Though there is a common misconception about dryer vent cleaning, with more people thinking it’s simply meant emptying the lint trap compartment, it’s actually more than that. It involves a removal of lint and debris buildup from the inside of the dryer vent line, be it the pipe and duct that runs from the machine all through to its vent outside. This task requires the use of various dryer vent cleaning tools to complete it well and properly.
So, why is dryer vent cleaning very important? The direct answer is to prevent any potential fire hazard that combustible lint may cause. This debris accumulates over time and if the buildup is left to pile up, it does not only reduce air flow in the vent but it becomes prone to ignition. This is why NFPA always warns homeowners to ensure that their dryers are cleaned regularly.
How are dryer vents cleaned?
The easiest way to clean your dryer vent is by using a brush head that is connected to a rod that is made especially to be inserted into the vent line. This rod is often powered by a drill that enables it to spin together with the brush inside the vent, dislodging the lint while pulling it in or pushing it outside. It works for a short line of vent but for vents that have many turns and long, more dryer vent cleaning tools might be required.
For instance, another tool is called a skipper ball that spins with a reverse-blowing air nozzle. The ball rotates around while shooting out air behind it as it spins toward the vent. This reverse-blowing technology blasts the lint inside the vent as it works its way out.
When should I clean my dryer vent?
This depends on the size of your household and how often you are using the machine. But ideally, an annual dryer vent cleaning is recommended and the best time for this is during summer or spring. One primary indicator that it’s time to clean your dryer vent is when your clothes take longer to dry or the machine feels hotter than usual. Another way to know is to check for signs of airflow when the machine is running. No airflow is an indication that something is wrong.
Finally, the last concern you may have is the price for having your dryer vent cleaned. It actually varies a lot depending on the size of the task and your location. But for sure, the cost is all worth it if it gets your vent clean and safe