How To Clean a Dryer Exhaust
The accumulation of lint in a dryer exhaust can lead to a dryer fire. Thick winter clothing and bedding tends to increase seasonal buildup. Homeowners should thoroughly clean a dryer exhaust at least once a year and perform regular maintenance to keep the lint trap, vent tube, and exterior vent clear. It is not difficult to reduce the risk of a lint fire with the right tools.
Vent Pipe Cleaning Rods
Vent pipe cleaning rods have long attachments with circular brushes. These rods can clear lint out of a significant portion of dryer vent tubing. There are several styles of cleaning rods to choose from:
- Manual rods
- Rods with power drill attachments
- Rods with extended brush heads
It may be necessary to remove and reinsert a cleaning rod several times to clear a duct. If you do not have a cleaning rod, try using a vacuum attachment to remove at least some lint from around the dryer end of vent tubing.
Long Wire Brush
A long wire brush can be helpful for extracting lint from an exterior vent. A blockage at any point of the exhaust system can increase the risk of a lint fire. Professional assistance may be necessary to clean out the entire duct.
Firm-Bristled Nylon Brush
Limit the amount of lint that ends up in the exhaust by keeping the dryer lint trap clear. Clean the filter by hand after each load. Use a nylon brush with firm bristles to remove impacted lint from the screen every six months or more frequently if necessary.
A homeowner can use all of these tools to avoid a lint fire. It is advisable to schedule a professional dryer duct cleaning about once a year. If a fire breaks out in the laundry room of a residence in Two Lick, PA, a fire damage restoration service can help homeowners clean and rebuild.