Tips from the Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard of Glenview: Clean Dryer Vents to Prevent Dryer Fires

Maintaining your dryer and cleaning the dryer vent system is of utmost importance to prevent dryer fires. The US Fire Administration lists clothing dryer fires as the cause of over 15,000 fires annually. Such fires cause structural damage, injuries, and around 15 deaths per year. “Failure to clean dryer vents” is the leading contributor to clothes dryer fires. Proper dryer and dryer vent maintenance ensures your household will not fall victim to fires resulting from “failure to clean”.

Some useful tips for properly maintaining dryer and dryer vent systems follow.
• Clean lint traps before and after each use
• Wash lint screens monthly with soap and water to prevent residue buildup
• Refrain from drying fabrics covered in combustible substances
• Store flammable items far away from your dryer
• Have your dryer professionally inspected and cleaned annually
• Make sure the dryer vent system is up to code according to city, state, and manufacturer criteria
• Use only semi-rigid or solid metal material for venting systems
• Frequently check outside vent cover for signs of blockage, freezing, or damage
• Be sure to have dryer vents cleaned seasonally

This article was written by Mory Matias, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard in Chicago, Illinois. Mory installs dryer vents in North Side Chicago and North Shore Suburbs, Cook and Lake Counties, Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Niles, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Wilmette, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Northfield, Winnetka, Glencoe, Northbrook, Highland Park, Deerfield, Riverwoods, Highwood, Bannockburn, Lincolnshire, Fort Sheridan, Lake Forest and neighboring cities and communities.

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