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.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Blog

By Admin 16 Jan, 2018

Whether you are purchasing a new home or simply doing maintenance tasks around your current home, making sure that you do a thorough inspection of dryer venting is important. While you should always contract professionally licensed dryer vent experts to work on, clean, and properly inspect dryer vents, there are some things you can look for that can alert you to serious issues.

Below are three important things to inspect when it comes to your home’s dryer venting.

1.     Look carefully at the termination port of the dryer, as well as the roof cap and wall. You should be on alert for things that can potentially cause clogs in the opening, such as built-up debris, leaves, and bird nests. As you do this, you can check that the vent is functioning properly by checking the air’s velocity as it exits. If you don’t feel air, or if it feels very weak, it could mean you have a clog that needs to be cleaned out by a professional.

2.     Look for signs that your vent system has been lengthened. Professionals recommend that dryer vent ducts should be straight and short, at least as much as is practically possible. If you’ve extended your dryer vent system or if the previous owners of your home has, it could not only make drying your clothes take longer, but it could impact how well it works and how frequently it gets clogged.

3.     Metal tape should be used to hold joints in place. While duct tape is a handy fix-it tool around the home, it should not be used on dryer vent duct joints. In this case, metal tape should be used. If you see other hardware holding joints together, like screws, you should contact a professional to help you remove them and get them back together properly.

By Admin 16 Jan, 2018

For most people, the thought of something happening to their home, especially severe damage or a fire, is devastating. And while the majority of homeowners take precautions, such as installing and checking smoke alarms, there is one part of home maintenance that gets overlooked regularly: the dryer vent.

Your dryer vent needs to function properly in order to keep your home (and family) safe.

Haven’t thought about your dryer vent in a while? Chances are, it needs your attention.

Here are five warning signs to look for that can indicate that your dryer vent needs to be professionally cleaned or repaired.

1.     Your dryer doesn’t seem to be working properly. If your clothes or laundry are taking longer than usual to dry, there’s a good chance that it’s because your dryer vent needs to be cleaned.

2.     Your laundry room has a burning smell when you run your dryer. That too-hot, almost burning smell is a tell-tale sign of a dryer vent needing maintenance. Don’t ignore it! Call a dryer vent professional today to have it taken care of before it’s too late.

3.     Your dryer seems to be overheating. If your dryer gets really hot when it’s working, or if you notice that your clothes are hotter than usual when you take them out, you need to schedule an appointment with a dryer vent specialist to ensure your home’s vent is working properly.

4.     The flap to your vent looks funny. If the exterior hood flap for your vent won’t close right, it’s most likely happening because of a buildup of lint and debris. A professional dryer vent cleaning can take care of this potential risk.

5.     You have forgotten to maintain your dryer vent. Even if the other four signs aren’t showing up in your home, if you haven’t maintained your dryer vent in over a year, it’s time. The longer you wait, the more costly maintenance and repairs can get and the more likely that the other warning signs will happen soon.

Dryer vent maintenance is best done by a professional. Call your local dryer vent specialists today and schedule a cleaning. And, if you’re noticing any of the warning signs above, don’t wait!

By Admin 11 Dec, 2017

It can be tempting to pick up the phone and call a friend or a relative when something needs to be fixed in your home. And while there are definitely some issues that can be solved in an afternoon along with the help of some YouTube videos, cleaning and maintaining your dryer vent isn’t one of them.

While it can sound easy (and some videos try to make it look easy), the reality is that it is more complex.

If not done properly cleaning out your dryer vent, for example, can actually cause more damage to your vent, which can lead to expenses down the road. This damage can even become a hazard for your home and family if left unfixed. What started out being a simple DIY home project can quickly turn into a real headache, or worse.

You might think the answer is to call a local handyman, someone you trust with other chores and maintenance around your home.

However, this again can be a mistake.

Dryer vents come in all shapes and sizes and each one has a unique issue when you approach it for repair. Someone who only occasionally works on these types of vents can fumble while cleaning or repairing, which again can result in damage or potential hazards.

This is why it’s always best to call an expert when you need any work, big or small, done to your home’s dryer vents. Only an expert who deals with dryer vents every single day can ensure that your home’s vents are taken care of properly so that you can rest assured knowing that your home is in good hands.

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.
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