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Removing Birds from Dryer Vents: Nest Removal Basics

There are a few issues that may impact your home’s dryer vent, and one of these is in a living format: Birds. Some birds will view the dryer vent as an ideal place to create a nest and make a home — this naturally isn’t going to work for you as a homeowner, but it’s also important to many that birds in these situations be removed humanely and without and threat to their safety.

At All Pro Appliance Service, dryer vent cleaning is just one of numerous solutions we’re happy to offer to clients in SLC and other parts of Utah. We service numerous brands and types, and there’s no issue we can’t assist you with here. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over some basic steps for removing a bird from a dryer vent gently, safely and humanely.

NOTE: If any part of this process concerns you, or you think you aren’t capable of it, there’s no need to proceed. Simply call our team for assistance, which we’ll be happy to provide.

Remove Vent Cover

The first step here is to remove your dryer vent cover. You’ll likely need a screwdriver or drill to remove any screws holding it in place first. Next, take the cover and set it aside in a safe area.

Check for a Nest and Birds

Once you’ve opened the dryer vent, look for whether there’s a nest — if you’ve already realized there’s some kind of blockage in your vent, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The big element to consider, though, is whether there are any eggs or birds actually in the nest itself.

If not, proceed to our next step. If so, you’ll actually want to skip the remainder of this blog and move to part two (coming soon!), where we’ll discuss how to handle nests with birds or eggs in them.

Checking and Blowing Out the Nest

Once you’ve confirmed a nest is present, but no birds or eggs are inside it, use a flashlight to look for some detail. Assuming there are just a few pieces of grass or sticks (this is usually the case), you’ll be proceeding with a basic method to blow the nest out of the vent.

To do this, go back inside and detach your dryer vent hose from the back of the dryer (we can help with this if needed). As long as you’ve confirmed the nest is empty, you can then blow a leaf blower into the inside end of the hose — this will blow the nest out the other side. If you don’t have a leaf blower, you can try using a shop vac on reverse, or even just taking the hose outside and blowing it out with your mouth (though this isn’t ideal).

Reattach Vent Cover and Test

After the nest is removed, you’ll want to reattach your dryer vent cover. Once it’s in place, go ahead and turn on your dryer to test things out and make sure air is flowing freely again through the system. If so, great! The process is complete.

If you run into any issues during this project or have any questions about appliance repair in general, feel free to reach out to our team. For more on this, or to learn about any of our appliance repair or related services, speak to the team at All Pro Appliance Service today.

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