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Preventing Dryer Fires

Dryer Vent Wizard is saving the day and homes

Jeff and Brooke Hotchkiss are providing a service within the community that is growing in demand while simultaneously having tapped into a niche market. After two decades of working in city government, Jeff and his wife Brooke Hotchkiss decided to make Gulf Shores home. The couple, having worked alongside and supporting local fire departments, emergency management operations and FEMA knew all too well the hazards that improperly functioning and installed dyers can have and how important it is to not only keep clean but maintained. 

“Every single time we get a call to come out and do an inspection, we find something.” Says Jeff. “You wouldn’t believe what we’ve come across,” says Brooke. 

Most homeowners are familiar with routine home inspections that occur when purchasing a home but only some are aware of the importance of dyers and proper ventilation and even less aware of the proper installation that is recommended. 

The solution to the issue is a 10-point inspection that covers a variety of things such as inspection of the dryer itself, proper heating temperatures, vacuum pressure for the unit, venting, proper ventilation lines, yearly cleaning, maintenance, and more. 

“We usually get a call when a customer starts experiencing issues with their dryer,” says Brooke. Customers often experience longer drying times, and overheating which can lead to home fires, hazardous hookups, smells of mold or mildew that have far-reaching impacts on health, or the length of time it takes to dry a load. 

Dryer Vent Wizard is here to help you keep your home safe and running smoothly. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 251-275-6587 or visit them online at

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