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.
A look at what moisture in the crawl space can do to fiberglass insulation. Watch Video »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 with Widemouth downspout over an exterior door.
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.
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.