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    January 15, 2022
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New Lenox-based Business Works to Make Clothes Dryers Safer Don't Let Your Dryer Start a Fire! Hidden buildup in clothes dryer vent is fire bazard Most people know they need to clean out their dryer lint tray between cach cycle, but what lurks bchind the wall is just as important for safety and avoiding fire traps, as well as fully efficient dryer performance. Joe Enzenberger, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard, opened his New Lenox-based business in 2009. Lint is the villain - lint that has been allowed to build up and linger too long in the dryer exhaust vent. * WARNING If your dryer takes longer than one cycle to dry clothes, then you may have a fire hazard in your vent. It is estimated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the US. Fire Administration that 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually. These fires account for an average of 20 deaths, 370 injuries and more than $88 million in property damage. "Failure to clean the dryer vent" was the leading factor cited in U.S. Fire Administration reports. "It is something very few people know about or think about," said Enzenberger, whose company specializes in dryer vent cleaning, repair, alteration and installation. "It is the leading cause of dryer fires." BEFORE AFTER Lint accumulation also can cause dryers to stop working or to work inefficiently. A dryer vent clogged with lint can add as much as $18 to $24 per month to energy costs. "Improper venting causes problems, as well," he said. "The dryer exhaust duct and connections should be made of rigid metal or semi-rigid metal and secured with metal heat-resistant tape rather than duct tape. I often find plastic or foil accordion- type material, which is not fire-proof, can easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks and enushing. Warning signs include: Clothes are taking more than one cycle to dry, especially jeans & towels. No lint visible on lint screen. Dryer repeatedly stops during a cycle. Clothes have moldy smell after dry cycle. Clothes are very hot after a dry cycke. The top of your dryer hot to the touch while running. Dryer Vent Cleaning Alteration Repair There's excess lint left on your clothing. Installation This has been a consumer education process, but it's hard to get the word out," said Enzenberger. "Most don't call until they have a serious problem with their dryer." He suggests people treat clothes dryers as a household item in need of regular maintenance. Consumers can protect dryer performance and promote safety by cleaning the lint screen between each use, ensuring the connection between the dryer and wall is made of compliant material and remains un-kinked, and having the dryer exhaust duct cleaned regularly. Dryer manufacturers recommend inspection and ckaning at least annually. $10 OFF Any Future Service! Now is the perfect time to have an inspection and cleaning of clothes dryers and dryer vent systems. Limit one per customer. Valid at participating locations only. Can't be combined with any other offers or discounts. Limited time only Another important tip - never let your clothes dryer run when you are out of the house or asleep. For more information, visit www.dryerventwizard.com or call (815) 215-2090. 866.498.7233 DryerVentWizard.com DRYERVENT WIZARD a neighborly company LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED FRANCHISE New Lenox-based Business Works to Make Clothes Dryers Safer Don't Let Your Dryer Start a Fire! Hidden buildup in clothes dryer vent is fire bazard Most people know they need to clean out their dryer lint tray between cach cycle, but what lurks bchind the wall is just as important for safety and avoiding fire traps, as well as fully efficient dryer performance. Joe Enzenberger, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard, opened his New Lenox-based business in 2009. Lint is the villain - lint that has been allowed to build up and linger too long in the dryer exhaust vent. * WARNING If your dryer takes longer than one cycle to dry clothes, then you may have a fire hazard in your vent. It is estimated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the US. Fire Administration that 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually. These fires account for an average of 20 deaths, 370 injuries and more than $88 million in property damage. "Failure to clean the dryer vent" was the leading factor cited in U.S. Fire Administration reports. "It is something very few people know about or think about," said Enzenberger, whose company specializes in dryer vent cleaning, repair, alteration and installation. "It is the leading cause of dryer fires." BEFORE AFTER Lint accumulation also can cause dryers to stop working or to work inefficiently. A dryer vent clogged with lint can add as much as $18 to $24 per month to energy costs. "Improper venting causes problems, as well," he said. "The dryer exhaust duct and connections should be made of rigid metal or semi-rigid metal and secured with metal heat-resistant tape rather than duct tape. I often find plastic or foil accordion- type material, which is not fire-proof, can easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks and enushing. Warning signs include: Clothes are taking more than one cycle to dry, especially jeans & towels. No lint visible on lint screen. Dryer repeatedly stops during a cycle. Clothes have moldy smell after dry cycle. Clothes are very hot after a dry cycke. The top of your dryer hot to the touch while running. Dryer Vent Cleaning Alteration Repair There's excess lint left on your clothing. Installation This has been a consumer education process, but it's hard to get the word out," said Enzenberger. "Most don't call until they have a serious problem with their dryer." He suggests people treat clothes dryers as a household item in need of regular maintenance. Consumers can protect dryer performance and promote safety by cleaning the lint screen between each use, ensuring the connection between the dryer and wall is made of compliant material and remains un-kinked, and having the dryer exhaust duct cleaned regularly. Dryer manufacturers recommend inspection and ckaning at least annually. $10 OFF Any Future Service! Now is the perfect time to have an inspection and cleaning of clothes dryers and dryer vent systems. Limit one per customer. Valid at participating locations only. Can't be combined with any other offers or discounts. Limited time only Another important tip - never let your clothes dryer run when you are out of the house or asleep. For more information, visit www.dryerventwizard.com or call (815) 215-2090. 866.498.7233 DryerVentWizard.com DRYERVENT WIZARD a neighborly company LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED FRANCHISE