Blogs by Twin Cities Dryer Vent Wizard

Signs Your Dryer Was Not Installed Properly

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Dryer fires are a very real threat: not just here in Minnesota but in every home that has a dryer. As a dryer vent cleaning service in Plymouth, we have seen plenty of improperly installed dryers. So here are a few signs that your dryer was not installed properly and that you should look into having it fixed.

  • What are your dryer vents and hoses made out of? If your answer is flexible plastic or flexible foil, you need to look into getting new dryer vents and hoses. They should be made out of a stronger metal. Flexible plastic and aluminum are easily crushed or kinked and that can result in restricting airflow to the outdoors. Plus, these kinks also trap excess lint, and that can result in a dryer fire. 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.
  • Dryer vents should not be made out of PVC pipes or plastic either. PVC and plastic generate static electricity, and that can cause lint and other debris to stick to the side of the pipe. The lint can mix with the moisture that comes from the dryer, and that can result in a dryer fire. Even if a fire doesn’t break out, this mixture can be more difficult for a dryer vent cleaning service like ours to clean out, especially if it hardens or turns into a sludge.
  • Inspect your dryer vents and hoses again. Do you see any duct tape? If so, this is another sign that your dryer was not properly installed. The adhesive of this type of tape can dry out over time, and that can create gaps in the vent’s joints.
  • If you see screws or bolts securing any joints in your dryer vent hose, call our dryer vent cleaning service for help. These screws and bolts can also collect lint and increase the risk of a dryer fire.
  • Follow your dryer vent hose. Where does it lead? If the answer is anywhere besides outdoors, then call us. Your dryer should always vent outside, not into an attic or crawl space.
  • Trust your gut. If you ever smell a burning odor coming from your dryer, turn the dryer off as soon as you can and get help.

Do you need a reliable dryer vent cleaning service in Plymouth? Call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us to Request Service.

Dryer Vent Cleaning FAQs

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As a company that offers dryer vent cleaning in Inver Grove Heights, we are often asked the same questions by different customers. So we thought we would take the time to address these questions, and we hope you find this information helpful!

Q: What is dryer vent cleaning?

A: A dryer vent cleaning is removing the lint that gets past the lint screen in your dryer appliance and accumulates in the dryer venting system. Over time, too much of this lint will accumulate in the vent line and will restrict the exhaust flow from the dryer. It can cause your dryer to run inefficiently and, if left too long, can cause your dryer to over-heat. A simple measurement with a meter can determine if the dryer exhaust is restricted.

Q: How do you clean dryer vents?

A: We use different equipment and methods to clean dryer vents depending on variables like the material the dryer vent is made out of, the length of the dryer vent, the termination point, whether the lint accumulated is wet or dry and the time elapsed between cleanings. We have compressed air systems, vacuum systems and rotary brush systems to perform dryer vent cleaning.

Q: What other benefits will I see from dryer vent cleaning?

A: Dryer vent cleaning doesn’t just help prevent dryer fires. It also helps increase your dryer’s efficiency because with clean dryer vents, your dryer will dry your clothing faster. You could also see a decrease in your electric bill since your dryer will not take as much time drying your clothes. It can also help decrease that musty odor that can cling to your clothes after they have been through your dryer. A clean dryer vent will increase the service life of your dryer by not having the dryer appliance run as long to dry a load of clothes.

Q: How often should I call you for dryer vent cleaning?

A: The answer to this question depends on a few factors, like how often you use your dryer, if you have pets, the brand of dryer you have, the length of your dryer vent, the material your dryer vent is made out of, the type of vent cover at the termination, the number of elbows in your system, etc.

Q: How do I know I need to call you for dryer vent cleaning?

A: There are a few signs that you should call Dryer Vent Wizard for dryer vent cleaning. Does it take more than one cycle to dry your clothes? Do your clothes smell musty after you pull them out of the dryer? Is your dryer hot to the touch? Have you noticed an increase in your electric bill? Do you smell a burning odor or burnt lint, or have you noticed a smell of moisture, dampness or dryer exhaust smell in your laundry room? If you answered yes to any of these questions, give us a call.

For more information on dryer vent cleaning in Inver Grove Heights, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us and Request Service.

How to Keep Critters from Nesting in Your Dryer Vent

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This time of year, mice and other critters are looking for warm and cozy places to nest for the upcoming winter months. You can keep them from nesting in your dryer vents by calling on us for dryer vent cleaning in Apple Valley. The less lint and other “comfortable” materials you have in there for them to snuggle into, the less likely they are to make your dryer vents their new home. Usually, these pests get in because the vent cover needs repaired or replaced. Dryer Vent Wizard can come to your home and replace the cover with a pest-resistant one, and this will solve the problem.

