How To Clean A Dryer Duct
Clothes dryer vents need to be periodically cleaned to remove the build up of lint and other obstructions. Here are a few tips to keep your clothes dryer running safely and efficiently:
Clean Dryer Ducts Annually
Establishing an annual dryer duct cleaning schedule is important, and it is also not as hard as you’d think.
You can purchase a dryer duct kit online or at your hardware store for approximately $40.00. I’ve also seen people use a shop vacuum and insert it from both ends of the dryer vent pipe. One home inspector friend of mine even used battery powered leaf blower on the inside and a shop vacuum on the outside with good success.
These kits are designed to be used with a drill. An auger brush attaches to a flexible rod is designed to allow both air and loosened lint to pass through the durable bristles for easy lint removal. The brush head is bendable to conform to tight spaces and has a plastic round nose that allows it to navigate in and around pipe elbows.
The flexible rods are typically 36″ long and you can use this length to determine approximately how many rods you will need., A kit typically comes with enough flexible rods to clean a 12 foot duct.
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