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.
United Air Temp began servicing heating and cooling systems in 1931. Since then, the company has installed more than 55,000 systems and continues to service more than 60,000 clients. An expert staff is responsible for racking up these impressive numbers. The skilled technicians can troubleshoot problems with nearly any type of hot water boiler, gas-fired furnace, or heat pump.
A parade of fixtures from brands such as Kohler, Moen, and Grohe tempts kitchen and bath savants at The Somerville Showroom. An Aqueous single-hole bathroom faucet shoots a steady flow of water into waiting basins ($111.07), and a Kohler Cachet elongated toilet seat snaps off easily to be cleaned or used as an emergency Frisbee ($59.30). Alternately, a polished chrome Kohler Flipside showerhead caresses soul cases with four different flavors of spray—a traditional shower, a dense and drenching spa mist, a pulsating water massage, and a circular-patterned spray ($95.30). Homeowners can also bring along detailed plans of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, and knowledgeable staff members can advise which faucet finishes will complement countertops or pink-and-red Hello Kitty color schemes.
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.