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Wintertime Dryer Vent Cleaning

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The time of year that is a boon for dryer fires across the nation is here. Winter is the season that catastrophic dryer fires erupt more than any other time of year. The threat of a dryer fire increases as the temperature outside decreases. It is of paramount importance that you utilize a dryer vent cleaning service for your Eagan home at least once every two to three years. A best time of year to have this work done is just before winter, but, if you have not had this done yet, there is no better time than right now!

Dryer fires occur during the winter months because of increased wear of thicker, bulkier clothing that ends up repeatedly being run through the dryer. The sheets, comforters and wool blankets that also get dried via dryer also contribute. The thicker the clothing and bedding utilized during the winter months, the more lint it produces. The more lint produced means more lint that gets caught in your dryer vents and hoses. The more lint produced means more lint that gets caught in your dryer’s venting system. Maintenance of your dryer’s venting system will reduce the risk of a dryer fire.

Call the Dryer Vent Wizard today to utilize our dryer vent cleaning services, especially if it has been a few years since you last had this work carried out. There are likely multiple conglomerations of lint that need to be addressed within that dryer of yours. If clothes are taking longer to dry than they should, or if they come out with a musty smell to them or if you have noticed an otherwise unblamable increase in your electric bill or even if the top of the dryer is hot to the touch, chances are that lint accumulation is the culprit.

In the interim, between now and your dryer vent cleaning appointment, follow these guidelines that will create a more efficient overall dryer functionality:

  • 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.

If you would like more information on our dryer cleaning service near Eagan, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626, or you can contact us to Request an Appointment.

Tips to Enhance Your Dryer Duct Cleaning

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Dryer Vent Wizard, a professional dryer duct cleaning company in the Woodbury area, often encounters the same issues with dryers, their ducts and hoses, again and again. The issues are most often found within the dryer ducts themselves and/or the hoses. The following is a batch of common repairs and issues that we have run into and ultimately fixed for our customers.

  • The materials that make up your dryer ducts need to be made of a rigid material, not the all too common plastic, foil or PVC piping. If you find that your dryer vent is made up of anything but metal, the risk of experiencing a dryer fire is increased exponentially. PVC and plastic can create static electricity, which ultimately causes the dryer lint to adhere to the interior of your dryer vent’s walls. The lint then mixes with the water that expelled from the dryer during the drying cycle. A sludgy mixture is then created that can also increase the risk of a fire starting. Specifically related to PVC, this material “sweats”, creating areas for lint to pool, collect and harden.
  • If you are an aficionado of duct tape, do not use that love on venting materials and and/or bolts or screws as a means of securing joints on dryer vents and hoses. The adhesive on duct tape dries out and creates gaps in the joints. Lint often collects on these bolts and screws, also increasing the risk of fire.
  • Make sure that your dryer vents end up sending the air outside. They should never terminate anywhere other than that, like in an attic or crawl space. If dryer vents terminate anywhere but outside, mold and mildew growth are a likely outcome. Health hazards can emerge as a result of these truths. Our dryer duct cleaning company can help set a new course for your dryer vents should they not meet their proper end outside of the home.
  • If you are worried about pests like insects, animals of the rodentia spectrum entering your dryer vent, give our dryer duct cleaning company a call. We will come out as soon as we can to take the necessary steps to ensure that your dryer vents are protected from these unwelcome guests.

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

Local Dryer Cleaning Service Eliminates Threats of Fire From Your Home

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The threat of a dryer fire is incredibly real within your home. Your dryer vents frequently become clogged with lint and debris. It is the contaminants that clog the flow of air away from your dryer and out of your home that create the danger. While dryer vent cleaning is not likely to appear on any to-do list that you are currently in possession of, it is the idea of your dryer as afterthought that also contributes to the dangers that may be lurking within. When your mind does go to your dryer and you see that lint is visible upon your very first glance, call on Dryer Vent Wizard, a dryer cleaning service to Cottage Grove and nearby homes.

Annual dryer vent cleaning is a great way to help save and perhaps add to the life of your dryer. Taking steps like these will help protect the biggest of your investments—the house. A brief inspection and cleaning as administered by a dryer cleaning service professional will enhance existing safety measure you already have in place for your family.

Dryer fires erupt as a result of extended build-up of debris, over time. Accumulated lint in the venting system of leads to over-heating. In addition to the heat, the accumulated debris is obscenely flammable.  Calling on a dryer cleaning service will not only help eradicate fire possibilities but will also enhance the ability of your dryer to do what it is supposed to do, dry your clothes. Your clothes will be dried in a shorter amount of time. A dryer that runs and dries on a shorter cycle will also contribute to the lowering of your energy bills.

