Meet the Team

Eric Pass

The Drying Co./ThermalTec

Title: Foreman

Eric Pass from The Drying Co./ThermalTec

Eric has been part of The Drying Co. Team since 2017. He has a background in waterproofing basements, crawl spaces, and foundations as well as general contracting. Eric is OSHA certified and holds an Associate’s Degree in Arts & Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Engineering.

Eric specializes in installing drainage systems, waterproofing basements and crawl spaces, lifting and supporting homes, structural carpentry, and some general contracting tasks. He enjoys being able to install quality work and help homeowners, as well as be recognized for a job well done.

Eric joined The Drying Co. team because he had experience in the work we do, and says he stays because he likes the commitment to excellence, the company strives to achieve. He feels The Drying Co. has helped him grow and develop through training, company outings and events, and positive reinforcement. He would tell any potential employees that “if you are willing to work hard, you can make a good living. This company is team and goal oriented.” He is proud to be part of a company that is committed to excellence.

In his free time, Eric plays lead guitar in a rock band, enjoys fishing, soccer, volleyball, swimming, solving calculus problems, and spending time with his wife, Doreen.

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    Ruther Glen, VA

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    Ruther Glen, VA

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    TAPPAHANNOCK, VA

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    TAPPAHANNOCK, VA

  • By Lisa H.
    Glen Allen, VA

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    Glen Allen, VA

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    Mechanicsville, VA

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    By Perry H.
    Mechanicsville, VA

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    Mechanicsville, VA

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    By Eddie S.
    Mechanicsville, VA

  • By Carolyn H.
    Mechanicsville, VA

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    Mechanicsville, VA

  • By Rachel S.
    Richmond, VA

    "You've got a couple of super-stars in your company - & you have a whole company of employees who seem dedicated to doing a..."

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    By Rachel S.
    Richmond, VA

    You've got a couple of super-stars in your company - & you have a whole company of employees who seem dedicated to doing a good job. Kudos to you, Steve Tetreault. 

  • By Steven L.
    Henrico, VA

    "My experience was fantastic from beginning to end.  Tyler was through and fair.  Worked with me on price to ensure I..."

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    By Steven L.
    Henrico, VA

    My experience was fantastic from beginning to end.  Tyler was through and fair.  Worked with me on price to ensure I got great value and workmanship.  Install crew couldn't have been nicer or neater.  Thanks for everything.

  • By Steven L.
    Richmond, VA

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    By Steven L.
    Richmond, VA

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    Henrico, VA

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    Henrico, VA

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  • "We are very pleased." Read Full Testimonial

    Steve S. of Kinsale, VA

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              We are very pleased. The crew was polite and worked hard.
    Steve S.
    Kinsale, VA
  • "Eric has been such a thorough professional through all of the work done in our home." Read Full Testimonial

    Cheryl W. of Glen Allen, VA

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              Eric has been such a thorough professional through all of the work done in our home. I definitely would like him to be recognized and commended in any way that he can be. Plans have been made for me to schedule a follow-up appointment for him to come back in April to check the levels before we have the cracks repaired and the walls repainted. We are very appreciative of the work completed and are waiting for the plumbing to be strapped; scheduled for today at some point. Happy Holidays to you and your family!
    Cheryl W.
    Glen Allen, VA
  • "Your crew was great!" Read Full Testimonial

    Pam D. of Mechanicsville, VA

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              Your crew was great! The crew did a great job. I am requesting them back when the panels are installed. Thanks.
    Pam D.
    Mechanicsville, VA
  • "I would recommend you to family and friends. I picked you because our your company reputation, the sales..." Read Full Testimonial

    Bruce W. of Mechanicsville, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              I would recommend you to family and friends. I picked you because our your company reputation, the sales representative and because you offered the best solutions. I'm happy with the crew and their cleanup.
    Bruce W.
    Mechanicsville, VA
  • ""I don't often write letters to a company's leadership commending their employees. With your company, I will..." Read Full Testimonial

