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PROTEK   dryer vent cleaning.

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Clean dryer vents reduce drying time, save you money on utilities, reduce maintenance costs, and prevent fires. When it comes to this crucial process, trust the experts at PROTEK to do it right.

Failure to clean dryer vents is the

number one cause of dryer fires.


Dryer fires are devastating and costly, but reducing the risk is simple.

  • The Risk

    Dryer lint is exceptionably flammable… more flammable than paper. Dryer fire incidence is higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January. In 2010, NFPA estimated that there were 15,450 dryer fires which resulted in about 50 civilian deaths and 380 civilian injuries.

  • The Cause

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), clothes dryers (aka dryers) are a leading cause of fires. “Failure to clean” dryer vents has been cited as the number one cause of dryer fires.

  • The Cost

    Dryer fires cause more than $236 million in direct property damage annually according to the NFPA. In some cases, insurance companies have canceled policies after paying a fire claim, forcing clients to pay considerably more to secure new insurance through high-risk programs. Moreover, facilities that house the elderly or infirmed persons are typically held to higher standards. Avoid costly insurance claims and loss of revenues, as well as potential wrongful death liability suits from families for loss of loved ones, by investing in dryer vent cleaning.

  • Our Best Practice Approach

    1. Setup

      At the kickoff of any project, workers review the Work Orders, survey the site, review safety concerns, and then begin to stage equipment.

    2. Minimize Disruption

      To minimize disruption of any customers who need dryers, PROTEK temporarily blocks off only the dryers that are associated with the specific exhausts that are about to be cleaned. In cases where each pocket (which typically contains two stacked dryers) has a dedicated exhaust, this means less than four (4) pockets at any given time – two pockets that are being cleaned and two that are about to be cleaned so that customers don’t slow down the process by putting items in those dryers.

    3. Create Access Points

      To enable insertion of the cleaning apparatus, if Access Points don’t already exist, access cuts are made as and where needed.

    4. Photographical Documentation

      To show the initial condition of dryer exhausts, workers take before pictures.

    5. HEPA Filtration

      To create negative pressure, and to ensure a safe environment, PROTEK uses a very powerful HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filtration Collector System. As needed, PROTEK blocks off trunk lines or other sections to make sure negative pressure can be maintained.

    6. Remove Debris

      Adhering to the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) recommended Level 1 methodology, PROTEK utilizes cable brushes to agitate debris. PROTEK then uses powerful HEPA negative air equipment to clean debris from the ductwork, move it forward to the HEPA Filtration Collector System, and remove it from the ductwork.

    7. Crawl Inside Ductwork

      Wherever practicable, PROTEK workers also crawl inside ductwork, as this is the most effective method of cleaning. In addition, our team may utilize cable brushes, with or without compressed air lines, to clean and blast the debris to the HEPA collector.

    8. Photographical Documentation

      Upon the completion of each section, workers take after pictures. This is a best and serves as proof that that the work was completed.

    9. Sealing

      Associated access cuts are sealed with high-quality foil tape, patches, plugs, or Access Doors.

    10. Section Completion

      PROTEK informs the on-site client representative that the section is complete and lets them know which section is next so that the client may unblock completed dryers and block the next section(s).

    11. Lint Removal

      Depending on unique site situations, PROTEK determines if and when the following work is performed:

      • Removing built up lint from the tops and backs of dryers
      • Removing built up lint from other surfaces such as beams, duct exteriors, etc.
      • Sweeping floors
      • Removing built up lint from exterior areas including rooftops
    12. Final Inspection Walkthrough

      Once all scoped areas have been cleaned, workers review the Work Order and perform a final inspection walkthrough. This ensures everything has been completed to PROTEK ’s high standards of quality and thoroughness.

    13. Clean Up

      The final step is to clean up and leave the site as good (if not better) than when PROTEK first arrived.

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