers to call, but this can be an easy way for the company to screen itself. Instead, check them out on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. If they have a lot of negative comments or complaints – especially about issues with the dryer vent cleaning itself – then it may not be worth your time or money.
Good Companies will often have video testimonials available on their site along with positive reviews from actual customers. Check these things when researching companies before deciding who you want to hire.
Make sure that safety is a top priority for them.
All dryer vents are different in size and shape so there are no hard-and-fast rules about how they should be cleaned. But there are general guidelines for safety precautions that companies should take when doing the job:
- Always shut off the power to the dryer before any work is done.
- Make sure not to block or restrict air flow, and don’t damage any of the components in your home’s ventilation system (this includes fans vents and heating elements).
Be wary if they use a snake.
A “snake” or “flexible auger” is another name for a metal wire with a rotating brush on one end. Instead of using it to unblock an appliance, many companies will try to sell this tool as a complete replacement for cleaning out your vent – which isn’t safe at all! A flexible auger can only be used to clean out a rigid metal pipe and should never be used on plastic.
The right way: If you suspect your vent is blocked, the best thing you can do is call a reputable dryer vent cleaning company who will come out, examine the dryer and then take it apart to clean it if necessary.
Don’t hire any companies that use this method as part of their service, even if they offer other services as well. Good Companies will also have additional tools such as brushes and vacuums which can safely remove lint and debris from different parts of the vent.
Ask about how long they’ve been in business.
If possible, ask exactly how long the company has been offering dryer vent cleaning services and how long they’ve been in business as a whole. People who have been providing dryer vent cleaning services for many years and own their own company are more likely to be reliable than companies that haven’t been around very long or ones that only work with other companies (like franchising).
Find out if they’re insured and licensed.
If the company you hire isn’t properly insured, any accidents related to their work could leave you on the hook for serious expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and more. And those unlicensed contractors may not know what they’re doing or follow regulations set by your city or municipality regarding dryer vent cleaning. Make sure any company you hire has proper licensing and insurance coverage before hiring them.
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