So you notice that something is wrong with your dryer and you don’t know how to clean it or what to use to clean it. I know you’d be happy to hear that you can use your leaf blower. That leaf blower of yours is not only meant for your yard, it can serve other purposes too.

Fortunately, you don’t have to think too much about using it because if you are reading this, you will find most of all the information you need for cleaning your vacuum.

Washing clothes releases a couple of fibers that when left unattended build up over time to form debris that could block the passageway of a dryer. This build-up is called lint. The buildup blocks the dryer vent and restricts air from entering the dryer thereby causing it to fall behind drastically in performance. This is well it is necessary by all means to clean your vent regularly or at least as recommended by experts.

Unfortunately, lints cannot be avoided unless you stop drying your clothes with a dryer. The best you can do is to prevent its massive buildup by cleaning it after use.

How Often Should You Clean A Dryer Vent?

Research according to the United States Fire Administration states that 2900 house fires out of a number of them that occur every year are caused by House fires. If that doesn’t scare you, it does scare me.

The gravity of danger lints put humans in is enough to cause great cleaning importance and awareness. This importance was stated by experts including the Underwriters laboratory. These experts recommend that the dryer vent should be cleaned after every laundry use

However, with the least amount of use, the dryer vent should be properly cleaned at least twice every 12 months.

How To Clean Dryer Vent With A Leaf Blower?

How to Clean the Dryer Vent with a Leaf Blower?

A leaf blower is designed to produce large amounts of air enough to move objects. Little wonder why it is recommended as one of the tools that can be used to clean a dryer vent even by professionals.

Cleaning a dryer vent by yourself is not all that hard. It is practically the same process as that of a professional, the only difference is the tool you use. But as long as you have an air-producing tool like a leaf blower, a screwdriver, a drill, and a dryer vent cleaning tool, you are all set. What’s left now is to follow these steps.

Step One: Locate The Dryer Vent And Unplug The Dryer

Before cleaning a dryer, you need to know where the dryer vent is located. To easily access the dryer vent, you might need to move the dryer from its position of use. That is especially if it is inside the wall. With it outside, you can work all sides of the dryer. Unplug it from its power source to prevent electrical surges.

Step Two: Remove The Hose

Detach the dryer duct or hose from the dryer. The hose might be attached to the dryer with screws, so have your screwdriver or whatever tool is required to remove the hose without breaking or puncturing it with you.

Step Three: Remove The Outside Covering

This step requires you to remove the screen covering the air vent from the outside. The air vent allows air to escape out of the dryer. Remove the cover, clean it and keep it aside.

Step Four: Insert Your Flexible Brush

Using the brush is to manually clean the vent and hose. Rotate the brush both clockwise and anti-clockwise as you push further into the vent to dislodge any lint that is stuck to the wall. The brush spins the lint-free and pushes it out of the vent.

Step Five: Insert Your Leaf Blower, Seal, And Switch On

Put the leaf blower tube as far up into the dryer vent as possible. Use tape to seal it to the body of the dryer and in place. Switch it on and test to see if the blower works and is sealed tightly to the dryer.

Step Six: Leave The Blower On

After making sure the blower is working and is sealed properly, leave it on to run for as long as 30 seconds or 2 minutes. That should be enough time to dislodge and move the dirt to the other opening of the vent.

Step Seven: Clean Up The Dirts

After blowing the dirt to the outside vent, check it and remove them. Clean the suits and debris away properly.

Step Eight: Pack Up

After cleaning the exterior opening of the vent, insert and screw back the parts that were removed from the dryer. Return the dryer to its initial position, plug it back and leave it to run for about 30 seconds to check the air pressure.

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Can You Clean A Dryer Vent Yourself?

Of course yes. Cleaning a dryer vent does not always require a professional. Although in some cases calling a professional to do the cleaning might be the best way to have the dryer vent thoroughly cleaned. A dryer vent can be done by yourself but No matter how much you try to clean the dryer vent, there will always be little amounts of debris somewhere your hand cannot reach. Well at least, it is better than having the large buildup of lint sitting in the dryer vent waiting to cause a hazard.

