Don’t neglect your dryer hose and dryer vents! You may be stunned by the number of dryer fires that occur each year. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.” And, did you know that more home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January?
It is important to us that area residents to know how to keep themselves safe from fire and follow the do’s and don’ts of dryer safety. Two of the most important elements of safe and proper dryer operation are installation and cleaning. Here at Dryer Vent Wizard we specialize in dryer hose cleaning for St Paul and the surrounding areas and would like to help educate the public about proper care and maintenance. Here are some important tips to follow:
For one, have your clothes dryer installed by a professional. Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly. What material makes up your dryer hoses and vents? Should they be foil or plastic, think about having them replaced. If they are made of foil, you will want to replace these with a stronger type of metal. Your plastic variants can easily be dented or get kinked, thus minimizing the flow of air outside of your house, increasing the heat within virtually all areas of the dryer. This is a particular issue when it comes to lint or dryer sheets getting caught within—fire may break out. When you contact our dryer vent cleaning service, we can inspect your dryer’s vents and hoses to ensure they are made out of the proper material.
Look out for duct tape being used on any vents and hoses. The presence of duct tape indicates that your dryer was not properly installed. The adhesive applied to duct tape dries out very easily and will likely contribute to the emergence of gaps within the joints of the vents.
Also, be sure to schedule regular, professional dryer hose cleaning and maintenance. The less debris that lingers in and around your dryer vents, the less likely it is that you will end up with a catastrophic dryer fire. We are the experts in dryer hose cleaning and ensuring they are safe to use. We have the tools, knowledge and abilities to get the job done right the first time. That way, you get the peace of mind you deserve knowing your family and your home are safe from the threat of a dryer fire.
Are you interested in learning more about dryer hose cleaning in St Paul? Call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us and Request Service.