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Dryer Vent Cleaning

How to Clean Out a Dryer Vent in 7 Simple Steps

If you’re on a cleaning tear in the laundry room, you might as well tackle the clothes dryer vent. Knowing how to clean a dryer vent is not just a matter of cleanliness, but of safety: Dirty dryer vents are the leading cause of domestic dryer fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Dryers should be cleaned at least once a year, and it’s a simple DIY task you can tackle when you have a couple of free hours to spend on home improvement. The result? Completely dry clothes, cleaner lint screens, and a whole lot more laundry satisfaction to speak of. Next up, learn how to clean your washing machine so it runs like new.

1. Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

Here are the cleaning products and supplies you’ll need to get the job done:

  • Vacuum with hose attachment
  • Electrical or duct tape
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Dryer duct cleaning kit
  • Power drill

2. Pull the Dryer Out From the Wall, Unplug It, and Disconnect the Duct

Pull the dryer out from the wall. Unplug it, and if it’s a gas dryer, turn off the gas valve as well. Disconnect the dryer duct, which is located in the back of the dryer.

3. Vacuum the Inside of the Vent

Using a hose attachment, turn on your vacuum cleaner, and suction all around the entrance of the vent. Poke it inside the dryer exhaust duct and vacuum out what you can.

4. Connect the Flexible Rods in Your Dryer Duct Cleaning Kit to Your Power Drill

Now you’re going to go in deeper. With a dryer duct cleaning kit that you can find on Amazon, you can really extend your reach. Standard kits come with flexible rods that allow you to get up to 12 feet inside the duct. You’ll attach the rods together. They’re made to connect, but for added insurance, you can tape over each connection with electrical tape so there’s no chance they come apart. The kit comes with a rotating brush that should go in first. On the back end, you’ll attach a power drill to the rod near you.

5. Turn On the Drill and Let the Brush Work Its Magic

Once attached, turn the drill on to spin clockwise on medium power. Push and pull back and forth slowly, eventually pulling the brush all the way out. As you go, debris, lint, and dirt will start spilling out of the dryer duct in front of you, and you’ll start to notice the lint buildup disappear right before your eyes. It’s important to keep the drill running clockwise; if you start spinning it counterclockwise, you run the risk of the attachments disassembling and getting stuck inside the dryer duct.

6. Inspect the Exterior Vent

Your exterior vent could be located low to the ground or high near the roof on the exterior wall. If it’s near a roof on a building with multiple stories, it’s not going to be easy to access, so you can’t do any cleaning there. If, however, your exterior vent is near the ground, you can repeat the process of snaking the flexible rods through and drill brushing, only this time from the outside in.

7. Put the Dryer Back Together

Now that the cleaning is finished, it’s time to plug the dryer back in and reconnect the duct back into the dryer vent. Head to the gas line and turn the gas valve back on, if applicable.

Dryer Safety Tips: Keeping Your Dryer Vent Clean and More

The secret to keeping your dryer exhaust vent consistently clean lies in the lint trap. Make sure to remove any dryer lint from it every time you run the dryer while doing a load of laundry, especially if you use dryer sheets. This is critical. Not only will this help you maintain a clean dryer vent, it will keep the entire dryer running smoothly, improve your machine’s drying time, and decrease the risk of house fires.

In addition to simply keeping it clean, it’s also recommended that you never run a dryer unattended. Never turn on a load and leave the house. If you’re not home and a dryer fire starts, it can wreak havoc before someone notices and calls the fire department.

Last but not least, always give your dryer room to breathe. Putting clutter and storage items on or around a dryer is definitely a fire hazard you want to avoid.

How Often Do You Need to Clean Your Dryer Vent?

While the standard advice is to whip out your vent brush about once every 12 months to make sure your dryer vent duct is in tip-top shape, you may need to put your dryer vent cleaning kit to use more often if you’re a certain type of homeowner. If you have pets that shed or a large family that requires your gas or electric dryer to be in constant use, you should count on additional cleanings throughout the year.

How Often Do You Need to Clean Your Dryer Vent?

