The Dryer Vent Wizard franchise system was founded in 2004 in the Boston area by David Lavalle, who also founded the Mr. Handyman franchise. The idea was born when Lavalle realized the need for a specialist for dryer vents. He had frequently encountered homeowners having dryer vent issues that required an urgent response, but who had no one to look to for service. The issues he commonly saw were the result of dryer vent lint accumulation, blockages, disrepair, or improper venting configurations.
With such a great need for dryer vent specialists, the franchise quickly expanded into a successful business specializing in dryer fire prevention and energy savings through vent cleaning, inspection, repair, and maintenance for residential and commercial properties. In 2009, Terry Reuer joined Dryer Vent Wizard, using her experience in operations, business ownership, and accounting to help continue growing the franchise. Reuer became a partner in 2011 and quickly stepped into the position of CEO in 2013, helping Dryer Vent Wizard increase its footprint through the addition of new locations and international expansion.
Dryer Vent Wizard has now grown across the United States and Canada with nearly 90 locally owned and operated franchise locations. These franchise locations, although independently operated, receive national support from our headquarters, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with franchisees across the country working with local fire departments to help raise awareness on how to prevent dryer fires. Dryer Vent Wizard is ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List and was also listed as one of the Top Home-Based Franchises in 2011 by Entrepreneur Magazine.