It’s important to have dryer vents cleaned regularly for a few reasons. First, it helps to extend the life of your clothes dryer. It also helps to decrease energy usage and prevents fires that could be caused by excessive amounts of lint. In older homes, the dryer vent may be located on the roof rather than on the side of the house and therefore requires a slightly different procedure in cleaning it. Here are the steps that are normally followed to clean this kind of dryer vent.
Before any work on or around the roof is done, the inside vent of the dryer must be cleaned. It must first be disconnected; then commercial vacuums are used to suck up as much lint and debris as possible. Once this step is completed, the cleaning can proceed to the roof.
This step can be tricky, which is why it is highly recommended that you hire professionals to clean out your roof dryer vents. The vent cover must be detached by removing the caulking. If not done correctly, the roofing materials could be damaged. Professionals will know both where to locate the vent and how to remove it safely without doing any damage to your home.
The vent is cleaned, again using a commercial vacuum to suction away all of the lint and residue in it. If a commercial vacuum cannot be brought up to the roof, another form of suction will be used to remove the lint. Once the lint has been cleared, any remaining dust and residue are wiped away using a dampened cloth.
The final step of the procedure is replacing the cover and sealing it back into place. This step is very important because, if not done correctly, rain and moisture can seep in underneath the cover. A professional who is properly trained will be able to seal the vent cover to ensure that water stays out of your dryer vent.
It’s recommended that dryer vents be inspected and cleaned at least once a year.
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