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Exterior Vent Cover Replacements

By | Dryer Vent Cleaning, Exterior Vent Repair
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Exterior Vent Cover Replacements

Vent Busters offers a variety of exterior vent covers or caps for your dryer vents, bathroom exhausts, soffit vents, kitchen exhaust and more. Our wide selection ranges from economical plastic vent caps, energy efficient dryer vent covers, high end metal caps and luxury custom fabricated terminations. Whether you need to repair broken vents on the side of your house or want to upgrade to better quality metal covers we have something to fit your home.

Metal Vent Caps

Vent Busters’ lineup of metal vent caps offer super efficient design with minimal back pressure, extended durability in the sun, and great curb appeal. Bird and rodent protection available as well. Options appropriate for dryer vents, bathroom vents and more. If you want to replace your exterior vent caps once then go with a metal vent cover.

Classic Hood Style Covers

Vent Busters most popular product. Metal hooded style covers that look great on any type of siding and offer decades of protection against direct sunlight. A vent hood with single baffle and optional pest screen. This is a great choice if your builder quality plastic cover is broken or you want a stylish long lasting vent cover. These will match their plastic counterparts so there is a uniform look whether you want to replace one or all of them. Great for HOA situations where the covers need to match the rest of the neighborhood.

Deluxe Dryer Vent Covers

An upgraded version of our metal hood style vent cap.  A classic single baffle hood with upgrades that address all of the issues other products are plagued with. Heavy duty metal construction lasts forever in direct sunlight. Integrated wind and pest guard to stop chattering and pest intrusion. Spring loaded damper and magnetic seal to further protect the vent from birds and pests. Wide mouth design with minimal back pressure and lint collection. Available in white, brown, black, stainless, galvanized and copper. Simply the best dryer vent cap on the market.

Dryer Wallvent

Our dryer wallvents are a high quality metal vent cover with a super efficient design specifically for dryer vent terminations. The single baffle design minimizes back pressure, lowers dry times and offers built in pest protection without the need of an external bird guard. The louver recesses into the body of the vent cap and magnetically seals when the fan is off. Birds, chipmunks, squirrels, mice and other pests cannot pry the door open like plastic variants. The metal is powder coated in white, brown, tan or black and will withstand direct sunlight for decades.

While the dryer wallvent is designed for the high CFM of a dryer vent, they can be modified to fit most bathroom applications as well. This allows us to match all of the vent caps on your home for great curb appeal and uniform look. A great choice for brick and most siding applications.

Plastic Vent Cap Replacement

Plastic vent covers are an economical choice to replace broken vent caps on the side of your house. Our plastic vents come in a variety of options. Direct home builder replacements, integrated bird guards, dual flap no pest designs and more. All of our plastic vent covers look great on siding or brick. High quality ABS plastic with UV protection gives years of life. However, with all plastic vent caps constant direct sunlight will eventually cause dry rot and failure. These are a great option for budget minded folks or shaded applications. Direct sunlight applications are always better off with our metal product lines.

Soffit Vent Repairs

Many homes exhaust bathroom and dryer vents through the soffit. Home builders use a variety of cheap plastic that will dry rot and introduce birds to your attic space. Vent Busters offers long lasting metal and plastic vent covers for bathroom and dryer soffit applications.

Kitchen Exhaust Covers

We keep finding homes all around Greensboro with broken kitchen vent covers. The builder grade exhaust terminations are typically plastic and don’t last long in the sun. Once they break it is a 8 inch hole on the side of your house that will allow birds and pest inside. Vent Busters offers metal vent caps for your kitchen exhaust that are long lasting and look great. Available in white, brown or black powder coating. Stainless, galvanized and copper finishes as well!

Ready to have your exterior vent cover repaired?

Or has it been over a year since your last dryer vent cleaning or just want to improve the efficiency of your clothes dryer?  Submit a booking request with Vent Busters or give us a call @ 336-899-8001.

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DIY Dryer Vent Brush Stuck

By | Dryer Vent Cleaning
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Dryer Vent Brush Stuck…
Vent Busters to the rescue!

