Throughout 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.