What Are the Benefits of Hiring an Independent Restoration Contractor?

What Are the Benefits of Hiring an Independent Restoration Contractor?

Reynolds Restoration President, Anthony Worrall, was featured on the Central Penn Business Journal Insights blog. This weeks post, “What Are the Benefits of Hiring an Independent Restoration Contractor” went live on February 12, 2016. In 2005, Reynolds entered the restoration and reconstruction industry with the development of Reynolds Restoration Services (RRS). Over the course of the last 10-plus years, we have seen continuous growth in revenue, services and territory, including the addition of office locations in King of Prussia and Elkridge, Maryland. Now with more the 40 full-time employees, we believe that our growth can be attributed to the benefits of being an independent restoration contractor in an industry where franchising has become a common business practice. Many folks who decide to enter the restoration and reconstruction industry will look to franchising at some point. Franchising offers benefits to the owner like brand recognition, logos, advertising and administration — but for the client, the upside of a franchise is often nonexistent. As an independent contractor, our reputation is everything, and we are responsible only to our clients. Quality and experience In this industry, a company is only as good as the people it employs. RRS was spawned from years of estimating, […]

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Snow and Ice Build-Up on Your Roof can be Damming

Reynolds Restoration President, Anthony Worrall, was featured on the Central Penn Business Journal Insights blog. This weeks post, “Snow and Ice Build-Up on Your Roof can be Damming” went live on January 28, 2016. Following in the footsteps of historic rainfall events across the Eastern seaboard this fall, Winter Storm Jonas showed no remorse, smashing winter storm accumulation records across the Mid-Atlantic region. The extreme winter weather phenomenon brought some Central Pennsylvania locales nearly three feet of snow. As the frequency and intensity of these storms continue to increase, so too has the frequency of weather–related home or business restoration claims in our area. To date, snow/ice dams and rooftop snow loads have been responsible for a large number of these claims. Understanding what to look for, the cause and how to mitigate these occurrences can prevent your home or business from becoming the next victim of a winter weather restoration disaster. Snow and ice dams A snow or ice dam occurs when a ridge of ice or snow forms along the eaves of your home or business. Simply put, the primary indicator that a snow or ice dam has formed on your roof is the formation of icicles. Snow […]

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Mold Prevention and Mitigation

Reynolds Restoration President, Anthony Worrall, was featured on the Central Penn Business Journal Insights blog. This weeks post, “Mold Prevention and Mitigation” went live on December 24, 2015. Molds are everywhere and can grow anywhere – indoors and outdoors – year around. Molds are a form of fungi (like a mushroom) and similarly to mushrooms they present themselves in many different types, colors, and toxicities. Generally, molds may be found in warm, damp conditions and reproduce rapidly by releasing airborne cells or seeds known as ‘spores’ that continuously search for the right conditions to form new colonies. In order to thrive new mold colonies need a continuous moisture source, proper temperatures, and organic material to feed on like wood, paper, drywall, or soils. Mold Prevention According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is no practical way to entirely eliminate mold and spores in the indoor environment. The key to preventing and eliminating mold growth in the home or building is by controlling moisture and humidity. Contributing factors for mold growth can include leaks in plumbing, foundations or roofs. To avoid condensation in an attic or basement it is important that proper exterior and mechanical insulation is present. […]

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A Dirty Disaster – The Furnace Puff Back

Reynolds Restoration President, Anthony Worrall, was featured on the Central Penn Business Journal Insights blog. This weeks post, “A Dirty Disaster – The Furnace Puff Back” went live on December 11, 2015. INSIGHT BLOG POST #5: Every year Reynolds Restoration sees a significant uptick in emergency restoration calls between the months spanning November to March. There are many property hazards during the heating season – heating equipment is recognized as a leading cause of all fire-related incidents. Statistically, almost half of home heating equipment fires occur during the months of December, January, and February. However, did you know that fire is not the only threat your heating equipment presents? A common equipment malfunction known as a furnace ‘puff back’ poses a significant threat to the contents of your home or business. A puff back is a misfire that occurs when the burner mechanism fails to ignite, allowing gas to build up before the next attempt at ignition, resulting in an explosion or backfire. A puff back is capable of sending soot, ashy residue, and noxious odors throughout your property via the furnace/boiler exhaust system and heating ducts. Puff backs present themselves in two ways: a chronic occurrence that slowly accumulates […]

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Hazards of the Holidays

Reynolds Restoration President, Anthony Worrall, was featured on the Central Penn Business Journal Insights blog. This weeks post, “Hazards of the Holidays” went live on November 23, 2015. INSIGHT BLOG POST #4: Fun fact: More than 30% of annual turkey consumption takes place over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. Not so fun fact: According to FEMA, the average number of reported residential building fires on Thanksgiving Day was more than 2.1 times the average number of fires in residential buildings on all days other than Thanksgiving. Fun fact: Pennsylvania ranks in the top six of Christmas tree producing states in a country that produces between 34-36 million trees each year. Not so fun fact: The American Red Cross reports nearly 47,000 fires occur over the winter holiday season claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries and costing $554 million in property damage. Cooking equipment is the leading cause of all residential fires. The number of kitchen and cooking related fires peak annually on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. As the 2015-2016 Holiday season is rapidly approaching, on behalf of Reynolds Restoration I would like to remind the readers of the Central Penn Business Journal about Fire […]

