DIY Dryer Vent Cover(Easy Steps)

Dryer vents are very important. They remove the excess heat that is generated when the machine is in use to prevent the risk of fire hazards. In addition to that, it helps me prevent exterior particles from entering the dryer vent and causing malfunctioning. Dryer vents are among the riskiest home constructional elements.

Therefore, it is very important to be taken care of and it’s ideal to offer all the necessary safety measures to prevent the risks. When your dryer doesn’t have a vent cover, all the vulnerable debris such as birds, snow, rain, mice, and even dust. Give your dryer the best protection by making your own vent cover.

All the necessary materials are found within your homestead and the other ones are found at the hardware. Below are some of the discussed steps for installing a DIY Dryer Vent Cover.

Buy a Louver that is Fixed or flap styled Vent Cover Hole

This type of vent cover has slats that are unmovable and has tiny gaps which enhance proper ventilation but they are not that big to allow small animals to get in. dryer vent with a flap style comes with three moveable flaps which lift the air when it comes out of the vent. There is as well a sitting flap that keeps crawling animals from entering the vent when the dryer is not in use.

You can buy this type at a home improvement center and online shops and choose the one that you feel is it will look great outdoors. To make your vent look professional and clean, use the following method.

Install the dryer vent cover after installing the horse

Also, there are cage-style vent covers that are known as bird boxes that are designed to specifically keep the critters and the birds out of the bird.  However, one disadvantage of this type of vent cover is that it collects lint very easily compared to other vents.

Fit the dryer cover at the outdoor opening of your venting pipe

The dryer vent connects with the shortest section of a pipe that passes via the wall and carries air outside from the dryer. Push the opening of the vent cover to the rim of the pipe until it is sit-flush in the inner wall. Hoses and the vent cover usually have a standard opening measurement of 4 in 10cm so there will be no problem with fitting the covert to the pipe.

Screw your cover to the inner wall with the aid of masonry or wood screws

If the wall is made of vinyl or wood it’s advisable to use wood screws. And if the wall is made of concrete and bricks use masonry screws. Place one screw in every four holes at the corners of the dryer cover. Drive them to the required place in the wall using the electric drill. sometimes the vent cover might come with or without the screws of the exact length.

If such happens then you may use 2-3 in 5.1 to 7.6 cm long screws. Provided the screws have a length that can pass via the vent cover about 1 in 25 cm in the wall it is safe and secure.

Caulk the edges of your vent cover with silicone caulk for sealing it in the wall

Use the caulking gun for applying silicone beads caulk along the edges of your vent cover where is sit-flush against the wall. The excess caulk is scraped away using a plastic utensil with a thin edge. Thin utensil includes the following credit card that is no longer in use or even a putty knife made of plastic. The caulk creates a waterproof seal along the cover to prevent rainwater from getting trapped inside the cause problems.

Exhaust Vent Cover Replacement

To replace your old exterior vent covers, start with pulling apart the duct of the last joint that is inside your house. If they can’t pull apart so easily, try finding the small screws that hold the sections of the pipe together. The next thing is removing the nails or the screws that are used for attaching the cap ‘’to the siding and cutting via the caulk at the edges.

Remove the old scrap, vent cover, and old caulk and clean to enable the new one to stick well. Cut off the new pipe using the same measurement as the old one and slide it inside the wall. Screw siding of the cap and the caulk about the edges and the caulk is paintable.

You can now join your old duct with a new metallic vent cover indoors. You easily find the vent caps at home centers.

How To Make a Dryer Vent Cover

You may use steel wool inside to fill the gaps and then cover the outer side of your vent with steel mesh. To make a mesh cover, one must be handy. I know only the basic skills of DIY, then you should stick to the vent cover that is pre-made.

If you don’t have the DIY skills completely and you lack a handy screwdriver you will save much time but spend on hiring someone who can do the work for you.

The Bottom Line

DIY vent covers are very simple to make, install and maintain. It doesn’t take much time and the is no special skills or equipment are required. However, if you lack the do it yourself skills then you should hire someone to do the work for you. After installing your vent cover it is ideal to clean and inspect it at least once every year.

There is usually a build-up of debris and the invisible lint that are visible. You can use an extendable brush, vacuum containing a horse, air compressor, and a combination of brushes to clean. In case the family is big, it’s advisable to clean the vent cove after every three to six months for it to work effectively.