Using a Drysafer clothes dryer lint trap alarm makes this process easier. DrySafer Dryer Lint Alarm is a unique device that detects insufficient airflow inside the dryer’s exhaust ducts and the dryer’s internal lint filter housing. If the airflow in the dryer becomes restricted because of excessive lint build up, birds nests or other debris, it can cause the dryer to overheat and possibly result in a fire.
By the time you remove the brush you should have a pile of lint on your floor. Repeat this process till you stop pulling lint from either the vent or piping. If you are using the LintEater to remove the lint buildup, you can insert it from this end, or from the outside end (see that link for instructions on how).
The maximum length of a clothes dryer exhaust duct should not exceed 25 feet from the dryer location to the wall or roof termination. The maximum length of the duct shall be reduced 2.5 feet for each 45-degree bend, and 5 feet for each 90-degree bend. The maximum length of the exhaust duct does not include the transition duct.
2. Clean both the vent and piping in the wall with your vent brush. Simply take the brush and work it as far into either the wall’s piping as possible. Once it’s as far in as it can be, gently pull the brush out of either the vent or piping. Be sure to turn the brush either clockwise or counter-clockwise while doing so. This will help to knock as much of the lint free as possible.
5. If possible, go outside and clean the other end of the vent. In some cases the outside of the vent may not be accessible. However, if it is, take your vent brush and repeat step 2 to pull as much lint from this end of the vent as possible.
Over time lint, (aka “formerly known as your clothes”), will build up in these areas and prevent your dryer from moving air efficiently, causing your dryer to work harder to dry clothes and use more energy in the process. (Of course, if you can hang your clothes to dry, you’ll not have to go through this process nearly as much, and you’ll save a bunch of money. But I digress!)
A clothes dryer should not vent inside your home or attic. The exhaust contains too much humid air and can cause problems with mold and mildew which are hazardous to your health. A ventless dryer should be used if outside venting is not possible.
3. Take your vacuum and clear out any remaining lint. Sometimes the brush just can’t remove all of the lint from either the vent or piping. Take your vacuum and use the long attachment to clear out as much lint as possible.
2. Clear the lint free from the screen. The trick here is to just get a small amount of lint to start with. Once you’ve scraped a small bit free from the screen use it to remove the remaining lint. Like a snowball rolling down hill, the lint will attract to itself and aid in the removing process. Once it’s removed, toss the lint into the garbage bag.
The hose or pipe is held in place by a clip or a steel clamp that can be loosened by pliers or a screwdriver. After removing the pipe, reach inside the dryer opening or use a vent brush or shop vacuum to remove as much lint as possible. Use a damp cloth to wipe away remaining lint around the connection. Then look inside the hose or pipe and clean it as well.
Lint is also the leading cause of an average of 4,400 reported dryer fires a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. DrySafer Dryer Lint Alarm is a unique device that detects insufficient airflow inside the dryer’s exhaust ducts and the dryer’s internal lint filter housing. If the airflow in the dryer becomes restricted because of excessive lint build up, birds nests or other debris, it can cause the dryer to overheat and possibly result in a fire.
If you still have a white or silver vinyl duct hose, it should be replaced immediately. It is flammable and if ignited by the dryer it will burn and cause a house fire. All national and local building codes now require metal ducting for clothes dryers. Ideally, you should use rigid aluminum tubing pieces between the dryer and the outside vent. This type of tubing does the best job of resisting the collection of lint in the duct and cannot be easily crushed. Flexible aluminum ducting is available, however, it is more prone to collecting lint inside.