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This office serves clients in real estate transactions of all types. I also assist clients with estate planning for everyone, including the GLBT community, and represent Illinois condominium associations as needed. I help real estate investors who are renting their properties deal with difficult renter issues, and I advocate for renters dealing with difficult landlords.

 
I work with clients in Chicago and all over the Chicagoland area, including Wilmette, Skokie, Morton Grove, Plainfield, Wheaton, Glencoe, Lake Forest, Naperville, Oak Park, Winnetka, Des Plaines, Orland Park, Berwyn, Carol Stream, Arlington Heights, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Palatine, Park Ridge, Gurnee, South Holland, Park Forest and more.

My goal is to give each and every client personal, friendly and competent service at a reasonable price. I also strive to use technology in the best way possible to keep my clients informed.
 
My legal background includes working for a major Chicago developer and working for a boutique firm in their real estate division. I am also a landlord of a three flat building in Rogers Park and I am managing broker of a small real estate brokerage.
 

I work with all different types of clients, including developers, first-time buyers, buyers of second (or third!) homes, all sellers and the LGBTQ community.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

How to Prevent Dryer Fires

My insurance company sent out this newsletter to discuss dryer fires. The improper material used for the venting system on dryers is a common inspection problem that clients encounter in their purchases.

Your dryer could very well cause a fire—but you can stop one before it starts.

By: Ashley Weber

Laundry is part of life’s weekly grind, but did you know that dryers cause roughly 15,500 home structure fires, 29 deaths, 400 injuries and $192 million in direct property loss each year?1  What’s more, most dryer fires happen in the winter.2

The Causes

The most common cause of dryer fires is failure to do a thorough cleaning. Because a lint trap is not a foolproof method for catching all the fuzzy stuff your dryer produces, lint can gradually build up and catch fire in the heating element or exhaust duct.

Further compounding the problem is the fact that many people now install dryers outside of their basements. This typically results in dryer vent pipes being much longer. Those longer vent pipes have a greater likelihood of being twisted and turned to accommodate the structure of the home—and that creates spaces for lint to collect

Kevin Sippy, a property adjuster in ERIE's Wisconsin Branch, inspects about five dryer fires every year. One particularly bad one happened when a Customer laundered an item containing a type of rubber not meant to be dried at a hot temperature. When she turned the dryer to high, the material combusted and caused a blaze that destroyed $44,000 worth of property.

In another instance, a Customer suffered $200,000 of property damage from a fire that started after she took her laundry out of the dryer. That Customer washed towels that had been soaked in a sizable amount of sanitizing solution. She then placed the towels, which still had traces of the sanitizing solution, in the dryer. When the towels dried, they ended up spontaneously combusting and causing a fire that burned through an entire floor.

“We literally had to gut the house,” says Sippy, who changed his own laundry habits after that fire. “Now, I never dry anything higher than the low setting—I’d rather take a little longer to dry my clothes than burn my house down.”

9 Tips to Prevent Dryer Fires

A little maintenance and awareness can make a big difference when it comes to preventing dryer fires. Read on for nine proven preventive tips.

1Source: NFPA's Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines, John R. Hall, Jr., September 2012

 

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