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Message from
Virginia Will
President,
Will Construction Corp.

When asked by a client to recommend someone to clean her dryer vent I had NO IDEA who to refer so I started looking into it. The more I researched it the more shocked (and frightened) I became at the statistics!  It impacted me so much that I immediately cleaned my own dryer vent.  Mine is shorter and straighter (less places for lint to collect) than most but it was unbelievable how much lint had gathered in it.

Shop Vac packed with lint Dryer scorched from heat Burnt lint removed from vent
Various Pictures of lint and debris removed from our clients' dryer vents...

 The extra added bonus was that my clothes dried much faster once the vent was clean!  When I realized that a relatively simple and inexpensive cleaning could help keep someone (i.e. my family) from “becoming” a statistic AND save energy ($$) and time, I knew I had to offer this service to my clients. In typical Will Construction fashion I set about learning everything I could about it. After careful consideration the method we chose to use is very thorough and very clean. In fact you can do it yourself if you like. I’ll be glad to explain the process. But… if you’d rather have it done by a pro just call 352-628-2291 or 352-634-2289. The cost is typically $90.00.

 

Please click on the following links regarding dryer fires and see how they can be avoided. (links open in new window)

CBS News Report on Dryer Fires  |  NFPA Website  |  Consumer Product Safety Commission Website

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If you don’t have time to follow the above links, please at least take a moment to read the following safety tips.  There are so many risks over which we have no control. This is one we can all DO SOMETHING about!!

  1. Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  2. Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter. Clean the lint filter before or after each use. Remove accumulated lint around the drum.
  3. Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  4. Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  5. Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  6. Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  7. Avoid overloading a washing machine or dryer. Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions.
  8. Do not leave a dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  9. Washing machines and dryers should be properly grounded.
  10. Make sure sure the outdoor vent flap is not obstructed.
  11. Never dry items that have come in contact with flammable substances, such as cooking oil, gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol.
  12. Keep the dryer area clear of things that can burn, such as boxes or clothing.

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