Meet the Team

Chris Wood

The Drying Co./ThermalTec

Title: Foreman

Chris Wood from The Drying Co./ThermalTec

Chris has been part of The Drying Co. Team since 2010. Prior to joining the team, he spent several years working in general construction. He specializes in installing Spray Polyurethane Foam in commercial and residential applications. His certifications include; CPR, Lift & Scaffold Trained, and High & Low-Pressure Foam Installation.

Chris’ daily responsibilities include assessing a job before beginning to ensure the area is prepped and the material will adhere properly. He is an active problem solver, and his years of experience in construction and installing Spray Foam allow him to assess and resolve any challenges he faces on the job. He works with job supervisors and homeowners to review work and complete projects safely and efficiently. Some of his favorite aspects of his job is the professional work environment and family atmosphere.

In his free time, Chris enjoys golfing, going to the beach, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.

Customer Reviews
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  • By Douglas M.
    Doswell, VA

    "Superb crew. We had two separate projects and both were done well. Zero clean-up needed and excellent communication from the..."

    Customer Review

    By Douglas M.
    Doswell, VA

    Superb crew. We had two separate projects and both were done well. Zero clean-up needed and excellent communication from the crews.

  • By Wade H.
    Aylett, VA

    "Thanks for all this company did, from selling it to us to installing. Great job!"

    Customer Review

    By Wade H.
    Aylett, VA

    Thanks for all this company did, from selling it to us to installing. Great job!

  • By Wade H.
    Aylett, VA

    "Mohammed was great to work with, very kind, patient, helpful, and understands what needs we really wanted and what was our best..."

    Customer Review

    By Wade H.
    Aylett, VA

    Mohammed was great to work with, very kind, patient, helpful, and understands what needs we really wanted and what was our best option. Never did he swallow us up with this product. He was caring and honest!

  • By John W.
    Mechanicsville, VA

    "Matt took me to two previous customer homes. Matt gave me office visit tour. Matt did whatever I needed to make me comfortable..."

    Customer Review

    By John W.
    Mechanicsville, VA

    Matt took me to two previous customer homes. Matt gave me office visit tour. Matt did whatever I needed to make me comfortable with using The Drying Co.

  • By Jim R.
    Mechanicsville,

    "I had a total of three proposals and yours was the best. Not the cheapest but for me the most comprehensive. The application of..."

    Customer Review

    By Jim R.
    Mechanicsville,

    I had a total of three proposals and yours was the best. Not the cheapest but for me the most comprehensive. The application of the Mold-X2 and mold killer needed some additional work in one area, which was promptly taken care of once I pointed it out to the crew. There was some over-spray plus damage to the ductwork insulation and a disconnected flex duct. Kevin came out and we checked it together. Kevin had the crew come back and correct the problems and do a final clean-up. I checked after they finished and it looks good. We are all human and mistakes happen. The test for me is were the issues corrected promptly. They were and I am happy with the completed work.

  • By Troy L.
    Heathsville, VA

    "Great job! They did a great job protecting other areas from overspray foam. Thank you!"

    Customer Review

    By Troy L.
    Heathsville, VA

    Great job! They did a great job protecting other areas from overspray foam. Thank you!

  • By Karim M.
    Henrico, VA

    Customer Review

    By Karim M.
    Henrico, VA

  • By Valerie J.
    Richmond, VA

    "I researched what would be the best use of my money, because I'm on a fixed income. Tyler came out and did an itemized list of..."

