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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.

Prevent Dryer Fires by Utilizing Dryer Vent Cleaning Services

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Dryer fires are a real threat to unsuspecting families all across the Twin Cities. Dryer vent cleaning may not be on top the top of your routine checklist, but it’s important you don’t neglect this responsibility. Annual dryer vent cleaning can help protect your biggest investment, your home. If you live anywhere around the Twin Cities, like St Paul, dryer vent cleaning services can be executed by Dryer Vent Wizard of the Greater Twin Cities. A brief inspection and cleaning can offer added safety for your family.

Why Dryer Fires Occur

It is easy for dryer fires to start when lint has been building up an extended period of time. It is recommended you have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned each year. If your dryer is anywhere but the basement, you probably have a long dryer vent system, which means more twists and turns. Because of this, there are more places for lint to get trapped and restrict airflow. A dryer vent with built up lint does not function as efficiently as a clean vent. This means you may have to run multiple cycles, thus increasing your chances for a fire.

Signs You Need an Inspection

If you’re experiencing any of the following activity, it’s probably time to get your dryer vent inspected and cleaned.

  • Your clothing takes longer than usual to dry
  • Your clothing is hot, but not dry after a normal drying cycle
  • Your dryer is hot to the touch
  • You notice an unusually musty smell at the end of drying
  • Your system is not operating at the capacity it used to

All of these symptoms are dangerous warning signs. Have your dryer vent looked at today before it’s too late.

To schedule an inspection and cleaning, give us a call today at 651-792-5626 or request service online.

Regular Dryer Vent Cleaning Reduces Risk of Dryer Fires

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You may know dryer vent fires are a risk, but do you what you can do to prevent them? The team at Dryer Vent Wizard strives to thwart as many dryer vent fires as possible. If you live around Minneapolis or St Paul, dryer vent cleaning is a practical and easy way to reduce the risk of fire. In this blog, we’re going to cover some of the basics about how to prevent a dryer vent fire at your home or business.

Regular Dryer Vent Cleaning: The most important step to preventing any dryer fire is to have your dryer vents cleaned annually. This will help to reduce the risk of fire. But, you have to do your part in between dryer vent cleanings. Clean out the lint trap with each use of your dryer. By taking that extra step, you will reduce your risk of harm.

Metal Ducts: Metal dry ducts help prevent dryer fires in a number of ways. First of all, metal is non-flammable, making it the perfect duct choice. Also, foil or plastic ducts have the ability to sag, thus allowing dust and lint to build up easily. Lastly, if a dryer fire should break out, a metal duct would do a better job of containing the fire.

Volatile Chemicals: If you have an article of clothing stained with any volatile chemical, take extra care in washing it. Volatile chemicals include gasoline and any type of oil. Running the soiled clothing through washer an extra time can help to remove the stain once and for all. This will reduce the risk of it igniting while in your dryer.

Dryer Sheets: Dryer sheets are a much better choice than liquid fabric softeners. In the case of a dryer fire, it may help to accelerate the flames. This is especially true when fleece or other all-cotton clothing is involved. If you are searching for a softening product, choose dryer sheets.

To have your dryer vents cleaned today, please give us a call at 651-792-5626 or Contact Us Online.