How to Clean Your Dryer Ducts

Taking The Lent Of Dryer MachineAre you selling your house in Atlanta? Before listing your house on the market, it’s a good idea to hire a home inspector. The last thing you want is a deal to fall through because a buyer discovers major issues with your property.

Enlist the help of ProTech Home & Property Inspections, Inc, and our team will pinpoint any areas of concern. With a home inspection, you’ll receive a detailed report of the condition of your home. Since the housing market in Atlanta is increasingly competitive, a fixer-upper home may not attract potential buyers. Don’t fret though—with only a few remodeling services and DIY projects, your home will be in tip-top shape!

Phil, Joyce, and the entire ProTech team have put together a list of valuable resources for improving a home. Along with our advice on HVAC and plumbing systems, we offer simple cleaning suggestions as well. Although you may be attentive to the cleanliness of the floors and countertops, other areas of the house may be overlooked. For instance, dryer ducts tend to have buildup over time. According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, 15,000 fires occur every year due to dryer exhaust duct fires.

We recommend that you inspect the dryer vent and hose every 6 months. This DIY project is very straightforward and only takes about 15-20 minutes. First, unplug your dryer and clean the lint trap with a brush. Next, you’ll need to move the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the exhaust tube. If the duct tube has two prongs, simply squeeze them together to detach the tube from the dryer. For hose clamps, you’ll need a screwdriver to loosen the bolt. You can use the hose on a vacuum for cleaning the exhaust tube and wall port.

Do you know where the dryer exhaust hose tube ends? If our home inspectors discover that the ductwork extends to the attic, you’ll be thankful you found out about the problem before selling or buying a home. Not only is this extremely inefficient for drying clothes, but also the warm air in the attic mixes with the moisture from the tubes, creating condensation. No potential buyer wants the prospect of a leaky ceiling. When you need professional input on a property’s condition, contact Protech at (770) 277-5655.


About Phil Leblanc

Phil is the founder of ProTech Home & Property Inspections, Inc. and has shifted from doing 500 plus yearly inspections to implementing systems designed to consistently improve the quality service that has made ProTech one of the top building inspection companies in metro Atlanta. Phil’s connection to the building and real estate industries dates back to his early involvement with his family’s real estate and development company in New England.

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