    Rachel S. of Henrico, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              Dear Mr. Tetreault: Your company just completed to projects in our crawl space, a “conditioned crawl space” and a joist repair. I don’t often write letters to a company’s leadership commending their employees. With your company, I will make an exception. Our first contact with your company was with Mohammed Saeed, one of your salespeople. He answered all our questions…and we had a lot of questions. In fact, he made a second visit and amended some of his design based on our concerns. He was able to explain his design as well as the process and was very flexible in working with what we already had in place in our crawl space. The next person I had contact with was Sylvia Gatewood who explained in detail the basics of what would happen and told us exactly how the job was scheduled. I called her many times. She was always polite, efficient and always very prompt in returning my calls. The first crew that showed up was the trenching crew headed by Eric Pass. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen people work as hard as Caleb, Alex, and Eric, all three of them never seemed to stop. Not only that, but Eric seems to know something about EVERYTHING! The next crew was the crawl space crew, Adel, Omar and Mohammed II. These three people were amazing to watch as the ripped out the old insulation and tied it up in huge bundles. Kevin Reis then showed up and had the same crew finish up the job. Keven is exemplary; his standards and his attitude are amazing. Everyone I’ve had contact with has been extremely professional, hard working and really good at communicating. It was refreshing to see not only how the crew members got along with each other but how the different crews seemed to respect the work of the others. I never heard one employee ever criticize the other. They all seemed to just want to do a good job. It really seemed to be that simple……to work hard and make the homeowner happy. In fact, when Kevin was under the house with the second crew, Mohammed [Saeed] came by (to have me sign the papers for the second project). While he was here, he (Mohammed) went under the house and helped them finish up the job. I understood later that Kevin showed him something about insulating the area under the bay windows so Mohammed can incorporate that into his future designs and estimates. I’m sure no company is perfect, but your company has some of the best people I’ve run across with the best work ethic and level of professionalism I’ve just about ever seen. I’m sure no one ever commends you, just your employees, and they deserve their accolades, but corporate culture starts at the top. I admire what you’ve managed to build……….a team, a real team. Thank for the work and for the finished product!!
    Rachel S.
    Henrico, VA
  • "The crew did a great job! Very professional. They cleaned up after themselves, extremely well. They were..." Read Full Testimonial

    Elizabeth F. of Henrico, VA

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              The crew did a great job! Very professional. They cleaned up after themselves, extremely well. They were very unobtrusive.
    Elizabeth F.
    Henrico, VA
  • "Job looks great!" Read Full Testimonial

    Lisa D. of Henrico, VA

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              Eric and Cody worked very hard from start to finish. Answered all my questions. Very respectful. Cleaned up nicely. Job looks great!
    Lisa D.
    Henrico, VA
  • "This is the first time since 1960 (when the house was built) that I don't dread going into the basement and..." Read Full Testimonial

    Betty B. of North Chesterfield, VA

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              Gentlemen, I just wanted to take a couple of minutes to Thank You and your crews for the very professional and excellently installed basement water management system for our in-process renovation at [...]. Everyone from Tyler to Eric, Alex and Caleb were pleasant and enjoyable to work with. This is the first time since 1960 (when the house was built) that I don't dread going into the basement and now know that that very large space is livable...finally. Thanks again to everyone that helped us. Betty You all went above all others!
    Betty B.
    North Chesterfield, VA
  • "Eric and Caleb were professional and wonderful." Read Full Testimonial

    Erin B. of Richmond, VA

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              Eric and Caleb were professional and wonderful.
    Erin B.
    Richmond, VA
  • "Everything was great." Read Full Testimonial

    Christie W. of Richmond, VA

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              Everything was great, I am so impressed with the workmanship. Super job!
    Christie W.
    Richmond, VA

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  • Montpelier, VA - Crawl Space Mold
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    Montpelier, VA - Crawl Space Mold
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    Montpelier, VA - Crawl Space Mold

    Mold needs warm temperatures, high relative humidity and organic material to grow. In our area, crawl spaces create the perfect environment for this. We did a physical wipe down of the joists with an antimicrobial to kill and remove the mold growing on the wood.

