How To Clean Your Dryer Vent

One of the steps to maintaining your dryer is to clean the vent that runs to the exterior of your house.. Many individuals underestimate the importance of cleaning their vent, and as such, they allow it to become clogged with lint and debris to the point where the dryer no longer operates properly. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure on how to clean it, as we’ll walk you through the necessary steps.


Why Cleaning Your Dryer Vent is Important

If you fail to clean your dryer vent, it will eventually become clogged up with all of the lint and debris dispatched from your dryer. There’s usually not a problem with a small amount of lint of stuck up in the vent, but when there’s a lot, it will prevent anymore lint from exiting the dryer. When this happens, your unit may not dry properly and it greatly increases the risk of a fire. To keep you and your family safe and protected from careless fires, you have to clean your dryer vent once in a while.

Here’s an interesting little tid-bit of information for you – according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there is an average of 15,000 fires caused by dryer vents each and every year. Out of these 15,000 fires, several hundred people are admitted to the E.R. room for various injuries such as smoke inhalation.

Remove The Lint…

I know, it’s easy to forget about cleaning the lint from your dryer filter when you’re busy doing half a dozen loads of clothes. But, if you take the time to clean the lint filter, you’ll have an easier time cleaning your dryer vent. So, clean the lint filter on your dryer before each and every load you of laundry you do.

Steps To Clean Your Dryer Vent

First, turn off the power to your dryer from the circuit breaker. Next, unplug it from the electrical outlet and remove the duct connecting the unit to the vent in the wall. Using your hand, reach up into the vent as deep as you can and pull out any piles of lint or debris you feel. Depending on how large your home is and where your laundry room is located, the vent may be too big for you to pull everything out by hand. If this is the case, you’ll have to either purchase a vent cleaning tool or hire a professional to come and do the job for you.