Threat of Dryer Fires Increases in Winter

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dryer cleaning service apple valley dryer vent wizardWinter is right around the corner, and most people do not realize that the threat of a dryer fire increases as the temperature outside decreases. This fact illustrates why it is so important to call our dryer cleaning service to your Apple Valley home every two to three years, especially just before the winter months if you are concerned that your dryer and dryer vents need to be cleaned.

Why are dryer fires more likely to happen during the winter months? Consider the type of clothing and bedding that people use when it is cold out. The type of clothing and bedding we use during the winter is much thicker than what we use during the warmer spring and summer months. The thicker the clothing and bedding, the more lint it produces. The more lint produced means more lint in your dryer lint trap and in the vents. And the more lint that is in these two locations, the more likely it is to potentially cause a fire.

Call our dryer vent cleaning service if it has been a few years since you last had your dryer and dryer vents professionally cleaned or if you suspect there might be a build-up of lint that needs to be cleaned out. Keep an eye out for a few telltale signs: clothes take longer than usual to dry, your clothes have a musty smell to them even after they have been through your dryer, if you have noticed an unexplainable increase in your electric bill, if the top of the dryer is hot to the touch, or if your clothes are not dry after a 40-minute cycle.

In the meantime, follow these tips before and after you call our dryer cleaning service:

  • Make sure you clean your dryer’s lint trap before or after each load of laundry that you dry.
  • If possible, air dry heavier clothing and bedding so that lint does not accumulate in your dryer lint trap or in the vents.
  • When you are using your dryer, stay home. Do not allow it to run when there is no one 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 Apple Valley, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626, or you can contact us to Request an Appointment.

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