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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.

Help Prepare Your Home for Winter with Dryer Vent Cleaning

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Winter is just around the corner. As you begin preparing your home for the cold months ahead, it is important you don’t neglect your dryer vents. In addition to starting up the furnace, cleaning the chimney and other winter preparation tasks; dryer vent cleaning is another task that is essential to the comfort and well-being of your household. At Dryer Vent Wizard we provide dryer vent cleaning for St Paul and the surrounding areas and are here to tell you more about this ever-important task.dryer vent installation eagan dryer vent wizard

The threat of a dryer fire increases as the temperature outside drops, and with our cold winters here in Minnesota, that means professional dryer vent cleaning is essential. Dryer vent cleaning is crucial at all times of the year but especially before the winter hits. Why? Cleaning the dryer vents ensures minimum buildup of lint in the lint filter as well as the seamless passage of air in the exhaust vents. And, it is even more important that the clothes dryer remains lint-free during winter because this is the season 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.

So, when was the last time you had dryer vent cleaning? If you’re not sure then now is the time to do it. Here is a few more things you can do until your dryer vent cleaning:

  • Clean your dryer’s lint trap before or after every single load of laundry that you dry.
  • Air dry heavier clothing and bedding to prevent lint from massing within your dryer lint trap or vents.
  • Do not run the dryer when you or someone capable is not at home.
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of any items that could ignite. If your dryer is in need of a good cleaning, then it might run hotter than usual, and this could potentially cause items near your dryer to ignite.

And, while these may help your drying experience, it is still essential to schedule your dryer vent cleaning as soon as possible. A professional dryer vent cleaning company like Dryer Vent Wizard has the expert tools and experience needed to get your system cleaned right the first time.

So, don’t put it off any longer! Help protect your home this winter and call the professionals at Dryer Vent Wizard today!

For more information on dryer vent cleaning for your St Paul home, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626, or you can contact us.

What You Should Know About Your Home’s Dryer Hose

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What do you know about your home’s dryer hose? If you are like most homeowners, it is likely not much. After all, who has time to think about their dryer hose? But this small part of your home is in an important part of its safety and must be maintained from time to time. Dryer Vent Wizard is one of the most trusted names in dryer hose cleaning for Eden Prairie and the surrounding areas. And, we know a thing or two about dryer hose cleaning.

Can you remember the last time you had your dryer hose or duct cleaned? If not, then it is most definitely time to give it a good, thorough cleaning! Your dryer duct, like other often forgotten areas of the home, requires routine maintenance to work properly and safely. As experts in dryer hose cleaning, dryer vent repairs and dryer duct maintenance, we would like to offer some helpful tips to help make your drying experience a safer one.

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First, it is important to make sure that your dryer hose or duct is sending the spent air outside. Your dryer hose or duct should never terminate anywhere like in an attic or crawl space. If it does terminate anywhere but outside, mold and mildew growth are likely to occur. Our dryer hose cleaning company can help set a new course for your hose if needed.

Have you noticed a hole or tear in your dryer hose? Don’t try to DIY. Duct tape and similar tactics can create gaps in your hose’s joints and above all, create a fire hazard.

Worried about pests like insects or rodents entering your dryer hose? Give our dryer duct cleaning company a call and we can assess the problem for you.

Do your clothes take a longer than usual amount of time to dry? When the dryer hose is blocked by lint, that air has nowhere to go, so it stays in your dryer and your clothes stay damp.

Call a dryer hose cleaning company at least once a year to come out and professionally clean your dryer duct, hose and vent. At Dryer Vent Wizard, we have the right tools and know-how to get your dryer hose as clean as possible.

So don’t put it off any longer! Schedule your dryer hose cleaning today with the Dryer Vent Wizard! And, to get more information about dryer hose cleaning in Eden Prairie, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us and Request Service.

Ensure a Safer Laundromat with Dryer Vent Cleaning

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As you may know, commercial laundromats, town homes, apartments and duplexes all and have special needs when it comes to the cleaning of their dryer vents. Whether you are a Laundromat owner or a building manager in charge of the maintenance of a shared laundromat then you know that a clogged dryer vent may result in your clothes dryer operating inefficiently. But did you also know it can lead to a major fire hazard? Keeping your dryer vents clean are not only good for business but good for the safety and overall well being of your business.

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Dryer Vent Wizard is a dryer vent cleaning service for Edina and the surrounding areas and we understand the unique needs of commercial clients. That’s why we’d like to take a moment to discuss dryer vent cleaning for commercial laundromats and other multi-machine situations.Every year, thousands of fires are the result of unclean dryer vents. Don’t make your building another sad statistic! Making sure you have the proper dryer vents installed and that they are regularly cleaned and inspected for damage is an important part of keeping your tenants, customers and property safe from the threat of a fire. Allow Dryer Vent Wizard give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family and home are safe from this fire hazard. Our dryer vent cleaning service can provide dryer vent cleaning to help with:

  • Reducing the cost of your electric bill
  • Increasing your efficiency
  • Decreasing the musty smell that can cling to clothing as a result of dirty dryer vents
  • Reducing the risk of dryers overheating
  • Increasing the life of your dryers so they last longer
  • Decreasing the amount of time clothes need to completely dry
  • And more

And, dryer vent cleaning should be done at least once a year. When you contact our dryer vent cleaning service to come out to your business to perform this service, we can also inspect your dryer vents to make sure there is no damage to them. If we do find any damage, we can make the necessary repairs to keep your dryers running efficiently and safely again.

So, don’t put off essential dryer vent cleaning any longer. Contact our professional dryer vent cleaning service today and allow us to get your business’ dryers back to working in tip top shape.

Would you like more information on our dryer vent cleaning service in Edina? Call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us to Request Service.