Clean Your Dryer to Prevent House Fires
Making sure your dryer’s lint trap is clean is only half the battle
Keeping the ductwork and vent clear is vital. Dryer Vent Wizard founder Dave Lavalle has seen it all, including black spots that could be mold (yikes) or burnt lint, a signal that lint is igniting during drying. To prevent a fire—and other potential problems—be sure your ductwork is doing its job. An annual professional inspection is a smart move, but you can clean the dryer duct and vent yourself, too. To make the job easier, pick up a specialty tool kit like the Gardus LintEater Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning System ($30; Home Depot). With the dryer unplugged, use the smaller brush to clear the lint trap and its housing. Then disconnect the duct from the wall, and affix the larger brush to a drill/driver to extract lint inside the duct. Attachments should extend the brush far enough to reach outside, but you should also head outdoors to remove the vent (and any lint on that end), too.
Thanks to: Dave Lavalle, founder, Dryer Vent Wizard