Blogs by Twin Cities Dryer Vent Wizard

How to Choose the Best Dryer Duct Cleaning Company in Minneapolis

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When you need dryer duct cleaning at your Minneapolis home, it’s important to choose the best Minneapolis dryer duct cleaning service. You want to make sure of a few different things before selecting which company you are going to hire. Dryer Vent Wizard has a few suggestions for you on what to look for. Our company meets all of these criteria and more, so it might be easier to save yourself the hassle and call us directly at 651-792-5626 to schedule your dryer duct cleaning appointment. But if you want to know more about the process and how to find the best service in Minneapolis, and what makes us so qualified, keep reading for some tips.

First, call the dryer duct cleaning company you have in mind and ask them some questions. Inquire about how long they have been in business. (Dryer Vent Wizard has been in business for going on seven years.) See how many other Minneapolis residents they have helped and ask for references.

Another good question to ask: are they in good standing with the Better Business Bureau? (Dryer Vent Wizard has an A+ rating with the BBB.) Is the dryer duct cleaning company properly licensed and insured? (Dryer Vent Wizard is.)

Making sure you have the best dryer duct cleaning service for your Minneapolis home could help prevent a house fire and injury (or worse) to yourself, your loved ones and your valuables. By doing some homework, you can be sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

Dryer Vent Wizard has been helping Minneapolis residents like you with their dryer duct cleaning needs since 2007, and we are familiar with the cleaning process and how to do it safely, effectively and efficiently. When you call us for more information, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and address any of your concerns.

Give us a call today at (651) 792-5626 or toll-free at (866) 498-7233 (SAFE), or you can contact us online and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

How to Select the Best Dryer Vent Hose for Your Burnsville MN Home

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When you’re in the process of purchasing a new dryer vent hose for your Burnsville MN home, there are a few factors to consider. We here at Dryer Vent Wizard have a few suggestions for you on how to go about picking the best one. If need be, can help you pick the best dryer vent hose. Burnsville MN and the surrounding area know we are one of the best and most trusted dryer vent cleaners and installers.

Picking the right dryer vent hose is important for the safety of you, your family and your Burnsville MN home. If the dryer vent hose you pick is not up to current safety standards, this could lead to a fire. Dryers need to be properly vented in order to work properly.

Nowadays, all local and national building codes require that clothes dryers have metal ducting. Aluminum tubing pieces between the dryer and the outside vent should be rigid. You can use flexible aluminum tubing, but that tends to collect more lint inside. Any white vinyl dryer vent hose should be immediately replaced because it is flammable and could cause a house fire. Aluminum dryer vent hoses do not cost a lot of money, so getting new ones should definitely be a priority for you.

Dryer vents in your Burnsville MN home need to be inspected on a yearly basis by a company like Dryer Vent Wizard. This will ensure the vents and ducts are clean and free of lint and, if they aren’t, the professionals can make sure they are clean so there is no risk of a house fire.

When you’re ready to have your Burnsville MN dryer vents and dryer ducts inspected, or if you have any other dryer vent needs, call Dryer Vent Wizard at (651) 792-5626 or contact us online.

Installing a Dryer Vent in Your Bloomington, MN Home

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When it’s time to install a dryer vent in your Bloomington, MN home, you can trust the experts at Dryer Vent Wizard. But if you consider yourself to be fairly handy around your Bloomington, MN house, and you have about a day to spare doing the work, here are a few tips for how to properly install a new dryer vent in your Bloomington, MN home.

The best kind of material for a dryer vent in your Bloomington, MN home is metal. Rigid metal dryer vents are usually safer than their flexible plastic counterparts, which require more cleaning because they tend to catch more lint and can decrease the amount of air flow. Once you get your parts in order, it’s time to figure out where the duct will run. A good rule of thumb: the shorter the distance and the fewer turns, the better. Make sure you’re not using any more than 25 feet of 4-inch duct, subtract 5 feet for every 90-degree turn and 2 ½ feet for every 45-degree turn. Be sure to avoid windows and outdoor obstructions and make sure the bottom of the dryer vent is at least 1 foot off the ground and 12 inches away from things outside of your Bloomington, MN home, like air conditioners.

