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How You Can Start A Dryer Vent Cleaning Small Business Today

Updated on July 14, 2011

The National Fire Protection Association recommends dryer vents be cleaned and inspected annually. The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates there are over 15,000 dryer fires each year.

You are fixing a potential fire hazard and a clean dryer vent and duct improves dryer efficiency. Which will save your customers money!


Service businesses continue to rank among the fastest growing business according to Entrepreneur Magazine. Repair service with a high perceived value will continue to benefit through the economic downs and ups. There will be ups, right

Low start up cost! You may already have some, if not most of the Need To Have items listed below to get your new dryer vent cleaning service up and running today.

Great part time or full time opportunity.

Word of mouth referrals from happy customers. Provide excellent service at a reasonable price and you should quickly grow your customer base.

Additional services opportunity include repair or replacement of foil and flex ducts which are not recommended by Consumer Reports.


Your customers may not know they need your service, you will have to educate them.


There are a few national franchises, but with little market penetration. Most local markets will have a number of HVAC duct cleaning business, but with little marketing of dryer vent cleaning services. Consider the number of landscaping businesses. These services range from national companies down to the kid with a push mower. How much can a persistent kid make in one summer mowing lawns? Cleaning dryer vents is something any reasonable handy person can perform, much like mowing the grass. However, many people would rather pay someone to take care of it for them.

Required Skills
You will need to be able to move a dryer. It is usually possible to slide the dryer away from the wall without damaging the floor using furniture sliders. You will also need to be able to use basic hand tools and work on a ladder. Of course you have to be comfortable selling yourself and your services.

Need To Have Items

These items are necessary to start a successful dryer vent cleaning service. Many items can be found on Craigslist or yard sales.

· LentEater dryer vent cleaning system plus extension rods

· screw drivers

· wire cutters

· adjustable wrenches

· pliers

· tin snips

· nut driver set

· cordless drill

· furniture sliders

· flashlight

· ladder

· vehicle suitable for caring tools and ladder.

· box of dust masks

· wet/dry vac

· plastic trash bags

· business cards, flyers, invoice, receipts

Nice to Have Items

An airflow meter is not necessary to start but will be a nice additions after you complete a few jobs. This instrument is used to check and compare the airflow rate at the dryer vent before and after cleaning. This information should be shared with the customer to demonstrate the effectiveness of your service.

· airflow meter

Really Nice to Have Items

An air sled will cost a few hundred dollars, and is in the really nice to have category because it is not necessary to start or run a successful dryer vent cleaning business. An air sled is a device that uses thin skids and a vacuum motor to allow one person to easily move appliances, even refrigerators! If you spring for this, a nice add on service would be refrigerator coil cleaning.

· air sled

How To Clean a Dryer Vent

Disconnect the electrical or gas supply, turn off gas.

Pull the dryer away from the wall.

Disconnect the vent tube from the back of the dryer.

Connect the shop vac to the vent tube leading to the wall.

Work the brush through the duct from the outside vent opening.

Possible Names

· Lint X

· Dryer Vent Fairy

· Dryer Lint Ninja

· Three Brother's from Mecca Dryer Vent Cleaning Service

· Everyone Loves Raymond's Dryer Vent Cleaning Service

· LintBiz


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      The Lint Surgeon est 2011 17 months ago

      Really entertain reading but you really don't half the items he says to clean a dryer vent. Just a little overboard lmao.

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      Jane 4 years ago

      Have you ever tried The Vent Cleaner Company ? There's a demo video on YouTube called "Dryer Vent Cleaning Equipment - The Original"

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Interesting Hub - thanks.