Just as long as you follow the necessary steps, you will keep the situation of the vent under control. You might however be required to call a professional.

  • When you do not understand the steps for cleaning the dryer vent. Honestly not everybody knows how to DIY or has a knack for it and that’s fine. As far as you have an alternative for it, all’s good. Instead of trying to clean what you have no clue or complete clue about, you should call for help. Trying to do it by yourself might cause more damage.
  • When you do not have the necessary tools to do the cleaning. Although it is very easy to get a duct dryer cleaning kit or alternative tools for cleaning a dryer vent, you might not know the best to pick or even have them at your local hardware store. This could also happen to people who have dryer ducts as long as 25ft. In this case, leaving it to a professional is the best thing to do.

What Is The Best Way To Clean Dryer Vent?

The best way to clean a dryer vent is to remove the dryer from where it is. This allows easy access and enough space to clean every part of the duct. Using a cleaning kit is one of the fastest and simple ways to get the job done and you can get it from a local hardware store close to you. It is made up of six flexible pieces that are each two feet long and a lint brush. They are reasonably priced and will fit in the majority of common power drill chucks.

Place the vent brush’s end into the ducting and turn the rod in a clockwise direction, but make sure you push the brush as far into the ductwork as you can.

What Do Professionals Use To Clean A Dryer Vent?

Unlike cleaning the dryer duct by yourself, professionals use a variety of tools to clean it thoroughly. These tools include:

  • Spinning brushes: for dislodging lint and debris from the different corners of the vent.
  • Vacuums: for collecting the dislodged debris.
  • Air meter and whips: the whips for blowing off dust and the meter for checking the change in airflow before and after cleaning.

They clean the duct so well and skillfully that damages that could be caused by rods or brushes are avoided.

It is because of this skillfulness and professionalism that it is recommended for an individual to have their dryer vent cleaned by a professional at least once a year. With professional cleaning, you can rest easy and assured that at least for some months, you will enjoy a nice and perfectly working dryer vent.

During a professional cleaning process, precise steps are followed to ensure thorough cleaning. Unlike when it is done by an average homeowner. There are a couple of things you might overlook that a professional would never leave behind, even if it is the most minimal of them.

Professionals will, first of all, locate and remove the dryer vent from wherever it is attached to. Then, they will snake a rotating brush attached to a vacuum into the vent to remove every debris stuck to the vent walls. The brush is so flexible that it can be bent to touch every corner of the vent.

Professionals know that it is very likely for the arms and elbows of the vent to have lots of debris stuck in it, so they focus more on touching those corners. Brushing off and vacuuming the dirt all at once.

After all the cleaning, they will do a little inspection to ensure that the dryer vent is squeaky clean, unblocked, and with no damages that might have occurred during the cleaning. To ensure that the dryer is all good, they check the airflow before and after cleaning to know if there is a significant increase.

It will also tell the amount of gas that enters your home. Not all professionals do this because it is not part of the basic cleaning process but a few of them would. It is one way to check that their job was done perfectly.

When hiring a professional, do not just trust their words. Make sure you do your research about them and ask around.

How Do You Clean Your Dryer Vent So It Runs Safely And Speedily?

Trying to get your dryer vent working perfectly, does not require too much worry especially if the dryer vent and hose are short. You just need a screwdriver, a vacuum, a wire hanger, and duct tape depending on the type of dryer vent and hose you use.

  • Locate the dryer vent. Remove it from the wall.
  • Disconnect the dryer hose from the dryer. It is most likely to be held in place with screws, so you need a screwdriver.
  • Switch on your vacuum and start vacuuming the hose. If the vent is accessible from there, vacuum it too.
  • Vacuum both ends of the hose and look through it. If you find debris or lint in its middle, you can use a wire hanger to push or pull it out. A dryer duct cleaning kit is best for this. But if you do not have it, use the wire hanger. But be careful not to puncture the hose. Don’t go poking at the lint so you don’t mistakenly poke the hose.
  • Screw the hose back in place. Use duct tapes to seal the hose if it is made of flexible foil.
  • Fix the dryer back into its position and plug it in.
  • For about 10 to 30 minutes, allow the dryer to run on only air settings to ensure that the airflow is good.

