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How To Deep Clean Your Dryer Vents

10/16/2021 (Permalink)

Vacuum cleaning a flexible aluminum dryer vent hose, to remove lint and prevent fire hazard. Remove the accumulated lint from the hose with a vacuum or cleaning brush.

How to Clean Your Dryer Vents Thoroughly

You clean the lint out of your dryer's lint screen after every use of the household appliance. However, even with this diligent maintenance, you may be at risk for a lint fire in your Normal Heights, CA, home. You may need to tackle a deep clean of your dryer vents periodically to reduce your chances of a fire breaking out. It may be beneficial to call in an appliance cleaning professional, especially if your dryer uses gas instead of electricity.

1. Turn off the power. Before you start the cleaning process, you need to make sure the environment is safe. You should turn off the dryer and unplug it to remove the chance of a dryer fire.

2. Disengage the exhaust hose. To prevent fire damage, you need to loosen the O-ring clamp around the hose. This will allow you to detach the hose and clean it out.

3. Clean the hose. Use a vacuum or cleaning brush to remove the built-up lint from the hose. Check the interior to make sure it is empty.

4. Clean the wall vent. You can use a cleaning rod to remove lint from the wall vent. Removing the lint from every part of the exhaust system helps reduce your chances of having to deal with a lint fire.

5. Reattach the hose. After the cleaning, you need to make sure to put the hose back in its place. Before you move the dryer back, you need to test the machine to ensure it is not leaking hot air around the hose.

6. Clean the exterior vent. Find the exterior vent on your house, and remove the screen. Use a brush or your hand to remove the lint.

As a homeowner, you need to take on a lot of maintenance projects to keep your house safe. If a lint fire breaks out, you may need to work with a residential fire remediation team to repair the damage.

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