Jax Vents FAQ'S For Dryer Vents
& Chimney Sweep
Vent Cleaning & Repair FAQ's
is vent cleaning so important?
Proper vent maintenance will reduce the amount of time
it takes to dry a load. A dryer with a blocked vent
can take 3 to 4 times as long to dry costing upwards
of $3.00 per load compared to $.75. If your dryer is
unable to let the hot air escape properly it will produce
an unsafe amount of heat. This becomes a huge fire risk.
When your dryer gets too hot a switch automatically
shuts it down, Dryer Fires occur when this switch fails.
How often do I need to have my dryer vent cleaned?
Most Dryer Vents should be cleaned at least every two
years. Some dryer ducts need more attention. Some Determining
How many people are using the same dryer?
Is the dryer more than ten years old?
Is your dryer vent more than ten feet long?
Does your dryer vent have at least one 90 degree
Does your dryer vent have a screen?
Why should I use Jax Vents?
We will treat your home and your dryer like our own.
We have the skills and the equipment to get your dryer
vent clean. We stand behind our work and test output
to assure maximum ventilation.
do you clean my dryer vent?
Our Cleaning Process incorporates a rotary brush paired
with a high powered vacuum cleaner. Our brushes are
able to snake to the end of your vent, releasing all
lint and debris. At the same time the vacuum is sucking
it out. We will locate and clean your exterior vent
cap whether it is up on the roof, side of the structure
or under the slab.
long does the vent cleaning take?
Most vents can be cleaned within an hour.
should I do prior to the technicians arrival?
Remove all items in and around your washer and dryer,
the less stuff in the way the better. Also, remove all
clothing from washer and dryer. We are dog and cat friendly
but sometimes it is best to keep them clear of the work
area due to open doors and loud vacuum noises.
type of connecting hose do you recommend?
We will use the existing hose unless it is plastic or
has holes in it. We carry suitable replacements in case
the hose has to be replaced.
Sweep Cleaning & Repair FAQ's
Most homeowners in this area have
little working knowledge of chimney and venting systems. This
situation is complicated by the fact that faults, damage and
problems are rarely visible to the casual observer. The threat
of chimney fires and unsafe indoor air quality conditions
can be greatly reduced, perhaps even eliminated, if homeowners
only understood that chimneys require regular maintenance.
is the Chimney Sweeps Role?
The primary job of a chimney service professional is to monitor
your chimney, clean and maintain your chimney, and to prescribe
changes to improve its performance and safety.
is a Safety Inspection?
The Chimney Sweep serviceman will check the condition of your
firebox, damper, and flue to determine typical problems such
as built up creosote, mortar deterioration, obstructions inside
the flue, and malfunctioning damper parts. He will alert you
to any problems that he finds and provide you with a written
estimate for any needed repairs. You are under no obligation
to contract us to do such repairs, however, it may not be
safe to continue using your fireplace until those problems
Often Should My Chimney Be Cleaned?
We recommend that you have your chimney cleaned every year
or about every cord of wood burned. If you notice an odor
or that your fireplace is not drafting properly, call us to
inspect it before continuing to use it.
What Causes CREOSOTE or "Soot"?
Creosote or "soot" is caused by simply burning materials
in your fireplace such as wood. There is no way to prevent
the build up of creosote. Now you are probably asking, "What
is creosote?" It is basically unburned fuel that gathers
in the form of black powder, flakes, or a baked-on glaze,
depending on the degree of build up. This is one of the main
causes of chimney fires. When there is an excess build up
of creosote in the chimney and temperatures rise, the soot
is ignited and an actual fire is started inside your chimney,
showering your roof with sparks.
What Causes Smoke Problems?
Dirty flue/chimney preventing draft
A bigger or smaller flue than needed
Improper air pressure in the house
Obstruction in flue
Damper not opening properly. Sometimes more than one thing
can contribute to the smoking problem.
is a Spark Arrestor?
A spark arrestor is a metal screen that catches sparks
and hot embers that may escape your chimney if not in
place. Today spark arrestors are commonly built into
chimney caps which our company can provide and install