Learn about the importance of cleaning a clothes dryer exhaust vent. Finds tips about tools and techniques for cleaning a clothes dryer lint trap and exhaust vent.
LESLIE: Sharon in Texas needs some help with appliance maintenance. What are you working on?
SHARON: Well, I just got this house and (inaudible at 0:05:35.4). Well, I was cleaning up around it and stuff and cleaning the little lint filter out and stuff and was cleaning behind it and I noticed the hose. And I’ve always heard about you need to clean it for chance of it possibly catching on fire, so is there some way to clean it or should I replace the whole thing?
TOM: The dryer exhaust has to be cleaned. You should be cleaning that every six months. There is a special brush that actually fits inside the dryer exhaust duct and I think one of them is called LintEater. It’s like on a …
LESLIE: Mm-hmm, it’s by a company called Gardus.
TOM: Yeah, it’s like on a flexible fiberglass rod and you can spin it in there. It hooks up to a drill and a vacuum, so that’s really easy. And once you get one of these and clean it out, you’ll see how important it is because you’ll get a lot of dust out of there.
SHARON: How much does the little snake thing run for the dryer? Do you know?
TOM: The tools?
SHARON: Yeah. (inaudible at 0:06:31.8)
TOM: (overlapping voices) Oh, I don’t know. Not too much; $20, $30.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) And it’s a really fun chore and, Sharon, you’re going to be amazed what comes out of that whole exhaust duct.
SHARON: Oh, I’d probably be so grossed out. (Sharon and Tom chuckle)
LESLIE: It’s not – I mean there’s nothing gross. It’s just a tremendous amount of lint; perhaps a random sock or something odd. But it is a tremendous amount of lint.
SHARON: OK, OK. Well, alright. Thank you very much. I needed help with that. I didn’t know what to do by myself. I appreciate that.
TOM: You’re welcome, Sharon. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.