The Pressure Sale

Many clients explain to me that my competitors use many tactics to close a contract and one is the Pressure Sale.  This is using every possible tool they have in their bag to persuade a customer into signing a contract.  Homeowners need to remember that these contractors do not work for you, and you’re not […]

Rain Harvesting – Part 3

Harvesting Systems into Gardens While through most of the year, outdoor water use accounts for just 7% of the total water we use, in the summer this rises dramatically to over 50% at peak times, according to Waterwise. One rather unusual option would be follow the lead of former architectural technologist Jonathan McGee. His home looks, […]

Rain Harvesting – Part 2

Systems That Plumb Into Homes If you’re looking for an RHS that will allow you to use the water to flush the toilet, wash clothes in the washing machine and even clean the house, as well as water the garden, and you’re prepared to excavate your garden, one of your best options is a Graf […]

Rain Harvesting – Part 1

Rainwater harvesting systems (RHS) – as you might expect from the name – harvest the rainwater that has fallen freely from the sky, typically onto the roof of your home. In contrast to the humble water butt, which typically captures about 200 liters of rainwater, a rainwater harvesting tank can easily filter and store up […]

Residential Gutters – Part 3

Proper Pitch Gutter installation should follow a couple basic rules. Gutters must be pitched so water will flow to the downspouts. The rule of thumb for this slope is a vertical 1/2 inch for every 10 feet of horizontal run. If the run is more than 35 feet long, some specialists recommend installing the high […]

Residential Gutters – Part 2

Shape, Size, Seamless Homeowners will have two main gutter shapes to choose from: half-round and K-style. A smaller K-style gutter will drain the same amount of water as a larger half-round gutter. Half-round (also called U-shape) gutters are typically considered a traditional shape, as this was the original gutter shape dating back to the early […]

Residential Gutters

When shopping for a gutter system, a homeowner will have to choose among a variety of materials, including aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl, copper, and wood. Installers price gutter systems per linear foot, but this price should include all the necessary components for a gutter system, including the gutters, downspouts (the vertical section), corner joints, end […]

Water Damage in Collegeville PA

Here’s a set of photos showing water damage from a busted softener which also resulted in mold growth.  The walls were demoed, the framing cleaned and then encapsulated in white.  Notice how we encapsulate by also leaving clean lines, almost making each piece of wood look like a cigarette.  Even though drywall will cover these […]

Is Legionella Water Testing Important?

Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease receive significant media attention especially when a large number of people become ill or die. In contrast to highly publicized outbreaks, single infections with Legionella bacteria often go unnoticed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease in the […]

Water Damage in Media PA

Pictured here is a set of photos from a water loss.  The floors have slightly buckled, and what may look like a small amount of damage turned out to be a very large coverage area of water.  The extended from the front door to the spare bedroom at the end of the entry way.