Clean Your Dryer Vent Today

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Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Edge Company Inc
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Why clean your dryer vent?

 

In 2010 an estimated 16,800 reported home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines killed 51 people and caused $236 million dollars in property damage.

 

92% of the fires were caused by clothes dryers

 

Failure to clean, according to the National Association of Fire Protection is the leading cause of dryers catching fire.

If you need a reminder, consider cleaning your dryer vent the weekend you change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  You can also use any other yearly event to remind you to do the job. Believe me I know, it's one of those out of sight out of mind kind of home chores. But we cannot afford to forget this simple task.

I'll be honest, until I saw Marshall heaving the machine around so I could see the back, I hadn't considered cleaning my dryer vent. I knew it was there but didn't think there would be too much lint to collect. I thought we cleaned it a few months ago. But I was very wrong! The metal flex tube connecting the dryer to the outside vent was packed with lint. Marshall used a shop vac and broom to clear the vent and clean out behind the washer and dryer. Good Times! I helped by grabbing my camera and taking a picture. I know, it was the least I could do.

If you cannot remember the last time you cleaned out your dryer vent, do it today!

As Exclusive Buyer Agents, we make sure our clients know the basics of home maintenance. In fact, cleaning out the dryer vent is on our home buying check list. I guess I will be keeping one of our check lists for myself!

 

Victoria Henderson is a Maryland Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge and licensed Realtor in Virginia and Washington DC

Marshall Henderson is a licensed Realtor in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC

members of the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents

Buyer's Edge 4849 Rugby Avenue Bethesda Maryland 20814 301.657.1475

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4849 Rugby Avenue Bethesda Maryland 20814 office 301.657.1475 cell 301.922.1677

 

Victoria Henderson is Vice President & Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Victoria is a certified Military Relocation Professional 

 

 

Marshall Henderson is a Certified Negotiation Expert & Exclusive Buyer Agent with Buyer's Edge & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC

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Members of National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents

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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Such a timely post, and we have heard of many fires by not cleaning them!  

Oct 14, 2014 11:12 AM #1
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
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Thank you Joan I appreciate you stopping by

Oct 14, 2014 11:13 AM #2
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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When the dryer runs and runs, but the clothes don't get dry, something is clogged.  If the dryer feels hot to the touch (on the outside), it is clogged.

Good advice to clean that vent!

Oct 14, 2014 11:21 AM #3
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
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Hi Fred that's good advice too. Knowing the warning signs of a clogged dryer vent is the key to safety

Oct 14, 2014 11:24 AM #4
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Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

I get mine cleaned regularly and even have someone go up on the roof and pick lint from the little vent. It kind of gets gunky and doesn't work well after a while.

Oct 14, 2014 11:54 AM #5
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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL
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Victoria & Marshall, I enjoyed your read today, great information with a super guideline of instruction.

Oct 14, 2014 12:49 PM #6
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Mark Brandon

Hi Victoria & Marshall. Thank you for sharing this. It's absolutely a life saver for everyone. 

Oct 14, 2014 01:35 PM #7
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Putting it on the "to do"list now...certainly something much too easily forgotten.

Oct 14, 2014 09:48 PM #8
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
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Chris you are smart! Reminding our family members to do this is a must too!

 

Oct 14, 2014 09:53 PM #9
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
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Thanks Winston,

Enjoy the fall weather!

Oct 14, 2014 09:54 PM #10
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Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
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Yikes! That is a good reminder for us all. I clean my lint screen after every load, but can't remember ever cleaning out my dryer vent. 

Oct 20, 2014 05:04 AM #11
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Mary Beth Bellomo
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great point. so many people do not realize the real danger in clogged dryer vents. 

Oct 21, 2014 01:33 AM #12
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Thanks Dana! Yikes is what I said when I saw the lint packed into my dryer vent. Mary Beth, thank you for your comment. It's one of those home maintenance jobs that are easy to forget.

Oct 21, 2014 02:27 AM #13
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Chris and Maria Jeantet
Coldwell Banker C&C Properties - Redding, CA
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Thanks for the reminder. The dryer is something everyone seems to overlook.

Oct 29, 2014 06:34 AM #14
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