Dryer lint is the most combustible material in your home, making regular and thorough cleaning of the dryer vent and ducting system critical. Lint buildup occurs in many different areas of the dryer itself and the venting system. This buildup results in the unit having to work harder and longer to appropriately perform its function, decreasing energy efficiency and increasing the risk of fire. In addition to lint, some dryer vents (especially those that are damaged or uncovered) allow opportunities for animal entry, and with that the potential for nesting debris, increasing the fire hazard.
The more often you use your dryer, the more often the vent line should be cleaned. However, the method of venting also plays a role. If the dryer vent line is relatively long or has multiple or sharp turns – a setup more inviting to clogging – it should be cleaned more frequently. Most experts agree that having the dryer venting system cleaned every 500 loads or so should suffice, but you should have your dryer vent professionally inspected at minimum once a year. Additionally, you should clean out your dryer’s lint trap after every load of laundry.
There are many ways residential clothes dryers are vented, which plays a role in the method of cleaning utilized. Sometimes the dryer venting is only a few feet long and a straight shot from the unit to the outside vent, resulting in a relatively simple job. Some systems can be very long and have several twists and turns, making the cleaning process more labor-intensive. A dryer line that vents above the first floor or onto the roof elevates the level of risk and difficulty and must then be performed by one our rooftop specialists.
The material used for venting dryers varies as well. Some vent lines are made of galvanized pipes (preferred), while others consist of flexible aluminum or coiled plastic venting. Depending on the circumstances, brushes, air wands, and air snakes to clean the vent line. In most cases, the tool of choice is a reverse-blowing skipper ball for its ease of use and extreme effectiveness. The tool is fed through the dryer vent line, attached to an air hose until it reaches the back of the dryer. Once engaged, the skipper ball spins around at a high velocity and blasts air out of tiny holes on its surface. The blast of air pushes lint out ahead of it as the tool is withdrawn, and the lint is expelled with it. The process is repeated until no more lint remains and the technician establishes good airflow.
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