Dryer Duct Vent Education

Educating yourself on proper dryer vent maintenance will help ensure your family's safety. Call Dr. Duct today at 816-331-8935 to schedule your dryer vent cleaning today!

Extend the Life of Your Dryer
Having a lint filled dryer duct causes enormous stress on your dryer, which can significantly reduce the life of the dryer and it's parts. Eliminate or reduce costly repairs by checking your dryer vents.

Plastic/Foil Transition Pipes
These tubes are not fire resistant and can actually cause more lint to buildup due to their ribbed design. Dr. Duct installs Consumer Product Safety Commission approved dryer vent transitions.

Get Rid of Moisture Buildup

Damaged or disconnected dryer vents, which are caused by heavy lint buildup, can cause the moisture from the clothes to be released into the room where the dryer is located. The dryer itself often appears to be working normally, but an airflow analysis can determine if your dryer is venting safely and properly.

Improve Air Quality
Having an obstructed or dirty dryer vent can cause enormous amounts of dust and particles to be released into the home. Our technicians wear respirators when cleaning dryer vents due to the risks that can come with inhaling the lint or dust. Having your dryer duct cleaned out regularly will improve air quality and reduce the risk of a dryer vent fire hazard.

Dryer Duct Vent Terminology

Carbon Monoxide - Carbon monoxide is found with gas dryers, when the dryer vent is clogged with lint or obstructed. It is very important to be sure your gas dryer has a clean dryer duct vent.

Digital Anemometer - A device used for measuring airflow.

Dryer Exhaust System - This is also known as the dryer duct or dryer vent, is made up of pipes, elbows and a termination cap which carries lint and moist air away from the dryer.

Dryer Lint Trap - Every dryer has a lint trap, which collects a large portion of the lint produced during a dryer cycle. Lint traps should be cleaned before or after each load.

NOTE: Dryer sheets are often used in each load, but can add an invisible layer on the lint trap causing your dryer's airflow and efficiency to reduce. It's recommended that you occasionally scrub the lint trap gently with a brush or mild detergent to remove the film produced by regular use of dryer sheets.

Dryer Vent Clamp - Usually made of stainless steel, this ring is used to connect the dryer vent transition tube to the dryer and vent pipe.

Dryer Vent Cover - Most often used as a horizontal termination point, dryer vent covers have louvered flaps. These are the covers you see on the side of your house or on the roof of your house.

Dryer Vent Kit - Dryer vent kits include around three feet of corrugated, semi-rigid 4" metal piping and two elbows. For proper installation, be sure the elbows included are the swivel type.

Duct Pipe - The same as vent pipe, today's building codes require that the duct work inside walls be made of non-flexible rigid metal pipe. You never use flexible dryer duct pipe that is hidden from sight. It's recommended that duct pipe be connected using aluminum tape instead of screws.

Elbows 45 Degree & 90 Degree - Elbows are usually found in any dryer event exhaust system and make it easier for the vent to be angled in order to reach the termination point. Using too many elbows can decrease the dryer vent system's efficiency, and is recommended it be avoided.

Termination Point - This is the point at which the dryer duct vent system ends, usually on an exterior side wall or roof. The dryer duct should not end in an attic, garage or any other space that is enclosed.

Transition Duct or Tube - A pipe connected to the dryer at one end and to the dryer duct system on the other end. This duct or tube should be made out of a non-flammable material, like aluminum, and can be flexible. It's recommended to keep the transition duct or tube as short as possible (less than four feet, if possible) to help reduce the buildup of lint in the duct vent system.

Rotary Brush Cleaning - A common choice for cleaning dryer vents, the brush travels the entire length of the dryer vent freeing lint from inside the exhaust system's pipes.