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Old 08-30-2007, 12:21 PM   #1
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Our Dryer has been terrible since we moved into this new house, taking hours to dry the clothes, etc. Well, it seems the problem is that our duct is full of lint (or something) It goes under the floor from the laundry room to the outside and I've been trying to figure out a way to clean it out. Sears telephone operator suggested sticking the vaccuum in, but it doesn't form any kind of seal to be able to effectively suck stuff out. I went to Lowe's and the only thing they had was a tiny brush for cleaning lint out inside the machine itself. Am I stuck calling in the professionals, or can I do this myself?

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If you have a powerful enough shop vac. Make the seal with something like cardboard, aluminium foil, anything to make a reducer from the 4" vent pipe to your vac. Worth a try. Tape it in place and make a hole for the vac hose.
It is hard to say without knowing the directions of the vent. Straight through you might be able to use a long pole with hook at the end. If it takes many bends it might work with a piece of wire with a hook formed at the end.
You might also try using your shop vac backwards and blow from in the house out. Put the hose on the exhaust side of the vac.

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Don't know how well it would work but I would try a leaf blower.
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:44 PM   #4
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What is this vent made of that runs under your floor? If it is smooth metal you may be able to use a Roto router snake to skim that impacted, adhered sediment loose.

If it is wire ribbed with aluminum foil around it you may be out luck. Unless you can get to it from underneath. In that case replace it.

Since dryer vents are potential fire hazards you may find your local building code prohibits such enclosed vents. More than that though you may be placing your safety at risk because of the potential fire hazard.

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Well, that would be concerning if it were not up to code. The house was built this way from what we can tell.

MinConst, thanks for the ideas. I think I'll give it a try with our (regular household) vacuum and closing off the hole. Worth a try, I think.
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I use this system to clean dryer vents where I work. I do maintenance on 13 vacation rental houses. I clean the dryer vents about once a month. I turn the dryer on, go to the vent on the outside and start running this brush in and adding rods, using my cordless drill to turn it. http://www.rewci.com/dryerventclean.html

I have no connection to this company, but this product is well worth the money. Good luck
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:27 AM   #7
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Your dryer also has internal ducts. Those probably need to be cleaned as well.

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