How do dryer vents get cleaned?
Do you know how to clean a dryer vent? When was the last time you checked your dryer vent? Without routine maintenance of your dryer vent you could put your home at risk for a fire. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration reports that every year clothes dryers are the cause of more than 16,000 house fires. Aside from being a fire hazard, a clogged dryer vent can increase drying times and costly repairs to your dryer machine.
You should clean your dryer vent at a minimum once a year. Maintaining the cleanliness of your dryer vent is not very hard to physically do. You can call a professional dryer vent cleaning company or purchase the tools to maintain it yourself. Regardless of which method you choose we strongly recommend to annually clean dryer vents.
Signs of lint buildup
Does your laundry taking longer to dry? Do you have to run the same load of laundry twice? Sometimes three times? Is the top of your dryer hot to the touch after each use? A clogged dryer vent may be the cause. The dryer lint filter inside of the dryer catches most of the lint during a dry cycle. Pieces of lint get past the filter and stick along the dryer duct walls collecting. When there is a buildup of lint airflow is restricted. When the air flow is restricted this can cause a bunch of problems from water leaking from the dryer hose adapter to a house fire.
How to clean a dryer vent duct
You can choose to hire a professional, or DIY dryer vent cleaning. The tools and supplies you need to clean a dryer vent duct include a vacuum, a dryer vent brush kit, and a drill.
Step one: The first thing you want to do is locate where the dryer duct begins and ends. Most dryers will have a 4 inch diameter exhaust in back that connects to the ductwork through a dryer vent adapter.
Step two: Disconnect your dryer by unplugging the power cord from the outlet or turning off the gas valve. Remove the dryer vent adapter from the dryer vent. If your dryer runs on gas be careful with the line when disconnecting, a gas leak is very serious you may want to call a professional if you are not familiar with this.
Step three: Clean the lint from the dryer vent exhaust or exit. The dryer vent brush kit comes with a brush and flexible rods that you can connect together to be able to reach the entire length of the dryer exhaust duct.
Step four: Insert the vent brush into the ductwork and spin it clockwise while pushing the brush as far as you can down the dryer duct. The brush will loosen lint that has become attached along the ductwork.
Step five: Collect all of the lint that comes out of the duct work with a vacuum. Repeat as needed until there is no more lint that needs to be removed.
Step six: Reinstall the dryer vent adapter and plug the dryer back in or turn the gas on. Once the dryer is back in place and everything is hooked back up, run a test to ensure everything is functioning properly. Check to make sure the vent adapter is securely connected and there aren’t any gas leaks. Now you can safely check the air flow at the dryer vent exhaust.
If you decide to have a licensed professional clean your dryer vent for you, Clean Air Duct Cleaning will be more than happy to help you.