Small Businesses Know How to Get the Job Done


Small Businesses Know How to Get the Job Done

The Conway Center for Family Business is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides educational resources and programs for family-owned businesses like Dryer Vent Wizard of Metro NY, a professional dryer vent cleaning service. The Conway Center has demonstrated that family businesses drive economic growth, create wealth and have longevity. They also report that family firms handle business the way it should be done.


  • Family-owned businesses practice good governance. A Harvard Business Review study showed 94 percent of surveyed family firms were controlled by supervisory or advisory boards. Family representation on these boards averaged 31 percent, demonstrating a clear separation between family and business in most cases.
  • Family business tend to embrace strategies that put customers and employees first and emphasize social responsibility.
  • More than 30% of all family-owned businesses survive into the second generation. Twelve percent will still be viable into the third generation, with 3% of all family businesses operating at the fourth-generation level and beyond.
  • Family businesses retain talent better than their competitors do: only 9 percent of family businesses work forces turned over annually (versus 11 percent at non-family firms), in a Harvard Business Review study. They create a culture of commitment and purpose, avoiding layoffs during downturns, promoting from within and investing in people.


Dryer Vent Wizard was founded in 2004 in response to safety and efficiency issues associated with dryer vent problems that homeowners were facing.  The accumulation of lint, blockages, disrepair, or improper venting configurations often created situations where an “urgent response” was required. Since first providing assistance to homeowners, Dryer Vent Wizard has expanded into a successful franchise that specializes in dryer fire prevention and energy savings through vent dryer cleaning, inspection, repair, replacement, alterations, and maintenance for single and multi-family residences and commercial entities. Dryer Vent Wizard of Metro NY is a proud franchise of Dryer Vent Wizard.



Over time, lint and debris build up inside dryer vents, causing fire hazards and decreasing the efficiency of your clothes dryer. Did you know that each year there are over 15,500 vent fires in the U.S. alone?! Our dryer vent cleaning process removes clogs to ensure proper ventilation and airflow. The first step of our process includes a 10-point diagnostic inspection of the vent line, lint trap, joint connections, termination points, and hoses to accurately assess services needed.

Once the visual inspection is complete, Dryer Vent Wizard of Metro NY uses a professional system of specialized tools to clean and aid in the removal of lint, debris, and other obstructions found in the dryer vent. In addition, we clean your lint screen, lint trap, and any booster fans present. Our technicians ensure that the entire dryer vent line is clear—from entry to termination point—by removing all lint, dryer sheets, clothing, and rodent nests from the entire run. When needed we can even reroute the system and bring it up to code to prevent future clogs.

In addition to our residential services, we also offer multi-unit and commercial dryer vent cleaning. We have the experience needed to provide superior service to a wide range of businesses including apartment complexes, condominiums, salons and spas, hotels, medical offices, hospitals, and more. Our professional dryer vent cleaning will help to protect your business from the hazard of dryer fires and increase the efficiency of your units, saving you time and money.

Dryer Vent Wizard is your source for professional New York Metro, NY dryer vent cleaning. Call us at (845) 637-2065 to schedule an appointment today.



Multi-family developments like apartment buildings, condos, residential living centers, and university dorms typically have a large quantity of clothes dryers to handle their residents’ demands—often all placed in the same room. This close quarters arrangement of multi-unit dryers makes it especially easy for dangers like vent fires or mold damage to occur. As the property or facility manager, the maintenance and upkeep of this large number of dryers—and, in turn, dryer vents—is your responsibility.

Dryer Vent Wizard of Metro NY provides high-quality multi-unit dryer vent cleaning to ensure that every dryer vent on your property is clear of lint, debris, and clogs. Whether you have ten dryer units or a hundred, we can provide you with the fast, reliable dryer vent cleaning you need throughout the greater New York Metro, NY area. Call us at (845) 637-2065 today to learn more about our multi-unit dryer vent cleaning services or to schedule an appointment.



