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Do it Yourself Dryer Vent Cleaning

How to Clean your Dryer Vent like a Pro

Clean your Dryer Vent like a Pro

Cleaning your own Dryer Vent can be a little Tricky. We have spent more than 7 years Learning and Refining our Process.

If you require Dryer Vent Cleaning we would definitely recommend contacting a Professional, like Us!

But if you insist on tackling this Project yourself, then we want to make sure you succeed! So we have compiled this Free guide to help you.

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Last updated: January 30th 2019

Disclaimer

Do It Yourself Dryer Vent Cleaning
Please be Careful

This guide is intended to assist you and is for educational purposes only.

IMPORTANT:
As Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning Specialists, we know that 'unexpected issues' are to be expected.

Also keep in mind you might be working in tight spaces. Just take your time, and try not to bonk your head too much..

It is unfortunately part of the job.

We do not accept responsibility for any damages or injuries that may occur. This information is for Educational Purposes only and should only be used in combination with your own personal judgment.

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DIY Process
Call a Dryer Vent Cleaning Professional or Di it Yourself
DIY vs. Professional

This method differs from Our Professional Service.

We have access to powerful equipment and specialized tools that may not be easily accessible to all home Owners.

So we have designed this method to be as Safe and Effective as possible while being general enough to be applicable to most skill levels.

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Safety Gear

How to Clean your Dryer Vent Lint

Personal Protection

Dryer Vent Cleaning can be a Messy Job, and when you're done, you'll smell like the perfect blend of Sweat and Dryer Sheets.

So make sure you have the Basic Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

Possible Hazzards include: Breathing in Particulate. Dirt in Eyes. Cutting/Crushing Hands. Electric Shock.

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Tools
Dryer Vent Cleaning Tools
Various Tools

You will need some General Tools.

Depending on the Pre-Existing connections on your Dryer you may not need the Hose Clamps.

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Pre-Inspection

Inspect your Dryer Vent every year and before cleaning

Get a Good Look

Before we dive in, it's always a great idea to take a good look and know exactly what you're getting yourself into.

One of the most Important, and Frustrating parts of doing the job correctly, is accessibility.

Can you Access:

Sometimes the Exterior Vent Cover may be on the Roof or somewhere unaccessible.

If you can not safely access these areas, then you will need to contact a Professional.

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Inspect Appliance
Inspect your Dryer Vent Every year
Machine Accessibility

To do an effective job, you will need to access Both, the front and rear of your Appliance.

Appliances with built in counter tops, or Stacker Washer/Dryer Units can be difficult to move. Make sure you do not injure yourself trying to pull out your Appliance.

You will also need to be careful if your Appliance has a Gas or Water Line connected. You do not want to stress theses connections while moving your Appliance.

As this Could possibly lead to a Gas Leak or Water Damage.

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Inspect Ducting

Examine your Dryer Vent Ducting for Potential Issues

Inspect all Hoses

Check the transition Duct. It is the hose that goes from the Rear of the Dryer usually into the wall.

Is it Crushed or Squished? Do you see any visible holes or Damage? Is there a lot of lose Lint behind the Dryer? How long is the Distance from the Dryer to the Vent Outside?

After the Cleaning we will want this hose to be as short and straight as possible.

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Inspect Vent Cover
Inspect your Exterior Dryer Vent Hood Cover for Visible Blockages
Termination Point

You will need to have access to the Exterior Vent Cover to an effective job. Turn the Dryer on and Find where the Termination Point is.

Do not be fooled by Bathroom/Kitchen Fan Vents, Hot Water/Heating Exhaust Vents or Pressure Exchanges Ports.

Many of these vents all look the Same, but generally you should be able to see some Lint or near the Dryer Vents Hood cover.

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Let's Get Started

Home Improvement Guide to Cleaning your own Dryer Vent

Let's get it Started

Okay so I think we've gone over most of the Important stuff.

Time to get suited up. Put on your Personal Protection Equipment and let's get to work.

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Clean Appliance
Clean the Lint and Debris Stuck in the Lint trap of your Appliance
Clean Dryer

Unplug Power from Appliance, Remove the Lint Screen and Disconnect the Dryer Vent Transition Hose from the Rear of the Appliance.

Use the Dryer Lint Vacuum Attachment to vacuum inside the appliance underneath the Lint Screen.

You may need to remove a couple screws and move the Lint Guard to Thoroughly clean. Once satisfied, screw it back together.

Next, Vacuum any Debris you find in the Rear of the Dryer and inside the Vent Duct. Gently insert the Vacuum into the Ducting as far as it will go.

Inspect the Transition Duct and any Debris you find. Is the Transition Hose Damaged? Does it need to be replaced?