    Customer Review

    By Valerie J.
    Richmond, VA

    I researched what would be the best use of my money, because I'm on a fixed income. Tyler came out and did an itemized list of what to expect with the project. Other companies told me they not remove old insulation and vacuum it out. But Tyler did. Thank Tyler. I was so impressed with Tyler and his mannerisms. His momma would be very proud. As for the crew, when you find a millennial is polite, that's really something. I felt their momma's would be really proud. They acted old school. I've never seen young people work so hard. They didn't come down from the attic. They went through 3 quarters of the attic in one day. They even went across the lawn with a magnet roller to catch nails. It was perfect all the way around. I've been telling my neighbors. When a company does me wrong, I tell everybody. And when a company treats you right, you're supposed to reward them and get the word out.  I am thrilled and excited about the completed job. It is fantastic. My attic is properly sealed, vented and has the newest insulation. Everyone was polite, courteous and considerate.  I love this company’s work! COMMENTS she posted on the Better Business Bureau website:I was completely satisfied and thrilled at my experience with the Drying Co. The contractors team headed by Eric worked diligently and professionally to prepare my attic for insulation headed by Chris. The assistants for the contracting team and insulation team were all polite, considerate, friendly, and hard working to get their job done. They were thorough in the process and clean up in the most expeditious time possible. I can honestly say that this project was the best experience I have had in 17 years of jobs done in my house. Thank you Tyler for a job well done.

  • By Jenna E.
    Richmond, VA

    "We really enjoyed working with your company. The customer service makes your company stand out in my mind. I wish more companies..."

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    By Jenna E.
    Richmond, VA

    We really enjoyed working with your company. The customer service makes your company stand out in my mind. I wish more companies were as organized and helpful. Thanks!

  • 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. 

Testimonials
from customers I've helped!
  • "I felt confident I made good decisions to have the insulation work done, and done by your company. But, it's..." Read Full Testimonial

    Brenda R. of Mechanicsville, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              "Matt, I hope you're doing well. I wanted to share some good news and words of encouragement with you this morning. My HVAC company was out this morning to provide their fall inspection. It was the first time they've been out since the insulation work. Before their employee went into the attic, I told him I'd had insulation work done since they were last here - just as an FYI. After completing the inspection, the man came down from the attic, looked at me for a minute, then said "That's some of the best work I've seen." He went on to compliment the detail of the work as well as the quality. If that's not enough, I got my electric bill for July (first full month since the work). Last July I used 979 kw. This July, 548 kw. And, keep in mind, last year I was working; this year I'm home all day. I'll be interested to see what the August bill shows. I felt confident I made good decisions to have the insulation work done, and done by your company. But, it's really good to see and hear confirmation of those good decisions. Just wanted you to know, I've appreciated your support and guidance during this whole process! Please extend this good news and my thanks to the men who did the insulation work, so they know their work makes a difference and is appreciated and valued by their clients. Take care,"
    Brenda R.
    Mechanicsville, VA
  • "Looks very good to me. Happy with what I see." Read Full Testimonial

    Athena H. of Mechanicsville, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              Looks very good to me. Happy with what I see. Crew very polite. Did a great job of cleaning up. Both men very nice and polite.
    Athena H.
    Mechanicsville, VA
  • "I'm pleased with the work done." Read Full Testimonial

    Shirley P. of West Point, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              Everyone in your crew was polite, helpful, and worked hard to get everything done right, even with dealing with a snake. I'm pleased with the work done.
    Shirley P.
    West Point, VA
  • "The attic has made a huge difference. It's actually cool up there now on hot days." Read Full Testimonial

    Chelsea O. of Midlothian, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              Thank you for everything. The attic has made a huge difference. It's actually cool up there now on hot days. Starting crawlspace work this Friday with your team as well. Just wanted to reach out and say thank you. I know we are in good hands with your crews and I appreciate all your doing for us. Looking forward to the completion of the work and the home comfort this winter.
    Chelsea O.
    Midlothian, VA
  • "Awesome team. Crawl Space looks great!" Read Full Testimonial

    Kyle P. of Midlothian, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              Awesome team. Crawl Space looks great. Gorgeous! Wonderful team! We will recommend you to everyone!
    Kyle P.
    Midlothian, VA
  • "Excellent workers. Very polite. Communicated well. Would highly recommend." Read Full Testimonial

    John S. of Lanexa, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              Excellent workers. Very polite. Communicated well. Would highly recommend.
    John S.
    Lanexa, VA
  • "The whole process was a very positive experience and I would recommend your company to anyone." Read Full Testimonial