  • Save money on dryer sheets by making Wool Dryer Balls. The balls will cut your drying time yet leave clothes soft, fluffy and static free without the use of chemicals or dryer sheets. Based on the old “tennis ball in the dryer” trick, but without the tennis balls! See this post for how to make them.
  • Fresh and fragrant laundry can be achieved chemical free with easy to make lavender dryer bags. Using lavender buds gives the benefit of a natural moth repellent, sleep aid and a natural antibacterial. You can add about 1/2 cup vinegar in your rinse cycle for static cling help and skip the dryer sheets. See this tip for more info: Homemade Herbal Lavender Bags.
  • If you have a problem with lint or fluff on freshly laundered clothes, it could be that your load size is too big or you’re not emptying the lint trap as needed. See 5 Laundry Bloopers & Fixes for more tips.


has the experience needed to provide superior service to a wide range of businesses including apartment complexes, condominiums, salons and spas, hotels, medical offices, hospitals, and more.

Dryer Vent Wizard is your source for professional New York Metro, NY dryer vent cleaning. Call us at (845) 637-2065 to schedule an appointment today.

In addition to our residential services, we also offer multi-unit and commercial dryer vent cleaning.



Examples The following are recent examples of clothes dryer fires reported by the media:


  • March 2012: A family was displaced after a clothes dryer fire quickly spread and destroyed their two-story Colonial home in Readington, NJ. The blaze, which started on the second floor and rapidly spread to the rest of the house, kept crews from the local fire companies and a tanker task force on the scene for more than two and a half hours. No one was injured, and neighboring homes were not damaged.16
  • March 2012: A load of clothes in a dryer ignited a fire that displaced residents from their home in Chapel Hill, NC. The Chapel Hill Fire Department was dispatched to the 63-year-old home and quickly discovered that a dryer in the unfinished basement was the source of smoke reported by the residents. Firefighters extinguished a load of clothes in the dryer that had caught fire and then removed the dryer from the home. No injuries were reported.17
  • February 2012: Investigators believe a clothes dryer sparked a fire in a Cornelius, OR home causing approximately $75,000 in damage. The homeowner had put clothes in the dryer and was playing with her son in another room when she heard two loud noises from the laundry room. After discovering smoke coming from the dryer, the woman ran upstairs to get her sleeping daughter, grabbed her son, and got out of the house. She then called 9-1-1. No injuries were reported, but the fire caused “serious smoke damage” throughout the house and “significant damage” in the laundry room and nearby bathroom and playroom.18


All manufacturers now state in their manuals not to use plastic, flexible dryer ducts between the vent and the clothes dryer. Many homes, however, continue to use plastic, flexible ducts. The plastic itself can provide additional fuel for a fire. Even flexible foil vents are not a good choice for venting clothes dryers. Flexible vents can twist, allowing lint to build up and catch on fire if it comes in contact with a sufficient amount of heat. If a fire starts beneath the dryer when the motor overheats, then the drafts from the dryer can pull the fire up into the duct, allowing a house fire to develop.

Only flexible transition ducts that are listed by UL or another approved product safety testing agency should be used. Serious hazards occur when dryer vents do not exhaust directly to the outside. Faulty installations can vent dryer exhaust into the attic, crawl space, chimney, or interior walls, which can cause indoor air deterioration and mold buildup.

Small birds and animals that nest in dryer vents or other debris can obstruct air flow and prevent proper venting to the outside.25 By observing a few simple indications of poor system performance, it can be determined whether the dryer components need to be examined for any blockage or excessive heat. If heavy clothes such as blue jeans or towels are taking a long time to dry, or clothes feel hotter than usual at the end of the cycle, a clogged dryer vent exhaust is likely the problem.26


From the U.S. Fire Administration the mission of the U.S. Fire Administration is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness and response.


Clothes dryer fire safety outreach materials

Facts about home clothes dryer fires

  • 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
  • The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).
  • More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

To learn more about the causes and incidence of home clothes dryer fires, download our free report Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings 2008-2010 PDF 612 Kb.


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