Clean out the dryer vent time!

Clean out the dryer vent time! Dryer vent spring cleaning is a great time to remove the lint from the back of your dryer and from the pipes that exit your home. If you’ve got a dryer… you have dryer lint. 

You probably clean the lint in the dryer itself, but over the months and year it also starts to fill up the exhaust pipe at the back of your dryer.

Dryer Fires have been one of the common reasons for home fires. The lint builds up, and static electricity is all it takes to “spark” and create a flame that lights up like a wick on dynamite. 

It only takes minutes and the entire dryer run pipe could be on fire, and further damage throughout the house. Dryer vent cleaning should be done with every load of laundry, but further the dryer exhaust pipe should be cleaned 6 months to a year.

How do I properly clean out the dryer vent?

Simply, you use a vacuum cleaner and remove the lint from the dryer lint filter. Then you can clean out the clothes dryer duct at the back of it. 

Safety tip! Make sure you unplug the power cord on the dryer for safety reasons. If it’s a gas dryer, turn off the gas.  

Clean out the dryer vent by a professional?

Depending on the dryer vent lint pipe, you want to have it professionally cleaned once a year to 6 months. Depending on how much laundry you have.  

A good indicator is when it takes longer to dry your clothes than normal.  When cleaning your dryer you’re also going to get more energy efficiencies. Less electricity and power will be required to dry your clothes. Who doesn’t want to save money on energy? 

What dryer do you have?

Fire Hazard aside, you may have different types of dryers. There are different types:

  1. Electric
  2. Gas
  3. Stackable dryer
  4. Front loader
  5. Top loader

The dryer type is Irrelevant see, as they all accumulate dryer lint in some way or form. It is important regardless of the dryer you have to ensure that you clean the dryer lint trap and Clean from the outside on a regular basis.

Time of year 

The time of year when you can clean your dryer vent from the other side can only be done when it’s warm above freezing. Which is why in Canada, specifically Ontario you want to make sure you get your dryer vent cleaning done during the spring, summer and the fall. Winter is a horrible time to try and clean your dryer vent exhaust 

Where do you offer your service

If you live in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Grimsby or St. Catherines, Vacu-Man can assist with having your dryer vent cleaned properly and we encourage you to include having your duct and furnace cleaned at the same time. You’ll actually save money in the process.