I received a panicked call from a homeowner around Kernersville, NC that their lint eater dryer vent cleaning brush got stuck in their vent. Laundry was piling up and they weren’t sure what to do. This job shows the dangers of trying to DIY clean a dryer vent. The brush went up the vent into the attic and caused the vent to disconnect from the roof. The rods of the brush wrapped around some wood in the attic and got stuck.

Fixing the Broken Dryer Vent

In our Kernersville dryer vent cleaning job we removed the tangled lint eater brush. The dryer vent was reattached to the roof vent and sealed with a high quality mastic tape. This is a permanent seal that will remain strong for years. I also added a metal support strap so the weight of the ductwork had something other then just tape holding it in the air. The dryer vent was then professionally cleaned and polished. Our customer was thrilled to say the least!

Cleaning a Dryer Vent Takes Planning

Our customer was very lucky their DIY vent cleaning brush did not wrap around electrical wires or damage HVAC or plumbing in the area. Imagine if the venting fell through the ceiling into their children’s bedroom! The DIY cleaning kit was sent about 40 feet into the attic when the vent was only 18ft to the roof. When Vent Busters comes out to clean a dryer vent we figure out the length of the ductwork so we don’t end up in a situation like our customer. This sometimes requires going into the attic or crawl space, using expensive camera equipment or just our knowledge from cleaning so many dryer vents in your community.

Did you get your vent brush stuck?

Or has it been over a year since your last dryer vent cleaning or just want to improve the efficiency of your clothes dryer?  Submit a booking request with Vent Busters or give us a call @ 336-899-8001.

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Importance of Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning

By | Dryer Vent Cleaning
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Importance of Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning

A clothes dryer exhaust vent funnels wet, hot dry air away from the dryer and home interior to the outdoors. Although every dryer has a lint trap, the exhaust vent air contains tiny particles of fibers from clothes and hair. Over time, this debris creates a build-up of lint inside of the vent. A partial or full blockage makes it harder for the air to vent outdoors, which results in clothing taking longer to dry and parts overheating as the dryer works harder to force out the air. A blockage results in higher monthly electric or gas utility bills. In a worst-case scenario, the lint can catch fire and destroy not only the dryer but also your home.

Regular vent cleaning to remove the lint is the only way to save time and money. Yet, do-it-yourself cleaning isn’t as fast or inexpensive as you might think. Consider the following top three reasons why you should invest in professional dryer vent cleaning services:

Hardened Lint Buildup

You probably expect all of the lint in your clothes dryer vent to be loose and fluffy. Instead, moist, hot air from drying clothing eventually turns old lint into a hardened, condensed material that sticks to the interior surfaces of the vent. This material isn’t usually easy to remove without proper professional tools handled by an expert. You can actually damage your dryer’s vent, especially if it’s a foil hose product, when you try to remove the buildup on your own.

Do-It-Yourself Kit Problems

Even if you invest in a consumer – or professional-grade vent cleaning kit, your lack of experience can result in expensive vent or dryer damage. Additionally, you will quickly discover that you’ve wasted more time and money trying to save both with do-it-yourself tools. Most DIY enthusiasts don’t realize that lint removal requires more than pushing or blowing a blockage through the vent. Other debris from outdoors, such as leaves and twigs, can build up inside of it, which makes cleaning more difficult. The interior housing of the dryer needs to be cleaned as well. A dryer technician has the tools and skills to quickly and safely clean these areas.

Dangerous Unexpected Guests

Many people are surprised to learn that their dryer vents have become homes to pests, including arachnids, insects, birds, mice, rats, chipmunks, squirrels, snakes and even the juvenile offspring and young adults of larger mammals like raccoons, groundhogs, and skunks. While you’re trying to clean out your vent, an angry or rabid pest might attack. With arachnids and insects alone, you need to consider the possibility that you might be bitten or stung by something poisonous or venomous.

Who You Gonna Call?

At Vent Busters, our team has the knowledge and experience to efficiently handle these and other dryer vent cleaning scenarios in the safest manner possible. We also know how to safely tackle toxic mold that can sometimes form inside and near dryer vents. In addition, we offer vent repair services. We take pride in helping to educate our customers in Greensboro, NC, and nearby areas, about how to maintain their dryers and vents between service calls. For more information or to schedule a vent inspection, cleaning or repair, call today.

