Preventing Dryer Vent Fires

If you’ve worked with our team at Mason’s Chimney Service in the past, then you know that we are all about fire safety. As CSIA, NFI, and FIRE certified professionals, we really know our stuff when it comes to helping your fireplace run safer and more efficiently! We take pride in being highly educated and experienced, and we know our customers appreciate the extra dedication. But did you know that fireplaces and chimneys aren’t all we specialize in?

That’s right – our team of experts are also Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians that can clean and inspect your dryer vents! It’s important to have your vents cleaned out at least once per year. Doing so will keep your home safer, and it will help your dryer run better, as well. Learn more below, then give us a call to schedule your next dryer venting cleaning today!

Why Are These Cleanings Important?

As you can imagine, the lint your clothes dryer produces is quite flammable. When this lint combines with an overheated appliance, it doesn’t take much to spark a fire! It may be surprising, but thousands of fires occur every single year in the United States due to issues with clothes dryers, and the majority of these are because of clogged vents.

It’s simply not worth putting your home and family at risk. Build up in your vents is a big fire hazard, and it’s not just lint you need to worry about. Sometimes, we discover nesting materials and other debris in the venting system, inhibiting your dryer from being able to properly exhaust. This also puts you at risk of gas leaks and exposure to harmful toxins.

Helping You Maintain Efficiency

Safety is always our first priority, but we’re also here to ensure your appliances run more efficiently, too. Clogged dryer vents keep your dryer from performing to the best of its ability, meaning you’ll be spending your day running cycle after cycle until your clothes are finally dry. This is quite inconvenient, and it takes up a lot of your home’s energy usage, too!

Get the results you deserve from your appliance after just one cycle by calling in our team right away. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!

Signs Of A Dirty Vent

So, let’s say you haven’t invested in a vent cleaning in a while, and you’re wondering if you’re due for one. Well, there are some solid signs that indicate something may be amiss. First of all, pay close attention to your drying times. Well-working dryers should dry a load of clothes in about 30-45 minutes. If you are forced to run multiple cycles, then you may need to call us in. Along with this, you may notice extra lint in and around your dryer, and the appliance may be particularly hot after cycles are run. Notice some strange odors? That’s another indication something may be wrong.

If you’re worried, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll check things over and provide the services necessary for giving you peace of mind going forward. Contact us today!

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Fire Safety Tips

While fireplaces can add warmth and beauty to your home, their use needs to be treated with care and caution. By learning how to safely operate your fireplace, you can ensure that the whole Fire Safety Tips- Cherry Hill NJ- Mason's Chimney Service-w800-h597family can enjoy sitting together in front of the fire – without worrying about safety concerns. Following these fire safety tips can help reduce the risk of accident or injury when the fireplace is in use.

1. Only burn the designated fuel source

Modern heating appliances can be found for almost any fuel source. Whether your fireplace is built to burn wood, pellets, gas, coal, or another fuel source, it is important to only burn what your fireplace is designed for. The venting systems of gas fireplaces are not designed to handle wood, while burning paper or cardboard in a wood fireplace can cause dangerous, out of control flames. For homes with wood burning fireplaces, seasoned hardwoods are often the best choice, producing the least amount of smoke while creating the hottest flames.

2. Keep the area around the fireplace clear

While the mantle may be a tempting spot to hang or display décor, care should be taken when decorating around the fireplace. Low hanging or other flammable décor should be placed elsewhere in the home – or at least moved when the fireplace is in use. Likewise, curtains, carpets, and other furnishings should be kept at least three feet away from the fireplace to avoid stray sparks and embers; this reduces the risk of house fire and damage to your furnishings.

3. Use gates to keep children away

Glass doors, baby gates, grates, or other safety barriers should be used around the fireplace if there are small children or pets in the home. While older children can be taught to keep away from the flames, babies and toddlers are often too curious to stay away. Using safety barriers can help prevent accidental injuries until children are old enough to understand more about fire safety. No matter their age, children should never be left unsupervised when the fireplace is in use.

4. Test smoke detectors

All homes – even those without fireplaces – should be equipped with fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These safety alarms are especially important in homes with fireplace and should be tested every six months to ensure they work correctly. Smoke detectors should be placed on every level of the home as well as near fireplace and outside sleeping areas.

5. Schedule regular maintenance

Regular chimney and fireplace maintenance is often the most important part of keeping your fireplace safe to use. By having your chimney swept and inspected at least once per year, you can ensure that it is free from damage and can burn safely and efficiently.

Following these fire safety tips can make it easier for the whole family to enjoy sitting together in front of the fire. For more information on how to make your fireplace safer, contact Mason’s Chimney Service today!

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