Home Maintenance Tips for Summer



Summer is right around the corner here in Eugene, Oregon, and before the hot weather really hits us, we thought we’d provide some final tips to getting your home cleaned up after our long rainy season. A lot of homeowners neglect some of the most important home maintenance projects, and we’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen! Here’s our list of maintenance tips to get done.

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Why You Need an Annual Dryer Vent Cleaning


So, you’ve gotten your annual chimney sweep and inspection, but what about your annual dryer vent cleaning? Often times, homeowners look over this once-a-year chore which can leave them at risk of a fire. How can you tell when your dryer vent needs to be cleaned? Here are 5 signs to look out for. In the meantime, here’s exactly why you should have a professional inspect and clean your dryer vent every year.

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The Oregon Chimney Guys Spring Cleaning Checklist

chimney guys on roof

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and it’s a great time in Eugene to finish all of those household chores you’ve been putting off! Have you done your spring cleaning yet? Summer is fast approaching and we here at Oregon Chimney Guys are here to help you with your spring cleaning. We’ve come up with our very own annual spring cleaning checklist.

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5 Signs it’s Time to Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned

Dirty Dryer-Vent

You’ve probably gotten a chimney sweep for creosote removal but when was the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned? Two years ago? Three years ago? More? Here at Oregon Chimney Guys we would like to remind you that a properly cleaned dryer is a safe dryer.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), clothes dryers caused over 15,000 home fires in 2010 in which the leading cause was failure to clean.

Here are five signs that it’s time to give us a call for a professional dryer vent cleaning

1.  Clothes do not dry completely after a normal drying cycle.

When your dryer vent is clogged it traps the moisture inside the dryer causing a much longer drying cycle. If your clothes are taking longer than 35-45 minutes to dry, it’s time to clean the vent.

2.  A burning odor occurs while running your dryer.

Lint can build up almost everywhere in your dryer, including places other than your lint trap. Lint is very flammable, causing a build-up to easily catch on fire.

3.  Lint or debris is built up around the hose or outside vent opening.

This build-up is caused by a clogged vent and can restrict airflow, which puts your dryer at risk of over heating.

4.   Clothes are unusually hot after normal drying cycle.

This usually means that the vent is not exhausting heat properly due to a clogged system. Not only does this waste energy, but it can cause damage to the heating element in your dryer.

5.   You haven’t gotten your dryer professionally cleaned in over a year.

The NFPA recommends getting your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year. Not doing so can put you at risk of a hazardous fire.

If you’re still unsure whether or not your dryer might be clogged, call us for a free evaluation. Here at Oregon Chimney Guys we want to keep your home safe, which is why we provide Eugene with more than just chimney repair services.

More About Dryer Vents

Did you know that your dryer’s lint trap can’t catch all the lint? The rest gets into the vent and crowds the opening, stealing efficiency and raising your chances of having a fire. In fact, there are over 15,000 lint-caused fires every year in the U.S.

Now for the good news. The opposite is also true: clean, safe vents save you money. And the only thing standing between you and clean vents is a phone call.

Here’s how it works: call us out and get clean vents. Simple as that.

How do I know that my clothes dryer vent needs to be cleaned?

Well, if your clothes take longer than 30 minutes to dry for a normal load, and your clothes dryer gets warm (or hot) to the touch while it is running…It’s your dryer vent that is probably clogged and needs to be un-clogged.

If you are at all unsure just give us a call and we can do an evaluation.

How often should my dryer vent be cleaned?

It all depends on the following:
1. How many loads of laundry does the dryer handle?
2. What kind of laundry is washed: lots of lint-producing items, such as diapers or towels?
3. How many elbows are there?
4. How long is the venting?

The best way to determine the cleaning status is to monitor the drying time of typical laundry loads. When the loads take over 30-45 minutes to dry, it’s time to clean out the vent. We suggest that you get it cleaned at least every two years.

If you are at all unsure just give us a call and we can do an evaluation.