Frequently Asked Questions

Have a chimney cleaning-related question? We have the answer. Check out these FAQs and give us a call today for more information!

How often do I really need to clean my dryer vents?

We recommend you clean out your dryer ducts once a year. Reach out today if you’re looking for services from reliable dryer vent cleaning companies.

How do I know if my dryer ducts need to be cleaned?

Here are seven key signs you need to seek cleaning services from dryer vent cleaning companies.

  1. Clothes take longer than normal to dry
  2. Clothes are unusually hot to the touch
  3. The room is warmer than normal when the dryer is running
  4. You’ve noticed burning smells
  5. The lint flap isn’t opening
  6. The dryer tells you there’s a problem
  7. The dryer stopped working

Contact Swept Away Inc today to get started with our amazing services.

Will cleaning dryer vents make dryers work better?

With proper cleaning of dryer vents, dryers last much longer. Clogged dryer vents result in the machine working harder with less optimal performance. Once your dryer vent is clear of all foreign particles, it runs smoothly and doesn’t need a replacement. If you need help from dryer vent cleaning companies, we’re here to help!

What are the benefits of dryer vent cleaning?

Foregoing dryer vent cleaning can be especially dangerous. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 2,900 dryer vent fires occur in residential buildings each year. Here are some key benefits of receiving cleaning services from dryer vent cleaning companies.

  • Your clothes will dry faster
  • Color won’t fade as quickly
  • Material won’t degrade as fast
  • You’ll notice a significant improvement in the amount of time it takes to dry your clothes
  • Your dryer will last longer with fewer repairs
  • You’ll experience a lower energy bill
  • There will be a lower risk of potential dryer fires

Give us a call today to learn more. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What clogs a dryer vent?

As one of the most knowledgeable dryer vent cleaning companies around, we can tell you that most of the time, the cause of dryer vent clogs is lint that becomes trapped in the vent.

Over a year, typical dryer vents with average usage will accumulate 1/4 inch of lint on the wall of the pipe, reducing the overall diameter on the inside of it, and thus reducing airflow. Other times, nests and other debris can cause a clog. If you suspect a clogged dryer vent on your property, reach out today for assistance.

How often should I clean my chimney in Florida?

NFPA recommends getting your chimney cleaned and inspected once a year by qualified chimney cleaning companies. Regardless of chimney type, you should have your chimney swept at least once a year. We’d love to assist you with your chimney when you need service.

How can I get ready for a chimney sweep appointment?

While the chimney sweep will do most of the work, here are a few tips to prepare for services from chimney cleaning companies.

  • Make sure your fireplace is cool
  • Remove any logs in the firebox
  • Put away any decorative elements
  • Remove objects like furniture or toys that are blocking access to the fireplace

Let us know if you have any other questions, and we’d be happy to answer them.

What time of year is best to clean a chimney?

The best time to receive cleaning services from chimney cleaning companies is in the warmer months between spring and late summer. Essentially, you’ll want to seek services before you need to think about lighting any fireplaces for warmth when the weather turns cold and everyone is trying to book an appointment. Contact us today to get started with scheduling an appointment.

What can happen if I don't clean my chimney?

When your chimney is not cleaned for a long time, a substance called creosote keeps building up in the flue during the use of the fireplace. This creosote is highly flammable and can lead to a dangerous chimney fire (an uncontrolled 2,000-degree fire burning inside the chimney). Contact us today if you’re looking for prompt services from chimney cleaning companies.

How do I know when my chimney needs sweeping?

Here are a few key signs you need sweeping services from professional chimney cleaning companies.

  • Smoke is being blown back into the room
  • There is a bad smell even when you haven’t lit a fire
  • You can see signs of tar around the damper or flue entrance
  • Soot is frequently falling back into your stove or fire
  • Your fire isn’t burning as well as usual

Contact us for service as soon as you notice any of these signs.