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Old 04-03-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Can anyone recommend a reliable dryer vent cleaning service? My dryer vent exits my house way up on the second floor, and it's something I'd rather not deal with myself. I've noticed my clothes aren't drying as quickly as they probably should, and I'd like to get it looked at ASAP (I know lint can be a cause of fires).

Any recommendations for a professional who could do the job would be appreciated.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Cleaning is a good thing to consider, but also:

I've dealt with routing dryer vents a bit, and I thought that at the residential level (not for commercial dryers), the maximum vent distance is typically only about 10 feet (see the building code below, assuming three 90-degree bends).

This is because the fans that are in the dryers have only so much power to push the air. So if your ducting is longer than 10 feet, it might be a good idea to see if you can re-route it to the outside via a shorter route.



The International Fuel Gas Code (The building code that applies to this), says:
614.6 Domestic clothes dryer ducts. ...
The maximum length of RIGID METAL DUCT shall not exceed 45 feet from dryer location to wall or roof cap. There shall be a deduction of 5 feet for each 45-degree bend and 10 feet for each 90-degree bend.
The maximum length for noncombustible FLEXIBLE DUCT shall not exceed 25 feet from dryer location to the wall or roof cap. There shall be a deduction of 2-1/2 feet for each 45-degree bend and 5 feet for each 90-degree bend.
(My uppercasing of words)
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:26 AM
 
Location: NW Cary
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Cleaning is a good thing to consider, but also:

I've dealt with routing dryer vents a bit, and I thought that at the residential level (not for commercial dryers), the maximum vent distance is typically only about 10 feet (see the building code below, assuming three 90-degree bends).

This is because the fans that are in the dryers have only so much power to push the air. So if your ducting is longer than 10 feet, it might be a good idea to see if you can re-route it to the outside via a shorter route.



The International Fuel Gas Code (The building code that applies to this), says:
614.6 Domestic clothes dryer ducts. ...
The maximum length of RIGID METAL DUCT shall not exceed 45 feet from dryer location to wall or roof cap. There shall be a deduction of 5 feet for each 45-degree bend and 10 feet for each 90-degree bend.
The maximum length for noncombustible FLEXIBLE DUCT shall not exceed 25 feet from dryer location to the wall or roof cap. There shall be a deduction of 2-1/2 feet for each 45-degree bend and 5 feet for each 90-degree bend.
(My uppercasing of words)
Thanks for this great info Ed_RDNC- Do the same regulations apply for Electric dryers?
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:19 AM
 
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Try this:
YouTube - Dryer vent + 200mph leaf blower
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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We found a bird's nest in our 2nd floor dryer vent 2 springs ago. We ended up buying a long extension ladder and cleaning it out ourselves. We also purchased a cover to keep future birds out. The only caveat is that we have to regularly clean out the cover as it collects lint and then the dryer doesn't dry as well.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Fuquay-Varina
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THAT is awesome!
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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We used the "Dryer Vent Wizard" after purchasing a new dryer for our home after moving in. He installed a new vent connector between our dryer and the vent tube. He also cleaned out the vent, which was packed with enough lint to make a quilt. It wasn't exactly cheap, but the guy worked his tail off, helping us to diagnose an issue with our electrical outlet, crawling around under the house to figure out why it wasn't working properly. He was friendly and professional.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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We used the "Dryer Vent Wizard" after purchasing a new dryer for our home after moving in. He installed a new vent connector between our dryer and the vent tube. He also cleaned out the vent, which was packed with enough lint to make a quilt. It wasn't exactly cheap, but the guy worked his tail off, helping us to diagnose an issue with our electrical outlet, crawling around under the house to figure out why it wasn't working properly. He was friendly and professional.
We used the same company to install our dryer vent. We were very pleased with the work.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: DC
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IMO dryer vents should all have clean out ports at every 90° joint. If you're paying the money to have someone come out, spend a little extra so you can do most of the cleaning in the future.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Fuquay-Varina
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I rarely see this in houses, but you can install a lint trap with a filter that captures it all right at the dryer. You have to have the space behind the dryer, or a vent that routes upwards before entering the wall/ceiling. It is a box about 1' x 1'.
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