Cleaning your dryer vent

Cleaning your dryer vent

Occasionally a drier gets clogged up with lint (fluffy fibers that are found on fabric). Lint is generated from clothes as the drying process is in progress. This lint builds up in clefts inside the lint filter trap and down through the drier vent pipe.

Be aware that clogged driers are the number one cause of household fires, which occur when there’s a buildup on the lint trap as well as the duct work of the drier vent. This restricts the flow of hot air from the drier. This heat buildup can cause the lint to ignite.

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Watch for these symptoms of a clogged drier vent:

  • Clothes usually take a very long time to dry
  • Clothes do not try thoroughly
  • Clothes are very hot by the time the drying cycle is complete
  • The air around the dryer heats up
  • The laundry room is excessively humid
  • Minimal exhaust velocity is characterized by a less frequent opening of the external exhaust flapper

Cleaning your dryer vent

Make sure you have a dryer vent cleaning kit. It should have two brushes: a long- bristle brush used for cleaning the lint screen, and a brush with thick bristles that is used to clean the dryer hose.

  • Step one: Remove your dryer’s lint screen and use the long-bristle cleaning brush and remove all lint.
  • Step two: Insert the brush into the base of the vacuum lint trap enclosure cavity and gently withdraw it, removing clods of lint as you do. You can use a vacuum to clean the lint from the brush head. Repeat this procedure until there is no more lint remaining in the housing cavity.
  • Step three: Gently remove the dryer vent hose from the wall and disassemble its various parts. Then insert the thick bristled brush into the lint-clogged passage, gently rotating the brush in a back and front motion.
  • Step four: Repeat this procedure for every section of the dryer hose, accounting for all of its bends and curves. Also, ensure that there is no ling clogging the exhaust ejection cap on the exterior end of the cavity
  • Step five: Reassemble the dryer hose. Firmly fasten a versatile right-angled elbow to the exhaust section of the dryer, then turn on the gas faucet, plug in the dryer and return the lint screen to its respective position

To be on the safe side, maintain a regular cleaning program for your dryer. At minimum, be sure to have your dryer cleaned once every three months.

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