Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer vent cleaning involves removing all of the lint from your dryer vent. This will will decrease dry times, extend the life of your dryer, decrease dust and allergens on your clothing and reduce the risk of dryer fire. Vent Busters uses a high powered vacuum and special brushing system to extract all of the lint from the duct-work. This process completely cleans the system and does not leave any dust in the home. We also remove any built up lint from your dryer, around the machine and provide a super efficient installation to the duct-work.

All major appliance manufacturers recommend having your dryer vent cleaning annually. If it has been more than a year since your vent has been cleaned please give us a call or schedule your appointment online.

What can you expect from a Vent Busters Cleaning?

Preparation

The first step to any cleaning is the inspection of the dryer vent to make sure it is safe to clean.  We will make sure the vent is secured, taped and made of out safe material before starting any cleaning.

Once we are sure the vent qualifies for cleaning we prepare the work area to ensure the safety of the appliances and customer’s property.  The dryer is pulled out on either a plastic glide matt or lifted out of place using an air powered appliance mover.  Our goal is to protect the customer’s walls and floors while uninstalling any appliance.

Vacuum & Brushes

With the dryer safely uninstalled we start the cleaning with a high powered vacuum designed specifically for lint removal.  Our vacuums have three independent motors and five different methods of air filtration.  They will contain any lint coming out of the wall and will not create dust in the home.  A normal shop vac doesn’t come close.

We assist the vacuum by running a set of brushes through the entire length of the dryer duct.  This knocks away any caked on lint and sends it back to the vacuum for containment.  Our rods are commercial quality and will bend around any turns or obstacles without breaking.  We have dozens of brushes and attachments that can be used to knock out any obstacles from large buildups to nesting and rodent issues.

Air Compressor

Sometimes the buildup is so bad or the turns in the pipe will not allow our brushes and vacuum to do the trick.  In these cases, we may run compressed air through the pipe knocking away any obstructions.  Our air compressors are not your typical residential machines.  We carry a large gas powered air compressor powered by a 5 HP Honda engine.  These compressors are rated at 200 PSI and can take care of any blockage.

Cleanup

After we are satisfied that the dryer vent is cleaned to peak efficiency we vacuum and clean up any debris behind the dryer and in the laundry room.  It is our goal to leave our work area cleaner than we found it.  Once all of our equipment is packed up we do a final sweep around the dryer to make sure nothing was left behind and everything is cleaned up to the customer’s satisfaction.

Dryer Vent Repair & Installation

If we find a situation where the venting material is unsafe, against code or just impossible to safely clean we are able to design a new system constructed with quality, simplicity, and efficiency in mind.  We use high-quality materials and superior craftsmanship to ensure the system we build will be above and beyond the requirements of the dryer.  Most cleaning services run from these projects but Vent Busters embraces them!

Check out our portfolio for some projects we have worked on.

Transition Vent Replacement

Sometimes the vent hose connected from the wall to your dryer needs to be replaced. If we find it is crushed, damaged or outdated we offer a high-quality DryerFlex as a replacement. DryerFlex contains fires better than any alternative, resists crushing and is extremely efficient.

Vent Cap Replacement

Broken louvers or damaged vent caps can lead to many problems.  Rodents, birds, and snakes can get into the vent and cause serious damage and health issues. Plastic vent caps become brittle from the sun and get clogged up very easily. Vent Busters offers a product called DryerWallVent. This is a stylish metal vent that will resist fading and will not become brittle. The single recessed door wards off small animals and will not clog or restrict airflow like cheap plastic caps.

Bird / Rodent Guard

Common vent guards you can find at the hardware store have tiny openings that clog up and restrict airflow. The plastic can become brittle and rodents can chew through it. We offer a vent guard made of powdercoated metal and is designed to allow lint to fall through rather than become trapped. It is impossible for rodents to chew through and fits right over your current vent cap.

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FAQs

How do I know if the problem is my dryer or my vent?

There are warning signs that the vent needs maintenance.

  • Poor dry times
  • Dryer cabinet is unusually hot
  • Excessive lint behind the dryer
  • Dryer will not turn on at all

When a dryer takes multiple cycles to dry a normal load of laundry it is a telltale sign that the vent needs cleaning.  Lint buildup in a dryer vent causes hot moist air to push back into the dryer, rewetting the clothes.  If the machine runs like this long enough it will short out a thermal fuse inside the dryer and lead to a costly visit from the appliance repairman.

If your dryer will not turn on at all, call us anyway.  The appliance repairman will only restore power to the dryer.  You will still need to get the vents cleaned out.  If you call us chances are we can address the broken dryer and clean the vents in the same visit.  This saves time and a lot of money.

How can I tell that I need a dryer vent replaced?

Dryer vents should only be constructed of 4″ round rigid ductwork.  If the main run in your walls, crawlspace or attic is flexible aluminum, bendable metal, PVC or white plastic it needs to be replaced asap.  These materials are not fire resistant, against building codes, and allow lint to build up rapidly creating a giant fuse throughout your house.

The only place it is ok to use a flexible aluminum vent is for the transition from the back of the dryer to the start of the rigid duct.  If doing this we recommend using the least amount possible and not letting it curl up behind the dryer.

What is the Vent Buster's cleaning method?

Preparation

The first step to any cleaning is the inspection of the dryer vent to make sure it is safe to clean.  We will make sure the vent is secured, taped and made of out safe material before starting any cleaning.

Once we are sure the vent qualifies for cleaning we prepare the work area to ensure the safety of the appliances and customer’s property.  The dryer is pulled out on either a plastic glide matt or lifted out of place using an air powered appliance mover.  Our goal is to protect the customer’s walls and floors while uninstalling any appliance.

Vacuum & Brushes

With the dryer safely uninstalled we start the cleaning with a high powered vacuum designed specifically for lint removal.  Our vacuums have three independent motors and five different methods of air filtration.  They will contain any lint coming out of the wall and will not create dust in the home.  A normal shop vac doesn’t come close.

We assist the vacuum by running a set of brushes through the entire length of the dryer duct.  This knocks away any caked on lint and sends it back to the vacuum for containment.  Our rods are commercial quality and will bend around any turns or obstacles without breaking.  We have dozens of brushes and attachments that can be used to knock out any obstacles from large buildups to nesting and rodent issues.

Air Compressor

Sometimes the buildup is so bad or the turns in the pipe will not allow our brushes and vacuum to do the trick.  In these cases, we may run compressed air through the pipe knocking away any obstructions.  Our air compressors are not your typical residential machines.  We carry a large gas powered air compressor powered by a 5 HP Honda engine.  These compressors are rated at 200 PSI and can take care of any blockage.

Cleanup

After we are satisfied that the dryer vent is cleaned to peak efficiency we vacuum and clean up any debris behind the dryer and in the laundry room.  It is our goal to leave our work area cleaner than we found it.  Once all of our equipment is packed up we do a final sweep around the dryer to make sure nothing was left behind and everything is cleaned up to our satisfaction.