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DIY vs Professional Vent Cleaning

By | Dryer Vent Cleaning
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Do-It-Yourself vs. Professional

Cleaning your dryer vents is one of those things all homeowners need to have done regularly. It’s like an oil change, only less frequently needed. Some of us will opt to have the professionals take care of it, while others will take a DIY approach. Both have benefits and drawbacks, and with this article, we’ll help you come to your own conclusion.

What are DIY Vent Cleaning Kits and Do They Work?

When all is said and done, you shouldn’t have any issues with most DIY kits on the market. However, before you decide to buy one, there are a few downsides you need to know about.

A dryer cleaning kit will come with long, flexible rods that connect to a brush on one end and a power drill on the other. You connect the brush to one of the rod, insert the combination into your dryer vent, and add as many rods as needed in order to clean the entirety of the vent line. Once the brush is in place, you attach your drill, and the brush spins rapidly to clean the lint buildup inside the vent.

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Amazon Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit

Sounds kind of fun, doesn’t it? The downside to the DIY option is that it’s risky to use these kits through bends in your dryer’s vent line. As your brush is spinning away at the lint and you’re pulling the rod out, sometimes the rod will snap, leaving the brush deep inside the vent.

Another common weak point is where the rods connect to each other. Sometimes they’ll separate while you’ve got your drill spinning and you won’t be able to reach far enough inside the vent to get them out.

Now instead of a dryer vent full of flammable lint, you’ve got a vent full of lint and the DIY cleaning kit you just bought. I’ve heard horror stories of couples who bought a cleaning kit, got it stuck, then bought another kit to get the first one out, only to have that one get stuck as well!

When they called a pro, he couldn’t guarantee he’d be able to get all the pieces out. Fortunately, the professional was able to clear the line, and they weren’t forced to disassemble the dryer vent or cut out drywall to get it done.

Another thing to consider is what happens when the plastic rods don’t quite reach the end of the vent line. You’ll end up pushing extra lint into a large ball near the end of the line, introducing an even greater fire hazard. It’s easy to underestimate how long your dryer vent is, since each bend adds a substantial amount to the total length.

Using a DIY Vent Cleaning Kit Can Damage Your Vent

Depending on the kit you buy, the bristles on the brush can be sharp enough to puncture the vent duct. This is often a hazard if the duct is flexible, since you’ll need to apply pressure to make it through the elbow-bends of your vent line.

If you cause damage while using a DIY cleaning kit, you’ll end up with a punctured duct that won’t work as well as it did before. In fact, the hole will allow the hot and humid air from your dryer to enter the laundry room or walls, which can lead to mold growth. Dryer lint can start building up in the room, causing a potential fire hazard in your home.

Should I Get a DIY Kit?

With all that being said, there are some instances when it makes sense to clean the vent with a DIY kit.

● The vent line is straight.
● The vent line is less than 7 feet in length.

If your vent line has any angles or bends and is longer than 6 or 7 feet, you can save yourself a potential headache and time it takes to clean by hiring a professional to get the job done.

My Neighbor Used a Leaf Blower!

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Using a leaf blower to clear a dryer vent is extremely risky.  You are forcing 200 mph of air through a 4″ thin aluminum vent.  Dryer vents were not made for this type of velocity and can rip or separate in your walls, crawlspace, and attic.  Now you have a construction project on your hands.  If you are successful you will have just blown lint all over your property.  Dead skin and lint everywhere!  Yum!  Please do not use a leaf blower to clear a vent.  If you insist on trying a DIY method, contact us first and we will be more than happy to walk you through a safer method.

Why Hiring a Professional is Better Than DIY Kits

Instead of using a cheap vent cleaning kit that could make everything worse, us professionals at Vent Busters in Greensboro have a few different tools for making sure the lint buildup is removed from your dryer vent.

Vacuum & Brushes

Our vacuums have three independent motors and five different methods of air filtration. They will contain any lint coming out of the wall and will not create dust in the home. A normal shop vac doesn’t come close.