  • Montpelier, VA - Crawl Space Insulation
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    Montpelier, VA - Crawl Space Insulation
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    Montpelier, VA - Crawl Space Insulation

    Fiberglass Batts between the joists absorb moisture like a sponge. They hold moisture against the wood joists and fall and sag over time. Their paper backing and the wood floor joists are organic material that often has mold growing on them. We removed the old insulation and installed new, foam board insulation on the crawl space walls. 

  • Montpelier, VA - CleanSpace Encapsulation System
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    Montpelier, VA - CleanSpace Encapsulation System
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    Montpelier, VA - CleanSpace Encapsulation System

    Previously, this crawl space had a 6-mil lightweight vapor barrier that was torn and even missing in places. We installed the CleanSpace Encapsulation System. The CleanSpace vapor barrier is a heavy-duty 20-mil liner that is perfect for crawl spaces that have service persons working on equipment, plumbing, or electrical, or for storage. It resists rips and tears, and is fastened to the walls and wrapped around piers sealing the earth off from the home. 

  • Basement Waterproofing Saluda, VA
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    Basement Waterproofing Saluda, VA
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    Basement Waterproofing Saluda, VA

    This Saluda basement had major water issues in the basement. The WaterGuard Drainage System and SuperSump were installed to help keep this basement dry ALL the time. 

  • Basement Waterproofing in Richmond, VA with WaterGuard, SuperSump, and CleanSpace
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    Basement Waterproofing in Richmond, VA with WaterGuard, SuperSump, and CleanSpace
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    Basement Waterproofing in Richmond, VA with WaterGuard, SuperSump, and CleanSpace

    This homeowner had concerns about water entering their basement, especially during the heavy rainfall the Virginia Peninsula and Richmond have been seeing. The solution was to install a complete basement waterproofing system. CleanSpace was installed covering the below-grade portion of the basement walls to direct any water infiltration into the drainage system. The WaterGuard Drainage System was installed to collect any water entering the basement that was directed downward by the CleanSpace and direct it toward the SuperSump System. The SuperSump System is a 1/3 hp sump pump, that pumps water out of the basement and away from the home. In these photos, you can see the bottom of the stairs in the basement. The before photo shows staining on the walls and a collection of silt and sediment where the floor meets the wall. these are clear signs that water is entering the basement. Since the basement is used for storage and laundry this poses a threat to the homeowner's valuables and washer and dryer. In the after photo, you can see the dark line of cement around the perimeter of the basement where the WaterGuard system has been installed and the bright white walls that are lined with CleanSpace. 

  • Installing a Basement Super Sump in Richmond, VA
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    Installing a Basement Super Sump in Richmond, VA
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    Installing a Basement Super Sump in Richmond, VA

    A homeowner in Richmond, VA was experiencing flood within their basement and had us install a Super Sump to help remove any excess water. The Super Sump has an efficient 1/3 cast iron pump on top of a CleanPump stand with an air-tight lid covering the sump basin. It is also equipped with a WaterWatch alarm system in case the pump fails or the water exceeds its capabilities. A drain line is connected to guide any water collected out of the basement and to a predetermined location on the homeowner's property.

  • Repairing a N. Chesterfield, VA Crawl Space
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    Repairing a N. Chesterfield, VA Crawl Space
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    Repairing a N. Chesterfield, VA Crawl Space

    This homeowner contacted us with concerns about the joists in their crawl space. At the inspection, we found damaged and falling insulation, mold growing on the floor joists, and high humidity. To mitigate the problems under the home, and prevent them from reoccurring, we sealed the crawl space. The space was cleaned out, the mold was remediated, then we installed a new vapor barrier, sealed all the vents, rim & band, sill plate, and any holes through the foundation to outside. Next, we installed insulation on the foundation walls and installed a dehumidifier to regulate the relative humidity and protect the home from moisture damage. 

  • Installing CleanSpace in a Midlothian, VA Basement
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    Installing CleanSpace in a Midlothian, VA Basement
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    Installing CleanSpace in a Midlothian, VA Basement

    As part of a basement waterproofing solution, we install a CleanSpace vapor barrier on the basement walls. The liner is sealed at all seams and mechanically attached to the walls. It directs the water that seeps through the foundation walls down into the WaterGuard drainage track and ultimately to the sump pump and away from the home's foundation. 

