How is your exhaust vent?
Papa Joe's techs are certified and qualified to ensure your dryer vent is fully optimized and safe. Check out the photos below, and if yours looks like one, contact us. Read our frequently asked questions, then give us a call.
What you need to know about venting
What is dryer venting, and why is it important?
Dryer venting involves tubing connected to your dryer’s exhaust port.
Venting allows the warm, moist air and lint on your clothing to be
blown out of the dryer and outside your home. To operate correctly,
dryers need vents that allow heat, lint, and moisture to be expelled
outdoors. In addition, dryer vents assist in creating a suction force that removes
lint from clothes and allows air to circulate more effectively.
Do I NEED to vent my dryer?
YES! Excess heat blows directly into your laundry room without
venting, causing a buildup of lint behind the dryer. In addition, if
your dryer isn’t vented outside of the home, moisture left inside
promotes mold and mildew growth and allows condensation to form on
your windows. In extreme cases, this can cause the wood in your home
to rot. Without proper venting, lint buildup inside the dryer becomes
a fire hazard because it’s EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE. Papa Joe’s techs have
seen this MANY times.
Okay, I need dryer venting, but my laundry room is next to the garage!
Can’t I vent into the garage?
NO! If you have a gas-fired dryer, it’s not only a bad idea to vent it
into your garage; it’s potentially deadly. Gas-fired dryers eject
small amounts of carbon monoxide and must be adequately
vented to the outdoors.
How often should my dryer venting be cleaned?
In most cases, once a year is sufficient. However, lengthy, often-used
vent lines with many twists and turns are recommended to be cleaned
twice a year.
What is the maximum safe length for my venting?
The maximum safe length of an exhaust vent cannot be more than 35 feet
and should be as straight as possible. Any 90-degree turn will reduce
this safe length by 5 feet since turns minimize airflow.
What type of dryer venting should I use?
There are several types of dryer venting on the market. Most varieties
resemble a metallic accordion of coiled springs covered in aluminum
foil known as “flex” venting. Papa Joe’s strongly discourages its use
because it’s easily crushed, restricting necessary airflow, thus
increasing lint buildup. Instead, we use thick, unflexible 26-gauge
metal piping, which allows for smooth airflow and no lint restriction.