About Sick Building Syndrome: Dryer Vent Cleaning and Air Duct Cleaning

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Dryer Vent Wizard

A major source of indoor air pollution is dirty air ducts.  The furnace or air conditioner draws dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander and other contaminants into the duct system and blows them back into the air you breathe.  Over time these particles accumulate in the duct system; changes in temperature cause moisture build-up; the particles stick to the sides of ducts as they continue to accumulate and to become the perfect environment for mold and bacteria.  As the air is pumped through the vents into the home people become sick with upper respiratory problems.  Most people have their duct work cleaned periodically to reduce air pollution in their homes.

 

Dryer vent cleaning is also very important.  Dryers produce lint which becomes trapped in the dryer ducts and dryer vent system.  Over time dryer lint builds up, blocking airflow, creating a fire hazard and causing your dryer to work harder to do its job.  Lint is highly flammable so when the airway is obstructed the system overheats and you are at risk of having a dryer fire. 

 

Besides heat and moisture from the dryer drum, your dryer ducts also carry gas by-products like carbon monoxide from your home.  If the system is clogged there is a possibility of dryer exhaust leaking into your home, contaminating the air you breathe. 

 

Dryer Exhaust and Air Ducts in Condos

 

People who live in condos or attached apartment buildings are at risk even more than in single family homes because the extensive duct system and the number of people living in close quarters.  Building managers are urged to clean air ducts and dryer vent systems often to reduce the risk of fire and a condition known as "Sick Building Syndrome." 

 

Sick Building Syndrome is caused by toxins such as dust, mold, cleaning products, pesticides and certain types of plastic materials that can emit organic compounds into the air including formaldehyde and biological contaminants like pollen, mold, bacteria and viruses. 

 

Dirty or moist air ducts and dryer exhaust ducts are the perfect breeding ground for Sick Building Syndrome which causes upper respiratory illness and reduces airflow causing appliances to work harder and use more energy.   In addition a clogged dryer vent system is a potential fire hazard.  Air ducts and dryer ducts should be cleaned periodically to prevent these problems.

 

D. Benson of Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer vent cleaning and all dryer exhaust issues.  Unlike many service technicians, they also take the time to explain to their customers what they are doing and why it is important.  With God's help and many successful business partnerships, Dryer Vent Wizard will make 1 million dryers safer and greener by the year 2010.

 

Comments (2)

Vanessa Rosenblum
ProREA Staffing - San Francisco, CA

Thanks for the info!  I have recently developed terrible indoor allergies.  I'm going to clean my vents and evaluate my cleaning products!

Jun 23, 2009 09:33 AM
Cindy Claflin
R.A.N Realty & Property Management - Mesa, AZ
Debrocke, ABR

WOW!  I need to be sure & clean my dryer vent more often.  Thanks for reminding me to do so.

Cindy

Jun 23, 2009 10:30 AM