Burnaby residents undoubtedly know to clean out the lint trap and filter on their clothes dryer after every load. However, that’s not the only part of cleaning that needs to be done! It’s just as important to clean out your dryer vent from time to time, to prevent lint and debris from building up.
Why do you need dryer vent cleaning in Burnaby? The vent leading to the outside can easily trap a lot of excess lint and other flammable materials, creating a genuine fire hazard. If a fire starts in the laundry room, it’s usually because of a clogged dryer vent.
While not the easiest task, this is something you can do yourself if you’re up for a little work.
When Do You Need Burnaby Dryer Duct & Vent Cleaning?
There’s no set schedule for cleaning your dryer vent. The red flag that it needs cleaning is that your dryer loads will take longer and longer to finish, or still leave the clothes damp. This indicates that the dryer is struggling to produce enough heat, and move enough water outside the dryer to properly dry the clothes.
Plus, of course, the harder the dryer has to work, the more excess heat it generates – heat that could easily ignite materials in the dryer vent or ducts.
Dryer Duct Cleaning In Burnaby – A Quick Guide
First, go outside to where the dryer vent exits the house. Clean out the entire area. Any debris, animal nests, or other debris can easily clog up the vent. This outside vent should be made as clean as possible.
If you see rodent or bird nests, you might also think about attaching a cage around the vent, to keep them out.
Then, you need to clean out all the lint that’s been building up within the vent. You’ve got a few options here.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to suck the debris out. Depending on the strength of your vacuum, you’ll probably need to clean it from both ends of the vent.
- Use a leaf blower or similar high-powered blower to blow the debris from the house to the outside.
- Buy a cleaning brush on a long, extendable pole to clean it out by hand.
Finally, clean out the area behind your dryer. There’s usually an air intake back there, and it’ll pull in any debris nearby.
Or, call in the professionals! MAS offers great airduct cleaning services to the Burnaby area, including cleaning dryer vents. Contact us for an appointment.