Angie’s List Advice: Cleaning Dryer Vents

Cleaning Dryer Vents is Important for Fire Prevention

Lint and other dryer buildup can cause huge problems. In fact, Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder, reports in her YouTube video that an incredible number of houses catch fire because of this very problem (over 15,000 every year). She says one good way to prevent your house from becoming yet another statistic is to have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned once a year.

Some Obvious Signs of Problems

  • Normal Loads Taking Forever to Dry
  • Abnormally Hot Dryer Surface
  • Exterior Flap Not Fully Open

Regarding the surface temperature of the dryer, a properly functioning dryer and vent system should be cool enough to touch right after you use it. If, on the other hand, it needs desperately to be cleaned, it will be hot to the touch or even hot enough to burn you if you leave your hand there for too long.

How the Dryer Vent Cleaning Process Works

When cleaning Dryer Vents, the following process is followed:

  • The first thing done is to turn the dryer on. Then the outside area is inspected, in order to see the amount of pressure being applied. Next, the inside should be visited again.
  • The dryer should be turned back off, and pulled out from the wall.
  • The back of the dryer, as well as the lint trap should be brushed, and the area adequately cleaned with a hose. The wall and surrounding area should also be cleaned before sticking the cleaning brush in.
  • Then, a rotary brush made for dryer vent cleaning should be run all the way in (sometimes 20 to 30 feet or so), and the dust and lint vacuumed out. This same procedure is also performed outside at the exhaust outlet.

These essential steps ensure a clean dryer vent system, and peace of mind that your house won’t become another statistic.

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