Regular maintenance is important because it can actually increase the efficiency of the dryer vent. Dryer vents can be very durable if maintained regularly, it can last for decades with proper cleaning and care. Dryer vents also come with lint traps, but even that alone would not be enough to maintain the dryer vent. Lint traps only work with 80% efficiency. Regular cleaning is still a must.
Before you can start, you would have to know the proper dryer vent cleaning equipment that you can use. First one is the air compressor and hose. Air compressors help loosen any lint buildup in your dryer vent. When using air compressors, you would also need an air hose. Air compressors can be considered the second most important aspect of dryer vent cleaning. First one of course is technicality and performance. It doesn’t matter whether you have the right equipment and tools if you do not know how to properly clean the dryer vents. In cleaning them you would also need brushes to help loosen the lint buildup that is difficult to set loose with air. Brushes should have adequate bristles for it to perform efficiently. The last important equipment you should know is the vacuum. Vacuums remove the loosened lint buildup. They are also multi-purpose because you can use them for blowing or suction. Vacuums hose should be adequate for dryer vent cleaning.
Having good equipment can help with efficient cleaning. There are kits that help maintain good equipment that can be bought in the local stores or hardware.
Repairing is also an important aspect of dryer vent maintenance. Sometimes you have to change the vent exhaust ducts, clean the exits and even repair a loose vent. Cleaning and repairing is done to avoid house fires caused by dirty dryer vents. Cleaning and repairing should at least be conducted once a year.
If you don’t have any experience with dryer vent cleaning equipment, you can always hire professional companies to help you. There is always a local company in different towns that specialize in cleaning all sorts of things. You can also search for different companies in the internet. Make sure that the professional hand you would hire is qualified to take on jobs such as these. Sometimes professional help is better than cleaning it yourself. They have loads more experience that you’ll ever have in cleaning up dryer vents and their equipment is always updated and well maintained. Another reason why professional help is necessary is that they know can determine which part of the vent that needs repairing and cleaning. They always know what to do and can provide the best solution to vent problems