Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Learn how to clean your dryer vent in this Invitation Homes "Know Your Home" video.


Hi, I’m Shawna with Invitation Homes, and today, we’re going to talk about how to clean your dryer vent.

Even if you clean your dryer’s lint filter after every use, lint still builds up in the duct that vents to the outside from your dryer. Cleaning your dryer vent can help your clothes dry faster and prevent your dryer from starting a fire. First, you’ll need to unplug your dryer. If it’s a gas dryer, turn the supply valve off while you work to prevent gas from leaking or accidentally igniting. The supply valve is typically located behind the dryer at the end of a flexible supply line and can be shut off by turning the valve to the off position.

Pull the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the duct. Lint collects in the exhaust duct on the back of the dryer. Loosen up the debris and vacuum out the excess lint. Do the same thing with the dryer vent outside. Home centers sell dryer lint removal kits which consist of a long cable with a round brush designed to be pulled or pushed through the duct for a thorough cleaning. Now check your duct work for damage. If it’s punctured, dented, or kinked, replace it. Lint can collect in it as well, so make sure the duct work is clean. If your washer and dryer are covered under your lease and you are still having issues with your dryer, call the Invitation Homes maintenance number for your region or enter a maintenance request at IHRent.com.

If you would like additional tips about your home, check out the Know Your Home video series on our website at KnowYourHome.IHRent.com.

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