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Help Prevent Dryer Fires with Proper Dryer Vent Installation

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dryer vent installation eagan dryer vent wizardProper dryer vent installation in your Eagan home can help prevent a dryer fire, and there are several guidelines that need to be kept in mind when they are being installed. Our dryer vent installation team knows these guidelines inside and out, so we wanted to share some of them with you.

 

 

 

  • Your dryer ducts should be at least four inches in diameter, and they should be made out of a flexible material (not vinyl or plastic). Dryer vents that are at least four inches in diameter encourage clean, frictionless and unobstructed air flow, which can help decrease the amount of time your clothes need to dry, can help decrease your utility bill and can add longevity to your clothing’s life.
  • Ducts should never be longer than 25 feet from the dryer location to where it terminates outside. They should be installed as straight as possible, and bends and turns in the dryer ducts should be accounted for when calculating the total length. Try to keep them as short as possible.
  • You should visually inspect where your dryer ducts terminate outside of your home. Check for debris or anything clogging them, and there should always be some type of cap on it to help prevent birds and other animals from getting into them.
  • Dryer vents should not be kinked or crushed. If they are, you need to call us for further assistance. We also offer dryer vent repair services.
  • Your dryer vent should never be connected to your chimney or fireplace, and they should never vent into an attic or crawl space. They should vent directly outside.
  • Know the signs that your dryer vents need to be cleaned: clothes smell musty, clothes take longer than usual to dry, the dryer feels hot to the touch or there is an unexplained increase in your utility bill. If you spot any of these problems, call us so we can come to your house and take a look and clean them.

These are just a few of the guidelines that a dryer vent installation company like us should follow any time we install new dryer vents.

Are you interested in learning more about dryer vent installation in Eagan or the surrounding areas? Call us at Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or you can feel free to contact us and Request Service.

When to Call a Dryer Vent Cleaning Company

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dryer vent cleaning company plymouth dryer vent wizardFire safety at your home is incredibly important, so it’s crucial that you stay on top of keeping your house and family safe from the risk of a fire. One of the best ways to do this is to call a professional dryer vent cleaning company. Plymouth residents know they can call Dryer Vent Wizard any time they need help with their dryer vents, and we recommend that you call us every two to three years for expert dryer vent cleaning.

There are a few good signs you need to set up a dryer vent cleaning appointment with us. For example, if your clothing still has an odd odor to it, like a musty smell, even after it’s been through the washer and dryer. Or if you have started to notice your dryer is taking longer than usual to dry your clothing (and you might even see an increase in your utility bill). You might also notice lint around the door seal or the top of the dryer is very hot while it’s running. These are a few good signs that your dryer vents need a little TLC.

We will send someone to your house to clean your dryer vents. The process will usually take about one to two hours and will consist of a few different steps. We will perform a full inspection. Our technicians will then use special equipment to thoroughly clean out your dryer vents. We will not stop the vacuuming until your dryer vents are totally clean and free of lint and other debris.

Throughout the entire dryer vent cleaning process, we will gladly answer your questions and explain what we’re doing.

There are a few things you can do to keep your dryer vents from getting clogged too quickly. Air dry thick bedding and heavy clothing. Use half of a dryer sheet instead of a full one. Clean out your dryer’s lint trap after every use. Be sure you dryer vents are made out of the right material: a hard metal vent. If you are unsure about any of this, call our dryer vent cleaning company for help.

Are you interested in learning more about our dryer vent cleaning company serving Plymouth and the surrounding areas? Call us at Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or Contact Us.

FAQs about Dryer Fire Prevention

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dryer fire prevention maple grove dryer vent wizardThroughout our years of cleaning dryer vents, we have definitely learned a lot! And we are often asked the same questions by our clients about dryer fire prevention in Maple Grove and the surrounding areas, so we wanted to take the time to answer some of the ones we hear the most often.

 

 

 

Q: Why is dryer fire prevention so important? Are there really that many dryer fires every year?

A: According to the NFPA, dryers and washing machines were involved in 1 out of 22 home fires reported from 2006 to 2010. These fires caused 51 deaths, 380 injuries and more than $230 million dollars of damage in 2010 alone. While dryers are not the number one cause of house fires, they can still be deadly if not properly maintained and cared for. This is the main reason we offer professional dryer vent cleaning. We want you and your loved ones to be as safe as possible from the threat of a dryer fire, and we want to help home and business owners with dryer fire prevention.

Q: What is the best thing I can do to help prevent a dryer fire?

