One of the leading causes in house fires is a dirty dryer vent – and a good cleaning requires more than just a quick wipe of lint between loads. Here are seven dryer vent mistakes to avoid.
- Unplug the Dryer: one of the most important safety steps when cleaning a dryer vent is to unplug the unit from the power source to avoid being shocked. If you have a gas-powered dryer, this requires that you turn off the gas supply
- Invest in the Right Tools: lint fibers can cling to the walls of your dryer duct. In order to properly clean the duct line, you need a tool such as a Lint Lizard or the Everbilt Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit. Both are reasonable in cost and will ensure you do the job right.
- Hiring a Pro: if you are not a “DIY” kind of person, you can hire a professional, which will cost you roughly $100.00 for a service fee.
- Look for Duct Damage: while you are cleaning out the duct, take the extra time to inspect your line for any cracks or tears. Keep the duct in good condition will help your dryer to run efficiently.
- Don’t Bend the Duct too Much: a bent duct line is a great place for lint to build up over time. When you reattach the duct to the dryer, try to eliminate as many of the sharp turns or bends in the tube.
- Duct Tape Fools Tale: while it is called duct tape, it actually is one of the things that duct tape shouldn’t be used for. Over time it can corrode from the heat of the dryer. It is better to use aluminum tape which can hold up against the dryer heat.
- Regular Maintenance: cleaning your dryer duct is the one thing in your home that you should never neglect. At least once a year, or more if your dryer gets a lot of use – you should give your dryer duct a thorough cleaning.
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