Former Field Service Engineer Turns Dryer Vent Wizard Entrepreneur; Provides Dryer Fire Prevention and Maintenance “Tips” to Consumers in Greater Cleveland, Ohio

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Gary Collins, owner, is committed to providing 100% satisfactory service and making sure his customers understand their dryer vent systems and how to prevent dryer fires


Cleveland, OH -- Gary Collins 56, former Field Service Engineer traded his business suit for a logo-ed uniform to own and operate a Dryer Vent Wizard, Safe Homes, Dry Clothes (DVW), franchise in Greater Cleveland.

DVW services help prevent dryer fires, keep dryers functioning properly and provide energy savings through dryer and dryer vent maintenance, cleaning, repair, replacement and alterations.

When Collins decided he didn't want to spend the rest of his life living in hotels, he looked into franchising.  Having engineering skills used in his career gave him a wealth of experience to draw on.  He researched several concepts and found Dryer Vent Wizard, Dry Clothes, Safe Homes.  Despite the funny name, Collins found the concept intriguing.           

"I liked that DVW provided much needed solutions to consumers' dryer and dryer vent problems which ultimately helps prevent dryer fires," says Collins.  

According to Collins, consumer response to DVW has been positive, although a big part of what he does is still educating.  "When consumers find their dryer taking more than one cycle to dry a load, they assume  it's mechanical when the real problem is lint accumulation in the dryer vent causing the dryer to work inefficiently and become susceptible to a dryer fire," says Collins.           

A January 2007 report by the U.S. Fire Administration indicates that dryer fires account for an average of 15,000 fires with an approximate $88 Million in property damage, 15 deaths and 400 injuries annually.  "Failure to clean" was cited as the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.

 In an effort to make consumers more aware, engineer turned entrepreneur Collins shares these maintenance "tips" to prevent dryer fires and keep dryers running efficiently:

 Be sure that dryer vent systems are up to code with city, state and manufacturer.

Replace any plastic or foil vent with semi-rigid or solid metal venting  

Clean screen lint trays before and after drying a load.

Wash lint screens with soap and water every few months to remove residue left behind by fabric softeners.

Don't leave the house or go to bed with the dryer running.

Have dryer vents professionally cleaned and inspected annually.


Warning signs to look for:

Clothes are taking more than one cycle to dry, especially jeans and towels.

No lint visible on lint screen.

Dryer repeatedly stops during a cycle

Clothes have moldy smell after dry cycle

"Consumers who follow these guidelines," says Collins, "will help create a      safe environment in their home, prolong the life of their dryer and save money on energy bills."  

Dryer Vent Wizard, Dry Clothes Safe Homes, is the largest chain of dryer vent specialists in the U.S. with 50 metro market locations servicing residential and commercial customers. 

Gary Collins is a franchise owner/operator of (DVW), Dry Clothes, Safe Homes, a home service franchise based in Avon Lake.  Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer fire prevention and "urgent response" dryer vent maintenance, repair, replacement and alterations. DVW services keep dryers functioning properly, help prevent dryer fires and reduce energy costs. 


 Gary Collins

Dryer Vent Wizard of Greater Cleveland

Phone:  440-360-0631




Servicing the Greater Cleveland Ohio area, including Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Elyria, Lorain, Warren, Youngstown, Cuyahoga County, Lorain County, Summit County, Medina County, Geauga County, Portage County, Lake County


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