Home Safety


How Much Lint Collects Inside Your Dryer Exhaust Duct?

How much lint actually collects inside your dryer exhaust duct? This is a common question that we are often asked when performing dryer exhaust duct maintenance or dryer vent cleaning, however, it is difficult to give a simple answer that applies to everyone. The amount of lint that collects inside your clothes dryer vent will depend on several factors, which include how often the dryer is used, what type of clothing is being dried, and the overall length of the dryer exhaust vent. This photo above shows a flexible dryer vent that we removed from a fairly new home, in...Read More

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...Read More

Clothes Dryer Maintenance and Fire Prevention Tips

We recommend that the dryer exhaust duct be cleaned at least every two years in most homes. The frequency of this cleaning largely depends on the amount of use that your dryer actually gets. If, for example, you do several loads of laundry every day, then you will need to have your dryer duct cleaned more frequently. It is more cost-effective to have this type of cleaning done in conjunction with your regular whole-house duct cleaning. We do, however, also provide this type of service on an as-needed basis. Always vent the clothes dryer to the outside with a smooth-walled...Read More

Preventing Potentially Deadly Kitchen Fires

Most of you are already aware of this... but take notice. Kitchen fires can be very deadly. Did you ever realize that a wet dishcloth can be a one-size-fits-all lid to cover a fire in a pan? This is a dramatic video about how to deal with the most common kitchen fire... Oil in a frying pan. At the Fire Fighting Training school they would demonstrate this with a deep fryer set on the fire field. An instructor would don a fire suit, and using an 8oz cup at the end of a 10 foot pole toss water onto the grease...Read More

Beware of possible fire hazard

City Duct Cleaning Inc. has always specialized in fire restoration work, and over the years we have seen fires in many homes that were caused by the homeowners having removed their electronic air cleaner cells and replacing them with a 4" or 5" cardboard high-efficiency air filter. This in itself is a reasonable thing to do, as these disposable filters require basically no maintenance at all as compared to the cumbersome air cleaner cells that were replaced. And if the cells were not being cleaned regularly then the cardboard replacement can be even more efficient than what they had. It...Read More