    Richard G. of Williamsburg, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              The crew worked very well under extremely wet conditions. There were streams of water moving through the yard as they finished on the first day. Eric directed and worked with the men extremely efficiently. He was very thoughtful and kept me informed throughout the project. Jeremy's measuring and cutting work during a downpour to get the job done was impressive. Benji was extremely positive, responsive, and hardworking. Eric, Benji, and Jeremy showed excellent teamwork during their two days here. They brought my whole house and its sagging floors back to level! The second team worked extremely hard cleaning out the entire crawl space and setting aside two large pieces of HVAC return ductwork and a smaller connector, which were removed during the level of the house, which made their job much harder. They did it all quickly and without question. Thankfully it was not a wet day to put in the liner, but it was a very hot day. I appreciate their hard work and ability to stay on task during very tough conditions. They worked very well together. The final pair put in the SantaFe dehumidifier and installed a new condensation tube to the outside. They were very thorough with their explanation about what was to happen with the spray foam. When the spray was complete, they called my cell phone, explained how the hygrometer worked and what time I could return to the house. A job well done. Thanks. The whole process was a very positive experience and I would recommend your company to anyone.
    Richard G.
    Williamsburg, VA
  • "Absolutely professional crew - courteous, respectful and hard-working. Exceptional clean-up." Read Full Testimonial

    Robert H. of Williamsburg, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              Absolutely professional crew - courteous, respectful and hard-working. Exceptional clean-up.
    Robert H.
    Williamsburg, VA
  • "We received this voicemail from one of our customers: "Hey bud, just calling to thank you so much for taking..." Read Full Testimonial

    Mike B. of Williamsburg, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              We received this voicemail from one of our customers: "Hey bud, just calling to thank you so much for taking care of us, me and my adopted dad on the little shed project. I know it was a pain, but he is completely happy, which he almost never is, completely happy. Thanks, buddy, have a good weekend."
    Mike B.
    Williamsburg, VA
  • "I was impressed with how quickly the crew did the prep of hanging the plastic to prevent over spray of the..." Read Full Testimonial

    James A. of Chesapeake, VA

    Customer Testimonial

              I have noticed a difference in temperature from the garaged insulation that was installed. The other night there was a frost and I was outside looking at the roof for thermal leakage and there was none. My salesman was a nice guy and I enjoyed the conversation with him. He did a good job. I was impressed with how quickly the crew did the prep of hanging the plastic to prevent over spray of the spray foam. They were a good crew.
    James A.
    Chesapeake, VA

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  • Crawl Space Moisture in Richmond, VA
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    Crawl Space Moisture in Richmond, VA
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    Crawl Space Moisture in Richmond, VA

    This Richmond, VA homeowner contacted us because they noticed moisture issues in their crawl space that they wanted to be addressed. At our inspection, we found microbial growth on the floor joists, no vapor barrier covering the ground, and falling, damaged insulation. 

    Once the homeowner's belongings were removed, we cleaned all of the debris out of the crawl space and treated the microbial growth. We then sealed all the vents and air sealed the sill plate and all penetrations through the foundation walls to the outside. Next, our team rolled out a heavy-duty vapor barrier called CleanSpace, it was attached to the foundation walls, wrapped and sealed around all piers, and overlapped and sealed at all seams to seal the crawl space off from the earth's moisture. Now, the space is ready to be insulated with closed-cell spray foam on the foundation walls and in the rim band. Then a dehumidifier will be installed to control the relative humidity. 

    Keeping air carrying moisture out and controlling the relative humidity in the space will help to prevent future moisture damage in the crawl space. It also creates a clean dry storage space for the homeowners and will help to keep their floors warmer in the winter and can even reduce energy bills. 

  • Sandston, VA Shed with Closed Cell Spray Foam
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    Sandston, VA Shed with Closed Cell Spray Foam
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    Sandston, VA Shed with Closed Cell Spray Foam

    Closed Cell Spray Foam installed in a Standston, VA shed. 

  • Crawl Space Moisture Control in Midlothian, VA
    Before
    Crawl Space Moisture Control in Midlothian, VA
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    Crawl Space Moisture Control in Midlothian, VA

    Moisture infiltration in this Midlothian, VA crawl space has resulted in damaged and fallen insulation and microbial growth. In the living space, the homeowner is experiencing cold floors and drafts in the winter and humidity in the warmer months. 