A: There are a few things you can do on a regular basis to help with dryer fire prevention. Make sure you clean your dryer’s lint traps before or after each time you use your dryer. Make sure that bulky clothing and bedding is air dried (if possible). Keep an eye on your dryer and check it every once in awhile to make sure its hoses and other parts are still in good shape and do not need any repairs. If you notice that your dryer is running very hot or if you see smoke or sparks coming from it, shut it off immediately and do not use it until you get it fixed or get a new one installed.

Q: How often do you recommend having my dryer vents professionally cleaned?

A: For most of our clients, we recommend you get your dryer vents professionally cleaned every two to three years.

Q: What are some signs that I need to look into having my dryer vents professionally cleaned?

A: There are a few indications that you should have your dryer vents cleaned by a company like Dryer Vent Wizard. If your clothing comes out of the dryer smelling musty, if you notice an inexplicable increase in your electric bills, if you notice it takes more than one cycle to fully dry your clothes or if it’s been more than two to three years since you last had them professionally cleaned: these are all good signs that you need to have your dryer vents checked and cleaned.

For more information on dryer fire prevention in Maple Grove, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or you can contact us to Request Service.

Threat of Dryer Fires Increases in Winter

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dryer cleaning service apple valley dryer vent wizardWinter is right around the corner, and most people do not realize that the threat of a dryer fire increases as the temperature outside decreases. This fact illustrates why it is so important to call our dryer cleaning service to your Apple Valley home every two to three years, especially just before the winter months if you are concerned that your dryer and dryer vents need to be cleaned.

Why are dryer fires more likely to happen during the winter months? Consider the type of clothing and bedding that people use when it is cold out. The type of clothing and bedding we use during the winter is much thicker than what we use during the warmer spring and summer months. The thicker the clothing and bedding, the more lint it produces. The more lint produced means more lint in your dryer lint trap and in the vents. And the more lint that is in these two locations, the more likely it is to potentially cause a fire.

Call our dryer vent cleaning service if it has been a few years since you last had your dryer and dryer vents professionally cleaned or if you suspect there might be a build-up of lint that needs to be cleaned out. Keep an eye out for a few telltale signs: clothes take longer than usual to dry, your clothes have a musty smell to them even after they have been through your dryer, if you have noticed an unexplainable increase in your electric bill, if the top of the dryer is hot to the touch, or if your clothes are not dry after a 40-minute cycle.

In the meantime, follow these tips before and after you call our dryer cleaning service:

  • Make sure you clean your dryer’s lint trap before or after each load of laundry that you dry.
  • If possible, air dry heavier clothing and bedding so that lint does not accumulate in your dryer lint trap or in the vents.
  • When you are using your dryer, stay home. Do not allow it to run when there is no one 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 Apple Valley, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626, or you can contact us to Request an Appointment.

Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

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dryer vent wizard dryer fire prevention woodburyWe recommend you get your dryer vents professionally cleaned every two to three years by a professional dryer vent cleaning service like ours. After all, dryer fire prevention at your Woodbury home is a very important part of keeping you and your family safe. In between our visits, there are a few things you can do to clean your dryer vents and to help with dryer fire prevention.

  • If you have an electric dryer, make sure it is unplugged. If you have a gas dryer, be sure the gas line to the dryer is shut off.
  • Pull your dryer a few feet away from the wall. Using a screwdriver, loosen the clamp that holds the dryer hose to the wall then slide the hose out.
  • Reach into the hole with your hands and pull out as much lint as you can reach. You can also use a shop vac if you have one to suck out the lint and other debris.
  • Then you should do the same with the dryer hose itself. Reach it and pull out what you can and use a shop vac for the rest. Keep in mind that most of the lint will usually build up at each end of the hose.
  • Slide the clamp over the dryer vent and reattach it to the wall, and then slide the dryer back into place near the wall.
  • Then go outside and clean the outside exit of your dryer vent if you can safely reach it. Detach the vent covering and reach in and scoop out the lint and debris you can easily reach. Your shop vac could work here as well.
  • Look into the vent to make sure you didn’t miss anything, and then reattach the cover. It might need to be recaulked, so make sure you have a caulking gun if need be.

Please keep in mind that cleaning your dryer vents on your own should not be a substitute for calling on us for professional dryer vent cleaning every couple of years. The cleaning you do will definitely help keep your dryer vents from getting dangerously clogged, but our team has the right tools and equipment to get your dryer vents clean, even in the hard to reach areas that your hands or shop vac cannot reach.

Are you interested in learning more about dryer fire prevention in Woodbury? Call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or you can contact us and Request Service.