The Wizard of Lake County says to Clean Dryer Vents to save Money and Prevent Fires

Over 15,000 fires, caused by clothes dryers, are reported annually; most of these dryer fires are due to failure to clean the dryer duct and venting system. When lint is allowed to accumulate in the dryer ducts, air flow is restricted, causing overheating and making the dryer work harder to perform its job. Proper maintenance of the dryer vent system will greatly reduce the risk of a dryer fire and help to save on energy bills.

Here are some dryer vent maintenance tips:

• Check the lint trap before each load; clean it after each load

• Wash the lint screen with warm, soapy water, every month or two, to remove residue build-up caused by dryer sheets

• Do not dry fabrics soaked in combustible substances, even if they have been washed; line drying is recommended

• Be sure any flammable items or substances are not stored near the dryer

• Have professional dryer vent cleaning done at least once a year

• Have a dryer vent specialist inspect your system to be sure it is up to state, local and manufacturer’s codes.

• Use metal venting material, not plastic or vinyl

• Check the outside vent often to be sure it is not blocked or damaged

Following these guidelines will ensure safety from a dryer fire and help to save on energy costs. When a clothes dryer runs efficiently, clothes dry quicker; therefore, the dryer is not overworking and consuming extra energy. Proper maintenance also helps to increase the life of your clothes dryer and prevents breakdowns.

Mory Matias, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard, provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair and dryer vent installation for consumers and business owners in North Side Chicago and North Shore Suburbs, Cook and Lake Counties, Evanston, Wilmette, Lincolnwood, Skokie, Morton Grove, Kenilworth, Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Deerfield and neighboring cities and communities, Failure to clean dryer vents is the number one cause of dryer related fires.

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