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Hidden Dangers in the Home

by Suburban Family-- Editorial Staff

Most homeowners are aware of where the dust and dirt lie in their homes and are diligent about regularly cleaning. However, there are areas that tend to be forgotten about when it comes to care. Air ducts, dryer vents and fireplace chimneys that do not get regular care can put families at a great risk for danger. Coit Cleaning Services brings over 65 years of experience to homeowners.

 
 

Dryer Vents

  • 15,000 home fires every year in the U.S.
    are a result of clothes dryers
     
  • Last year, Coit cleaned
    over 10,000 dryer vents
     
  • From a typical home,
    about a half pound of lint is
    removed from the dryer
    vent after cleaning is
    complete

WARNING

If clothes are taking too long to dry, lint is falling out of the dryer when removing clothes or the exterior flap barely opens when the dryer is running, your dryer is clogged. New dryers will prompt you to clean out the vent before running a dry cycle.

 

Air Ducts

  • Air ducts are the main culprit
    in our homes for the cause of
    allergens
  • Don’t forget about expensive
    drapes that may be hanging
    near air ducts, they collect a
    surprisingly large amount of
    dust
  • Change your HVAC filters
    monthly to prevent build-up

Did You Know?

The same dirt found inside your vacuum bags and canisters is the same dirt found in your air ducts.

Remember:
Clean elevated places regularly. Places like ceiling fans and above doorways collect as much dust as any other surface.

 

FIREPLACE CHIMNEYS

  • Clean chimneys have no
    risk of catching fire
     
  • By using seasoned
    woods, smaller structures, hotter fires and
    not burning things like
    cardboard, paper, trash
    or the leftover Christmas
    tree, fires can be prevented

FIRE EVIDENCE

A fire may have occurred in your chimney if you see puffy or honeycombed creosote, creosote flakes or pieces on the roof or ground, cracked or collapsesflue tiles or tile with large chunks missing, discolored or distorted rain cap or cracks in the exterior masonry.

 

Professional Cleaning Schedule

DRYER VENTS:
every 12 months

CHIMNEY SWEEP:
every 12 months

AIR DUCTS:
every 24 months

 

Coit Cleaning Services
For help on finding these hidden dangers in your home contact
(856) 566-0700 | Coit.com| Serving South Jersey
 

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 4 (June, 2017).
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