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It’s National Home Improvement Month! Don’t Forget Your Dryer Vents

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There are many signs that it’s time to have your dryer vents cleaned. And, in honor of national home improvement month this May, why not take a moment to check your dryer vents? As a dryer vent cleaning service we say this a lot, but it is true: a clean dryer vent is a safe dryer vent.

An obstructed, lint and debris-filled dryer vent is a dangerous dryer vent, and also makes your dryer more expensive to run. Clean dryer vents help to decrease the risk of a dryer fire and other dryer issues can present additional problems in terms of safety and efficiency.

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So, this spring, while you’re making home improvement updates to other areas of your home or even your business, why not take a moment to consider some of the red flags that come along with a faulty dryer vent. As a dryer vent cleaning service in Eden Prairie, we’ve come up with some of the warning signs to look out for:

A Burning Smell

If you ever notice a burning smell when your dryer is running you should stop using it immediately. This is a major sign that you need to call a professional dryer vent cleaning service as soon as possible. The smell could be a result of the lint build-up in the hose or vent, and that lint could be igniting or smoldering. It is definitely in your best interest to call in the pros to make sure your dryer, dryer vent and dryer hose are all safe to use.

Clothes are Hot to the Touch

After your dryer is done running, are you noticing that your clothes and the dryer itself are hot to the touch? Of course both are a little warm after use. But, if both are very hot to the touch, this is a good warning sign that you need to look into calling a dryer vent cleaning service.

Clothes Take Longer to Dry

A dryer’s most basic function is to push hot and moist air out of the dryer and through the hose and vent so your clothes can dry. But when the dryer vent is blocked by lint, that air has nowhere to go, so it stays in your dryer and your clothes stay damp. Call a dryer vent cleaning service to clean out your dryer vents and get your dryer back to functioning at full capacity.

If you notice any of the above problems, call our dryer vent cleaning service right away. And, since it is national home improvement month, take this time to give your dryer and your dryer vents a little extra TLC. It could help save you money in the long run! We can ensure your dryer is functioning as efficiently as they should be.

If you would like to learn more about our dryer vent cleaning service in Eden Prairie, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us to Request Service.

Get In-the-Know: Lesser Known Facts about Dryer Vents

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At Dryer Vent Wizard, we know how important it is to not only keep your dryer vent clean, but to properly install your new dryer vents. Improper dryer vent installation can lead to a host of problems from fire hazards to issues with efficiency to mold growth. That’s why the experts at Dryer Vent Wizard have put together a comprehensive list of some of the lesser known facts about dryer vents to get you in-the-know before your next dryer vent cleaning or dryer vent installation in Plymouth.

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Dryer Fire Threat Increases in the Winter
Did you know that the threat of a dryer vent fire increases during the winter time? Due to bulkier clothing and bedding we use during the winter months, a build-up of lint can happen far more quickly. The thicker material itself produces more lint and, increased lint means more lint getting caught in your dryer trap and your vents. This means that in these two locations, the likelihood of a potential fire hazard increases. Winter also means dryer air in general which is never a good thing when it comes to fire prevention. To ensure a safer season, call Dryer Vent Wizard before winter hits and we can come out to see if you require a cleaning or new dryer vent installation.

A Clean, Professionally Installed Dryer Vent Can Boost Efficiency
Not only is a professional dryer vent installation or cleaning safer, it can even help with your dryer’s energy efficiency. How? Clothes dryers are one of the most expensive appliances to operate in the home. Simply, the longer it runs, the more money it costs you. Vents clogged with debris or those installed improperly can slow down the drying process, meaning you will need to run the dryer for longer in order to get your clothing completely dry. Ensure your dryer vent installation is done properly and that you’re getting the most out of your dryer by calling the professionals.

The More You Know
Familiarize yourself with the current standards and related issues when it comes to dryer vent installation to ensure you know what to look for. Recognize early symptoms of a malfunctioning dryer vent like these:

  • Dryer is hot to the touch
  • Lint build-up around dryer trap
  • Clothes take longer than usual to dry
  • Burning or musty odor

By learning to recognize these symptoms of potential hazards and, most importantly, by educating others, you can help keep your dryers and the dryers of your friends running safely and efficiently. If you have any questions about your dryer vent or to request a dryer vent installation in Plymouth, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or you can contact us to Request an Appointment.

Getting Some Answers on Dryer Vent Safety

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According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. It goes without saying that you want to do everything you can to protect your loved ones, your home or your commercial property from a fire. The best way to make this happen is by calling your local dryer vent cleaning company in Wayzata, Dryer Vent Wizard. We recommend a good cleaning every two to three years, and our trained technicians are here to help with all your dryer vent needs. Until then, here are a few answers on dryer vent safety.

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What causes a dryer vent fire?
A spark from the heating element in electric or gas dryers combined with the build-up of lint can start a dryer vent fire. A vent can become restricted from lack of maintenance. And, if left long enough, the dryer can also build up with lint. The presence of lint around the heat source then becomes a potential fire hazard as the dryer’s ability to perform as it should depends very much on proper air flow.

