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Lint that builds up in the dryer vent can trigger a house fire. It can ignite, and burn quickly if there is not sufficient air circulating from the dryer vent to the outside of the house. Below are some steps to follow for dryer vent cleaning, which will help you avoid a potentially fatal situation.

  • Unplug your dryer. Turn off the gas if the dryer is connected to a gas line. You should move the dryer approximately 2 feet away from the wall.
  • Loosen the clamp of the vent dryer with a screwdriver. Take the vent away from the dryer.
  • Remove lint in the vent and the other places where it builds in the back of the dryer. Usually, lint is found toward the end part of the dryer vent’s hose. If the lint builds up in the middle of the vent hose you can use a rod or stick to push it from the middle to the end of the hose.
  • Put the vent clamp back on, and move the dryer to its original place.
  • Go outside the house, and remove the cover of the vent. Remove or take away the cover of the outside vent. The tube of the vent should slip right out. Remove the remaining lint inside the dryer vent. You may have to use rod or stick if there is some that you can’t reach. Slip the tube of the vent back in, and replace the cover.
  • Plug-in the dryer, and if it is gas-operated, turn on the gas. Turn on the dryer to check if the air is freely flowing.

Take away the panel in the front of the dryer during cleaning. Lint also develops here. While cleaning the dryer vent, avoid sides with sharp edges or any angled blades such as screws inside the dryer. The actual dryer vent cleaning job is not particularly technical or complicated – with the right tools.

Rather than deal with all of this, however, you can just call a certified chimney professional to safely and quickly clean your dryer vent.