The main reason it is bad for mice to nest in your dryer vents is simple: blocked dryer vents are dangerous. They can cause a fire and put your family and home in danger. Dryer vent cleaning is an important chore that should be done on a regular basis to ensure there are no blockages. Clogged dryer vents also increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. Calling on a reliable and professional company like ours for dryer vent cleaning can give you the peace of mind you deserve.

So the best way to keep your critter problem to a minimum is by making sure your dryer vents are as clean as possible. There are a few other things to look at too:

  • Your dryer duct should be at least four inches in diameter and the same size as the dryer outlet.
  • Do not use screws or rivets to secure duct joints.
  • Dryers should always be vented directly outdoors and not into a chimney or another vent.
  • Flexible metal connectors should be used between the dryer and the duct.
  • Do not use plastic connector ducting.

Do you need more information about dryer vent cleaning in Apple Valley? Call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626, or you can contact us and Request Service.

Get Informed: Winter Hazard Awareness Week

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Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and other federal government and non-profit agencies, November 10 through November 15 is Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota, and Wednesday, November 14 is Winter Fire Safety day. This annual event is promoted every year to help raise awareness about the dangers that the winter can bring about when it comes to fires, driving and other hazards. The agencies and organizations give out tips about how to stay safe this winter. Here are a few of our favorites about how to stay safe when enjoying your fireplace, cooking or enjoying your holiday decorations.

Dryer and Dryer Vent Safety

  • Never use your dryer as a source of heat. Dryer vents are full of dust, lint, dirt and other debris. It is a health hazard to have it blowing around in your home. And if your dryer is not venting properly, call on us here at Dryer Vent Wizard to fix it.
  • Heavy items such as blankets and coats create more lint, making your dryer much more of a fire hazard. Lint is extremely flammable and if not cleaned out routinely, can catch fire.
  • Keep your dryer vent clear of snow and ice. An accumulation frozen precipitation can prevent your unit from functioning properly. It can be an even bigger concern if your dryer vent exits your home on the roof. Be sure to keep a three-foot area clear around your dryer vent.

Fireplace and Heater Safety

  • Make sure you keep all items, especially flammable ones, away from your fireplace, space heaters and other heaters.
  • Never leave a heater or fireplace unattended. Be sure to turn them off or put out the fire if you need to leave your home or when you go to bed.
  • Make sure your fireplace is routinely cleaned and inspected. Be sure the cords to all of your space heaters are not frayed or ripped. If the cord feels hot, you should turn off the space heater.

Cooking Safety

  • Never leave your cooking unattended. Unattended cooking is the leading contributing factor to home cooking fires.
  • Frying is the biggest risk of a house fire.
  • The peak day of the year for home cooking fires is Thanksgiving.

Holiday Safety

  • While Christmas tree fires are no longer as common as they used to be in the old days, they are more likely to be serious fires when they do happen.
  • Do not put any heat sources near a Christmas tree. This causes about 1 out of 6 Christmas tree fires.
  • Eleven percent of home candle fires occur in December.

When you need dryer vent cleaning or repairs, give us a call here at Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us and Request Service.

Do Your Dryer Vents Need to be Repaired or Cleaned?

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There are several warning signs that you will need to look into dryer vent cleaning or dryer vent repair in Hastings. We’re going to give you a rundown of some signals that your dryer vents need some attention. While there are some basic repairs and cleaning tips you can do yourself, you will want to call on us for most of your need when it comes to dryer vent repair and cleaning.

There are several things you can watch out for if you suspect you need to call us for dryer vent repair or cleaning. If your clothes are taking longer to dry than usual or if your clothes don’t fully dry after one cycle, then it’s probably time to give us a call. And if your clothes do dry but come out hotter than usual, that’s another good sign you need to give us a call for cleaning or repair work.

Also, if the outside of your dryer gets very hot and if your laundry room gets humid, these are other tell-tale signals that something is going on and should get looked at.

Finally, if you ever smell something burning near your dryer, you should turn it off and unplug it as soon as possible. Check to make sure nothing is on fire, and then give us a call for dryer vent repair or cleaning services!

You should also check on the outside exhaust vent for your dryer. Is the vent opening completely? If not, give us a call for dryer vent repair so we can make sure the vent is working as it should be. A properly working dryer vent is one of the most important parts of keeping your dryer running safely.

When you need dryer vent repair in Hastings, call on Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or you can contact us to Schedule Service.