Radon gas has no odor or color, but it can't escape the nose of Patrick Otterson, a certified radon tester and mitigation expert with more than 25 years of experience. He tests homes' air for presence of the gas—which can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer—and devises solutions to reduce or remove it. To do so, he fits buildings with active soil depressurization systems designed to keep radon at bay while maintaining the aesthetic appearance of the structure.
By blasting a combination of solid CO2 pellets and compressed air, the technicians at Advanced Dry Ice Cleaning Solutions safely clean commercial, residential, and industrial surfaces. This dry ice technique, which was initially employed by the aircraft industry, is said to be more effective than power washing and more feasible than dunking your entire house in a bubble bath. Plus, dry ice works safely on everything from electrical components to automotive systems and is able to repair smoke damage, remove grease, and even kill off microscopic invaders such as mold and bacteria. And since the process produces no waste and involves no chemicals, it also packs the added benefit of being environmentally friendly.
Operating year-round since 2008, the certified and insured arboreal experts at Monster Tree Service bring with them solutions for the tree problems that home and business owners face. As experienced tree technicians, or those who play tree technicians on TV, the team safely wields professional equipment to perform a large range of arbor services, such as removing tree limbs left dangling after a storm, grinding down unsightly stumps, and cabling structurally unsound trees. Before revving their chainsaws, the professionals also perform a complete property evaluation to identify potential issues and write up a free estimate for homeowners in a matter of hours.
The skilled technicians at T.S. Heating and Cooling dispatch to homes and businesses to ensure their heating and cooling equipment keeps interiors comfortable year round. They prepare homes for summertime with air-conditioning repairs or tune-ups that fill units with freon and trays of ice cubes. During chilly months, they make sure furnaces keep things snug and safe by inspecting for leaks. The team also upgrades homes to new equipment with full installation.
To say that Renewal by Andersen has high standards for its window installers might be an understatement. For the chance to even apply for the position, an installer must have replaced at least 5,000 windows. And when this prospective technician is considered for employment, there's still only a one in three chance he or she will even be hired. Once they finally make the cut, that lucky third of installers are EPA certified in lead safety, and they refresh their skills with another 40 training hours each year.
When homeowners put out their broken-or-ugly-window distress signal, the technicians respond with a varied selection of window and door options. They do so swiftly—each Andersen crew averages 1,000 replacements per year. And the installers' meticulous nature and attention to detail don't end when they pop in that final pane. After they've replaced the window, they clean up with an industrial vacuum estimated to be 47% more efficient than a typical home vac. Only when a homeowner goes through a 10-point inspection checklist with the team leader, and signs off on the cleanup, does Andersen consider its job done.