Monthly Archives February 2013

  Did you know that the lint trap on your dryer doesn’t stop lint build up in your dryer vent?  Dryer vent fires are the number one cause of home fires! Almost all of our customers tell us that they always clean the lint trap before every load of laundry.  The truth is, the lint trap stops about 25 percent of the lint that goes down your dryer vent and sticks to the walls.  The key to a safe and efficient dryer vent is a short distance from the dryer to the exterior of the house.  Unfortunately in newer homes, many of the laundry areas are placed in the center of the home.  In this case this usually causes the dryer vent to be at least 20 feet long.  In Oregon, the legal length of dryer vents is 25 feet.  There’s a catch to that 25 feet though, for every bend you have to reduce the length by five feet.  Usually at the wall where you hook up your hose from the dryer there are two 90 degree elbows where the dryer vent makes the transition from vertical to horizontal.  So, right there you’re supposed to reduce the total length of the dryer vent down to 15 feet. Another extremely important aspect of dryer vent safety is the hookup of the hose from the dryer exhaust outlet on the wall to the hookup on the wall or the floor.  First, the type of hose that is used should be a rigid
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This week we had a customer who called and explained that her wood stove was smoking.  We quickly responded to her and went to investigate the problem.  As it turns out, this was not the customers first bout with this problem.  She just had this stove installed last year and had the same problem three weeks after she started using it.  When we arrived to the home and went up on the roof we discovered that there was a small screen in the chimney cap.  This screen that is installed is 1/2 inch that is a required spark arrester for California wood burners.  However, this screen is not required for Oregon wood burners.  The smallest screen I recommend in a chimney cap is 3/4 inch.  After 14 years in the industry, I have discovered that having at least 3/4 inch screen will not plug up between yearly cleanings.  This is not a guarantee because there are so many factors involved when burning. The biggest factor involved is seasoned wood.  If the wood you’re burning is not seasoned, there is a very good chance that when you burn it it will make creosote and plug up your chimney cap and/or cause a flue fire in your chimney. What is seasoned wood exactly?  Seasoned wood is wood that has been split into small enough pieces that it can dry and have a water content of 20% or less.  How do you measure the water content in wood?  Technically, there is no easy
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