We assist the vacuum by running a set of brushes through the entire length of the dryer duct. Our rods are commercial quality and will bend around any turns or obstacles without breaking. We have dozens of brushes and attachments that can be used to knock out any obstacles from large buildups to nesting and rodent issues.

Air Compressor

Sometimes the buildup is so bad or the turns in the pipe will not allow our brushes and vacuum to do the trick. In these cases, we may run compressed air through the pipe knocking away any obstructions. Our air compressors are not your typical residential machines. We carry a large gas powered air compressor powered by a 5 HP Honda engine. These compressors are rated at 200 PSI and can take care of any blockage.

Problems & Repairs

We have been in front of hundreds of dryer vents.  The professional knows what to look for when inspecting a dryer vent.  If the vent needs repairs or correction we carry the materials and knowledge to get the job done during our cleaning visit.  We can even take apart your dryer and clean or fix that as well!

Dryer Vent Cleaning & Repair in Greensboro

When’s the last time you had your vents cleaned? Want to improve the efficiency of your dryer? Schedule an appointment with Vent Busters today by clicking the button below! You can always give us a call @ 336-899-8001

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Water Buildup in Flexible Dryer Vent

By | Dryer Vent Cleaning
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Moisture & Water in Dryer Vent

Long dryer vents made of flexible tubing are very inefficient. The grooves and dips in this material rapidly collect lint and cause blockages. Once a vent is blocked moisture starts to accumulate and can cause the flex to fall, rip and release nasty odors in your home. If you have a flexible dryer vent in your crawlspace, walls or attic contact us and we can install proper rigid piping and make sure your system remains safe and efficient!

Here is a video of a job we went on and pulled out 30 feet of flexible vent from the customer’s crawlspace. It was so backed up with water it turned the lint into sludge and the smell coming up from the floor was outrageous!

Dryer Vent Cleaning & Repair in Greensboro

Has it been over a year since your last dryer vent cleaning or just want to improve the efficiency of your clothes dryer?  Get in touch with Vent Busters or give us a call @ 336-899-8001.

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Why is my dryer taking a long time to dry?

By | Dryer Vent Cleaning
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What’s Wrong With My Dryer?
Why is it taking a long time to dry?

It happens to the best of us here in Greensboro. You’re halfway through a load of laundry and notice the dryer is taking its sweet time. You open the door to find damp clothes sticking to the sides of the drum.

Now the whole operation is backed up! You can handle having to resort to the clothes-line-and-pin technique, but while we’re waiting, let’s figure out what’s wrong with your dryer.

Does it heat up at all?

If the dryer isn’t heating up at all, the problem is most likely a defective part. If the dryer is heating up, but not enough to dry your clothes, it’s probably an airflow issue. Worst case scenario— your dryer needs to be replaced entirely.

If your dryer runs on electricity, it’s possible the dryer isn’t receiving adequate voltage. You can check this off your list of potential problems in three easy steps.

  1. Double check to see if your dryer is plugged in completely.
  2. Open the circuit breaker panel and take a look. Make sure the proper circuit breakers are switched on.
  3. Lastly, make sure there aren’t any blown fuses.

If the dryer runs on gas, make sure there are no kinks in the line and the valve is turned on.

Hopefully, something simple like this is the reason why your dryer isn’t working properly, although if it’s an electrical problem, it’s more likely that the dryer wouldn’t turn on at all.  Nevertheless, give it a check to rule it out.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, it could also be the heating element, the thermal fuse, thermostat, or the timer motor that’s causing the issue. Inspecting any of these will require the dryer cabinet to be opened up and testing the components with a multimeter.

Unfortunately, almost all dryer parts cannot be repaired. They’ll need to be replaced. It’s usually best to call a specialist for this, unless you understand what needs to be done and how to do it safely. Before you break out your credit card, let’s look at airflow issues.

How long has it been since your dryer vents were cleaned?

On the simple side of things, you might’ve forgotten to clean the lint trap. If the screen is clean, consider the last time you had your vents cleaned by a technician.

