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How To Clean a Dryer Vent

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Cleaning your dryer vent is an important task that often goes overlooked in home maintenance routines. A clogged dryer vent can lead to increased energy bills, longer drying times, increased wear on the dryer, and even pose a fire hazard. In this blog, Park Glen Dryer Vent Services will guide you through the process of identifying, inspecting, and cleaning your dryer vent, whether it goes out the side of your house or through the roof.

Identifying the Dryer Vent

Many homeowners don’t know where the dryer vent exits the home. To help identify the dryer vent exit, start by turning the dryer on.

Park Glen Dryer Vent Services specializes in cleaning dryer vents in the north Texas area, so homes built in other parts of the country might vary. Homes built in Texas after 1970 have one of three types of dryer vents: a short dryer vent, a side dryer vent, or a roof dryer vent.

  • A short dryer vent is typical when the laundry room is near the exterior of the house and is often less than 3 feet long.



  • A dryer vent that exits on the side of the house is common for two story homes where the laundry room is in the middle of the home. The dryer vent is typically run through the walls and often exits the house 8 to 12 feet above ground level.



  • A roof dryer vent is common with one story homes where the laundry room is in the center of the home. A roof dryer vent can be accessed in the attic if needed.



When inspecting the cover of the dryer vent, look for lint and feel the hood for heat and airflow from the dryer. If the vent is completely clogged, there will not be airflow.

Inspecting the Dryer Vent

Before starting the cleaning process, it's essential to inspect your dryer vent to assess its condition. Begin by disconnecting the dryer from the power source and pulling it away from the wall. Carefully detach the vent hose from the back of the dryer and examine it for any signs of lint buildup or damage. Inspect the vent opening on the outside of your house as well. Look for any obstructions, such as debris or bird nests, that may be blocking the vent. If the cover is damaged or is missing pieces, replace the parts of cover to prevent animals from entering the vent.

Cleaning a Short Dryer Vent



If your dryer vent goes out the side of your house and is less than 3 feet long, Park Glen Dryer Vent Services has created the steps to help you clean it effectively:

  1. Gather the necessary tools: You will need a vacuum cleaner with a long hose, gloves, and a screwdriver.

  2. Disconnect the vent hose: From the inside of the house, start by turning off the dryer and unplugging the power. While wearing gloves, use a screwdriver to loosen the clamp that secures the vent hose to the dryer. Once loosened, slide the hose off the dryer's exhaust port.

  3. Vacuum the vent hose: Use a vacuum cleaner with a long hose attachment to suction out the loosened lint and debris from the vent hose. Be thorough in your cleaning, ensuring that you remove all the accumulated lint. Then, go outside the house, remove the dryer vent cover, and clean the vent from the outside using the vacuum.

  4. Reconnect the vent hose: Once the vent hose is clean, reattach it to the dryer's exhaust port and secure it with the clamp. Make sure it fits tightly to prevent any air leaks.


Cleaning the Side Dryer Vent



If your dryer vent goes out the side of your house through the walls, you can follow these steps to clean it effectively:

  1. Gather the necessary tools: You will need a dryer vent brush or a flexible rod with a brush attachment, a vacuum cleaner with a long hose, gloves, a tape measure, and a screwdriver. Here is a popular dryer vent brush kit from Amazon: Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit

  2. Measure the dryer vent: To get an estimate of the length of the dryer vent, measure the distance from the dryer to the outside vent cover.

  3. Disconnect the vent hose and exterior cover: Use a screwdriver to loosen the clamp that secures the vent hose to the dryer. Once loosened, slide the hose off the dryer's exhaust port. Remove the exterior vent cover. If the cap has horizontal plastic covers, bend them gently from the middle to remove the cover.

  4. Clean the vent hose: Attach the brush attachment or the dryer vent brush to the flexible rod and make it the length of the dryer vent. Insert it into the vent and gently rotate the brush to dislodge any lint or debris. Repeat this process a few times, gradually moving the brush further into the vent.

  5. Vacuum the vent hose: Use a vacuum cleaner with a long hose attachment to suction out the loosened lint and debris from the vent. Be thorough in your cleaning, ensuring that you remove all the accumulated lint.

  6. Reconnect the vent hose: Once the vent hose is clean, reattach it to the dryer's exhaust port and secure it with the clamp. Make sure it fits tightly to prevent any air leaks.

Cleaning the Roof Dryer Vent



If your dryer vent goes through the roof, it is recommended to hire a professional, like the experts at Park Glen Dryer Vent Services, for safety reasons. Working on the roof can be dangerous, and professionals have the experience and equipment to perform the task safely and effectively. That being said, if you are comfortable on a roof, you can clean the dryer vent yourself.

  1. Gather the necessary tools: You will need a dryer vent brush or a flexible rod with a brush attachment, a vacuum cleaner with a long hose, gloves, a tape measure, a screwdriver, and a ladder. Here is a popular dryer vent brush kit from Amazon: Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit

  2. Measure the dryer vent: To get an estimate of the length of the dryer vent, measure the distance from the dryer to the outside vent cover.

  3. Disconnect the vent hose and exterior cover: Use a screwdriver to loosen the clamp that secures the vent hose to the dryer. Once loosened, slide the hose off the dryer's exhaust port. Remove the exterior vent cover.

  4. Clean the vent hose: Attach the brush attachment or the dryer vent brush to the flexible rod. Insert it into the vent hose from the roof and gently rotate the brush to dislodge any lint or debris. Repeat this process a few times, gradually moving the brush further into the vent hose. Continue until the brush reaches the vent opening in the laundry room.

  5. Vacuum the vent hose: Use a vacuum cleaner with a long hose attachment to suction out the loosened lint and debris from the vent hose. Be thorough in your cleaning, ensuring that you remove all the accumulated lint.

  6. Reconnect the vent hose: Once the vent hose is clean, reattach it to the dryer's exhaust port and secure it with the clamp. Make sure it fits tightly to prevent any air leaks. Be sure to reattach the vent cover on the roof and apply roofer’s caulking if needed.

Safety Precautions to Consider

Regularly cleaning your dryer vent is crucial for maintaining the efficiency and safety of your dryer. By inspecting the vent and following the appropriate cleaning methods, you can prevent lint buildup, reduce energy consumption, and minimize the risk of fire. Whether your dryer vent goes out the side of your house or through the roof, proper cleaning is necessary. Remember to take necessary safety precautions and consider hiring a professional for roof vent cleaning. Contact Park Glen Dryer Vent Services today for expert assistance in cleaning and maintaining your dryer vent.

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