Meet the Team

Gary Macdonald

The Drying Co./ThermalTec

Title: Home Performance Advisor

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Gary Macdonald from The Drying Co./ThermalTec

Gary joined The Drying Co. team in 2019. He has over 30 years of experience in the Construction Industry, including 17 years in the Real Estate Industry. Gary has witnessed over 250 Home Inspections.

Prior to joining The Drying Co., Gary lived in Maryland, just outside of D.C. He helped homeowners with foundation and structural repairs, basement waterproofing, and crawl space encapsulations. His experiences have allowed him a comprehensive understanding of homes and how they work as a system. He is able to look past the surface and understand what is really causing the symptoms homeowners experience.

Gary’s goal is to work with homeowners to understand their concerns and goals for their home performance project. He enjoys working with homeowners to help make them more comfortable in their homes and give them peace of mind. Gary likes to think of himself as a consultant, “I pride myself on being honest, straight forwards, and having a high level of integrity. My goal is to be a consultant, helping you to make better-informed decisions and reach your home comfort goals.”

Gary is always looking for opportunities to learn and hone his skills. He is engaged in training and enjoys taking on new challenges.

In his free time, Gary enjoys golfing, Watching Sports, exploring the Historic Colonial Williamsburg area, and playing board games with his family.  Some of their favorite games include Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne Parcheesi, and Scrabble.

Customer Reviews
About Me
  • By Paul H.
    Glen Allen, VA

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    By Paul H.
    Glen Allen, VA

  • By Karen & David C.
    Henrico, VA

    "I am very pleased with the job your company did for us! I would highly recommend your firm! Good job."

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    By Karen & David C.
    Henrico, VA

    I am very pleased with the job your company did for us! I would highly recommend your firm! Good job.

  • By Jon N.
    Henrico, VA

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    By Jon N.
    Henrico, VA

  • By Ken D.
    Burgess, VA

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    By Ken D.
    Burgess, VA

  • By Thomas M.
    Richmond, VA

    "Estimator and installation crew were knowledgeable and professional. Great job! Thanks. "

    Customer Review

    By Thomas M.
    Richmond, VA

    Estimator and installation crew were knowledgeable and professional. Great job! Thanks. 

  • By John V.
    Henrico, VA

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    By John V.
    Henrico, VA

  • By Anthony B.
    Midlothian, VA

    "You guys rock! How I grade companies is how I am treated by them and you guys took care of me the whole time. I look forward to..."

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    By Anthony B.
    Midlothian, VA

    You guys rock! How I grade companies is how I am treated by them and you guys took care of me the whole time. I look forward to working with you again.

  • By Einar H.
    Midlothian, VA

    "Very impressive product and service beginning and end. I would highly recommend your company. Thank you."

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    By Einar H.
    Midlothian, VA

    Very impressive product and service beginning and end. I would highly recommend your company. Thank you.

  • By William O.
    Midlothian, VA

    Customer Review

    By William O.
    Midlothian, VA

  • By Eric C.
    Midlothian, VA

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    By Eric C.
    Midlothian, VA

Testimonials
from customers I've helped!
  • "Excellent! Outstanding crew. Very professional." Read Full Testimonial

    Ed H. of North Chesterfield, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              Excellent! Outstanding crew. Very professional.
    Ed H.
    North Chesterfield, VA
  • "I sincerely appreciate all the help you gave me." Read Full Testimonial

    Alice G. of West Point, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              Gary, I sincerely appreciate all the help you gave me. The dehumidifier is finally working correctly! Also, the guys that recommended (Junkluggers) to help empty the storage unit did a great job! Thank you for that, too. I'm counting down the days until I don't have a wading fool in my basement - Ha! Please enjoy a meal or two on me. I got you a $25 gift card. You can use it everywhere you want. Thanks again.
    Alice G.
    West Point, VA
  • "Your first crew did an amazing job on the vapor barrier installation." Read Full Testimonial

    Einar H. of Midlothian, VA

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              Your first crew did an amazing job on the vapor barrier installation. Great guys and hard workers. My compliments to them. We can feel the difference already, can't wait to see when it's finished. Thank you again for your prompt response. I recommend your company highly.
    Einar H.
    Midlothian, VA
  • "Eric and his crew were great, proficient and professional." Read Full Testimonial

    Daniel S. of Williamsburg, VA

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              Eric and his crew were great, proficient and professional.
    Daniel S.
    Williamsburg, VA
  • "I can tell you have a great company that your employees believe in." Read Full Testimonial

    Brooke S. of Seaford, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              Thank you for the help! Gary McDonald came out today and did a great job explaining the work and giving me an estimate. I can tell you have a great company that your employees believe in.
    Brooke S.
    Seaford, VA
  • "Outstanding job." Read Full Testimonial

    Thomas W. of Carrolton, VA

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              Outstanding job.
    Thomas W.
    Carrolton, VA
  • "Whole job quite professional starting with Gary Macdonald and concluding with 6 days of crews." Read Full Testimonial

    William O. of Williamsburg, VA

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              Whole job quite professional starting with Gary Macdonald and concluding with 6 days of crews.
    William O.
    Williamsburg, VA

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Before and after photos from jobs I've worked on:
  • Basement Waterproofing in Tappahannock, VA
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    Basement Waterproofing in Tappahannock, VA
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    Basement Waterproofing in Tappahannock, VA

    Water has been seeping through these basement walls and causing moisture damage to the insulation on the floors above. The homeowner wanted to replace their insulation and waterproof the basement. 

    We installed the WaterGuard system with SuperSump Plus and Ultra Sump Battery Back-up sump pump system and replaced the insulation on the floors above. 

