Dryer Exhaust Expert Says Improper Dryer Vent Installation is a Leading Cause of Dryer Fires

Warren, MI (PressExposure) September 09, 2009 -- The cause of a recent clothes dryer fire was due to an inferior dryer exhaust system. Even though the homeowner cleaned the dryer exhaust duct before installing the clothes dryer, he failed to make sure it was properly installed. The dryer duct was very long with several 90-degree elbows between the back of the clothes dryer and the vent outdoors.

Dayn Benson, head of the Dryer Vent Wizard franchise, was recently interviewed. He explained, “The length of dryer exhaust ducts should not exceed 25 feet from the back of the dryer to the vent outdoors. This recommendation applies to straight ducts; reduce the length by 2.5 feet for each 45-degree bend and 5 feet for each 90-degree bend. Bends restrict air flow.”

Dayn revealed other issues with inferior dryer vent systems including the use of vinyl or flexible foil which is only suitable for bathroom exhaust fans and not safe for a dryer duct. “Dryer exhaust ducts must be constructed of rigid metal with smooth interiors to promote maximum air flow. Exhaust ducts should be connected with foil tape, not sheet metal screws which protrude to the inside, catching lint and causing dryer exhaust leaks,” said Benson.

Another common mistake found when inspecting dryer vent systems is a screen at the termination point. Screens allow lint and dust to build up, reducing air flow. The vent should have a back draft damper or flaps that open and expel air when the dryer is running.

Dryer Vent Wizard recommends having a dryer exhaust specialist inspect your dryer vent system to be sure it is properly installed to meet city, state and manufacturer’s codes. “. In addition, professional dryer vent cleaning is recommended at least once a year; more often if you have a large family and are doing more laundry than the average household,” said Benson.

A properly installed dryer vent system of the correct dryer exhaust material will improve the efficiency and safety of your clothes dryer. Dryer Vent Wizard is working hard to make 1 millions dryers safer and greener by the year 2010.

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Contact: Dryer Vent Wizard D. Benson – Corporate Office 5523 East Nine Mile Road Warren, MI 48091 1-866-498-7233 wizard@dryerventwizard.com http://www.dryerventwizard.com This press release was submitted by Right Now Marketing Group, LLC

About Dryer Vent Wizard

Dryer Vent Wizard is a nationwide company, Dryer Vent Wizard professionally inspects and cleans clothing dryers for homeowners and in commercially-owned buildings.

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Press Release Submitted On: September 09, 2009 at 4:11 am
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