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Cleaning the coiled aluminum venting for my dryer

16 years ago

After 18 years I am replacing my dryer and think I should clean the vent (first time!) before the new one is hooked up.

I have read here of snaking wires through venting to loosen up the lint before blowing it out with a leaf blower, but my husband is concerned that that could rip the material. This ducting runs about 12 feet with a few bends in the enclosed space in our basement ceiling, so it cannot be taken apart or replaced.

Should I hire a duct cleaning company to do this job? What questions should I ask about their technique? Or will the leaf blower work w/o snaking first?

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