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Dryer Vent Cleaning

7/16/2010

Sterling Services has purchased specialty cleaning equipment and a digital inspection “snake” as well as an air flow meter. Results from initial tests clarify that most dryer vents are at least partially clogged and many vents are seriously clogged.  Both conditions pose a potential fire hazard.

Some of Sterling’s test inspections also found that some homeowners still have the old plastic slinky style vents which are NO LONGER TO CODE.  These vents pose the most danger because dryer vent lint clings to the inside ridges more than the newer, smooth metal vents.  As heat coming from the dryer gets hotter, that lint could catch fire.  If you have one of the plastic vents in your unit, we urge you to have it replaced ASAP.

Having your dryer vent inspected and cleaned by a qualified vendor of your choice, and replacing the old plastic slinky vents if needed, will reduce the amount of time it takes to dry your clothes and thus save energy and money, and it will also reduce the potential danger of fire to your unit and to the entire building.

To learn more about the risk of fire, please go to www.cauinsurance.com and follow the links to Risk Management.

 


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