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This resource page is intended to provide valuable information about many topics related to home purchasing and home ownership. Much time and effort has been put into compiling this information.
While I am confident that these services and providers are reliable, their presence herein does not
constitute any guarantee.
Below, you will find valuable links and information on:
- Local Contractors & Services
- Local Utility Companies
- Local Counties' Consumer Help & Information
- House & Fire Safety
- Energy Savings & System Efficiency
Please provide me with any and all feedback associated with use of this list through the COMMENTS section of this website.
Local Contractors & Services
Remodeling and handyman services:
Ray Luckenbach (571) 235-2661
Septic system pumping and evaluation:
If you are purchasing a property with a septic system, a pumping and thorough evaluation is needed. Ace Contracting and Septic is a reliable local supplier of this important service. Website: http://www.acecontractingandseptic.com/
Grading and lot drainage:
Here is a link to a company that has been performing water control improvements on properties in this area for many years (ask for Steve Newborg, Owner).
Website: http://www.newborg.com/ / Phone: (703) 321-8565
Heating and Air Conditioning:
We all know that there are few things in life more comforting than a service professional you can really trust. This is one of them: Richard’s Air Conditioning Company (ask for Tom Greene).
Website: http://www.richardsac.com/ / Phone: (703) 241-1900
Plumbing Works, Inc. in Oakton, VA (ask for Alan Hunsberger, Owner)
Phone: (703) 203-3395
Structural Foundation Concrete Repair:
This is the website for a company that can perform repair of concrete foundation cracks which is alleged to stop leakage and restore structural integrity:
Basement or Crawlspace Moisture Repair & Waterproofing:
Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing is a Company that provides corrective repairs for wet basement or crawlspace conditions:
For more information about moisture in basements or crawlspaces visit: http://www.basementsystems.com/crawl-space.html
McKenzie Engineering Services, PC in Fairfax, VA (contact Colin C. McKenzie, PE, Owner) Office: (703) 359-6868 / Cell: (301) 646-3159
Connor's Pest Control is a company that can perform inspections for, and treatment of, almost any pest infestation. Website: http://www.connorspest.com/
***For helpful and general information on pest control, visit the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) - Website: http://www.pestworld.org/
Environmental Issues and Lab Testing:
Geller Environmental is a lab that can perform testing for, or identification of lead paint or asbestos; on site or with samples sent to their lab.
Website: http://www.gellerenvironmental.com/ Phone: (703) 978-4683
EMSL provides many types of environmental testing. Visit this site for their extensive list of services.
Here are links to some of the local Utilities. This is intended to help you get in touch with them quickly to start or stop your service or just to ask questions about their services:
Local Counties' Consumer Help & Information
Welcome to the DC Metro Area! If you are new to the area these websites will help you get acquainted with some of the services and programs that are available to you as a new resident:
House & Family Safety
Your local Fire Marshal - a very valuable resource for household fire safety questions and recommendations:
In the interest of fire safety for your home and loved ones, you should insist on a Certified chimney professional. Here is a link to help you find one: http://www.certifiedchimneyprofessionals.com/
The sites below have a lot of information about radon that will help you to understand the health risks as well as what can be done if a radon test reveals high levels within a house.
The National Environmental Health Administration (NEHA): Website: http://www.neha-nrpp.org/
Search for a Radon Mitigation Provider:
Local Radon Remediation contractors:
Radon Abatement Technologies in Vienna, VA - Phone: (703) 242-8000
Radon Control Professionals in Reston, VA
Website: http://www.radonremediation.com / Phone: (703) 471-9459
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) radon publications:
- EPA’s publication of Citizen’s Guide to Radon
- EPA’s Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon
- EPA’s Radon Map shows where levels tend to be higher of lower
- EPA’s Consumer’s Guide to Radon
Electrical / Aluminum Wire Circuitry Information:
If you have ALUMINUM WIRE circuitry in your house, here are some sites you should visit for valuable safety and repair information:
- Proper Twist-On Connectors to use with Aluminum Circuitry
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission's Guide to Repairing Aluminum Wiring
Energy $aving & System Efficiency
Energy efficiency improvements and information - Here are some websites where you can get some helpful information about ways to save energy and money:
Keeping 50 gallons of water hot 24/7 can be very inefficient. Consider a tankless water heater!
"Efficient Home" is a one-stop shop providing energy audits and remedial repairs to improve your home's efficiency, comfort, and safety. Website: http://www.efficienthomellc.com/
Energy savings tips from the US Department of Energy:
EnergyStar systems and appliances. Website: http://www.energystar.gov/
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