How about an electrican's fish-wire to clear the vent? Or a
plumbing snake? Be careful not to puncture the piping, whatever
you do; if it's aluminum, it's real easy to puncture. The
magnets that hold the flap closed are -supposed- to keep birds
from being able to open it! Interesting problem.
Could you push a heavy weight into it from outside? Like a brick
tied to a line so it's held vertical? How long is the horizontal
run? Bounce it up and down on the blockage until it dislodges?
How about the garden hose? Water would melt away all the mud,
etc. the nest's built with but you'll have a mess at the other
end, so prepare for it.
Where in the pipe is the blockage, what kind/size pipe is it,
what kind of bird, etc.?
| Birds have been using our dryer vent as a nesting area. It runs
| the floor to the ceiling, behind the wall, and emerges about 8
| feet from the ground on the side of the house. I've used a 4.25
| shop vac on it, sealed tightly at the vac hose end, and it
| failed to blow out (remove) the blockage. I got my wife to
| little flap outside the house while I tried to blow it out, and
| come open, but you could tell that obviously the vent was still
| majorly clogged. Nothing came out, in other words.
| (the birds actually lifted the little flap thing with their
| entered the pipe, I saw one of the little bastards doing it)
| What's the best way to get this thing clean? I'm thinking that
| have to get a ladder on the outside of the house and try to use
| kind of thin hook type apparatus to snag the debris and attempt
| pull it out. I'd have to remove the little hood thing that
| end of the vent somehow, it looks like it's hooked on to the
| siding. I'm sure that'll be a pain in the ass. The 4.25 hp shop
| blows (and sucks) pretty hard, and since I had no luck with it
| imagine that the vent is fairly packed with bird nest
| If I fail to clean it out myself, how much would something like
| cost? 50, 100, maybe even 200 bucks? There's really no way to
| it other than from either end. It has two 90 degree turns in
| help appreciated.