Can I Clean My Dryer Vent Myself?

Can I Clean My Dryer Vent Myself?

Spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner. That means it will soon be time to get outside and start on some of those do-it-yourself projects around the house. There are all kinds of things to do and many of them are great to take on yourself. However, not all projects should be tackled by DIY-ers. For example, as you head outside, take a look at the opening of your dryer vent exit. They are usually found in your foundation.

If you notice a lot of lint buildup there is a good chance you need your dryer vent cleaned. This is one of those jobs that a lot of people like to try to do themselves. So let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of cleaning your own dryer vent.

You will most likely save money doing it yourself, but you will need to purchase a brush kit to do the job right, which will cost you something. If your dryer vent hose is short enough this should be an easy job. However, most houses these days are not built like they used to be. Many dryer vents are now very long and often extend for long distances before they reach their final exit.

Another problem that many people who try to clean their own vents run into is getting their brush kit stuck in the vent. This can lead to frustration, not to mention damage to your vent and the job unfinished. The clog can actually get even worse, which increases your risk of a fire. Sometimes, people then have to call a professional anyways to help get the brush out.

So, while there are some people with very short hoses that could likely do this job on their own, for most people calling a professional to begin with is a much smarter choice. You will save time, and often you’ll end up paying less than you would have if you end up getting your brush stuck trying to do it yourself.

So let Better Air Northwest clean your dryer vent for you. Just call us in Vancouver at 360-852-6212 and in Portland at 503-208-8351. You can also reach us online or leave us a message by clicking here.