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Preventing Dryer Vent Fires with Better Standards

Posted on May 22, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse

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AirTek technicians are certified by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) to ensure air ducts, coils, vents and other equipment meet national health and safety standards. The NADCA published an article recently by another certified technician in Florida who is trying to improve the standards for dryer vents and dryer vent cleaning projects.

Mike Dexter has been frustrated by poor building standards in Florida, where construction decisions are made with more consideration to ocean views than safety. He has also seen fly-by-night duct cleaners do things like use leaf blowers to clean out dryer vents.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that “[a]n estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.” Leaf blowers can’t prevent those tragic losses.

How can you be sure that your duct cleaning company is using best practices to clean your ducts? Make sure their technicians are certified by the NADCA. Uncertified companies may seem cheaper, but the cost in property and possible injury of a dryer vent fire is so much greater. If an uncertified technician tells you your ducts are clean, you are still at risk for a fire in your home, but you won’t know it. You will think you have done everything you can to prevent a dryer vent fire.

If you are in California and need NADCA certified duct cleaning services, contact AirTek. Our highly trained professionals will use the latest and best technology and equipment to clean ducts thoroughly, ensuring the safety of you and your family.

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