How To Clean A 25 Ft Dryer Vent?

Cleaning a dryer vent as lengthy as 25 feet might require a professional because they have the right tools for cleaning every dryer duct despite its length. Unless you have a vacuum with a hose a little longer than 25 feet, you cannot clean the vent perfectly. You can also make use of vacuum extensions. They can be gotten from hardware stores at an affordable price.

To clean that kind of lengthy vent, you will need to clean it from the inside and also from the outside with the vacuum. But if you are lucky enough to have a vacuum hose that is long with extensions and can come out from one end of the vent through the other, then you don’t need to go outside.

How To Clean Dryer Vent Without Going On Roof?

Cleaning a dryer vent that goes all the way to the roof requires the use of very long brushes and a vacuum with hose extensions. The brush removes the lint stuck to the wall while the vacuum sucks it up.

Can You Clean Dryer Vent With Shop Vac?

You can clean your dryer vent quickly if you have a home vacuum cleaner or perhaps a shop vacuum cleaner. However, only systems with dryer vent systems that are no longer than a few feet seem to work with these. An upright vacuum with vacuum attachments won’t function if your dryer vent is too lengthy. But if it has a shorter dryer vent system, then you can use your shop vac to clean it.

How Do I Know if My Dryer Vent is Clogged?

Your clothes take longer to dry. If you notice that instead of the normal 45 minutes per cycle, your unit takes longer to dry the clothes, then you need to clean your vent. This is most times the first and most noticeable symptom of a clogged dryer.

Your clothes smell musty after being in the dryer and they also feel hot. Because air cannot enter to cool the clothes, friction from turning the clothes will cause the clothes to get hot.

The clothes do not dry properly. They come out damp. Airflow helps a lot in the pressure applied by the dryer to dry clothes but because it is restricted, the clothes do not get pressed well.

The dryer seems very hot when felt with your hands. This is most likely because the dryer is overheated. When the dryer vent is clogged, air cannot enter to cool the system, therefore, causing an accumulated amount of heat.

The room gets very hot when using the dryer. An overheated dryer when running will cause the room it is in to be hot.

The dryer starts and then stops while in use. It keeps shutting off. Any power tool that has a clogged part will have this problem. It is a common one with all of them. If the dryer vent does not get enough air flowing into or through it, it will find it difficult to keep running. That is why it stops.

You can perceive a burning smell when the dryer is running or just immediately it gets switched off. This is because the dryer is overheated. This is a very serious symptom and should not be neglected. A sign like this could mean an impending fire hazard. But don’t panic just switch off the dryer and book an apartment with a professional. This is not for you to do by yourself.

The lint flap is hard to open or won’t open. When in use, the lint flap of a dryer is supposed to open. If it doesn’t, this could only mean one thing, that the lint is stuck in the vent due to a reduced amount of airflow.

Some dryers come with an automatic feature that shuts off the dryer when it is overheated. While some will make a subtle sound to let you know something is wrong, others will just shut off. It is a safety feature to prevent any adverse effects of the clogged system.

You haven’t cleaned your dryer for like a year or more than 6 months. Of course, using your dryer for a year and even months can cause the dryer to get clogged. After every use, the byproducts of the chemicals used in the dryer release lint which when not cleaned will accumulate, make its way to the vent, and clog it.

This is why even if you cannot afford a professional, you should try to clean it as often as possible. Ask yourself today when was the last time you cleaned your dryer vent, if you’re finding it difficult to answer or remember, then you should book an appointment with your dryer ASAP.

Conclusion:

Do not be too penny-wise that you ignore cleaning your dryer, that would only put you at so much risk. Since you cannot afford a professional, now you know you can use your leaf blower to clean it without much hassle. It is a very nice method to use as far as you understand and know the steps required for its use in that case.

Victoria Peterson
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I am a passionate gardener who wants to help you create and maintain your dream yard. I know that it can be daunting to take on a project like this, but I am here to help. I have been gardening for years and have learned a lot along the way. I want to share my knowledge with you and help you create the perfect yard for your home.

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