How do I know if I need to have my dryer vent cleaned?
At Dryer Vent Wizard, a trusted dryer vent cleaning company, we care about you and your safety. That’s why some of our experts have come up with a list of signs you may experience when you need to have your dryer vent cleaned.

  • Drying time starts taking longer than usual
  • A musty odor is noticed on the clothing following the dryer cycle
  • Clothes do not completely dry after a normal cycle
  • Visible lint and debris around the lint filter
  • The vent hood flap won’t properly open
  • Large amounts of lint accumulation in the lint trap

How can I prevent my dryer vents from getting clogged too quickly?
Though you will still need a routine dryer vent cleaning company to take a look, there are a few things you can do to help keep your dryer vent from clogging too often. First, air dry thick bedding and your heavier clothing. Second, use half of the dryer sheet instead of a full one. And third, be sure to always clean out your lint trap after you use your dryer.

Why should I hire a professional dryer vent cleaning company?
Though there are some do-it-yourself solutions as well as vent cleaning kits, these aren’t typically as effective as hiring a pro. A professional dryer vent cleaning company like Dryer Vent Wizard has the expert tools and experience needed to get your system cleaned right the first time. Having been trained in a variety of dryer vent models, we know the best and most efficient way to go about cleaning the interior components of the system.

Need more information about dryer vent safety or to learn about our dryer vent cleaning company serving Wayzata and surrounding areas? Don’t wait another second! Give us a call at 651-792-5626 or Contact Us.

Wintertime Dryer Vent Cleaning

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The time of year that is a boon for dryer fires across the nation is here. Winter is the season that catastrophic dryer fires erupt more than any other time of year. The threat of a dryer fire increases as the temperature outside decreases. It is of paramount importance that you utilize a dryer vent cleaning service for your Eagan home at least once every two to three years. A best time of year to have this work done is just before winter, but, if you have not had this done yet, there is no better time than right now!

Dryer fires occur during the winter months because of increased wear of thicker, bulkier clothing that ends up repeatedly being run through the dryer. The sheets, comforters and wool blankets that also get dried via dryer also contribute. The thicker the clothing and bedding utilized during the winter months, the more lint it produces. The more lint produced means more lint that gets caught in your dryer vents and hoses. The more lint produced means more lint that gets caught in your dryer’s venting system. Maintenance of your dryer’s venting system will reduce the risk of a dryer fire.

Call the Dryer Vent Wizard today to utilize our dryer vent cleaning services, especially if it has been a few years since you last had this work carried out. There are likely multiple conglomerations of lint that need to be addressed within that dryer of yours. If clothes are taking longer to dry than they should, or if they come out with a musty smell to them or if you have noticed an otherwise unblamable increase in your electric bill or even if the top of the dryer is hot to the touch, chances are that lint accumulation is the culprit.

In the interim, between now and your dryer vent cleaning appointment, follow these guidelines that will create a more efficient overall dryer functionality:

  • Clean your dryer’s lint trap before or after every single load of laundry that you dry.
  • Air dry heavier clothing and bedding to prevent lint from massing within your dryer lint trap or vents.
  • Do not run the dryer when you or someone capable is not at home.
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of any items that could ignite. If your dryer is in need of a good cleaning, then it might run hotter than usual, and this could potentially cause items near your dryer to ignite.

If you would like more information on our dryer cleaning service near Eagan, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626, or you can contact us to Request an Appointment.

Tips to Enhance Your Dryer Duct Cleaning

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Dryer Vent Wizard, a professional dryer duct cleaning company in the Woodbury area, often encounters the same issues with dryers, their ducts and hoses, again and again. The issues are most often found within the dryer ducts themselves and/or the hoses. The following is a batch of common repairs and issues that we have run into and ultimately fixed for our customers.

  • The materials that make up your dryer ducts need to be made of a rigid material, not the all too common plastic, foil or PVC piping. If you find that your dryer vent is made up of anything but metal, the risk of experiencing a dryer fire is increased exponentially. PVC and plastic can create static electricity, which ultimately causes the dryer lint to adhere to the interior of your dryer vent’s walls. The lint then mixes with the water that expelled from the dryer during the drying cycle. A sludgy mixture is then created that can also increase the risk of a fire starting. Specifically related to PVC, this material “sweats”, creating areas for lint to pool, collect and harden.
  • If you are an aficionado of duct tape, do not use that love on venting materials and and/or bolts or screws as a means of securing joints on dryer vents and hoses. The adhesive on duct tape dries out and creates gaps in the joints. Lint often collects on these bolts and screws, also increasing the risk of fire.
  • Make sure that your dryer vents end up sending the air outside. They should never terminate anywhere other than that, like in an attic or crawl space. If dryer vents terminate anywhere but outside, mold and mildew growth are a likely outcome. Health hazards can emerge as a result of these truths. Our dryer duct cleaning company can help set a new course for your dryer vents should they not meet their proper end outside of the home.
  • If you are worried about pests like insects, animals of the rodentia spectrum entering your dryer vent, give our dryer duct cleaning company a call. We will come out as soon as we can to take the necessary steps to ensure that your dryer vents are protected from these unwelcome guests.

Do you need a reliable dryer duct cleaning company in Woodbury? Call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626, or you can contact us and Request Service.