Dirty vents typically result in a dryer that takes all day to do what usually takes an hour. This costs extra time and money, and what’s worse, it puts your entire household at a greater risk of a house fire from all the lint that builds up.

According to The National Fire Protection Association, in 2010 almost 17,000 home fires involved dryers or washing machines, resulting in nearly 400 injuries, more than 50 deaths, and millions of dollars in property damage. The leading cause among dryer fires was recorded as “failure to clean”

Lint will build up inside dryer vents over time and force your dryer to work extra hard to do its job. Since lint is extremely flammable, if enough builds up in the vents, it could ignite. Some warning signs that it’s time to have your vents clean are:

  • It takes multiple cycles to dry your clothes
  • The room or the dryer itself is warmer than usual
  • There’s a musty smell near the dryer or on your clothes
  • There’s a burning smell
  • You can’t recall the last time they were cleaned

What To Do?

If anything on the list above stands out, call us for an appointment. We’ll make sure your dryer vent receives the following:

  • Preparation: We make sure the vent is secured and taped before we start any cleaning.
  • Vacuum and Brushes: We use a vacuum specifically designed for lint removal and run brushes along the entire length of the dryer duct.
  • Air Compression: If there are any stubborn obstructions, we take care of them with a high-powered air compressor.
  • Cleanup: We leave your laundry room cleaner than we found it.

Prevention costs a fraction of what repairs do.

The inner workings of your home are typically out of sight and out of mind, which makes a lot of sense. If your focus was on what’s behind your walls, what’s draining your sinks, or what’s clearing your dryer, you’d be surrounded by systems that are failing inside your own home.

When everything is running smoothly, it requires minimal effort to keep it that way. It’s only when something jumps out of line that you’re forced to dedicate your time to it until it’s back in its place. The easiest way to keep maintenance to a minimum is to keep a regular maintenance schedule. This allows your dryer to do what it does best while you keep your sites on what matters most— life.

Dryer Vent Cleaning & Repair in Greensboro

Has it been over a year since your last dryer vent cleaning or just want to improve the efficiency of your clothes dryer?  Get in touch with Vent Busters or give us a call @ 336-899-8001.

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Dryer Vent Cleaning: The Warning Signs

By | Dryer Vent Cleaning
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A dryer vent cleaning can help improve efficiency, effectiveness, and operation of your Greensboro dryer system.  Most homeowners are unsure when it is time to have a cleaning done or that the service exists at all.  Our team at Vent Busters would like to share some of the common warning signs that it is time to schedule a dryer vent cleaning.

Warning Signs You Need Dryer Vent Cleaning

The warning signs that a dryer vent is in need of cleaning are pretty cut and dry.  Keep an eye out for the following issues to determine if you need to schedule a dryer vent cleaning.

  • Multiple Cycles to Dry Clothes. When a dryer vent is clogged, the dryer cannot exhaust properly.  This causes hot moist air to back up in the dryer and lowers its efficiency quite a bit.  If you find it is taking multiple cycles to complete a load of laundry it is time to give Vent Busters a call.
  • Clothing Smells Musty and Damp. When the dryer’s exhaust backs up into the dryer the moisture lingers in the piping and can create stale odors that transfer onto your clothing!  This can lead to mold and mildew and not something you want to mix with your laundry.
  • The Outside of the Dryer is Hot. If you touch the top or side of your dryer and it is unusually hot or warm it is due to the dryer vent being clogged.  If a clothes dryer cannot exhaust properly it will overheat and eventually cause a malfunction with the dryer, leading to a costly repair!
  • There is a Burning Smell.  If you smell any type of burning coming from your dryer this is an indication that lint may be so clogged it is backing up into the dryer and starting to touch the heating element.  If you smell something like rubber or cotton burning you should stop using the dryer immediately and call us.  This is a warning sign that there is a fire hazard and needs to be taken care of ASAP.

Dryer Vent Cleaning & Repair in Greensboro

Are you experiencing any of the warning signs we listed or just want to improve the efficiency of your clothes dryer?  Schedule online with Vent Busters or give us a call @ 336-899-8001.