What about the Lint, Is it wet? If so you may have a severe blockage and a condensation issue. This could make the work more difficult.

Reconnect the Dryer Hose for the next step. Don't make it perfect just yet, we will need to remove it again later.

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Turn Dryer On

Clean Dryer Vent Lint Screen and Test Appliance

Turn the Dryer On

Turn Dryer on the 'Air Only' setting (No Heat). If you do not have this setting, then you will have to use the Low or Ultra-Low Setting.

We are going to use the force generated by the Dryer to assist us in cleaning the Debris from the outside.

(Unfortunately this means you will be in the Direct path of the Ejected Lint)

Now that the Dryer is on, go to the Exterior Vent Cover. Make sure you can feel Air coming out.

If you cannot feel Air then your Dryer Vent may be Severely Clogged and trying to clean the Duct might compact it and make it worse, if so, contact a Professional.

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Brush from Outside In
How to use a Do It Yourself Dryer Vent Cleaning Brush
Brush Vent From Outside

Insert the Dryer Vent Cleaning Brush into the Dryer Vent Cover.

Make sure you know which way tightens and loosens the extension pole connections. You do not want the poles disconnecting inside the Dryer Ducting.

Most of the attachments are 'Righty-Tighty' and 'Lefty-Loosey'. So I always make sure to only turn my attachments clockwise inside the Ducting.

As you Attach/Remove Extensions, use the Pliers to grip the pole inside the Duct, This will help prevent the poles from being disconnected inside the Ducting.

Slowly feed the Brush into the Duct, adding the extension poles as need, and only turning clockwise direction.

The Air from the Dryer will help to push the Debris outside.

You can also use a power drill to operate the Dryer Vent Brush.

Operate at a lower speed, and be very careful when disconnecting the drill as the reverse operation could unscrew the Dryer Vent Brushes extension Poles inside the Duct.

Do you remember the approximate length of the Dryer Vent Duct? You don't want to go to far and possibly Damage the Dryer Fan. Try to Get the Brush in about 80% of the way.

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Disconnect Duct from Appliance

Disconnect Dryer Before Cleaning

Brush Vent From Inside

Unplug the Power from the Dryer and Disconnect the Transition duct from the Rear of the Appliance. You can leave it attached to the wall.

Inspect the Transition from Damage. if everything looks pretty good then you won't need to replace it.

Vacuum any Debris you find in the Transition Duct or in the Rear exhaust port of the Appliance.

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Brush from Inside Out
Brush Dryer Vent Duct and Check Hose
Brush Vent From Inside

Brush the Transition Ducting really good, and then feed the brush into the vent all the way to the exterior vent cover.

Go to the Exterior Vent Cover and carefully retrieve the brush. For good measure, Insert the Brush back into the Dryer Vent Cover and feed the Brush back to the inside.

Go inside and retrieve the Brush from the Dryer Vent Transition Hose.

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Re-Connect Everything

Putting your Dryer Vent Ducting back together

Almost Done

Clean up all the Mess and re-connect the Dryer to the Transition hose.

Make sure all the connections as sealed best as possible. First slide the hose clamp onto the Hose, use the tape to seal the connection from the transition hose to the wall, and then use the clamp over top of the connection, nice and firm but not too tight.

Put the Dryer back in place and try to make sure the Transition hose is as short and straight as possible.

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Finalize and Testing
Test your Dryer before and After Cleaning
Almost Done

Turn Dryer on ('Air Only' cycle or 'Low Temperature') and monitor dryer for a minute or two.

Then go outside to check the Air Pressure coming out of the Vent.

If you feel fairly strong Air Pressure coming out of the Dryer Vent then you are in great shape.

Hopefully your Project Turned out Great!

Grab yourself a cold drink...
You're Done!

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Common Problems

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No Air Pressure

If at the end of the process, you test the Dryer and there is still little or no Air coming out of the Exterior Dryer Vent Hood Cover, then either that is not the Dryer Vent, or it is still very Dirty or Clogged.

Water

If you notice water or moisture inside the Dryer Vent Duct, or the Lint itself is wet, then you have condensation issue. This is caused when there is a severe blockage and trapped moisture condenses back to water.

If you are confident you have removed mostly all of the debris, and there is a good volume of air coming out the exterior Dryer Vent Hood Cover, then you're probably ok. Run the Dryer on High for 1 hour to Dryer out the inside of the Dryer Vent Ducting.

Noise

If your Dryer starts making loud noise after cleaning, then most likely you have damaged the fan inside the dryer, or something has become caught in it. This problem could eventually fix itself or you may need a Small Appliance Repairman.

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