2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Dryer Vent Cleaning’ Category

How Do Dryer Fires Start?

Monday, December 10th, 2018

question-mark-blueNobody wants to think about worst case scenarios. What is the point of doing so, after all? You cannot live your life in a constant state of agitation, just waiting for the proverbial hammer to fall. You have to get out there and live your best life! However, there is a big difference between taking precautions and being proactive vs. expecting the worst case scenario to come to fruition. In fact, preventing that worst case scenario is the whole point!

That is why we want to talk about laundry dryer fires today. No, this is not a topic that is at the forefront of most homeowners’ minds.  Just because it is not a main point of concern for most, however, does not mean that you shouldn’t concern yourself with the possibility at all! Dryer fires pose a serious threat to your home, where the only fire that you should invite is the one kept safely under control in your fireplace.  

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Does My Dryer Vent Really Need Cleaning?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

You better believe it. We understand that, provided it is doing its job (drying clothes), a lot of homeowners probably do not give all that much thought to their clothes dryers. The responsible ones will remove and clean the lint trap before each and every load, of course. However, the actual vents of their dryers, which release heat and moisture and, yes, lint, into the air outside go largely unconsidered. This is not only irresponsible, but potentially dangerous.

The good news is that keeping your dryer vent clean and functioning safely is really no more difficult than picking up the phone and dialing our number. We offer dryer vent cleaning in Minneapolis, MN, and we have the right tools and training to clean this difficult to access area thoroughly and effectively. If you have never had your dryer vent cleaned out, or if you notice any of the symptoms outlined below, do not hesitate to give us a call.

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A Fire Risk in Your Home You May Not Expect

Monday, August 28th, 2017

dryer-vent-lint-cleaningWe spend a lot of time telling people about the hidden fire risks that lurk inside their chimneys and fireplaces (especially those that don’t receive regular cleanings and inspections). Our chimney sweeps are committed to safety, and there’s one safety measure that often goes unchecked.

Today, we want to talk about a part of the home you may rarely, if ever, spend time thinking about. The dryer vent leads out of your dryer and outside of the home. It keeps all that heat out of the house, along with any gases you certainly don’t want in your home—byproducts of combustion.

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A Few Facts about Home Dryer Fires

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

When your dryer is running, what you’re probably most concerned about is whether to fold or hang your clothing. Your last thought is that a home’s dryer could cause a potential home fire, but unfortunately, it’s far too common for us to ignore.

While we don’t think you should live in fear of a dryer fire at any moment, these tips are intended to a) help raise awareness of a disaster many people know nothing about, and b) give you the tools to prevent dryer fires in your own home. Tell a neighbor about home dryer fires, and help save a life!

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Why Do You Need to Have the Dryer Vents Cleaned?

Monday, February 20th, 2017

dryer-vent-lint-cleaningAt 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc., we’re advocates for home safety, encouraging homeowners to schedule professional chimney sweep services in order to prevent dangerous chimney and home fires. We also encourage regular dryer vent cleaning, but some people are not sure how the two are connected and why dryer vent cleaning is a necessary home safety measure.

Here, we discuss what you may risk by failing to clean the vents that lead from your dryer to the outdoors. We also give you some tools to detect potential safety risks, but be sure to call a professional technician for a thorough inspection and cleaning of your dryer ducts.

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Failure to Clean Dryer Vents Leads to Fires

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Dry winter air can intensify the possibility of a home fire. And some of the most inconspicuous things in your home could be responsible for starting a fire that spreads to the outside of your home. One of these is a home’s clothes dryer.

Clothes dryer fires are surprisingly common, and the number one reason for a dryer fire is lack of maintenance on the part of the homeowner. This may be more involved than you think.

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How to Maintain Your Clothes Dryer

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Certain parts of your home tend to get more attention than others when it comes to cleaning and regular maintenance. You scrub surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom because you see them every day. You vacuum and clean the top of the ceiling fan because the dust makes people sneeze. And you take care of your fireplace because you know that it could be unsafe.

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3 Things You Should Know about Dryer Vents

Monday, July 25th, 2016

The clothes dryer in a home is too often passed off as something that doesn’t really need maintenance. You may know that you are supposed to clean out the lint trap after every use. But even though most people do this, dryer vent fires are a common occurrence and can cause the outside of your home to catch fire as well. Here’s what you should know about dryer vents so that you can take the proper steps to prevent fires from occurring.

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Your Dryer Vents Need Maintenance

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Many people are surprised to learn how often a dryer vent causes a major home fire. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that there are 2900 home fires caused by clothes dryers per year. An appliance you use every week could cause flames to take over your home. And, in most cases, the fire could have been prevented.

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The Dangers of a Dryer Fire and How to Prevent One

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

It’s so surprising for many homeowners to learn that their dryers could lead to a potential home fire. In fact, thousands of fires begin as a result of poor dryer maintenance each and every year. Don’t let this home convenience cost you thousands of dollars in property damages, and don’t let it endanger your family members. Learn about the dangers of dryer vent fires and the importance of professional maintenance here.

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