  • Replacing a Sump Pump in a Richmond, VA Basement
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    Replacing a Sump Pump in a Richmond, VA Basement
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    Replacing a Sump Pump in a Richmond, VA Basement

    As part of waterproofing their basement, this Richmond Homeowner needed to replace their old sump pump. We installed a SuperSump plus, which features an airtight lid with floor drain for leaks from above the system, a 1/3hp pump that sits on a clean pump stand to keep it out of any sediment that collects in the bottom of the basin, and a Water Watch alarm. 

     

    The homeowner also opted to add an UltraSump Battery Backup to the system to ensure that in the event of a power outage, circuit failure, or pump failure, they would have a backup system to protect their basement. 

  • Basement Moisture Management in Richmond, VA
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    Basement Moisture Management in Richmond, VA
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    Basement Moisture Management in Richmond, VA

    Moisture finds its way through porous foundation walls. Common signs are chipping, peeling or bubbling paint, water staining, and efflorescence (a white powdery residue). 

     

    As part of the waterproofing system installed in this basement, CleanSpace is installed on the walls to direct moisture that moves through the poured concrete walls down into the french drain system we installed called WaterGuard. 

  • French Drain System in Richmond, VA Basement
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    French Drain System in Richmond, VA Basement
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    French Drain System in Richmond, VA Basement

    The WaterGuard System has been installed around the perimeter of the basement as well as some additional lateral lines throughout the center of the space. 

     

    WaterGuard is a french drain system installed beneath the slab that collects water and directs it to a sump pump where it can be carried away from the home's foundation, making the basement a dry, useable space. 

  • Sump Pump Replacement in Richmond, VA Basement
    Before
    Sump Pump Replacement in Richmond, VA Basement
    After

    Sump Pump Replacement in Richmond, VA Basement

    This basement had an existing sump pump, however, it wasn't keeping up with the water in the space. The system also lacked an air-tight lid, allowing moisture and odors to rise back into the space. 

     

    This pump was replaced with the SuperSump Plus. Housed in a large liner, the SuperSump plus is a 1/3 hp pump atop a clean pump stand that keeps it out of silt and sediment to prevent clogs and is housed in a basin with an air-tight lid and water-watch alarm. The alarm alerts the homeowner if the water in the basin gets too high or if there is a water leak from above, such as a pipe leak or burst hot water heater, that hits the top of the basin. A valve on top of the basin allows water from above in, so that it can drain and be pumped away. 

     

    In addition, the homeowner also opted for the UltraSump Battery Backup which will kick in and operate the pump in case of power failure. 

  • Gutter Replacement in Lanexa, VA
    Before
    Gutter Replacement in Lanexa, VA
    After

    Gutter Replacement in Lanexa, VA

    This Lanexa, VA client wanted to replace the gutters on their home with GutterShutter. This side of the home didn't have any gutters to start with. 

  • Replacing Gutters in Williamsburg, VA
    Before
    Replacing Gutters in Williamsburg, VA
    After

    Replacing Gutters in Williamsburg, VA

    With thier old gutters deteriorating, clogged, and warped, this Williamsburg, VA homeowner needed to replace their old gutter system that had come with a leaf guard. 

     

    They chose to install the Gutter Shutter System which is guaranteed to never clog, sag, or pull away. Its extra-wide trough and downspouts carry 20% more water than traditional 5" gutters and will keep the homeowners off the roof and ladder, checking "clean gutters" off the chore list for good.

  • Mold Remediation and a New Vapor Barrier
    Before
    Mold Remediation and a New Vapor Barrier
    After

    Mold Remediation and a New Vapor Barrier

    Mold and mildew have grown on many of the wooden materials in this crawl space, such as the floor joists. This occurs on organic materials when the relative humidity reaches over 60% during warmer temperatures. Musty odors and mold spores can rise into the home above and irritate those with allergies and asthma. We applied an antimicrobial, called Shockwave, to the affected areas, which will eliminate mold growth but does not remove any staining left behind from the growth.

     

    One of the reasons the relative humidity has been elevated can be attributed to the fact that the crawl space floor is not covered by any type of liner or vapor barrier. This allows the earth's moisture to rise into the crawl space and affects not only the relative humidity but the environment. We installed our 10-mil CleanSpace Light vapor barrier over the dirt flooring of the crawl space, wrapped it around all piers, sealed it with vinyl tape, and mechanically fastened it to the foundation walls six to eight inches above outside grade. This will help protect the crawl space from any moisture rising from the ground.

  • Gutter Installation in Newport News, VA
    Before
    Gutter Installation in Newport News, VA
    After

    Gutter Installation in Newport News, VA

    This homeowner currently didn't have gutters on their home and was looking for a solution that eliminated the need to get on their roof and clean their gutters. We installed Gutter Shutter on the front and back of the home. 

  • Gutter Shutter Install in Hampton, VA
    Before
    Gutter Shutter Install in Hampton, VA
    After

    Gutter Shutter Install in Hampton, VA

    Gutter Shutter with Widemouth downspout over an exterior door. 

  • Installing Cellulose Insulation in a Portsmouth, VA Attic
    Before
    Installing Cellulose Insulation in a Portsmouth, VA Attic
    After

    Installing Cellulose Insulation in a Portsmouth, VA Attic

    To help this Portsmouth, VA homeowner improve the insulation in their attic and resolve uneven temperatures in their home we installed blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic.

  • Clean Space & Spray Foam in Williamsburg, VA Crawl Space
    Before
    Clean Space & Spray Foam in Williamsburg, VA Crawl Space
    After

    Clean Space & Spray Foam in Williamsburg, VA Crawl Space

    This homeowner was looking at options to replace or upgrade the insulation in their crawl space. We reviewed all of their options and they determined they wanted to encapsulate the space.

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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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