When you put clothes in your dryer, your removable lint filter catches most of the lint that comes off of them. Unfortunately, it doesn’t catch everything. Some lint still makes its way into the dryer vent, and over time it can build up and create a fire hazard. Much like a chimney connected to a fireplace, a dryer vent needs to be cleaned out periodically, and while we do recommend contacting one of the many companies offering dryer vent cleaning Pasadena MD has to offer, you can still do some cleaning on your own. Here are some of the steps involved in cleaning out a dryer vent.
Clean The Lint Filter
While you should be removing the lint filter and cleaning it out every time you use your dryer, it never hurts to do it again before addressing your dryer vent.
Vacuum the Lint Trap Housing
Once you’ve removed the lint filter, you can clean out the rest of the lint trap housing with a long hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner. You may need to use a dryer vent cleaning brush to really get deep into the housing and loosen the lint that the hose attachment might not reach.
Clean the Dryer Duct
You should be able to detach the dryer duct from the back of the dryer. This duct leads to the dryer vent, and it will be where much of the lint is found. Use a dryer vent brush kit and vacuum attachment to brush out and vacuum up any lint that is trapped in this vent. Once the ductwork is clear, reattach the dryer duct to the back of the dryer.
As you can probably guess, cleaning a dryer vent isn’t a particularly difficult task, but not everyone will be comfortable with it. If you have any questions about cleaning your dryer vent or you need your ductwork replaced, don’t hesitate to contact a professional near you who can handle the cleaning and installation project.