Thru hard work and persistence, Peter Lui achieves a goal to own a business and provide great service to his community
Lynnwood, Washington -- Peter Lui, former Sr. Finance Manager, traded his business suit for a logo-ed uniform to own and operate a Dryer Vent Wizard, Safe Homes, Dry Clothes (DVW), franchise in Seattle Metro Area.
DVW services prevent dryer fires, keep dryers functioning properly and provide energy savings through dryer and dryer vent maintenance, cleaning, repair, replacement and alterations.
When Peter decided he didn't want back into corporate America and wasn't ready to retire, he looked into franchising. Having a high level of customer service experience earlier in his career gave him a wealth of experience on which to draw. He researched several concepts and found Dryer Vent Wizard Dry Clothes, Safe Homes. Despite the funny name, Lui found the concept intriguing. "I liked that DVW provided much needed solutions to consumers' dryer and dryer vent problems which ultimately prevents dryer fires," says Lui.
According to the company, consumer response to DVW has been positive, although a big part of what he does is 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 Lui.
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 citied as the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
In an effort to make consumers more aware, accountant turned entrepreneur Lui 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.
He also shares 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 Lui, "will create a safe environment in their homes, prolong the life of their dryer and save money on energy bills."
Dryer Vent Wizard of Northwest Seattle