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You May Be In Danger Of A Dryer Duct Fire
The danger of a dryer duct fire is very real. Check out this video which offers some excellent tips on how to prevent a dryer duct fire from occurring in your home.
Dryer vent cleaning will significantly reduce this fire hazard and will give you peace of mind. It also reduces the amount of time it takes to dry each load, which in turn saves you money on your hydro bill.
If you notice ANY of the following it may be time to schedule a cleaning:
- Damper (flappers) on outside exhaust termination barely opens when dryer is on.
- Clothes are damp or hotter than usual at the end of the cycle.
- Laundry room feels warmer or more humid than normal.
- Clothes take an unusually long time to dry.
- Outside of dryer is unusually hot.
- It has been over a year since you had your dryer vent cleaned.
Fire Restoration Duct Cleaning
Since our inception, City Duct Cleaning has been very much involved in the restoration of fire and flood damage in homes and businesses in the Greater Toronto Area.
The air vents and diffusers in the photos below look like regular dirty vents that you’d see almost everywhere. But these particular ones came from a duct system that was serving an office area that had a recent bad fire.
These vents smelled very bad because of the smoke, and in fact, they were so sooty that we choose to gather them up and bring them back to our office to clean them, rather than doing it on site.
The back of the diffusers were completely smoke damaged, and so were the grills. But we cleaned, disinfected them and shined them up so perfectly that the customer thought we were brining back new ones instead of the ones he originally had.
Judging from the amount of soot that we found on these air vents, you can imagine the state of the air duct systems and the HVAC units, which were thoroughly sooted out. We cleaned that all up like new too, but that’s our specialty. We love doing this kind of cleaning.
If you ever have the misfortune to experience a fire or flood damage in your home or place of business, you can request City Duct Cleaning Inc. to take care of your air handling systems if you are in the Greater Toronto Area. The entire cost of our service is something that your insurance company will usually pay for completely, as air duct cleaning is a normal procedure in the remedial of fire and flood damage claims.
Disaster Restoration Cleanup From Fire Wind And Water
Tornados Hit Maple, Ont. in August 2009
At City Duct Cleaning we’ve always been involved in water and smoke damage restoration, and we have done some tornado jobs in the past too. But those ones never seemed to be all that close to home.
The tornados that hit Maple, Ontario back in the summer of 2009 was a huge disaster where literally dozens and dozens of homes were so badly damaged that it required many people to have to vacate their homes.
Our part in the restoration started with the removal of the attic insulation. Many homes had large parts of their roofs blown off, and what insulation that remained was wet and had to be removed immediately before mold set in.
Most people in the GTA did not see all the damage that happened but in several neighborhoods it looked like a war zone. Some will find the first set of photos here to be quite interesting and for others it might be an unpleasant reminder of what happened that day, but our point is merely to demonstrate another of the many ways that we are involved in disaster restoration clean up.
Part of the Disaster Cleanup Process
Removing the attic insulation can be done by either using a truck-mounted vacuum system or a portable one. But regardless of which type of vacuum is used, it is still necessary to get right in there and suck out every inch of the attic space.
The photos below show a part of that job while in progress. In many cases we were working in attic spaces that had crushed-in or severely damaged roofs.
It took almost a year for some home owners to get their lives back in order. After the emergency restoration work was all completed, we were once again called upon but this time we were needed to clean the air duct systems just prior to the homeowners moving back in. Many of the damaged homes also had most if not all of their drywall replaced, and an air duct cleaning is a normal part of any renovation.
If you require air duct cleaning in your Toronto area home whether it is due to a recent renovation or if it is required as part of your normal home maintenance, then call City Duct Cleaning today. We can help you and your family live in a cleaner environment and to breathe much cleaner air.
Dryer Duct Fires and How to Help Prevent Them
There are hundreds of clothes dryer fires every year which causes death, injuries and millions of dollars in destruction.
How many people toss a load of wash in the dryer and then go to work or simply go to bed? Watch this story and you probably won’t want to ever do that again.
What causes dryer fires? Experts say its a combination of heat and lint. Not just the lint you can see on your lint trap but the lint you can’t see in the dryer’s exhaust.
It’s a combination of heat and blockage of proper venting. If there’s a buildup of lint in areas that you may not be aware of, such as inside your dryer exhaust venting or piping, you may have a combustible that’s needed to start that fire.
What can you do to protect yourself from dryer fires?
First, look for the warning signs. Does it take higher temperatures to dry your clothes or multiple drying cycles? Both indicate lint blockage. Clean the lint screen before and after every load of clothes, and clean the dryer exhaust duct and vent periodically.
We recommend that a professional cleaning be done at least every two years, but we do have many customers who have us clean their’s annually. The frequency of cleaning needed would be determined by your particular dryer installation and the amount of use that your clothes dryer normally gets. Everyone who has ever had a dryer duct fire in their home has this service done at least once per year.
More tips to reduce the risk of a dryer duct fire include replacing your plastic flexible dryer venting with rigid or metal material. Also periodically clean behind the dryer where lint can build up.
If you are in the Toronto area and require a dryer duct cleaning or wish to have your dryer exhaust duct replaced or just inspected, then give us a call. This service is noticeably more cheaper or cost-effective when it is combined with our complete home air duct cleaning service.
Candles Are Pretty But Also Deadly
Did you know that it only takes seconds for a flickering flame to engulf your home? In past years, the popularity of candles has increased greatly and so has the number of house fires.
|People leaving a candle burning on a table do not realize the potential damage awaiting them. Fires will spread quickly and the heat, smoke, gases, soot and toxic fumes could be deadly.Your home’s furnace ventilation system, when running, acts like a vacuum and can draw in all the smoke from a candle and spread it throughout your home in a matter of minutes creating a sooty mess you can’t imagine.|
So in the future, please remember that even though candles are romantic and pretty…they can also be deadly.
How does this relate to an air duct cleaning blog? We’ve been doing fire restoration for over two decades now, and have been to literally hundreds of house fires that have been caused by burning candles… or at least by candles that people thought were extinguished but weren’t. What we do, the air duct cleaning and deodorizing of the HVAC system, is a small part of the complete fire restoration service.
Smoke Damage in Air Duct Systems
Unfortunately, a forced air ventilation system is quite effective at spreading smoke throughout your house. When a fire occurs and the furnace or cooling system is on, it acts as a vacuum and sucks in all the smoke and redistributes it throughout the house.
It creates an unbelievable mess that no one should have to go through. Being in business for as long as we have, most restoration companies call us when they need to clean the air ducts so they are able to clean the rest of the house. Think about it… would you change the oil in your car and NOT change the filter? So would it not make sense to clean the air ducts before the entire house is cleaned?
At City Duct Cleaning we have been involved quite heavily in the field of fire and water damage restoration, and this has been since day one. We have developed some very unique procedures and techniques that we use while handling this type of duct cleaning procedure.
We work in conjunction with most of the top restoration companies in the Toronto Area, and have been doing so for many years. If you have ever experienced a fire or flood in your home then it is quite possible that we have cleaned your air duct system before.
If you are interested in having your duct system cleaned for maintenance reasons or to help your family breathe cleaner air, we are always available for private appointments.
City Duct Cleaning is a very reputable, award-winning company and we do excellent, guaranteed work.