At Building Maintenance Management, we handle a variety of tasks to help keep your commercial property running as it should. And, that includes everything, from your A/C to the gutters to your dryer vents! That’s right, dryer vents! Dryer vent cleaning is the maintenance task that can often be overlooked for multi-housing complexes. But we’ve got you covered.
When you are responsible for a multi-housing property, you want to be sure the residents are safe and that safety hazards are kept to a minimum. One thing that can often be overlooked is dryer vent cleaning. St Paul apartment complexes can easily start fire by neglecting this very important task. Whether you have a common area for laundry or each unit has their own washer and dryer, you will want to be sure the vents are cleaned for everyone’s safety. Still not sure? Here are some facts taken from the U.S. Fire Administration:
- The leading cause of dryer fires is a failure to clean them.
- 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss.
So, what is there to do? Our team of property maintenance technicians can perform dryer vent cleaning to greatly reduce the risk of a fire starting from a dryer. A few of the steps we take when we come out to your business include:
- Removal of lint in ducts to ensure air can flow properly.
- Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
- Check to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.
- Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
- Add a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt if one is not already in place.
- Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct that is less likely to trap lint.
Until your professional dryer vent cleaning, here are a few things you can do to prevent dryer fires:
- Ensure tenants don’t overload the dryer
- Remind tenants to clean the lint filter before or after each load
- Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that could burn.
With proper and routine maintenance done by you and the residents at your property, the chance of a fire starting from dryer vents is greatly reduced.
If you would like to learn more about dryer vent cleaning in St Paul, call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or you can Contact Us.