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FAQ's About Cleaning Vents


Dust, debris, and dander can build up over time and cause clogging of dryer vents. If these obstructions aren’t removed, they can be dangerous, costly, and damaging. Therefore it’s critical to hire a professional vent cleaner.


However, when it comes to cleaning of air vents, there are many questions clients have but often find answers difficult to come by. Therefore, Dr. Vent wants to arm you with the most accurate information available to help you make informed decisions. To do this, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about cleaning vents.


1. What is a professional dryer vent cleaning?


Not only will a professional dryer vent cleaning make your home a safer place, but it will also ensure that your dryer will run more efficiently and last longer. In addition, your machine will be able to dry clothing in less time, which will save you money on your utility bill.


2. How often should your dryer ventilation system be cleaned?


For a residential dryer, the vent is recommended to be cleaned every one to two years.

For high traffic laundry facilities like Laundromats, Laundry rooms, and all businesses that operate dryers daily, it’s recommended to be cleaned every six to twelve months.


3. How long does a dryer vent cleaning take?


For residential properties, dryer vent cleaning will take roughly forty-five minutes to one hour.

However, a commercial property could take longer, depending on the amount of dryers vents and other components like shaft and exhaust fans that need to be cleaned.


4. How do you clean the dryer vent?


We use several advanced cleaning methods to ensure that your vent is thoroughly cleaned.

It includes using a specialized rotary brush that gets inserted into the dryer vent.

It spins, loosens, and simultaneously vacuums all lint, dust, and debris of the entire vent length. All our equipment uses HEPA filtration, so we can use it without contaminating the environment we work in.


5. Does dryer vent cleaning include a bird guard?


No, but we can install one for a small additional cost if required.


6. What are the signs that I may need a professional dryer vent cleaning?


Look out for the following:

● A dryer that takes more than one cycle to dry your clothes.

● If your clothes are hot after one cycle of drying.

● The dryer is hot to touch while it is on.

● Lint accumulation around and behind the dryer.

● Your laundry room is humid or warm while using your dryer.

● Musty-smelling clothes in the dryer.

● An increasing amount of time to dry a load of clothes.

● Your laundry room has a burnt smell.


7. Can I clean my own dryer vent?


In some cases, you can. If the dryer vent is short (four feet or less), you may be able to clean it yourself. There are also kits sold at some home improvement stores for DIY cleaning. We have heard mixed reviews on those kits. Sometimes people have good luck with them. Other times people have spent hours trying to get it to work only to have the kit break while trying to clean their vent. Then they call us, and we have to remove the broken kit from the system and complete the cleaning.


8. Will My Dryer Vent Flaps be Cleaned?


We clean the vent from the outside, which includes the flaps. We also inspect the clothes dryer vent for several mechanical and seal issues.

If any replacement or repair is necessary, we have a full stock of all standard vent parts like exterior flap covers, flex vent, vent clamps, rigid metal vents on hand. We hope these answers made you feel more confident to work with a vent cleaning team. If you have any more questions about vent cleaning, get in touch with the experts at Dr. Vent.


As reliable residential and commercial dry vent cleaners serving across Toronto, Ontario, we offer consistent quality and top-notch customer service, which builds trust with clients.

We serve clients across Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and the surrounding areas. To learn more about how we can help you, please click here or contact us by clicking here.

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