Gary Collins spoke to a group of homeowners and explained the importance of proper dryer exhaust systems meeting current UL safety standards
Akron, OH - A fire hazard may be lurking in your clothes dryer exhaust system, according to Gary Collins, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard in Cleveland, Ohio. Up to 15,000 dryer related fires occur in the U.S. each year with devastating results. Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer vent cleaning, repair and installation in homes and commercial buildings in the Greater Cleveland area.
"I am committed to increasing public awareness in my community," said Gary Collins. "By providing our service and explaining the importance of proper dryer vent installation to our customers, we are doing our part to keep our community safe and help prevent fires."
According to Collins, many dryer vents are not up to code because they are made of plastic, vinyl or flexible foil which is no longer acceptable today. "The plastic and vinyl material deteriorates over time as it becomes brittle and cracks, causing exhaust leaks into your home," Gary explained. "The dryer ducts are responsible for carrying heat and moisture from the dryer drum to the vent outside. If you have a gas dryer the system also removes gas by-products including carbon monoxide. You don't want dryer exhaust to leak into your home."
In addition, Gary also explained that the longer the dryer duct the harder your dryer works to expel the heat, "A proper dryer duct is as short and straight as possible. The inside should be smooth; pieces should be joined with metal tape instead of screws which protrude to the inside and catch lint allowing it to build up. When your dryer is venting properly it works more efficiently, saving money on utility bills and reducing the chance of a dryer fire."
Gary Collins owns Dryer Vent Wizard of Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in all dryer exhaust issues. Gary provides dryer vent cleaning, repair and installation while educating consumers on dryer fire prevention and energy savings. For more great tips and information visit http://dryerventcleaningakronohio.blogspot.com/