first glance at the title, you might be thinking, “Okay, I clean the screen.
That's easy!” You might even be cleaning out the small screen on your dryer
every time you use it, which is great.
cleaning the main screen is easy and most of us do that on a regular basis.
However, there is more to cleaning a dryer vent to protect your home from fire.
There are about 15,000 fires each year caused by dryer exhaust. So, we wanted
to take some time to give you the whole story.
you should absolutely clean the screen that you can easily reach every time you
use the dryer. This will help your dryer perform better and help keep the lint
from getting into the dryer hose.
rest of the story is about the dryer hose and ductwork. Once a year the entire
system needs to be cleaned to keep your dryer performing and to prevent a home
fire. You could hire someone to do it, but we want to help you save some money
by showing you how easy it can be.
Get a brush that is designed for cleaning the coils under
your refrigerator. You can find this at any home improvement store. Bend it
into a curve. Pull the screen out and use the brush to clean out what got
through the screen. Then use a vacuum attachment to get anything loosened by
Pull the dryer away from the wall and take off the silver
duct tube from the wall and dryer. Use the vacuum cleaner to clean the area on
the dryer and the wall where the hose was connected. This is also a good time
to clean under the dryer.
This next step might be best done outside. Take a garbage
bag, the vacuum cleaner and the silver hose outside. Dump what is in the silver
hose in the garbage bag; give it a good shake to get the contents out. Then use
your vacuum cleaner hose to get the rest. Be gentle; you don't want to damage
the hose. This hose is inexpensive, so you may prefer to simply buy a new one.
Attach the exhaust tube to the dryer and the wall and clean
any loose dust or lint that got on the floor or dryer. Put the dryer back where
Check the exterior vent on your house. Be sure there is a
screen to keep birds out, and take some time to clean it.
are finished! In five easy steps you have taken action to reduce the
possibility of a house fire caused by dryer exhaust.
Protect your home from the cost of a fire. Call Low
Rate Insurance Agency at (817) 635-0375 for
more information on Arlington home insurance.