Sterling Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard Explains Value of Service to New Homeowners

The Wizard reaches out to young people to help them avoid the common pitfalls of leaving the nest and beginning life on their own


Sterling, VA – Dryer vent cleaning is a very important; yet, often neglected home maintenance chore. Over 80 percent of American homes have clothes dryers and only about 20 percent of the people are aware of the importance of dryer vent cleaning service. Doug Bittner, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard knows this leaves a large percentage of home owners in danger of experiencing a dryer fire.

Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer vent installation, cleaning and repair while educating their customers about dryer fire prevention and energy savings. Poorly vented clothes dryers cause over 17,000 fires annually, resulting in deaths, injuries and property damage.

Young people striking out on their own have a lot to learn about leases, mortgages, insurance and property maintenance. Doug Bittner, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard ( understands this, so he spends extra time with young residents, educating them about maintaining their dryer vent system. Doug has noticed that many young homeowners are concerned about maintaining their gas furnace, believing this to be a potential danger. Doug explains that the clothes dryer is more likely to cause a fire than any other appliance.

When Bittner performs a dryer vent inspection, he finds a problem with 9 out of 10 systems. Though failure to clean dryer vents is the number one cause of dryer fires, improper dryer vent installation can also be a contributor. There are many common errors that well-meaning homeowners and handyman services make when installing a dryer vent system.

Doug is especially concerned about young people just getting started in their own homes or apartments. Most of these young adults learn by trial and error, however, some error can be life threatening! The Wizard is dedicated to making a difference in his neighborhood by making clothes dryers safer and greener.

Dryer Vent Wizard is the largest chain of dryer vent service providers with over 60 independently owned franchises in the U.S. Janice Bittner serves residents and business owners in Sterling, Arlington, Fairfax and surrounding cities in Northern Virginia. Visit to learn more.

About Dryer Vent Wizard:
Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the largest chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair, replacement and alternation specialists in the U.S. with nearly 60 franchisees in major markets. Dryer Vent Wizard franchisees work to promote public awareness on the importance of dryer vent cleaning to prevent dryer fires and save energy. Consumer education while making clothes dryers safer and greener are the main focus of DVW franchisees. Dryer Vent Wizard was founded in 2004 by Dave Lavalle who is also the founder of the Mr. Handyman franchise.