DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning

  • By Admin
  • 23 Dec, 2016

Always wanted to clean dryer vent by yourself? Here's how can you do it.

Lint Inside Dryer Vent

DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning On The First Floor:

  1. Determine location of the vent on the outside. Your dryer duct would usually be vented on a ground level if the machine is on the first floor. Try turning your electric or gas dryer on and look around the house for a cap on a wall. There might be a few of them because some caps are for your kitchen or bathroom exhaust.
  2. Check vent air flow. There should be air coming out from that vent on the outside. Remember you have your dryer machine on? When there is no air coming out, it might be two reasons: that is not a dryer vent or your dryer duct is clogged.
  3. Get your cleaning tools and kits. We are assuming that before starting your dryer vent cleaning project, you have purchased all the dryer vent cleaning tools and kits that you might need to perform the job. As you might have seen, there are different dryer vent cleaning kits on the market. Make sure your dryer vent is not longer, than the kit can reach. You will also need some foil tape, a screw driver and possibly 4 inch connectors just in case your dryer vent installed not properly.
  4. Actual cleaning dryer vent. To clean dryer vent you still need your dryer machine turned on for it to be blowing all the lint outside. The easiest way of cleaning dryer vents is to use a brush and push it inside a metal 4 inch sized duct. It will be much harder to perform with a long flexible dryer duct. Push the dryer vent brush from the outside and pull it out every 2-4 feet. If not done so, instead of cleaning dryer, you will be clogging it and cause even more bad than good. After you have gone all the way through and reached the end, you should always check the flexible dryer duct for any lint or clogs. Disconnect it from the dryer and brush it as well. Connect the vent back to the gas or electric dryer machine.
  5. Lint cleanup and final tests. After you got rid of all the clothes dryer vent or duct lint, it’s all right where the vent goes out. Use a vacuum cleaner  to pick up all the lint or wear gloves and put all the lint inside a bag. When you have it all nice and clean, make sure your dryer vent is all clean and clear. Check air flow again and look inside the duct with a flashlight.


DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning To The Roof:

When your gas or electric dryer machine is located on the top floor, the vent from it goes up to the roof. Before doing anything, make sure it does go up on the roof. Look around the house with your dryer being on and see if there any air coming out from any of the caps on a wall of your house.

  1. Getting Ready. Ok, you’re now sure that the vent is up on the roof because it could not go anywhere else… There are two ways of cleaning the vent that goes to the roof: from the roof itself and from the attic. We will be writing about the safer one – from the attic. You will need your dryer vent cleaning kit, screw driver (just in case) and foil tape (duct tape is not a good choice for dryer vents because it dries out and falls apart). Please do not forget a flashlight when there is no light up there and be careful walking on beams.
  2. Locate the vent. Look around the attic and locate a 4 inch in diameter metal duct that is connected to the roof. You might see two or more similar vents that look almost the same, the other ones are for bathroom and/or kitchen exhaust fans. The only two differences are that the exhaust vents are 3 inch in diameter and they are not getting warm when your dryer vent is on (do not forget to turn your machine on before making it all the way to the attic).
  3. Actual cleaning dryer vent. When your dryer duct is a straight shot from the machine and up to the roof without any turns or angles, you will need to disconnect it only  at one place which is closer to the roof itself. When disconnected, push the 4 inch brush inside the vent and all the way down to the dryer. Do it little by little and pull the brush out every 2-4 feet for not to cause a clog.
  4. Finishing up. Make sure you reached the vent all the way to the dryer and connect the  line back like it was. Tape every dryer vent connection with foil tape so there are no leaks and no mess up in the attic.


DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning In A Basement:

Cleaning dryer vents in the basement is usually the easiest project because of the length of the duct.