If your dryer is within the home (and not the lower level) it is likely that you possess a longer type of dryer venting system. This adds up to more twists and turns, or, more places for lint to get trapped, restricting 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, increasing chances for a fire.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms from your dryer, it is more than time to call in a dryer cleaning service to  inspect and clean your dryer vents:

  • Clothing takes longer than the norm to dry
  • Clothing is hot, but not dry after a normal drying cycle
  • The dryer is hot to the touch
  • Musty odors towards the end of a drying cycle
  • 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 have your vents cleaned by an expert or to get more insight into our dryer cleaning service to greater Cottage Grove area residences, call today at 651-792-5626 or Contact Us Online.

Safety Messages about Smoke Alarms for Fire Prevention Week

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The content for this blog is taken from the National Fire Protection Association. October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week with a focus on replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Smoke Alarm

Safety Tips

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

Plan your Escape

  • Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
  • Get everyone in your household together and make a home escape plan. Walk through your home and look for two ways out of every room.
  • Make sure escape routes are clear of debris and doors and windows open easily. Windows with security bars or grills should have an emergency release device.
  • Plan an outside meeting place where everyone will meet once they have escaped. A good meeting place is something permanent, like a tree, light pole or mailbox, a safe distance in front of the home.
  • If there are infants, older adults, family members with mobility limitations or children who do not wake to the sound of the smoke alarm, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the event of an emergency.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Respond quickly – get up and go, remember to know two ways out of every room, get yourself outside quickly, and go to your outside meeting place with your family.
  • Learn more about home escape planning.

Children and Smoke Alarms

NFPA is aware of research indicating that sleeping children don’t always awake when a smoke alarm activates. While this research is worrisome, we shouldn’t allow them to obscure the fact that smoke alarms are highly effective at reducing fire deaths and injuries.

NFPA reaffirms the value of the smoke alarms already available to protect people from home fire deaths and voice its concern about the number of U.S. households without these early warning devices. While 96 percent of American homes have at least one smoke alarm, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of five (41%) of the reported home fires between 2003-2006. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

NFPA emphasizes the need to continue planning and practicing home fire escape plans and to make sure everyone in a home can be awakened by the sound of the smoke alarm. NFPA suggests practicing the escape plan during which the smoke alarm is activated so all family members know its sound.

Every home fire escape plan is different, and every family should know who will – and who won’t – awaken at the sound of the smoke alarm. If someone doesn’t wake up when the alarm sounds during a drill, the family should design an escape plan that assigns a grown-up who is easily awakened by the alarm to wake the sleepers, perhaps by yelling “FIRE,” pounding on the wall or door, or blowing a whistle.

Dryer Vent Wizard wants everyone to be safe in their homes, specifically from the threat of a fire. If you would like more information about smoke alarms and how to keep your home and family safe, please visit the public education section of NFPA’s website. If you would like to schedule a dryer vent cleaning as another step to prevent a fire, please Contact Us.

Dryer Vent Installation as a Means to Prevent Fire

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A dryer does make your day-to-day easier. You do not have to worry about hauling in and out of your home all of the family clothing to hang and take down. You simply throw them all in the dryer and let it do its thing. With this great convenience also comes the potential for danger. If not properly installed and maintained a dryer is a fire hazard waiting to happen. If you feel your dryer may just be in a bad way, call us up at Dryer Vent Wizard! We can assist with an array of dryer issues as well as proper dryer vent installation for your Wayzata home.

Check your entire dryer set-up out. Do not allow for even the potential of fire breaking out in your home. Take the proper steps to ensure that your dryer is installed properly. Look for the following concerns or issues.

Your dryer vents should not be made of flexible foil or plastic. Vents consisting of these materials can be easily damaged or misshapen, leading to restricted air flow. Ripples found within these sorts can cause lint build-up, further increasing the risk of a dryer fire.

Avoid PVC piping at all costs as well. PVC encourages the emergence of static electricity, also enabling lint to stick to its walls. Existing lint then mixes with leftover and lingering moisture to create a sludgy substance that can also boosts dryer fire risks.

Duct tape is a no-no when it comes to your dryer. Sure, it is an all-star amongst the tape and adhesive family, but it is not designed to be used with dryers, especially when it comes to dryer vent installation. Duct tape will dry out quickly and allow for the creation of gaps in the vent’s joints.

Screws and bolts within the overall dryer venting network causes lint accumulation wherever they exist, also increasing the risk of a dryer fire.

When assisting with a dryer vent installation job, we always try to encourage home owners to make sure that all dryer vents end outside of the building or home. Do not, under any circumstances, ever allow your dryer vents to end in an attic or crawl space. Mold and mildew tend to grow when dryer vents end in locations such as these, largely because of the moisture that dryers emit.

Cages and screens—as a means of thwarting the presence of birds and rodentia—covering the outside exit of your dryer vents contributes to lint build-up. You can purchase special covers for them that can be set-up during the dryer vent installation process.

Do you want to learn more about dryer vent installation in Wayzata? Call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us to Request an Appointment.