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Keeping Your DUCTS In A Row

According to the US Fire administration, each year dryers are responsible for over 12,000 fires. It’s bad enough these fires cause $88 million in damages to property.

However, the real tragedy is that dryer fires are to blame for an estimated 300 injuries and 15 deaths each year.

The number one cause of dryer fires is an excessive build up of lint. So, how can you possibly know when your dryer is becoming dangerous? Signs you may need dryer vent cleaning include:

  • loads of laundry taking longer to dry
  • clothes not being fully dry after a normal cycle
  • clothes being hotter than usual after a drying cycle
  • condensation on the vent pipe

    Some simple maintenance can greatly reduce the likelihood of you suffering the devastation of a dryer fire. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides the following recommendations to help maintain a safe dryer vent.

    • Continually clean the lint from the vent pipe
    • Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter
    • Clean the lint filter before or after each use
    • Rigid or flexible metal vent pipe should be used (no vinyl)
    • Avoid overloading the dryer
    • Make sure the exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outside vent pipe will open when the dryer is operating


 John Rotche

About John Rotche

DUCTZ, the nation’s largest HVAC franchise, was originally founded by John Rotche in 2002 in Ann Arbor, MI. DUCTZ is a subsidiary of BELFOR, USA, a member of the National Air Duct Cleaner’s Association (NADCA), and Energy Star approved. DUCTZ was featured on cable television’s show Designing Spaces, and in Entrepreneur magazine’s January 2009 issue, was ranked #1 in its category and in the upper half of the Top 500 Franchises in the United States. For more information, visit

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Gulf Coast Laundry Acquired by Swisher Hygine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Swisher Hygiene Inc., a provider of hygiene and sanitation products and services, announced that it acquired Gulf Coast Laundry Services of Mississippi, LLC (“Gulf Coast Laundry Services”), a Mississippibased linen services company.

Gulf Coast Laundry Services provides linen rental and laundry services throughout southern Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, primarily to hotel, casino and resort customers. Concurrent with the acquisition, the founder of Gulf Coast Laundry Services, David Gross, will join Swisher Hygiene and contribute to the continued growth of its linen services business.

Total consideration paid by Swisher Hygiene in connection with the acquisition includes approximately $4.8 million in cash and the issuance of a convertible promissory note which may be converted into a maximum of 350,000 shares of Swisher Hygiene common stock subject to certain restrictions, including acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange.