Every year there are several thousand house fires caused by home clothes dryers. One of the main causes of these fires is that there is too much lint building up in a dryer’s exhaust vent. Lint is extremely flammable. Your dryer vent duct also connects your dryer to the outside so it must be inspected periodically to ensure there’s no danger of excessive dust and debris buildup.
You can inspect your dryer vent by pulling the dryer away from the wall, unplugging the power, and unhooking the dryer vent from the back of the dryer. Use a large flashlight to shine inside the vent and look for clumps of gray lint and dust. Also, be sure to clean the pipe walls and outlets.
If you choose to clean the dryer vent yourself, you want to use a brush, some type of blower, or a hand brush made for vent cleaning. Using a hand brush is the most thorough cleaning method. You will also want to use a vacuum with a hose attachment to suck all of the dust and mess into the vacuum.
You may also want to try to take the cover off of the vent from the outside and blow the lint out with a leaf blower. You can stick the leaf blower into the vent pipe at your dryer’s hookup and turn it on. Once it blows for a few minutes, you should be able to get rid of a great deal of lint.
Your best bet is to contact the professionals at Clean Sweep Duct Cleaning, a leading company for dryer vent cleaning in Sarasota, Bradenton, and all of the surrounding areas. Call (941) 371-3862 for more information and to make an appointment.