How to Maintain a Rooftop Dryer Vent

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While somewhat of a rarity, some laundry rooms are located on a home’s second floor. If this describes your home, then you will probably have a rooftop dryer vent. In this instance, cleaning the vent poses a challenge.

Rooftop Dryer Vent Inspections

Cleaning a dryer vent on a rooftop is no different than doing it when the unit is at ground level. However, greater safety precautions are in order. After all, the technician has to actually walk the roof. This is why we don’t recommend that homeowners attempt DIY cleaning. 

The technician climbs the roof and inspects the vent. This is done by running the unit on air-only and making sure all connections are secure. If obstructions are present, then the air exiting the rooftop vent is greatly diminished or nonexistent. 

The Cleaning Process

One of our cleaning methods includes the use of a reverse-blowing air ball that we insert into the duct. Using an air trigger, the air ball begins the process of cleaning the dryer vent interior, including the damper and hood. This removes the lint in hard-to-reach areas like the inner hood around the damper. The lint typically becomes stuck as it hardens upon exposure to temperature extremes.

As the lint loosens, expect heavy chunks of lint balls to discharge from the vent. Feel free to remove the lint as it drops to the floor. This is the only DIY part we recommend.

We must emphasize that a thorough cleaning requires rooftop access. Partial lint removal is only possible if you clean from the ground or the attic.

We Do Rooftop Dryer Vent Cleaning

With 2019 here, now is a good time for cleaning your entire home, including the air ducts and furnace. Contact Aurora Edmonds Furnace Cleaning to begin the process. Some Snohomish homes have rooftop dryer vents, and we have the equipment to handle such tasks.

Residential Dryer Vent Maintenance

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