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How to Make Sure Your Dryer Vents are Venting Safely

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If you just had a new dryer installed, you want to be sure that your dryer vents are venting the air out of your dryer safely and correctly. As a dryer vent cleaning service serving Woodbury and the surrounding areas, we have seen our share of dryer vents that were not installed correctly. So what are some things you should look out for? Here are a few tips.

  • Make sure your dryer hoses are at least four inches in diameter.
  • The transition hose between your dryer and the wall outlet should be made out of aluminum. Plastic or vinyl should not be used.
  • Ducting that is concealed should be made out of rigid metal. The maximum length of your ducting is usually stipulated by local building codes.
  • When you need to secure joints, use metal tape. Do not use duct tape or masking tape. Over time, the adhesive on this type of tape will deteriorate and create holes.
  • Your dryer vents should not vent out through your chimney or other exhaust vents. It should be independent of any other exhaust system.
  • Dryer vent hoses should not have any kinks in them. Check them regularly to make sure they haven’t accidentally been crushed either.
  • After the installation process is complete, be sure to regularly inspect your dryer vents and dryer hose. If you notice any birds nesting in the outside portion of the dryer vent or if you notice that lint is building up in the hose, call our dryer vent cleaning service to come out and take a look. We can clean the vents and hose and make any necessary repairs.
  • You should also call our dryer vent cleaning service for regular cleanings. We can come to your home, clean out the vents and make sure everything is still in good working order. Regular dryer vent cleanings can help your dryer run more efficiently and they can actually help increase the life span of your dryer. You could also see some savings on your electric bill.

We hope you learned a few things about how to make sure your dryer vents are venting safely. If you have any questions, call our dryer vent cleaning service!

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

Dryer Vent Safety Tips

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As a dryer vent cleaning company in the St Paul area, we often see the same issues with dryer vents and hoses. Here is a brief rundown of the common repairs and issues we fix for our clients and the ways you can avoid these problems yourself.

  • Your dryer vents should be made out of a rigid metal material, not plastic, foil or PVC piping. If your dryer vent is made out of anything but metal, this can increase the risk of a dryer fire. For example, PVC and plastic can cause static, which can then cause the dryer lint to stick to the inside of the vent’s walls. The lint then mixes with the water that is expelled from the dryer during the drying process. And that can create a sludge mixture that can increase the risk of a fire starting. Plus, PVC “sweats” and that can cause lint to collect and harden. So when our dryer vent cleaning company comes to clean your dryer vents, it’s that much harder to get them clean.
  • Never use duct tape to connect venting materials and never use bolts or screws to secure joints on your dryer vents and hoses. The adhesive on duct tape dries out and that can create gaps in the joints. Lint can collect on bolts and screws, and that can also increase the risk of a dryer fire starting.
  • Your dryer vents should always end outside. They should never terminate in an attic or crawl space. If dryer vents terminate anywhere but outside, that can lead to mold and mildew growth. And that, in turn, can pose a health hazard to you and your family members. Our dryer vent cleaning company can help if you realize your dryer vents turn or terminate in your attic crawl space, garage or basement.
  • If you are worried about pests, animals and other critters entering your dryer vent, give our dryer vent cleaning company a call. We can come out and take the necessary steps to ensure your dryer vents are protected from these unwanted visitors.
  • Always keep an eye out for the signs that you need to call our dryer vent cleaning company for cleaning or repair services. Some signs include a musty smell on your clothes after they’ve been through your dryer, an increase in the amount of time it takes for your dryer to dry your clothes, an increase in your utility bills and a dryer that is hot to the touch after it’s been in use.

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

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.