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Native F.C. Contractor Talks Home Improvement & ‘Green’ Design

teddypicLifelong Falls Church resident Teddy Wiant, who grew up attending Falls Church City Public Schools, has been in – and under – people’s homes for more than a decade working as a handyman. Thus it was no surprise when he started his own contacting company, “Teddy’s Services” two years ago.

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F.C. NATIVE, CONTRACTOR Teddy Wiant. (Photo: News-Press)

 

Lifelong Falls Church resident Teddy Wiant, who grew up attending Falls Church City Public Schools, has been in – and under – people’s homes for more than a decade working as a handyman. Thus it was no surprise when he started his own contacting company, “Teddy’s Services” two years ago.

From unclogging toilets to doing full kitchen and bath remodels, the George Mason High School graduate recently gave the inside scoop to the News-Press on just what goes on behind closed pipes.

News-Press: What improvements have you noticed are popular for homeowners right now?

Teddy Wiant: A lot of people are starting to get more and more of the “green” technologies – solar hot water heaters, rain-water collection systems. A lot of Falls Church residents are starting to move in that direction. As far as design goes, a lot of people are going to Craftsman styles – a lot of bare woods.

N-P: Are there any home-improvement trends that you are not on board with?

Wiant: Tapered columns are popular now and I’m personally not a big fan of them. I find them to be a bit clichéd. Also, I’m not really fan of some of the laminate flooring that is really popular. I don’t think it holds up over time. It’s one of those things that is cheap to install, but it will be worn out in five years.

N-P: Leaving winter behind, what are the biggest problems that people tend to be experiencing with their homes? What do you get called out the most on?

Wiant: Backed-up pipes are always common thing. I also see a lot of water damage from gutters that hasn’t been cleaned out. I always suggest that it really is a small maintenance charge for someone to come out and clean all the gutters that will save people thousands of dollars in the repairs that could occur from the water damage.

N-P: What is the worst thing that you’ve seen in your line of work? Any horror stories?

Wiant: Just last week, I had to go into a crawl space and there was a sewer pipe that had just vented in the crawl space. The pipe got clogged up and there was raw sewage all over [laughing]. That was pretty gross.

N-P: If there was one thing that you’d tell homeowners to keep on top of and/or do on a regular basis, what would it be?

Wiant: Besides the gutters, I’d recommend that they keep a properly-maintained sump-pump. The main thing is keeping moisture and water away from your house. Water is powerful stuff. Over time, it can carve mountains. Make sure that you have the proper caulking around your windows and in the bathroom so that water doesn’t get behind the walls. Even a tiny leak, over time, can cause a lot of damage.

N-P: What should people look for when hiring a contractor?

Wiant: What’s most important is that the contractor is insured because that saves everybody a lot of problems. That goes double if it is going to be someone working on your roof. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for references and to get more than one quote.

N-P: Going back to some of the “green” technologies that you mentioned, are there any drawbacks that residents have encountered with them?

Wiant: On the surface, some of them may seem cost prohibitive, but homeowners should remember that they will eventually pay for themselves. I’m a big proponent of solar hot water heaters because I find they have the quickest payback.

 

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Native F.C. Contractor Talks Home Improvement & ‘Green’ Design

teddypicLifelong Falls Church resident Teddy Wiant, who grew up attending Falls Church City Public Schools, has been in – and under – people’s homes for more than a decade working as a handyman. Thus it was no surprise when he started his own contacting company, “Teddy’s Services” two years ago.

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