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Cleaning the duct work myself or hiring a professional...
« on: August 06, 2009, 01:07:02 PM »
It is widely known that lint accumulates over time within the exhaust duct work for the dryer.  And that certain conditions can exist that accelerate lint build-up.  Generally, the accepted frequency of cleaning is every 18 to 24 months.  Proper cleaning involves the use of a spinning brush on a flexible rod and a vacuum or blower for the duct work and some specialty brushes for in and around the actual dryer appliance.  Generally the cleaning can take place from either end and in some cases due to length, it is necessary to brush from both ends. 

There are several cleaning tools available online and at your local big box hardware store.  In my opinion, if you are willing to pull the dryer out away from the wall and disconnect the flex hose from the dryer, the actual cleaning process is not that hard and can save you some money.   

In my honest opinion, the LintEater brush system kit (about $29) widely available at hardware stores or online is the best for the do it yourselfer. We actually have them for sale at this link:

For the duct cleaning services there are national franchises and just as reliable, individual sole proprietors right in your community.  Consider your Yellow Pages book for Duct Cleaning, Chimney Sweep, or inquire to your favorite HVAC contractor for a reference. 

Here are a few national franchises: 
Dryer Vent Wizard
Dan's Air Duct Cleaning (CA)
Dryer Vents Plus
Duct Busters
Sears Carpet
This link for a list of cleaners by state:

Two good links:
Awesome How-To Video on Dryer Vents and Cleaning By Danny Lipford
U.S. Fire Administration "Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings"
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It is worth noting some duct cleaners use just an airline to clean a dryer vent, in our experience this does not do a sufficient job when the vent is clogged. A rotating brush is the best way to ensure every inch is cleaned, a before and after air flow reading should be done too.

In Canada there are a no national dryer vent cleaning companies, but we are working on it ;-) for west of Toronto there is

Dryer Vent Cleaner -

for Toronto Magic Touch -

Calgary -

Quebec -
Dryer Vent Cleaning - Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton & Mississauga

Carpet RX of Louisville

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Hi, Ive been in the carpet, air duct/dryer vent cleaning industry for 14 years. Brand spanking new to this forum. So far, Im reading a lot of out dated and incorrect information concerning the cleaning of dryer vents and air duct cleaning.

Check out this video I made using my phone. This is a real, in the trenches job at a real customer's home. Ive used air whips, spinning brushes in the past and they are gimmicks. Trust me, Ive been doing this for 14 years. Anyway, watch this:


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Re: Cleaning the duct work myself or hiring a professional...
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2015, 06:51:39 AM »
Well, the music was catchy but the video showed nothing about your equipment or how or why it is better than any other method...