DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning vs Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning
Do The DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning Kits Work?
For the most part, yes, they work. However, there are some drawbacks you need to be aware of.
DIY dryer vent cleaning kits typically consist of a brush that connects to a flexible plastic connecting rod at one end and a power drill at the other. As you insert the line into your dryer vent, you add pieces of rod so the brush can reach all the way to your dryer exhaust vent on the outside wall (or roof) of your house. The brush spins around and cleans out the accumulated lint in your vent line.
Sounds like a swell idea. Unfortunately, the brush sometimes gets stuck in bends in the dryer vent line and ends up breaking off when you try pull it out. Also, the plastic rods you connect together to extend the reach of the brush all the way through the dryer vent can separate while you’re cleaning. Many users have reported them breaking or detaching at a connection point.
Here’s the thing: If you get the cleaning brush and pieces of the connecting rods stuck somewhere in your dryer vent, retrieving them is problematic, to say the least. In most cases, it involves cutting out drywall and disassembling the vent line in order to get to the stuck brush. As you can imagine, this is not only expensive, but it also means you cannot safely use your dryer again until the parts are removed from your vent line.
Do-It-Yourself Dryer Vent Cleaning Can Actually Make A Clog Even Worse
Here’s something else to consider: If your dryer vent line exceeds the reach of the brush you’re running through it, you’re just going to push all the lint further down the vent line—where it will remain stuck as a ball of lint, creating an even greater fire hazard than you had to begin with.
Often, homeowners don’t realize that every bend or elbow joint in their dryer vent line adds another 5 feet to the total length of the vent line. Then they realize the kit they bought just doesn’t reach far enough into the vent line to really clean it all out.
Is DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning A Bad Idea?
It depends. Having received numerous calls from homeowners with parts of DIY vent cleaning kits stuck in their dryer vent line, our recommendation is to only use them if you have a straight run of dryer vent no longer than 10 feet.
Often, vent lines only run 4 or 5 feet from the back of the dryer to an exterior wall. You can usually just use a hand-held brush to clean out a such a short length of vent.
If your dryer vent line has multiple turns or elbow bends, and if it's longer than 5 or 6 feet, you would be well advised to let a professional vent cleaner do the job.
Why Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning Is Better Than DIY Vent Cleaning Kits
Unlike the DIY vent cleaning kits, our Dryer Vent Wizards use a loooong, flexible hose with an attachment that blows compressed air. There’s zero chance of this hose breaking or getting stuck in your vent line.
There’s also zero chance of us not being able to reach the entirety of your vent line and leaving behind a ball of lint to clog the line. No matter how long your dryer vent, we reach every last inch.
When we say we “get the lint out,” we mean all of it!
Also, we use a high-power air compressor to blow out all the lint we remove from your dryer vent line—much more powerful than any Shop Vac you have to connect to your DIY vent cleaning kit.
Really, what good is it to clean your vents if the lint you remove from the walls of the vent is still in the line?
A Full Range Of Dryer Vent Services For Wisconsin Homeowners and Businesses
In addition to dryer vent line cleaning, Dryer Vent Wizard also offers vent line repair, rerouting and installation of new dryer vents.
Often, we’re called to a home for a routine cleaning and spot a poorly installed dryer vent, or one routed so badly it’s a disaster waiting to happen. The most common problem we see is the use of flexible vinyl or Mylar foil-covered venting. These vents will go up in flames in seconds if a lint clog ignites, and should be replaced with rigid or semi-rigid aluminum vent line.
Whenever we come across problems, our vent techs will explain the problem and offer a fix we can make while we’re there for the cleaning. Our technicians have all the parts needed on their trucks, so if a routine cleaning turns into a vent line replacement we can do it on the spot without the need for another appointment.
In addition to dryer vent services, we also install new water hoses and perform deep cleanings of clothes dryers, which involves thoroughly vacuuming the interior of clothes dryers to remove lint buildup that can cause a fire inside the dryer. If your dryer is more than 10 years old and has never been cleaned inside, we highly recommend having this done.
Yearly Dryer Vent Cleaning Your Best Defense Against Dryer Fires
Fire departments and insurance companies across the country recommend a yearly dryer vent cleaning to remove lint buildup before it becomes a clog that can erupt in flames. If you haven’t had your dryer vent cleaned in over a year, or can’t even recall ever having it cleaned, it’s time to schedule an appointment.
Unlike the plumbers and chimney sweeps who often offer vent cleaning as a side business, dryer vents are all Dryer Vent Wizard does. Nobody knows vent cleaning like we do, or offers the range of services we offer.
Contact the Dryer Vent Wizard of Wisconsin Nearest You:
Northeast Wisconsin: Fond du lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee and the Fox Valley Counties. 920-644-3797
North Milwaukee: All locations north of Highway 94 in Dane County, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Dodge counties. 262-757-8368
Southeast Wisconsin: All locations south of Highway 94 in Dane County, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties. 262-312-1991. For property managers and condo associations, call 262-501-5240.