There are a few signs that tell you your dryer could really use a vent cleaning and you could be dealing with a clogged dryer vent:

  • There’s a burning smell when you run the dryer.
  • Your clothes aren’t completely dry when the drying cycle ends or take longer to dry than they should.
  • The dryer unit is hot to the touch.
  • Your clothes are extremely hot (more so than usual) when the cycle ends.
  • Your lint filter is filled with more lint than usual.

Additionally, some types of dryer ducts (foil, plastic, or vinyl) are more prone to clogging, and consequently to fire. Ideally, these dryer vents could be replaced with a rigid metal duct. If not possible, however, just take extra care to make sure these dryer vents are always clean and debris-free.

Dryer Vent Cleaning FAQ

Why is dryer vent cleaning important?

Regular cleaning prevents fire hazards, improves dryer efficiency, and extends the life of your appliance by reducing strain on the motor.

How often should dryer vents be cleaned?

We recommend cleaning dryer vents at least once a year. More frequent cleanings may be necessary for larger households or heavy dryer usage.

What are the signs that my dryer vent needs cleaning?

Signs include longer drying times, overheating, a burning smell, or a noticeable increase in lint accumulation around the dryer.

Can a clogged dryer vent cause a fire?

Yes, lint buildup is highly flammable and a leading cause of dryer fires. Regular cleaning is essential for safety.

How long does a dryer vent cleaning service take?

Typically, it takes about 1-2 hours, depending on the complexity and length of the vent system.

What are the benefits of regular dryer vent cleaning?

Benefits include reduced fire risk, improved dryer efficiency, lower energy bills, and extended appliance lifespan.

What should I do to maintain my dryer vent between professional cleanings?

Clean the lint trap after every use, ensure the vent flap outside opens properly, and avoid overloading the dryer.

How does dryer vent cleaning improve dryer efficiency?

Removing blockages allows air to flow freely, reducing drying times and energy usage, which enhances overall dryer performance.

Do you offer any packages or discounts for multiple services?

Yes, we offer bundled service packages and seasonal discounts. Contact us for more details on current promotions.

Are your technicians certified and insured?

Absolutely. Our technicians are fully certified, insured, and trained to provide the highest quality service.

What safety measures do you take during the cleaning process?

We follow strict safety protocols, use protective gear, and ensure all work areas are left clean and hazard-free.

How can I schedule an appointment with Sweeppy?

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What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, checks, and online payments for your convenience.

What should I do if I have pets in the home during the cleaning service?

We recommend keeping pets in a separate, safe area to ensure they are not disturbed by the cleaning process.

Do you provide any guarantees or warranties for your services?

Yes, we stand by our work with a satisfaction guarantee and provide warranties on specific services. Contact us for more details.

Can you provide references or reviews from previous customers?

Absolutely. We have numerous positive reviews and can provide references upon request. Check out our testimonials on our website and social media pages.

How can I contact Sweeppy for more information or a quote?

For more information or to request a quote, call us at 210-981-4195, email us at [email protected], or fill out the form on our website. We’re here to help with all your cleaning needs.

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Nathan and his assistant were fast and efficient and friendly. They got the dryer vent all cleaned out before it caused any problems. He told me there is a newer vent that is recommended but didn't push it on me. Just informational for me. I love that and will fire sure be doing the upgrade with Sweeppy because of how he didn't try to continuously upcharge me.


Nathan was very helpful and responsive with my chimney needs. I can’t recommend him enough!

Joe Collins April 25, 2024

Expertly repaired and replaced my cracked chimney panels. They also did a good job cleaning my chimney prior the work they completed. Highly recommend.

