Urbana Dryer Vent Cleaning was started in 2017 after there were a string of dryer fires in the Villages of Urbana. I had recently resigned form my job as an operations supervisor at a nearby power plant and was doing odd jobs while I searched for another engineering position. It was my wife, Meg, who saw all the neighborhood chatter on Facebook and asked “Can you clean dryer vents?”. My reply was “I’m sure I can figure it out!”. I’m always up for a challenge. Well, I eventually figured it out and was blessed to get so many great reviews and referrals that I decided that this would be my full time gig. I am very grateful to all of my customers that trusted me in their home and took time to write reviews and refer their friends and family to me. Thank you!
I was a nuclear trained mechanic in the U.S. Navy for almost 10 years and served on fast attack submarines. On submarines you must learn how to fix everything, even equipment you had never worked on before. You didn’t have a choice. It wasn’t as if you could make a phone call and help would show up! Overcoming those challenges was very rewarding and instilled in me a love for fixing things. It turns out that dryer vent cleaning frequently poses unique challenges to overcome. I get to troubleshoot and fix dryers and dryer vents. No two jobs are the same and the moment I think I have seen everything, I am confronted with a new challenge. I also have a love for people. I’ve met so many people in the area and have had tons of great conversations and have even made many friends! Getting to meet and help you, while also getting to fix things and be creative has been a dream come true for me. I just wish I didn’t spend so much money on that Nuclear Engineering degree. Life is funny like that.
The biggest revelation I’ve had in this business is that the inside of the dryer can accumulate large amounts of lint and pose a serious fire hazard. When I first started, I read everything I could on dryer vent cleaning. I wanted to be knowledgeable of what I was doing. However, nowhere on the internet was anyone talking about cleaning dryers internally. It was only after taking some dryers apart to help folks with heater problems and burning smells that I realized that this is where the fires actually start! I saw many dryers packed with charred and burnt lint and it became clear to me that this had to be cleaned, as part of a comprehensive dryer vent cleaning service, to ensure your home is truly safe from a dryer fire. It makes no sense to clean the dryer vent but leave a massive fire hazard inside your dryer. Yet this is exactly what the other companies do.
The challenge with cleaning dryers out internally is that there are dozens of dryer models to learn how to disassemble and reassemble. I suspect the reason other companies don’t do this is because it is too difficult to train employees on every possible dryer model and to trust that they will do it right. There is simply too much liability. I don’t have that problem because I personally perform every service. I’m actually a one man show, for now. I’ve taken apart and cleaned over a thousand dryers, so you can be confident that the job will be done right. You never have to worry about a random technician with limited experience servicing your home.
I say ‘we’ and ‘us’ on this website because I couldn’t do this without the support of my family, this community and of course, God. Besides, I’m looking forward to training some great people soon. The word is getting around and at some point I cant’t do it all. I value every customer and will al