  1. Get ready. Take all your tools such as screw drivers, connectors, foil tape and dryer vent kits down to the basement. Disconnect the flexible dryer vent from your gas or electric dryer vent.
  2. Actual cleaning dryer vent. Using a brush that is included in your dryer vent cleaning kit, brush the flexible and/or metal dryer vent all the way from the dryer to the outside. It would usually be not more than 5-10 feet so you would not worry about clogging the vent. When your dryer is further from the wall than usual, follow the same steps as in “How To Clean Dryer Vent On The First Floor”.
  3. Finishing up. Connect the vent back to the dryer and make sure it is sitting tight to prevent any lint flying all around the basement.


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By Admin 02 Oct, 2017

For most people, the sound of the fire alarm is nothing more than an annoying beep signaling that it is time to replace the batteries. Unfortunately, the real sound of the alarm is a reality for some homeowners, the nightmare of their house catching on fire coming true.

As a homeowner, you want to do everything you can to ensure that you are keeping your family and your property safe, which is why looking at your dryer vent today is a must.

While often overlooked, your dryer vent can be a potentially dangerous fire hazard. Thankfully, it’s typically an easy problem to fix, so long as you don’t wait too long. 

First and foremost, you must be sure that your dryer vent has been installed properly. The ducting used must be at least 4” in diameter and should be aluminum, never plastic or vinyl. And that is just the beginning. If you have purchased a home recently, this should be part of the inspection, but it’s always a good idea to have a specialist come out to ensure installation has been done safely and correctly.

Next, you need to be sure that your dryer vent is cleaned regularly, as clogs and build-up can also pose a potential fire hazard. Experts recommend that your dryer vent be cleaned and inspected every year - six months if possible.

While you may be tempted to clean your vents yourself, it is a specialized profession, and one that can result in major damage and injury if done improperly.

The best way to make sure your dryer vent is not posing a threat to your home and family is to get it inspected regularly by a licensed and experienced professional.
By Admin 25 Sep, 2017

Weekends are meant for tackling projects around the home. Some are fun, others are musts, and then there’s the category of things that need to get taken care of but that fly under the radar.

Cleaning your dryer vent is one of those.

Because it’s not something you see every day, it’s easy to put it off - or forget about it completely. But, doing so, can be dangerous. Not only can it damage your dryer and impact its effectiveness, but it can also be a potential fire hazard in your home.

If you haven’t cleaned your dryer vent in a while, here are a few signs you should look for to know if it’s time.

It Takes Forever For Your Clothes To Dry. If you’re noticing that it’s taking more and more time for your clothes to dry, there’s a good chance that your dryer vent is in need of a proper cleaning.

Things Are Getting Hotter. When you go to remove your clothes from your dryer, are they really hot? Is the dryer itself really hot to the touch? These are both sure signs that your dryer vent is in need of a good clean. 

Something Smells Funny. When your dryer vent hasn’t been tended to, it can start to make a burnt smell when your dryer is running. This smell is something that should not be ignored as it’s another sign that your dryer vent isn’t working properly and things are overheating.

Getting your dryer vent cleaned properly is an important piece of home maintenance and one that is hazardous to your home and your family if neglected. Don’t take any chances! If you know you haven’t had your vent cleaned in some time or if you’re noticing any of the signs above, arrange to have your dryer vent professionally cleaned.

By Admin 20 Sep, 2017

Tom Patterson first noticed the thick black smoke when he pulled into his neighborhood in Doylestown in eastern Pennsylvania. The closer he got the more he felt his heart sink. As he turned the last corner towards home, his path was blocked by fire trucks, two police cars, and an ambulance. Yellow tape blocked the street, and a traffic control officer waved him to the side. 

Getting out, Tom realized the smoke was coming from his house. Bushes and houses blocked his view, but he could tell from the smoke it was not going to be good.

An hour later when Tom was allowed through the roadblock, he found it wasn’t his home that burned. It was a neighbor’s home, and now the friend, his wife and their three children were standing in the driveway.

“I don’t know how it started,” said his friend. “The Fire Marshall said the fire began in the washroom.”