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Tips to Prepare Your Home or Business for the Winter Weather

Reynolds Restoration President, Anthony Worrall, was featured on the Central Penn Business Journal Insights blog. This weeks post, “Tips to prepare your home or business for the winter weather” went live on November 11, 2015. INSIGHT BLOG POST #3: In Central Pennsylvania, the Fall season and climate are major perks to those of us who reside here year around, and even an attraction for many who don’t. However, as the leaves change – so too does the weather. While winter weather can be somewhat difficult to predict, proper preparation of your home or business can prevent you from getting left out in the cold. Below are some cool winter tips: Maintain and Control Flow It is critical to maintain water and air flow in, around, and outside your home or business throughout the winter season. For example, when snow or ice melts from your rooftop due to interior heat exhaust, it can refreeze at your roof’s edge. While this occurrence presents itself as a somewhat iconic winter symbol, the Icicle, if not controlled can form an ‘Ice Dam’ that blocks the natural flow of water and can force H20 in its liquid state to penetrate the roof covering and enter into […]

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Reynolds Featured in Construction & Real Estate Publications

Reynolds employees Jason Erb and Damion Spahr were featured in the Central Penn Business Journal and Construction & Real Estate Magazine. The employees discussed the advances in construction technology and the design process and the impact these advances have on project collaboration. To read more, Click Here.

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1,000 Year Rainfall Events Have Occurred: Time to Talk Emergency Preparedness

Reynolds Restoration President, Anthony Worrall, was featured on the Central Penn Business Journal Insights blog. This weeks post, “1,000 Year Rainfall Events Have Occurred: Time to Talk Emergency Preparedness” went live on October 19, 2015. INSIGHT BLOG POST #2: In the wake of what has been referred to as a “1,000-year rainfall” event that occurred in the Carolinas over the past week, restoration and recovery efforts from flood damage have made headlines (this event is defined by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a rainfall that has a 0.1 percent chance of occurring in a given year). The damage in South Carolina alone is estimated to total at least $1 billion. This enormous rain storm marks the sixth of this magnitude in the United States in the past five years. Many of you will recall the devastating effects and major flooding events in the capital region from one of these six storms: Hurricane Irene in 2011. A home or business is usually a person’s largest investment, and adequately protecting that investment in today’s seemingly unpredictable weather pattern is critical. Immediate concerns of a property owner are often whether or not the damage will be covered by insurance and whether […]

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I Just Suffered a Loss: Should I Hire a Restoration Professional?

Reynolds Restoration President, Anthony Worrall, was featured on the Central Penn Business Journal Insights blog. The first post titled, “I Just Suffered a Loss: Should I Hire a Restoration Professional?” went live on October 1, 2015. INSIGHT BLOG POST #1: Has your home or business ever been damaged by a fire or water loss event? If so, then I am sure you can attest to the overwhelming nature of the situation. In many cases, an owner may have suffered a loss event for the first time; what follows is typically a survey of the damage. For most owners, naturally their next thought is, “How fast can I return this building to livable conditions?” Great question! But it is important to understand the risks involved following any type of loss and the steps necessary to remedy the situation. In the event that a loss occurs, your first responsible step is to contact your insurance agent and file a claim. While your agent may guide you through the process, you will also have decisions to make. For example, do you hire an area restoration company or try to clean up the damage yourself? Although every loss is different, there are a few […]

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What is guaranteed energy savings performance contracting?

Definition of Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract: Performance contracting is the acquisition of comprehensive capital energy improvements (such as lighting, HVAC equipment, and controls) and services, provided by qualified Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) where the energy and cost savings achieved by the installed energy project cover all project costs, including financing, over a specified contract term. In Pennsylvania, contract terms are limited to 20 years from the date of completed project installation. What are the benefits of performance contracting? Lower utility bills. Reducing frequent repairs and high maintenance costs due to inadequate, aging, or obsolete equipment. Providing needed technical training and knowledge to agency operating personnel. Improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and increased productivity of employees in comfortable working environment. Fewer comfort complaints and maintenance requests for staff. Enhancing local economies through ESCOs’ use of local subcontractors. Ability to lower your environmental impact – carbon footprint. Guaranteed savings for the life of the contract. Ability to select best value contractor rather than low-bid. Turn-key design, construction and commissioning project delivery method. Standard steps in a performance contract: Publicly Advertise / Request for Qualifications Receive ESCO responses Evaluate submissions and select ESCO for Investment Grade Audit (IGA) ESCO performs IGA to […]

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