Eliminate Lint Clogged Dryer Pipes
LESLIE: Jerry in Oregon, you’ve got the Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
JERRY: I have a problem with my lint from the dryer. Well I have a pipe that’s going underneath the unfinished basement for about 15 feet and seems to me every three months I have to take the pipe off and clean the lint because it clogs up. There must be a better way to fix this problem.
TOM: Is the lint pipe a flexible hose or is it a solid …
JERRY: No, it’s a solid pipe going to the outside.
TOM: Mm-hmm, mm-hmm.
JERRY: It’s an unfinished basement so the dryer is on the first floor. So I want to – eventually I’d like to finish the basement but I can’t do that because every time I’ve got to take the pipe off.
TOM: Well, there’s a tool that actually you can use to clean the dryer duct out.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And you would actually do it from the exterior of your home where that dryer duct vents to the outside. It’s something called the Gardus LintEater and it’s basically a series of semi-rigid flexible piping that connect to sort of a bristle brush the same diameter as the dryer vents.
TOM: Yeah, it’s like a fiberglass rod with bristle brushes at the end. You stick it on your drill and you can rotate it in and out of that pipe from the outside. Leslie and I have …
LESLIE: And you will pull out so much gunk. It’s awesome.
TOM: Yeah, Leslie and I have both used this tool and pulled out wads of lint balls from those ducts. (Leslie chuckles) So it works pretty well. It’s not too expensive, either. You should be able to …
LESLIE: And this way you can finish your basement and not have to worry about physically taking that pipe off.
TOM: Yeah, I think their website is LintEater.com.
TOM: Alright, Jerry?
JERRY: Outstanding. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.