Remove the duct tape that divides the dryer ducting into sections. This way you can pull apart and clean the dryer vent one section at a time.
Once again this includes where the flexible ducting is connected to the dryer from the back. Remove the duct tape carefully and keep a close eye on the duct.
Check to make sure you've found and pulled apart all duct taped sections, including the ones behind the back of the dryer. All the way from the outside to the dryer!
Scrub the inside of the vent using a dryer vent brush. Make sure to take your time in each section and check with a flashlight to be sure all the debris is removed. Spend quality time to ensure everything is neat and clean.
You can use a dryer vent brush such as the Gardus LintEater 10-Piece Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning System; we recommend this kit because you can reach up to 12 feet with it. Moreover, you can buy more kits if you have more than 12 feet to scrub.
Make sure you go all the way to the end of the duct with scrubbing. It’s important as sometimes the dirt accumulates in the end of the duct.
While you are scrubbing, check for screws inside the dryer vent. Screws are not recommended as a connection method.
Include all elbows and curved joints. You'll want to pay particular attention to these areas because that is where dangerous lent tends to ball up due to the natural curve in air flow.
It is important to remember which part goes to outside, so don't forget the vent that leads to it. This can often trap particles and needs a lot of scrubbing.
Don't slack on scrubbing near the dryer port where it connects to the back of the dryer.
Even if you are sure you scrubbed it good, double check the dryer port. The dryer port is where the initial lent gets dumped and is also closest to the most, sticky air from the dryer where everything sticks. Use a flashlight to carefully examine the area and make sure you got everything.
Take a moment to carefully examine all the sections and make sure you didn't miss anything. (You're probably annoyed by the fact that we keep repeating this, but it is very important. The lent in your machine is a fire hazard. So much so that almost 3000 people a year lose or have their homes severely damaged in a dryer lent related fire every year! You’re only going to have this opened up once, so make sure you double and even triple check that all the lent is removed!)
When you are sure that there is no more lint, go ahead and begin taping it back together using fresh duct tape.
Seal up the joint where it curves extra well, so the lent doesn't escape or the whole duct fall apart.
Seal up where the dryer and vent meet. A lot of people forget this important part and thus face a lot of problems in the future. Make sure you seal that perfectly.
Once everything is secure, throw away all the old duct tape, sweep up any lent mess you may have made, and push your dryer back into place. You're done!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.