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West Fargo dryer vent cleaner becomes TikTok sensation for millions

In just three weeks, videos of Jason Doll's dirty work have been watched tens of millions of times.

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Jason Doll cleans a dryer vent at a home in West Fargo.
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WEST FARGO — Three weeks ago, Jason Doll was just an average Joe. Now the West Fargo man has become a social media celebrity.

"I wake up every morning, and can't wait to get to my first customer's house," he said as he arrived at a West Fargo home for work Thursday, Aug. 11.

Doll has been running Jason's Dryer Vent Cleaning for the past seven years, calling it a satisfying and beneficial job.

"You can start your house on fire, your clothes look worse because they are in there tumbling around for longer then they need to — not to mention it's costing you a ton of money on your utility bill if it's not properly venting outside — and it prolongs the life of your dryer," Doll said.

A recent first date for this bachelor businessman turned him into a social media sensation. He showed a woman a video of what he does, and she helped him setup a TikTok account to post videos of vents he cleans.

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After 3 weeks, he already has 75,000 followers. One video of him cleaning a vent that had not been cleaned in 21 years has already been watched nearly 20 million times.

"I knew I loved it, and everybody told me they love watching, but I just didn't know how big it was going to be," Doll said.

The cool part, he added, is not knowing what's going to come out. Just the other day he sucked $7 out of a dryer vent.

"I have rescued a wedding ring that was a family heirloom, birds nests are absolutely fun, credit cards, drivers licenses come shooting out," Doll said.

While Doll loves the attention, he hopes this brings attention to the fact there is a dryer fire every 36 minutes in the U.S.

"People can lose everything they've worked their entire lives for, something that could have easily been prevented," said Doll.

While nothing came out of Linda Haecherl's dryer vent that would set social media on fire, this homeowner feels more comfortable. She's had the home for four years, and never had the vent cleaned.

"It was pretty amazing. That little thing he is using, it got a lot out of there," Haecherl said.

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This local celebrity says he's not doing it for the fame, but to help make homes safer.

"People honking and waving at you, I'm just a dude," he said.

Doll says he charges between $120 and $180 per job, which usually takes less than an hour. He recommends dryer vents be cleaned every 2 years.

Related Topics: WEST FARGO
Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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