We had maintenance done on our dryer vent. The company used chemicals, a 2 sided brush and a vacuum. Excessive amounts of lint and pet hair were removed but the air flow from the dryer to the outside is still blocked. They want to cut into the wall and remove/replace or cut/clean the pipe out . Is this a stanard procedure? Is this considered plumbing? Do you recommend a different approach? Do you know of a company to contact that could help us? We were told this is a fire hazard so we are wanting to solve this problem ASAP.
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Tom: Something bothers me about that question. It just occurred to me. They ran a brush up there. First off, I don’t know why they would use chemicals. Tell people to quite using chemicals in your house. We’re passed that now. It’s all clear, right? They vaccuum it. They say it’s all clear. Wait, she said, then it’s still blocked again. I’m wondering if the dryer has an internal block in it. If the pipe is running free …
Charlie: No, no, no … They’re saying that the air flow from the dryer to the outside is still blocked somewhere up that pipe.
Tom: I know, but if they ran their brush through there, all the way, like they’re supposed to …
Charlie: They’re saying it didn’t go all the way through.
Tom: Okay, if they said it didn’t go all the way through, then find someone who can get it all the way through, because it’s not going to be blocked with some kind of concrete. It’s going to be blocked with lint.
Charlie: You don’t recommend cutting a hole in the house and access panel?
Tom: Not at all. What I also say, is, if they thought they cleared it all and then they hooked the dryer back up and it’s still not drying, don’t ignore the fact that your dryers get clogged up on the inside, too.
Charlie: That’s a good point.
Tom: That’s all I wanted to throw out there, Charlie, is maybe, it is clear. But, Done Right Carpet and Tile, they can go ahead and clean that vent and have them take a look at the dryer, too. I don’t think there’s any reason to cut it, unless the pipe is broken and you’ll know that by running that brush up there, if there’s a broken pipe.
Charlie: If it is, that’ something that Done Right can fix, as well.
Tom: Yeah, it’s not a plumber.
Charlie: That would be like buying a hot water heater and storing it in your garage, in case you needed it.
Tom: You know what I think?
Charlie: That’s nuts. Sorry.
Tom: I think they ran the brush up there and said, “Lady, this is great. This is wonderful. You’re all set,” hooked the dryer up, left, she tries to dry her clothes. It’s still not working. She assumes it’s still blocked. I think it might be internal in the dryer, sorry.
Charlie: I think they ought to call Done Right Carpet Clean, because they wouldn’t have left.