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:
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.
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.
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.