Hidden Danger in Charming Older Homes: The Dryer Duct and Vent

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Dryer Vent Wizard of the Greater North Bay Area

If you have purchased an older home, or have been living in your current home for many years, you may appreciate the beauty and charm in comparison to today's more modern offerings. But there are also some things you need to be aware of that could be hazards in those older homes.

 

When your older home was built, and the appliances put in, there were likely very different standards in place than there are today. Back then plastic or foil covered vents were the way to go to vent a clothes dryer from the machine to the outside.  But, over the years, it has been realized that this type of vent is not always the best when it comes to safety. They can both be fire hazards since they are made of flammable materials.

 

While you may not want to think of your dryer as something that can cause a fire, the reality is that it produces hot air and it is a machine, so there is always a possibility of sparks being created. The type of duct you have attached to your dryer can make the difference between a spark that does nothing and one that sets a fire in your house.

 

If you do happen to live in one of these older gems, it would be a good idea to call a professional to inspect your dryer vent system. Once they pull the dryer out, they will immediately know whether the pieces attached to your dryer are the right type.  If they are not up to current codes, they will also be able to change them out for parts that are, so you can have a great working machine and a little piece of mind to go with it.

 

While old homes have their charm, they also have some hidden dangers. It's best to deal with these dangers, like the ductwork coming out of your dryer, and replace the parts you need to with ones that are up to code.

 

This article was written by Rhonda Nole, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard of the Greater North Bay area.  DVW provides dryer vent cleaning, maintenance, repairs and alterations while educating consumers on dryer fire prevention.   http://www.dryerventwizard.com  services Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties and the following cities in California:  San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Cotati, Windsor, Napa, Ross, Kentfield, Bodega Bay, Healdsburg, American Canyon, Corte Madera, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Guerneville, Greenbrae, Sausalito, Marin City, Larkspur, San Anselmo, Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Cloverdale, Mill Valley, Woodacre, Novato, Tiburon, Belvedere, Stinson Beach and other near by areas.

 

 

 

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