John C. Flood’s skilled service technicians deftly ready homes and cooling systems for warmer climes, taking air conditioners through a thorough check list to get them in shipshape condition. Daydream about upcoming summer months while chillbox wranglers check evaporators and operating pressures and ensure that motors are running properly. Possible leaks will be addressed, as will all air filters and thermostats. Meticulous mechanics will then inspect the AC’s belt and make necessary tension adjustments, then clean the condenser coil and condensate drain and lubricate the breeze unit’s moving parts for optimal motion and killer line-dancing skills.
After more than a half-century in business, Fry Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning has its residential fix-it services down to a science. Beyond basic plumbing repairs and furnace installations, the expert technicians can capably tackle such jobs as drain and sewer cleaning, which includes a camera inspection. But they don't just set to work fixing a problem and bill you later?before every job, whether tuning up a furnace or installing a footrest for the toilet, they provide free estimates to allow homeowners to budget properly.
After years of working as an electro-mechanical technician and repairing trains for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Earl Washington Jr. decided to create his own business in 1986, advertising his handyman services door-to-door. Although he began by performing basic repairs and cleaning gutters, he continued to learn new home-improvement skills while he built relationships with local carpenters, masons, and industry professionals.
His company grew over time and eventually established itself as a full-service provider of maintenance and repairs for homes, commercial buildings, and rehabbed bouncy castles. Now joined by a full-time staff of technicians and tradesmen, Earl tinkers with homes from foundation to attic, helping to assuage clients' plumbing, electrical, and heating- or cooling-system concerns.
• For $50, you get $100 toward plumbing services. • For $99, you get a drain cleaning (up to a $269 value). • For $139, you get a drain cleaning, water-heater flush, and plumbing inspection for the whole house (up to a $375 value).
When Kent Baake isn't scaling rock formations in Yosemite or shooting for another world record in roadskating, the Metro Gutter & Home Services, Inc. founder can often be found devising energy-efficient ways to protect clients' rooftops, doing everything from sealing leaks to repairing gutters. Baake began the company in 1989, taking on each gutter job with only one truck and one ladder. His crew has since expanded, and the trucks have hatched eggs of their own, resulting in a fleet that carries the exterior specialists to counties throughout Virginia, Maryland, and DC. While restoring damaged home exteriors or preparing houses for harsh seasons, the team cleans, repairs, and replaces roofing, gutters, siding, windows, and doors. They also offer attic ventilation and insulation, as well as home energy audits, weatherization, and solar design services.
You can’t blame Gust Renovations’ pros for not knowing where to start when they set foot in a house with broken sinks, peeling walls, and chipped floors. That’s because the workers specialize in just about every facet of home renovation, from repairing plumbing problems to constructing outdoor sheds for storing mattress receipts. With 30 years of experience, the renovation veterans also paint walls, remodel bathrooms, and power-wash grimy siding.