which is the superior method ? (or all
they all alike for the most part).
(a). rotating brush / snake
(b). compressed air blow in one end,
blow lint out other end.
(c). "viper" compressed jet snake
the current vent appears fine (no
drying related complaints), and this
is preventive maintenance only - but
there's no telling when (or if) the
prior homeowner ever cleaned it (home
is about 10 yrs old).
the low ball price i got was for a
compressed air flush of the vent (about
$89)....other services quoted me about
$200 using a brush/snake.
any opinions on one method over the other?
You're paying someone to clean out your dryer vent? $200??
Once a year (usually in the fall) I take my vent apart to clean it. I
use a vacuum...a clotheshanger...and my own two hands (& fingers) to
clean it out. 15 minutes tops and I'm done and ready for another
(I should point out that I always empty the lint filter with each
You'd say no to a quick blow job? ;-)
Seriously, I face the exact same situation.
The professional cleaning services are very
expensive so I'm thinking of simply replacing
the duct sometime in the spring of next year.
It should be cheap, totally effective and
hopefully not too horribly inconvenient
working in the crawl space.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Unless you are talking some extreamly strange set up, you should be able t
clean it yourself with a few tools from around the house, and at that kind
of price, you could probably replace the entire run of ductwork for less!
I bought a brush for a lot less than that and open it up about half way
start the brush in and attach the vac and turn it on, then use the brush.
Turn around and do the same the other way. 10 or 15 minutes. That would be
about $800 per hour.
I had one that ran under an addition to my house, and fortunately, was
a straight run of maybe 20'. I got three pieces of PVC pipe and some
unions, and some sheet metal screws. Made an "X" at one end with some
pieces of coat hanger wire. Basically a big gun bore brush. Threaded it
through from the outside. The "X" picked up gobs of lint. On the
inside, I simply took the fittings apart and used a vacuum cleaner. Did
this about once a year. Brush assembly came appart, and lived in the
garage until the next time. Total cost of pieces, maybe $10.00. Time to
fabricate the gadget... maybe 20 minutes.
Do it yourself. Regardless of which method you use, remove any screws that
hold the sections together. Throw out the screws and tape the sections
together with aluminum tape, I can't think of what it's called, but it's for
dryer vents. Pretty sticky stuff and doesn't come un-stuck with the heat.
Screws are bad because lint catches on them inside the vent tube.
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