Dryer Vent Cleaning

Although dryer vent cleaning is a smaller portion of our business, it nevertheless often times is the most rewarding. Safety in the home is always of utmost importance and when it comes to dryer vents and the possibility of dryer vent fires...   well as they say, a picture speaks a thousand words.

We live our lives in a society which is always on the go. Little thought is ever given to whether or not the dryer vent is clogging up and becoming a fire hazard.

I would say that approximately 75% of our dealings with dryer vents at Duct Pros is after the vent it fully clogged and non operational. A very dangerous time to be realizing that there is a problem yet sadly understandable as we never think to look beyond what is in front of us. We clean the lint trap after every load and therefore lint buildup should never be a problem…

The truth is that although the lint trap does capture a significant amount of lint created in the drying process, there is always some which manages to get around the lint trap and move into the ductwork.   
In the best case scenario, the lint just blows through the ductwork and ends up outside. Yet, as with most best case scenario’s, there is also the flip side. This is where the lint does not make it to the outside but instead begins to collect within the ventilation duct until it becomes so clogged with lint that the airflow is affected.

This not only translates into longer and longer drying times, but also creates the perfect environment for fire as lint makes a perfect media for fire when combined with the dryers' heat which becomes increased by the clogging.

Look for the signs:

                                           Increased drying time.

A normal size load of clothes should have no problem drying through a single cycle of the dryer. As a dryer vent clogs, the drying time will slowly increase until it reaches the point where the clothes just never seem to dry. If you’ve reached this point then it is far past the danger point already. Always try to take the time to determine if your drying time is increasing. It is indeed hard to tell as often this happens ever so slowly over a period of time and we just aren’t noticing it.

                                               Dryer feels hot!!

If the dryer feels excessively hot either on top and/or inside where the clothes are located, this is a very good sign that the ventilation line is clogging or clogged. If the hot air generated by the dryer cannot escape, then the obvious result is a dryer which begins to overheat. A note for those of you whom have newer dryers-- Your dryer may rather just shut off as opposed to overheating as newer dryers have been designed with safety features which cause them to shut down before they overheat. Although your chance of fire is decreased, your clothes, nevertheless will still not dry.

                          Laundry room is hot and humid

Oftentimes when a dryer vent becomes clogged, it results in a back pressure which cause the flex ducting behind the dryer to become detached from the wall outlet. The end result may improve the drying time as the dry can now vent but the consequence will be a laundry room which becomes insufferably hot, humid and filled with lint debris as the dryer now exhausts not to the outside as it should but rather indoors where you would rather it not.

            Outside vent opening is not exhausting properly

If your dryer vent on the outside is not venting air, then it is only reasonable to assume that the vent is clogged.  A great percentage of people don't' have any idea where the outside exhaust vent is located in their homes.


More often then not in today’s homes the vent is located on the rooftop although it can be on any outside wall either high up or almost at ground level and even in some cases vented underground wherein the vent can be seen popping up anywhere along an outside wall.

With this in mind, it can best be said that the exhaust vent can be located almost anywhere around your house. It is always best to find its true location before it becomes clogged so you will know which vent to check when performing routine checks.

If  the vent does appear to be clogged, check for additional signs as stated above which may confirm that there is a clogging problem.

Given the many types of dryer vent situations be it that they are long or short, up or down, partially or fully clogged --Duct Pros has developed a number of different methods over the years to overcome most any obstacle placed before us. It is mind boggling sometimes to see how little thought can be placed on the design and location of such an important vent when constructing a home.

Duct Pros recommends that your dryer vent be cleaned every 2 years as a preventative measure to clogging. Once a year if the outside vent is located any great distance from the dryer or a rodent screen is in place.



                               Benefits to Dryer Vent Cleaning
And of course, not to be overlooked, the benefits to having your dryer vent cleaning regularly.
1. Having your dryer vent free from lint buildup allows it to operate more efficiently using less energy and thus saving you money.
2.Proper cleaning maintenance, protects your dryer from excess wear and premature death.
3. Clothes dry faster- a time savings for busy families.
4. Reduces excess household dust and
5. Helps preserve clothing, as the life of many fabrics 
    are reduced when exposed to excessive high heat.         




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