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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.

The Importance of Dryer Fire Prevention

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It goes without saying that you want to do everything you can to protect your loved ones and your home from a fire. One of the most often overlooked fire hazards is your clothes dryer. The combination of a spark from the heating element (in electric dryers) or from the gas flame (in gas dryers) and a build-up of lint can be deadly, and it is important to take the necessary steps to keep this from happening. Dryer fire prevention at your Plymouth home is incredibly important, so here are a few tips on what you can do to avoid them.

Use the Right Materials

One of the best techniques for dryer fire prevention is making sure the right materials are being used for your vents. Make sure your dryer vents are made out of metal and are at least 4 inches in diameter. They should never be made out of plastic, vinyl, floppy foil or other flimsy materials. Metal is less likely to tear, and it is also less likely to be crushed. Plastic also tends to harbor static electricity, and this is another way dryer fires can be ignited. If air flow in and out of your dryer is compromised, that could cause your dryer to overheat, and that can also cause a fire.

Check Spacing

How much clearance is there between your dryer and the wall? Make sure there is plenty of space between them. If there isn’t a lot of space, move your dryer a few inches away from the wall and check the hoses to make sure they were not crushed or damaged. If they were, make sure you get them fixed as soon as possible. Along the same lines, check to see where your dryer vents to the outside. If it vents to your attic, chimney or crawl space, make sure you get that fixed as well. Your dryer should always vent directly outside.

Get Your Dryer Vents Cleaned Regularly

Another great method of dryer fire prevention is a regular cleaning by professionals like us. We have the right equipment to thoroughly clean your dryer vents, and you should call us at least once a year for this service. In between our visits, make sure you clean your dryer’s lint trap after each use and occasionally use a shop vac to clean out your dryer vents on your own.

Do you want more information on dryer fire prevention in Plymouth? Call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or you can Contact Us.

Proper Dryer Vent Installation

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Your dryer is one of the most important appliances in your home. It makes it much easier and convenient to get your laundry done. But as convenient as dryers can be, they can also be dangerous if they are not properly maintained. Here are a few good rules of thumb for keeping your dryer and its vent and ducts in good working order. And if you need assistance with dryer vent installation in Apple Valley, give us a call!

Rule One: Use the right material

Dryer vents should not be made out of flexible plastic or flexible foil. These can be easily crushed or kinked and that can restrict air flow. The ridges in these types of materials can also cause excess lint to build up in them, and that can increase the risk of a dryer fire.

PVC piping should not be used either. Static can build in these materials and cause lint to stick to the inside. The lint can then mix with excess water and create a sludge-like substance that can also increase the risk of a dryer fire.

Rule Two: When connecting venting materials, do not use duct tape

While duct tape is a great adhesive, this is not the best type to use for your dryer vents during dryer vent installation jobs. The adhesive will dry out over time and create gaps in the vent’s joints.

Rule Three: When securing joints, do not use screws or bolts

Much like ridges in plastic or foil, screws and bolts also cause lint to accumulate. And this also increases the risk of a dryer fire.

Rule Four: Dryer vent should never end in attics or crawl spaces

During a dryer vent installation job, you want to be sure that the dryer vent ends outside of the house or building. It should never end in an attic or crawl space. If a dryer vent ends there, it can encourage mold and mildew growth because of the moisture they emit.

Rule Five: Do not use a screen or cage where the dryer vent ends outside

A screen or cage might seem like a great way to keep birds, squirrels and other critters from nesting in your dryer vents, but the screen or cage can also cause excess lint to build up. There are special covers that can be installed during the dryer vent installation process.

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