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I called a handyman for cleaning my dryer vent under my house slab. It is a glass pipe vent. He cleaned it up using water from the laundry room hose.

Is this an okay way to clean up the lint? I also had my lint eater fiber rod and brush stuck inside the drier vent but none of them came out with cleaning using the water.

Does this handyman really know how to clean the dryer vent?

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    You absolutely must get that rod and brush out of the dryer vent. However, I have never heard of a glass dryer vent under a slab so I don't know how fragile it is. Perhaps you could use a shop vac and get it out the direction you inserted it in. How far into the vent is this rod and brush jammed? – Jim Stewart Oct 17 '17 at 23:13
  • it WOULD HAVE GONE IN ABOUT 3-4 FT INSIDE, BUT NOT SURE AFTER THE WATER FLUSH INTO IT, IF IT WENT DOWN FURTHER INTO THE VENT PIPE. – Khem Chander Oct 18 '17 at 0:35
  • If you run the dryer with the brush left in there, it will try to burn your hoise down. – Harper Oct 18 '17 at 15:21
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Use fish tape: fish tape

It's a sturdy, yet flexible metal rod meant for running cables. Figure out which of the two openings you can easily pull from, hard. Insert the tape from that end until it emerges on the other side. Then cut holes in a towel and secure it to the fish tape with zip ties or hose clamps, and pull it back through.

The rag or towel should force the brush out of its way on the way back.

In the future, NEVER use brush rods that can unscrew to clean a dryer vent. Only use the kind that are permanently attached to a tough braided wire.

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Does this vent go vertically into the slab and then make a right angle bend on a radius? If you have a fish tape it would be extremely strong and well suited for pulling this out, but if you just want to use something you have on hand, then you could use a garden hose (not connected; no water, just the hose). You would run it down in the vent to probe and determine how far in the blockage is.

Then rig a hook with coat hanger wire to snag the brush. The hook would be a length of coat hanger wire wound around the hose and secured with duct tape. Of course, anything like this could go wrong and you'd have something additional jammed in.

Another possibility is to use a shop vac on the inside end and run a dry hose in from the outside to push on the brush.

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