  • WaterGuard in a Midlothian, VA Basement
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    WaterGuard in a Midlothian, VA Basement
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    WaterGuard in a Midlothian, VA Basement

    Water has been seeping into this basement through the porous block wall and damaging the fished wall and trim that had been installed on top of it. The sheetrock and trim have been cut away to expose the block wall where we can see water staining and efflorescence, clear signs of prolonged water infiltration. 

     

    We installed WaterGuard, a perimeter french drain system that collects the infiltrating water and directs it to a sump pump where it is pumped away from the home's foundation. CleanSpace Vapor Barrier is installed on the foundation walls, about 6 inches above outside grade to direct the moisture coming through the walls down into the drainage system. This also allows the homeowners to refinish the basement without concerns of water damaging the walls again. 

  • Installing a Vapor Barrier in Chester, VA
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    Installing a Vapor Barrier in Chester, VA
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    Installing a Vapor Barrier in Chester, VA

    The standard vapor barrier that is installed in the crawl space during construction is a flimsy 6-mil liner that is easily torn apart by any service persons, rodents, and pests who crawl on top of it. This ineffective vapor barrier does not get properly sealed around the piers or foundation walls. Moisture from the earth floor rises into the crawl space through these gaps, adding to the relative humidity if the temperature rises.

    CleanSpace is a 20-mil thick vapor barrier that completely seals off the home from the earth’s moisture. It is wrapped around the piers and sealed to the foundation walls using a 4” wide vinyl tape. Moisture rising from the ground is not able to penetrate the CleanSpace liner, adding to the total control of relative humidity in the crawl space.

  • Vented Crawl Space in Chester, VA
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    Vented Crawl Space in Chester, VA
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    Vented Crawl Space in Chester, VA

    The open vents allow moisture and outside air into the crawl space. This makes it extremely difficult to control the overall relative humidity underneath a home. The dry winter air entering the vents will cause the floors above to feel cold and drafts, as well as raising the energy costs to keep the house comfortable. And in the summer, the wet, hot air will carry moisture into the crawl space, raising the relative humidity and allowing mold and mildew to thrive.

    The foundation walls of this crawl space have been sprayed over, using a closed-cell spray foam that provides not only insulation but blockage from outside air moisture, while the open vents were sealed with foam board and covered in the same closed-cell spray foam. When closed-cell spray is applied at 1.5” thickness, it acts as an air barrier and vapor retarder. Sealing off the outside air and moisture provides the homeowner with more control over the relative humidity in the crawl space.

  • Crawl Space Foundation Walls in Chester, VA
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    Crawl Space Foundation Walls in Chester, VA
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    Crawl Space Foundation Walls in Chester, VA

    The insulation in this crawl space beginning to pull apart and fall to the floor. Fiberglass insulation is not meant to hold moisture, and it loses its value when it becomes damp. Water droplets displace the air in the spaces between the glass fibers, reducing the material's thermal abilities. The wet insulation fibers pull apart and the added weight of moisture causes it to sag and even fall to the crawl space floor, rendering it useless.

    Most crawl spaces in our area, like this Chester, VA home have fiberglass insulation between the floor joists. However, this is not an effective solution in our area due to high humidity and warm temperatures over half of the year resulting in high relative humidity, falling insulation, and microbial growth. So instead, the foundation walls were insulated using closed-cell spray foam which acts as an air barrier and vapor retarder, while the home was sealed from the earth’s moisture with CleanSpace, a heavy-duty vapor barrier. The foundation vents were sealed with Foamax foam board and covered over with closed-cell spray foam. Not only does all this protect the crawl space from moisture, with the addition of a dehumidifier it helps control the relative humidity, improves air quality, and reduces energy bills.

