Lancaster County Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard Agrees with Home Insurance Providers Requiring Dryer Vent Inspection

Dryer fires are most devastating, but easiest to avoid with proper dryer vent installation and maintenance


Mount Joy PA – Every year more than 17,000 dryer fires are reported and most of them are due to owner neglect. A clogged dryer vent is the most common cause of dryer fires and one of the easiest to avoid. Because of the danger some home insurers are requiring dryer vent inspection and service before they will insure a home.

Service by Dryer Vent Wizard will eliminate the danger of dryer vent fire and provide several other benefits to the home owner. Dryer vent cleaning is necessary maintenance to keep the dryer operating safely and efficiently. A clogged dryer vent can make the dryer cost substantially more money to operate and it causes undue stress on the appliance which can lead to breakdown. The dryer will eventually overheat and cause a fire with dryer lint accumulation being the fuel to feed the flames.

Jerry Strausbaugh, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard ( explains to his customers that there are several factors that contribute to the danger. Restricted air flow through the dryer vent hose leads to an eventual buildup of lint which is highly flammable. Regularly scheduled dryer vent cleaning service is the solution to eliminate the danger.

Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer vent cleaning, repair and new dryer vent installation, while educating customers about the danger associated with poorly vented dryers. Many homes still have old style dryer vent hose which contributes to the problem of lint build up. The old plastic and foil accordion style dryer hose does not meet safety standards. The ridges inside invariably begin a collection of lint with first use. The lint filter in the dryer catches only about 60 percent of the lint produced while the rest gets trapped in the dryer vent hose. As the lint builds up a clog eventually occurs.

Dryer Vent Wizard will inspect the dryer vent cap on the outside which is very important. Not only do clogs occur there from lint but birds and small animals have been known to make nests there. This also restricts the flow of air through the dryer hose leading to increased danger of home fires. A dryer service technician will make sure these crucial areas are free of obstruction whether the dryer vent is behind the dryer, through the ceiling or through the floor into the crawl space or basement.

The Wizard will inspect the dryer duct to make sure there are no breaks and he will replace dryer ducts made of plastic or vinyl with solid metal ducts to comply with current safety standards. He will also check the system for leaks which can allow unwanted heat and humidity into the home. Both heat and moisture must vent outdoors to prevent mold and mildew damage to the home. Poorly vented gas dryers can be a carbon monoxide threat. A complete inspection and service by the Wizard will provide peace of mind knowing the dryer works safely and efficiently.

Dryer Vent Wizard technicians work to promote public awareness of the importance of professional dryer vent installation and regular dryer vent cleaning service. Jerry Strausbaugh is proud to make a difference in his community by making clothes dryers safer and greener. Jerry serves residents and business owners in Lancaster, York, Cumberland Counties and surrounding areas in Central PA. Visit to learn more.

About Dryer Vent Wizard: Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the largest chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair, replacement and alternation specialists in the U.S. with nearly 60 franchisees in major markets. Dryer Vent Wizard franchisees work to promote public awareness on the importance of dryer vent cleaning to prevent dryer fires and save energy. Consumer education while making clothes dryers safer and greener are the main focus of DVW franchisees. Dryer Vent Wizard was founded in 2004 by Dave Lavalle who is also the founder of the Mr. Handyman franchise.

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