Durand Gregory April 22, 2024

Contacted Sweeppy after checking out some reviews to clean dryer vents/ducts. Talked to Nathan to confirm that they serviced my area, which they did. Nathan scheduled an appointment, sent Dennis, Asaf, and one other young man. After checking my roof, I was told that they could not clean the duct through the roof vent as the existing vent was not a proper dryer vent. They left and contacted Nathan to discuss with me. Nathan confirmed that the existing roof vent was more for an attic gable fan and would need to be replaced. He would order the part and call me to reschedule. The appointment was set for today between 8am-10am, the same crew called to let me know they were on the way. Upon arrival, they removed the old vent, cleaned out duct, installed new and correct roof vent (after some adjustment cuts), tested for proper function. I even did a load of towels and drying them took half as long as before. All is good. Kudos to Nathan and his staff for their promptness, professionalism, and quality work. I will definitely use them in the future and possibly their carpet cleaning services. Thanks again Tony Baltazar Canyon Lake

Anthony Baltazar April 5, 2024

We used Sweeppy LLC yesterday. Our home was built 33 years ago and they did an excellent job without making any mess at all. They answered all my questions. And we are excited not to be concerned about a chimney problem for several years to come. We carefully chose them from a field of more than a dozen chimney sweeps. And at this point, we can highly recommend them. No over charges, no extra charges just the quoted charge over the phone.

Greg Schipper March 14, 2024

Lived here 30 years. Never had the chimney cleaned. Hadn't used in years. Animals ripped the siding off the chimney and it leaked when it rained. In 3 days, the chimney was cleaned, waterproofed, siding and trim replaced and painted. They hauled the old stuff away and swept for nails. Communication was great! Every text responded to. Questions answered. Very pleased. Sweeppy is the best!

Monica Burchfield March 11, 2024

Very knowledgeable and helpful.

Debbie Garcia March 4, 2024

Nathan and team gave us suggestions and also listened to our needs and vision to come up with the most economical way to improve the function of our fireplace without spending a lot of money. We will definite use them again!!

pami Boozer January 28, 2024

Nathan responded to quote request within a few hrs and scheduled with me for the next morning… on a Sunday! He was on time, knowledgeable and helped me to confidently and safely use our gas fireplace for the first time since we moved in. Definitely recommend.

Wendy Graham January 22, 2024

Nathan & Company were great to work with. The issue with my mock gas fireplace was expertly diagnosed and repaired. After calling a few other companies, where I received no call backs…I was grateful to find Sweeppy. From first contact and during the process, Nathan is excellent at communicating. I found Nathan to be knowledgeable and kind. Honest and reasonable pricing as well. I highly recommend this company for your fireplace and chimney needs.

Saffron Jones January 19, 2024

Nathan and his team arrived on time. He quickly diagnosed the problem with our gas-ceramic log fireplace pilot and the burner, which were not staying lit. He fixed the problem, and the fireplace is working well just in time before the colder weather arrived. I strongly recommend them for your needs.

VPS Nathan January 14, 2024

I had been meaning to have my chimney inspected and cleaned since I moved into my new house 9 months ago, but kept putting it off. Yesterday I learned that a cold front is coming through soon, one that could cause power outages like in 2021. I quickly looked up chimney sweeps and my first call was to Sweeppy (admittedly, because I liked the name). I spoke to Nathan who explained the process, which was all new to me, gave me a quote, and he had a crew of three guys at my house in under 3 hours. They were all polite and efficient, performed the inspection, cleaned the fireplace and chimney, and left after telling me to expect Nathan to call, which he did a few minutes later. We went over the results of the inspection together and he made a few recommendations without at all being pushy or trying to make me get upgrades immediately. I noted that he was doing this after the crew left, and he explained he doesn’t want to turn his workers into salesmen and instead let them focus on their job, which I appreciated. He also accepted payment through Zelle, which was very helpful since this was short notice and I didn’t have many options on hand at the time. And, yes, the price itself was very reasonable for the service. Now I am more confident about using my fireplace for the first time, knowing it’s been checked out and cleaned. Thanks, guys!

Chanel Gamboa January 9, 2024

Great company and people! They helped and answered our questions even after the job was complete. They care about their customers. Great customer service!

Ashley Gregory January 6, 2024

Was so helpful with all my questions very informative of the process to have my chimney cleaned and inspected since it was the 1st time using in the new house.

Kayla Reyna December 26, 2023