  • Basement Wall Waterproofing
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    Basement Wall Waterproofing
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    Basement Wall Waterproofing

    Our client has a basement that is partially underground. This wall has been showing signs of water infiltration. It is the wall that is located below their garage and subgrade. The homeowner uses their basement for storage and as a workshop so they want the space to stay dry and clean, and not have to worry about moisture causing any mold, mildew, or musty odors in the space. 

    Our team installed the Waterguard system, a track installed underneath the slab that along with the CleanSpace liner on the wall, diverts infiltrating water to the TripleSafe sump pump system with UltraSump Battery Backup. The system will keep water and moisture from entering the basement and with the battery backup, the homeowner can have peace of mind that even during storms, their home is protected. 

  • Trench Drain - Basement Waterproofing - Petersburg, VA
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    Trench Drain - Basement Waterproofing - Petersburg, VA
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    Trench Drain - Basement Waterproofing - Petersburg, VA

    This Petersburg, VA home had an issue with water entering their basement. A trench drain was installed around the exterior basement door. This drain will collect any water that enters the basement through the exterior door. 

  • Dehumidifier & Sump Pump - Basement Waterproofing - Petersburg, VA
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    Dehumidifier & Sump Pump - Basement Waterproofing - Petersburg, VA
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    Dehumidifier & Sump Pump - Basement Waterproofing - Petersburg, VA

    This Petersburg, VA home had an issue with water entering their basement. The lighter color cement on the floor of the basement indicates where the WaterGuard drainage system and SuperSump Pump have been installed. The WaterGuard Drainage System feeds to the SuperSump pump which carries any water out of the basement and away from the home. The SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier pulls any excess moisture from the air helping keep the basement dry. 

  • WaterGuard Drainage - Basement Waterproofing - Petersburg, VA
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    WaterGuard Drainage - Basement Waterproofing - Petersburg, VA
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    WaterGuard Drainage - Basement Waterproofing - Petersburg, VA

    This homeowner contacted us with concerns about water entering thier basement. The lighter colored cement around the perimeter indicates where the WaterGuard Drainage System has been installed. The grey rectangle on the right is an access for the drainage system allowing any necessary maintenance to be performed. 

  • Waterproofing a Waverly, VA Basement
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    Waterproofing a Waverly, VA Basement
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    Waterproofing a Waverly, VA Basement

    This homeowner had been using their basement for a recreational space but was having issues with water seeping in. We installed the WaterGuard Drainage System, a Perimeter Drainage system that collects and evacuates infiltrating water away from the home. The homeowner has since been able to finish off their basement space and utilize it without worrying about water damage. 

  • Replacing a Sump Pump in Newport News, VA Basement
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    Replacing a Sump Pump in Newport News, VA Basement
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    Replacing a Sump Pump in Newport News, VA Basement

    This basement had an existing sump pump that wasn't keeping it dry. The pump and basin sat in an open pit of water, that would back up into the basement. To help alleviate this, we installed a TripleSafe Sump Pump System. We cleaned the pit out and filled it with stone to keep mud away from the basin and pump. The TripleSafe Sump Pump System contains 3 pumps, a 1/3 HP pump, a 1/2 hp sump, and the UltraSump Battery Back-up. Together these pumps keep your basement dry. 

  • SuperSump Pump in Newport News, VA Basement
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    SuperSump Pump in Newport News, VA Basement
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    SuperSump Pump in Newport News, VA Basement

    This basement has some concerns with water infiltration. In addition to a TripleSafe Sump Pump System, on the opposite side of the basement, we installed with SuperSump Pump System next to the water heater. The SuperSump Pump System which contains a 1/2 hp pump on a pump stand to keep it from clogging if any silt or sediment finds it's way into the pump basin. 

  • Water Management in a Waverly, VA Basement
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    Water Management in a Waverly, VA Basement
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    Water Management in a Waverly, VA Basement

    This basement had water seeping in around the perimeter. We installed the WaterGuard Drainage System to collect any water infiltration and direct it to a sump pump which would carry the water away from the home and to a spot on the property designated by the homeowner. 

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The Drying Co./ThermalTec
3005 John Deere Rd
Toano, VA 23168
1-757-645-0270


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Toano, VA 23168
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