When that’s all set, head back inside and mark the dryer vent location and plan the route of the duct in your Bloomington, MN home. Buy an outdoor cap and use either aluminum ducts or galvanized steel – just don’t mix materials! Buy one or the other but not both. This will help ensure the safety of your Bloomington, MN home.

Drill a pilot hole for the dryer vent first. This can be one of the trickier parts of the process, so be sure to take your time to get the job done right. After that, slide the vent cap through, square it against the siding and attach and caulk it. Screw the cap down and be sure the caps are vented with a single flap and large hood. Then cut the straight sections to the proper length before snapping the seams together. Be sure to wear protective gloves because the edges can be sharp! Then go inside your Bloomington, MN home and caulk around the duct.

Run the duct from the dryer to the vent cap and push the lower elbow onto the dryer and the upper one onto the vent cap. Measure the distance and then cut and assemble and tape the straight pieces. Once that is all ready, you can push the final elbow into the straight piece that is connected to the vent cap. Voila! Your dryer vent should be installed, but make sure the air is flowing freely and smoothly through your Bloomington, MN home by testing it before starting any laundry.

Seems complicated, doesn’t it? Is this something you really want to attempt on your own? Thankfully, Dryer Vent Wizard has been in the dryer vent business for years in and around Bloomington, MN, so we are well-versed on how to properly and safely install dryer vents in your Bloomington, MN home. Just give us a call today at (651) 792-5626 or contact us online. We serve Bloomington, MN and the surrounding areas.

Routine Dryer Duct Cleaning Can Go a Long Way

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At least once a year, you should get your dryer ducts cleaned by a professional like Dryer Vent Wizard, which services the Minnetonka, Minnesota, area: we are experts in dryer duct cleaning. But there are other preventative measures you can take throughout the year to keep your dryer and dryer ducts in good working order.

First off, after every load of laundry you put into the dryer, be sure to clean the lint trap, which is usually found either on the top of the dryer or within the dryer itself (usually near where the door opens). Pull the lint trap out and get all of the built-up lint off of it and then put it back in its slot. This is a quick and easy process that can save you a lot of time, money and hassle in the long run. Doing this ensures that the machine continues to run at peak efficiency and will dry your laundry in only one cycle.

Inspect the dryer vent line on a regular basis. This is the tube that goes from your dryer and vents it to the outside. Depending on where your dryer is located in your home, this tube could be one to two feet long or it could be much longer than that. Make sure the vent line isn’t wrinkled, smashed or otherwise damaged because this will interfere with the airflow. Your dryer could be so close to the wall that it flattens or smashes this line, so be sure to leave plenty of room back there.

Dryer duct cleaning is an important part of maintaining your home. Doing so can not only prevent fires but can also save you money later on down the road. Call Dryer Vent Wizard at (651) 792-5626 or 1-866-498-7233 (SAFE) and learn more about our dryer duct cleaning services. Or go to our website and fill out our online form.

Benefits of Regular Dryer Vent Cleaning

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Did you know about 15,500 fires occur annually as a result of clothing dryers? This is a scary statistic. In some cases, those fires could have been prevented with some careful dryer vent maintenance. Don’t become a statistic and be proactive about your dryer vent cleaning.

Faster Drying Times

If you have a dryer vent that isn’t working efficiently, you may be experiencing a slower drying time. You may even be running your dryer twice for each load of wash. This is an overall inefficient process. You are using more energy than you need to, thus increasing your utility bills. Not only will dryer vent cleaning be safer, but also possibly save you money in the long run. So, what are you waiting for?

Reduced Risk of Fire

House fires are a legitimate concern. You can greatly reduce the risk of fire in your home by having your dryer vents checked. We can remove build up lint, as well as check your dryer vent system. If you haven’t always owned the home, you may not even know what your system is made of. If it made of inappropriate material, we can make upgrades. Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out.

Put Safety First

Be diligent about having your dryer vents cleaned. Encourage your friends and family to have their dryer vents cleaned as well. The more you help to spread the word on the importance of dryer vent cleaning, the more we can all work together to reduce the risk of dryer fires. By doing this we can work to save lives and property.

Are you in need of a professional dryer vent cleaning company? Give us a call today at 651-792-5626 or contact us online.