Do you have a suggestion about what kind of device to use to clean out the
vent pipe? I have a vent that comes out of the dryer (on the main floor),
goes about six inches straight into the wall, then makes a 180 degree turn
to another 16 feet of straight pipe into the back yard. None of it is flex,
and of course it is all inaccessible, as the basement ceiling is finished
over the entire thing. I thought about maybe pushing a wire through the
whole thing and then pulling a rag back through, but what a problem I'd have
if the rag were to get stuck in there. Is there maybe a tool made for this?
been there, done that
Had rental condo with a long (~20') of either 4" or 6" PVC,
Over the years the tenant complained of long drying times. I checked the short
length of flex from the dryer to wall & it usually had some lint, cleaned it
out & performance improved.
Finally I decide to check & attmpet to clean the long run.
Here's how I did it.
I used an electrical fish tape to pull a small nylon rope (3/16 or 1/4") thru
the vent. I used a 50' piece. I pulled it thru with the fish tape untill it
excited at the pullling end. Working witha helper I tied a bundle of old towel
(no too big) at the mid point of the rope.
My helper I & pulled it thru the pipe with a sawing action until we worked it
all the way thru. We got a hunk of lint about the equivalent of a handful of
We increased the towel bundle size & just pulled it straight thru. we got some
more but not a lot.
Drying times were cut almost in half.
Any suggestions on who carries lengths of metal pipe. Home Depot and
Lowes down here in Sunny FL only have two foot sections. I temped
mine in with a 50section of the spirally stuff because I didn't want
25 connections in the pipe. I've even checked with the little
hardware stores and they all say use the 2ft sections.
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