Hi all! I guess I don’t have to tell you that neglecting your dryer vent can lead to a house fire. And an increase of energy use through poor drying efficiency. Sadly, we never cleaned it after living in this house for 3 years. We should have done this immediately after moving in. Shame on us. But it’s done now and clean as a whistle.
Since the dryer duct runs behind walls, I knew I would need something that would be long enough to do the job. I’m not endorsing this particular product, but I suggest getting a rotary one that is similar. It’s a worthwhile investment, and not something you want to be cheap about. This particular one I found at Lowe’s, but you can find similar products on Amazon.
One end has the bristles. It comes with a few pieces of tubing that screw together so you can make it as long as you need it to be.
The other end attaches to your drill. The drill will rotate the brush through the duct, loosening all the lint. Sorry for the lousy pictures. It was late evening when we did this job, and we didn’t have a lot of time for me to set up lighting and the tripod.
Just insert the brush into the vent and run your drill to do the work. We couldn’t get it to go very far from inside, so we moved outside where the vent comes out.
You can see the nice pile of muck that was pulled out below. We ran the brush through the duct 4 times. My husband wasn’t satisfied, and decided to use his leaf blower from the inside.
You should have seen the huge dust cloud that came out of the vent! I thought we were going to get arrested for air pollution. I wish I had a video camera running.
These photos were taken the next morning after the dust had settled. I couldn’t believe our dryer had actually been able to dry clothes. I’m pretty certain that the duct had never been cleaned in it’s 14 years of existence.
Seriously, go get the proper tool and clean your dryer vent! Don’t put it off. We will never neglect that job again.