Blogs by Twin Cities Dryer Vent Wizard

Dryer Hose Neglect Can Lead to a Dryer Fire

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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?dryer cleaning service

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.

Why the New Year is a Great Time for Dryer Vent Hose Cleaning

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Any time of year is a great time for dryer vent hose cleaning but the new year offers some additional benefits. The new year is a great time to take a look inside the home for areas you may have overlooked during regular cleaning and to start the year off with a clean slate. Your dryer vents and dryer hoses have likely been overlooked all year so it’s time to see them from a new perspective. When was the last time you have dryer vent hose cleaning at your Eden Prairie home or business? If you are like most other home or business owners, it has likely been quite some time. As experts in dryer vent hose cleaning for the area, Dryer Vent Wizard would like to offer some great reasons to consider this all-important cleaning task for your New Year’s to-do list.Dryer Vent Cleaning

When the temperature drops this time of year here in Minnesota, the need for professional dryer vent hose cleaning goes up. The dead of winter is when you tend to use heavy clothing and bedding to keep the cold away. While drying, an air stream will sweep through the clothes blowing the lint off these bulky fabrics, trapping it in the lint filter. In fact, the thicker the clothing, the more lint is produced. This is the reason why more lint accumulates in your dryer during winter. Lint is highly flammable and the possibility of a dryer fire breakout increases with lint buildup. In order to prevent this, we recommend dryer vent hose cleaning every two to three years by a professional dryer vent cleaning service like ours.

When you put your clothes in the dryer, how long do they take to dry? Do they take more than one cycle? 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. Not only that, but this also causes your dryer to have to work even harder. That puts more wear and tear on the machine, and it can shorten your dryer’s life span. This is a key sign now is the time to schedule dryer vent hose cleaning.

For more information about dryer vent hose cleaning for your Eden Prairie home or business, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us to Request Service.

Happy Holidays from Dryer Vent Wizard

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As 2018 is coming to a close, we want to thank our clients for another successful year. We are grateful to continue serving the Twin Cities metro with our dryer vent cleaning services. This would not be possible without the support and patronage from all of you!

We want to thank each and every one of you who has used our services this past year. We hope you will trust us for all your future dryer vent cleaning needs.

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Happy Holidays

The Importance of Proper Dryer Vent Installation

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It is not so uncommon for dryers to cause house fires. But there are a few key ways to help prevent their occurrence. And, it all starts from the very beginning; the dryer vent installation. Proper dryer vent installation is not only essential to your dryer’s lifespan but the safety of your home as well. As experts in dryer vent cleaning and dryer vent installation for the Minneapolis area, we know what a properly installed dryer vent should look like and how it should function. So how do you know if your dryer vent has been installed as it should? Here are a few things to consider:

Materials Used

Aluminum is the ideal material for the transition hose between your dryer and the wall outlet. Do not use vinyl, plastic or floppy foil for these purposes. And, concealed ducting must be made out of a smooth metal material. The ideal maximum length of your ducting is laid out in your appliance manual in combination with your municipality’s local building codes.

Only metallic tape should be used to secure joints. You should never use duct tape and especially not masking tape. The adhesive is not able to take the heat of the dryer exhaust will fail over time creating leaking the vent may come apart during future maintenance cleaning.

Construction

Dryer hoses are required to be four inches in diameter. And, dryer vents must vent to the exterior of the building and should never be set up to vent via your chimney, garage or other exhaust vents. Your dryer ventilation network should be its own independent system.

Kinking should also not be allowed to occur in any existing dryer exhaust vent. Make sure that you regularly check them to make sure that they have not been accidentally crushed, damaged or dented. Use proper vent cover with freely working back draft damper.dryer vent installation

Maintenance

Once your dryer and dryer vent is fully installed and given its go ahead for use, inspect and clean your dryer vents and hoses on a regular basis. Regular checks can prevent birds from nesting in the outside portion of the dryer vent. And, professional cleaning is the best way to make sure that lint does not build up within the vent.

And, these are just a few of the things you should consider when it comes to proper dryer vent installation. Ready to get started? Whether you’re installing a new laundry unit or your old vents are damaged, or need repair or replacement, Dryer Vent Wizard can help. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced. This is all we do. We utilize this expertise to ensure your system is installed and repaired correctly the first time, improving your dryer ventilation system will protecting your home and improve dry times, prolonging the service life of your dryer appliance.

When you need dryer vent installation in Minneapolis St Paul and surrounding area, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us and Request Service.

Professional Versus DIY Dryer Hose Cleaning

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It is no secret that dryer vent and dryer hose cleaning can help prevent dryer fires. So, if you suspect your dryer hose is clogged with lint and debris and your dyer isn’t performing as it should then you are no doubt looking into dryer hose cleaning. In your search you may have come across dryer hose cleaning brushes and kits. But, how effective are these kits really? As experts in dryer hose cleaning for Woodbury and the surrounding areas, we would like to tell you about the big differences between professional and DIY cleaning.dryer hose cleaning

Dryer hose cleaning can not only help prevent dryer fires, it can even help you save on your energy bill, prevent expensive repairs and extend the life of your dryer. Well, when it comes to professional cleaning that is. Not springing for professional dryer hose cleaning can cost you more in the long run, and put you at risk for a house fire.

Some dryer vents and hoses travel upwards of 30 or even 40 feet, winding their way through the basement or attic with plenty of bends and turns before leading to the outside opening of your home. Dryer hose cleaning kits typically consist of flexible rods of varying lengths, ending in a brush that’s used to clean out lint. But, the problem is, often these kits won’t reach through the entire hose and can even become stuck or lodged in the hose. This can create an even bigger hazard. And, while you may think you’ve cleaned out the entire hose, there may be portions of the hose or vent you have missed. Or, you can even wind up packing lint and debris in there tighter.

If you have metal hard ducts, you may have an easier time using a brush kit, but it’s a bit tougher with flexible ducts, which have creases that can catch the brush, causing it to become stuck. And then you’re out the money you spent on your dryer vent cleaning kit and you’ll have to pay a professional to finish the job and retrieve the lost or broken brush within.

When it comes to dryer hose cleaning done right, you are better off leaving the job to dryer vent cleaning specialists which have the tools to get the job done right. At Dryer Vent Wizard we can get the job done right the first time, using brushes or a large air compressor that runs the entire line to the clog, pushing it out of the exterior vent.

We are also experts in the installation and repair of dryer vents and dryer hoses. Call the Dryer Vent Wizard today to utilize our dryer cleaning service, especially if it has been a few years since you last had this work carried out. For more information on our dryer hose cleaning service near Woodbury, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626, or you can contact us to Request an Appointment.