By Admin 25 Jan, 2017
The newly developed booster fan was designed for your dryer vent problems that have caused many hazardous fires. Most people are unaware of the potential danger dryer vent ducts can cause on your home and the environment. Most residential dryer vents installations are too short or too long which reduces the airflow and in turn causes a blockage and could damage your dryer vent. Usually, another problem that happens quite often is that these ducts tend to get crushed or bent because they are crushed too far back against the wall. The result is longer dryer cycles high energy use and costs and higher wear and tear on the dryer itself.
By Admin 25 Jan, 2017

It is always good to develop a routinely checkup for your dryer vent. Most people are unaware of dangerous hazards that a dryer vent can cause to your family and your home. There are visible signs unless you opt to ignore them, when your dryer duct needs cleaning….

Generally, the first sign that your dryer vent needs cleaning is when after the cycle has finished, your clothes feel humid and damp, which will require you to let them run another cycle. Most of the time it has nothing to do with needing to purchase a new dryer. Your dryer is telling you that it’s time to clean out the vent ducts. Also, by cleaning them you will be saving on your electric bill, because if you haven’t noticed by now, your bill has increased due to having to run double dryer cycles because your clothes are not drying properly.

By Admin 25 Jan, 2017
Who doesn’t like the convenience a dryer provides for us, but did you know it’s the second highest electric exhaustion appliance in your home? There are many people that have the wrong information about dryer vents and their exhaust. But one thing is for sure dryer vents need to be cleaned out at least once a year. They can cause a fire if they are not cleaned due to blockage of airflow caused by accumulated lint.  If you have information about dryer’s vents, talk to your neighbors and community about the safety of dryer vents and how important it is to prevent a fire hazard.
By Admin 25 Jan, 2017
In 1998, it was estimated by The US consumer product safety commission that clothes dryers caused over 15,000 fires. The most common reason of fires is the lack of upkeep, poor quality installation and the misuse of duct materials. The dryer’s lint filter only picks up a portion of the lint that is produced in the drying process, even though some can perform better than others. After some time, the lint piles up and increases throughout the dryer and the duct system decreasing airflow which in turn causes the dryer to function at elevated temperatures thereby developing the unforeseeable of something malfunctioning and causing a fire. These fires in dryers generally begin under or in the interior of the machine. The draft from the dryer forces the fire into the exhaust duct and usually causes a house fire. The likelihood of the fire spreading increases with the use of plastic or foil ducts with plastic being more unpredictable.
By Admin 25 Jan, 2017

One of the simplest ways of keeping your dryer running efficiently is to clean out the lint trap, screen or vent.

After some time lint will begin to build up in these areas and will restrict air from flowing through which will cause your dryer to decrease in efficiency. Your clothes will take longer to dry and in turn use up more energy in the process.
By Admin 14 Jan, 2017

Reports that were conducted just recently show that the average cost for dryer vent cleaning and inspection was approximately $130, the lowest cost was $80, and the highest cost was close to $250.

Did you know that cleaning your dryer vents can help airflow and increase energy efficiency? According to protection agencies duct and dryer vent cleaning improves air quality and maximize energy productivity. Even though the cost to have your dryer vents cleaned might seem a bit pricey, the benefits are well worth it.

By Admin 14 Jan, 2017

Not taking proper care of your dryer vent can cause several problems and hazards to your home and can even affect your health. Some of these issues include longer dryer cycle taking longer than usual or clothes being damaged due to higher temperature of the dryer. It can also increase your utility bill since the dryer is one of the most energy sweeping appliances in your home.

Another sign of poor dryer upkeep is when your dryer cycles are not accurate and result in cycles leaving your clothes damp or overly dry. One of the most important reasons to keep your dryer vent clean is there serous fire hazard it can represent when it’s not properly maintained. Poor dryer upkeep statistics have proven is one of the leading causes of fires.

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