    All of the debris and old, damaged material is cleaned out of the space. The vents, and any penetrations through the foundation wall to the outside are sealed. Then a CleanSpace vapor barrier is installed. The vapor barrier is overlapped and sealed at all seams, attached to the foundation wall, and wrapped and sealed around all piers. Next, our spray foam technicians will apply closed-cell spray foam insulation to the foundation walls, insulate the rim band, and install a dehumidifier to control the relative humidity. 

  • Crawl Space Vapor Barrier in Midlothian, VA
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    Crawl Space Vapor Barrier in Midlothian, VA
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    Crawl Space Vapor Barrier in Midlothian, VA

    We replaced the 6-mil vapor barrier in this crawl space with a 20-mil CleanSpace vapor barrier. CleanSpace is overlapped and sealed at all seams, wrapped and sealed around all piers, and attached to the foundation walls about 6 inches above outside grade. 

    Sealing the crawl space off from the earth's moisture helps to prevent water vapor from the earth from rising into the space and increasing the relative humidity. 

  • Crawl Space Encapsulation in Chesterfield, VA
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    Crawl Space Encapsulation in Chesterfield, VA
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    Crawl Space Encapsulation in Chesterfield, VA

    This crawl space had moisture issues and the homeowner complained about the floor creaking. We found that the crawl space had moisture entering through open crawl space vents, the exposed earth, and through porous block walls. 

    The homeowner opted to seal the crawl space, remove the old vapor barrier and insulation, install a new vapor barrier and seal it at the seams and along foundation walls, sealing all vents, and insulating the foundation walls with closed-cell spray foam. And finally, a SaniDry Sedona Dehumidifier was installed. This system helps to seal the crawl space from outside influence including moisture, which had caused much of the damage in the crawl space. The dehumidifier controls the relative humidity, helping to prevent future mold growth. 

  • 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.

  • Crawl Space Encapsulation in Williamsburg, VA
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    Crawl Space Encapsulation in Williamsburg, VA
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    Crawl Space Encapsulation in Williamsburg, VA

    Moisture has been wreaking havoc in this crawl space for years resulting in damage to the fiberglass insulation, mold/mildew growth on the floor joists, and poor indoor air quality.

    All of the old and damaged materials have been cleaned out, mold and mildew were treated with antimicrobial, all vents were sealed, a heavy-duty vapor barrier installed, Spray Foam insulation was applied to the crawl space walls, a friction fit crawl space door is installed, the rim band and sill plate are sealed, and a dehumidifier is installed to control the relative humidity in the crawl space and help prevent future microbial growth.

     

  • Crawl Space Door Replacement in Williamsburg, VA
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    Crawl Space Door Replacement in Williamsburg, VA
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    Crawl Space Door Replacement in Williamsburg, VA

    The old crawl space door has warped and doesn't fit neatly over the access, making it easy for small critters and pests to find their way in. 

    An interior friction fit door that offers an R-10 of insulation was installed behind the new Crawl space door. The new door will not rust, rot, warp or fade, and meets most HOA requirements. 

  • Mold Remediation and a New Vapor Barrier
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    Mold Remediation and a New Vapor Barrier
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    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.

  • Spray Foam in a Horse Trailer - Yorktown, VA
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    Spray Foam in a Horse Trailer - Yorktown, VA
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    Spray Foam in a Horse Trailer - Yorktown, VA

    This client is turning a horse trailer into a tiny home and wanted to insulate the ceiling with closed cell spray foam. We installed an R-12 of insulation on the roof of this trailer. 

  • Spray Foam Insulation in a Chesapeake, VA Attic
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    Spray Foam Insulation in a Chesapeake, VA Attic
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    Spray Foam Insulation in a Chesapeake, VA Attic

    This Chesapeake, VA client has been experiencing high energy bills and sweating ductwork in their attic. They chose to insulate the attic from the rafters with Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation. This brings the HVAC into the conditioned living space and helps to protect the ductwork from the extreme temperatures of the attic allowing it to perform better. Not only does air sealing and insulating the attic reduce conditioned air loss, but it also reduces energy bills and helps to make the home more comfortable. 

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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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