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Loup
McNeese State Fan
Ferriday
Member since Apr 2019
2618 posts

Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
Would something like this work well?

home depot link

Are there any options to keep the vertical run from getting dirty? Maybe an inline trap?

Bought a house over summer and the lady who lived there was an upkeep moron. I keep finding more and more little problems that are the result of negligence. Every door knob in the house was about to fall off because she didn't know how to use a screwdriver.


LittleJerrySeinfield
Alabama Fan
Glass Case of Emotion
Member since Aug 2013
4062 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
I took mine apart in the attic and shoved my vacuum cleaner hose down it. Worked like a charm.

They make booster fans for vertical dryer vents.


Loup
McNeese State Fan
Ferriday
Member since Apr 2019
2618 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
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I took mine apart in the attic and shoved my vacuum cleaner hose down it. Worked like a charm.


Tried that, this stuff is too caked up for that. Looking in to the booster fans, thanks.


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MamouTiger65
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, La
Member since Oct 2007
711 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
Try a leaf blower a couple times a year. Shoot everything to the attic and pull it all out the top. Did this at a previous house. Laundry room would get very humid. First time I did it there was at least a foot long ball of lent.


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WPBTiger
USA Fan
Parts Unknown
Member since Nov 2011
20710 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
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Would something like this work well?


I used the exact kit when I had a vertical vent, worked very well.


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Hamma1122
Member since Sep 2016
12019 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
I do leaf blower once a year Break in attic


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kengel2
LSU Fan
Team Gun
Member since Mar 2004
18052 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
Used it as well. Worked good.


Drop4Loss
Birds Eye Of Deaf Valley
Member since Oct 2007
3432 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
If its rigid pipe probly easier to just yank the old pipe out and slide down a new piece


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CoolHand
USA Fan
Member since Dec 2011
1978 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
I have the kit and it works well.

I also have a vertical run and ended up putting in a booster fan. I put in an inline filter before the fan.

All of this greatly helps. The booster fan also helps the clothes dry faster.


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baldona
Auburn Fan
Florida
Member since Feb 2016
13388 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
That kit is exactly what the ‘pros’ use OP. I’ve paid someone to do it for a condo with a long run and that’s what they used. I paid them the first time to learn how they do it basically to see if there was any tips I didn’t know.

The way they do it is they put a shop vac on the outside and then a leaf blower on the inside, then use that drill and sweeper slowly to work everything to the outside.
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Loup
McNeese State Fan
Ferriday
Member since Apr 2019
2618 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
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That kit is exactly what the ‘pros’ use OP. I’ve paid someone to do it for a condo with a long run and that’s what they used. I paid them the first time to learn how they do it basically to see if there was any tips I didn’t know



Good deal, I just ordered the kit. This is what I'm working with. freaking disgusting. you can see the marks from the end of my shop vac.



fishfighter
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2008
39915 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
Your dryer will thank you once cleaned out.

I use that same thing.


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BlackPot
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2016
568 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
This is the reason my next house will have the dryer venting directly out the house. None of that long attic business.


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TU Rob
Troy Fan
Birmingham
Member since Nov 2008
11031 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
I have a similar kit. Mine only has one brush attachment, and has 4 rods that screw together. Mine isn't vertical, but as far as cleaning it out, it will bust loose anything that is caked up. I have rigid aluminum ducts in the basement, and took out a 5 or 6 foot section. Ran the brush from the wall behind the dryer, and then hit it with a shop vac on the other side. Then ran it from the opening in the basement with the pipe gone, and did the shop vac again. That was a couple of year ago when I was having some issues, and now I do it a couple times a year.


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fwtex
Member since Nov 2019
289 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
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Maybe an inline trap?


I used a similar tool to clean out our vent and then installed a second lint filter on the wall.


baldona
Auburn Fan
Florida
Member since Feb 2016
13388 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
The problem with a second lint filter is that is another blockage you guys are creating. A screen is more of a blockage then you think. I really don’t think a 2nd one is a good idea but I’m not a pro.


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Napoleon
New Orleans Saints Fan
Kenna
Member since Dec 2007
61466 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
Get an inline trap. Vertical dryer vents are the devil.


td1
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2015
1271 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
Mine is 12’ vertical and 18’ horizontal in the attic with a inline booster fan. I used to clean it every couple of years, but now I just replace the sections of pipe. The sections of pipe are cheap at Lowe’s. I have good attic access so it is easy. My vertical also does not go down the wall, it comes out the ceiling, through an overhead cabinet and then to the dryer. Makes the process of replacement easier.

The in-line fan drastically cuts down on the buildup. Our inline fan also runs for a good while after the dryer stops, I think that helps too. I also only foil tape the sections together so there are no screws to catch lint.

Wife is religious about cleaning the lint screen on the dryer, which I also think helps a lot.

The vertical setup sucks, no way around it in this house, I just accepted I will have to inspect and occasionally replace the pipe sections as needed.

If you have a vertical run, get the inline fan designed for dryers. Your dryer will last longer and your clothes will dry faster. The dryers fan is not designed to push the air any appreciable distance.

Just my experience.


Drop4Loss
Birds Eye Of Deaf Valley
Member since Oct 2007
3432 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
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Drop4Loss
Birds Eye Of Deaf Valley
Member since Oct 2007
3432 posts

re: Cleaning a vertical dryer vent - DIY?
TD, I am looking into the in line fan.

Why does yours run after the dryer is off ?

I thought they were pressure regulated ? They go on/off with the dryer.


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