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Niskayuna Residents Launch Dryer Vent Business – The Daily Gazette

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NISKAYUNA — While waiting for their broken wrists to heal, Niskayuna residents were given time to think about what they would do once their wrists were working again.

He chose to step away from his wholesale wine career and start his own business, avoiding crisis and laundry room waste.

“During the downtime, boredom set in. I always wanted my own business,” said Jordan Catino. “We decided to go with the owner-operator model.”

On April 1st, Catino launched the Dryer Vent Wizard franchise covering southeast Saratoga and northeast Schenectady counties. He is the only employee, but plans to add staff as the business grows.

Dryer Vent Wizard is one of over a dozen brands in the Neighborly family of franchises. They all focus on home and commercial repair, maintenance, and improvement tasks that are necessary or desirable, but short of major surgery.

Cleaning a dryer vent isn’t rocket science, Catino says, and even a short distance to the outer wall isn’t particularly difficult. Difficult to clean thoroughly are long, hard-to-reach ducts.

“The reason you should hire a professional is because the tools you need to do it can be very expensive,” he said.

Material quality is also important, says Catino. The vents in the plastic and wire hoses attached to some of the dryers he found were best reserved for the bathroom fans, he explained, but the dryers Some cheap metal ducts dent easily if the metal is moved or melted in a fire.

He replaces them with thicker-walled ducts that can withstand three minutes under a torch.

In addition to fire safety and aesthetics, there is economy. Clogged vents slow down the drying process and increase the uptime of what is already one of the most expensive appliances in the home.

Catino also touts his ability to spot problems such as improperly installed or not safely vented dryers and washing machine hoses that are about to burst.

He went to a house where the ventilation was simply empty in the attic. If each load of wet laundry he contains a gallon or two of water, or more, the attic will become damp and a breeding ground for mold.

“This can be very costly for homeowners,” says Catino.

Another homeowner complained about having to keep vacuuming the lint. It turned out that her dryer wasn’t set up correctly and she wasn’t venting at all, he said, so there was combustible fluff inside the dryer cabinet, along with lint all over the floor. was accumulated in large quantities.

According to the U.S. Fire Service, part of FEMA, there are approximately 2,900 home clothes dryer fires annually, a relatively small percentage of all home fires in the United States. But many are preventable. Improper or no cleaning is the leading cause of dryer fires, responsible for 34% of accidents.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that dryer fires are much more common, about 14,000 a year, but failing to clean the dryer is the cause of nearly the same percentage, 32%.

According to the NFPA report, neither gas nor electric dryers appear to be safer. 79% of clothes dryers in American homes are electrically heated, and 78% of dryer fires involve the electric model.

Raised in Rotterdam, 36-year-old Catino is the son, grandson and nephew of local basketball legends.

But basketball Jones never really caught him as a boy, and some of his subsequent athletic endeavors proved downright painful. I had a bicycle accident and was hospitalized with a compound fracture of my wrist.

Catino recalls losing consciousness on and off after hitting the pavement.

“My biggest concern was my head, but when I stood up and looked down at my hand, it was facing the wrong direction,” he said.

After 1 titanium plate, 9 screws and 12 months of physical therapy, Catino was ready to use the Dryer Vent Wizard in March 2022…and down with COVID.

So he launched in April.

It takes some strength and dexterity to get the brush, blower, and vacuum cleaner through the dryer and its vents. He credits Dr. Laura Scordino and the team at Ellis Hospital with getting his wrist back on track, and credits physiotherapist Tom Hotalen with getting it back to normal.

I still have a little pain and I’m still numb where the bone broke through my skin, but the job is done.

“Doing this work has been really good therapy for my hands,” Catino said. “I definitely became stronger just by doing it steadily.”

There’s also a bit of a mental boost from some of the phone calls he makes with his new business.

Catino recalls digging out a chunk of burnt lint from one dryer and knowing she could have prevented a future disaster at that customer’s home.

“You are in danger of fire,” he said.

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