Contractors Go Green

Improve Your Business by Going Green

The current trends in the minds of those willing to invest in new construction, as well as in the promises of the new upcoming environmentally knowledgeable generation, is a focus on renewable sources of energy and the preserving of the planet. This trend has the potential to save this country’s economy through the implementation of new infrastructure to support the shift to going green. The Houston roofing contractor can dramatically benefit from this by adjusting his materials and construction practices to accommodate the clients who want to be ecologically responsible in their choices of contractors.

LEED Certification of Products and Services

LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system is a third-party program which certifies the design, construction tools and practices and operations for what are nationally accepted as green buildings. Having a LEED certification will put your company on the organization website’s list of exceptional contractors in the advancement of environmentally conscious design, and will provide your company with added exposure to an active market sector.

Recycled Products Renewed Ideas

By using recycled or reclaimed products in constructions and implementing the use of fuel-efficient heating and cooling systems, including the implementation of alternate energy sources such as solar panels and geothermal heating, the commercial roofing contractor can both increase his business and have the satisfaction of knowing that his company is helping to sustain and renew our depleted natural resources.

Government Backing

It seems that the Government is very serious about providing funding for the new infrastructure required to implement green energy programs. If programs progress as Washington is currently promising, the home contractor is who not using green products and providing green energy solutions in his constructions will go the way of the dinosaurs. The resources seem to be there; the public is ready for the change, it is up to the construction industry to provide the tools we need to keep the green movement going forward.


Repair Broken Pipes Quickly or Pay the Price


Pipes direct all kinds of fluid or gas from one place to another – water, sewage, steam, and oil just to name a few. Water pipes and drainage pipes are the most common types of pipes found in a city. Running underground and within households in a complex maze, they are used to supply water to homes and buildings and to direct the drainage from these structures to the city’s main sewage tunnels.

Broken Pipe Disasters

Numerous news stories detail the environmental damages caused by sewage from broken pipes. When the Edgewater Hotel’s 8-inch sewage pipe ruptured in Seattle, it discharged thousands of gallons of a mixture of laundry and toilet water into Elliot Bay. In Hillsborough County, a break in a 20-inch pipeline spilled 200,000 gallons of sewage into a Sweetwater creek before it was repaired two hours later. All over the world oil spills from broken pipes have caused significant environmental destruction and loss of animal life that has angered residents and environmentalists alike.

 Broken Water Pipes

Broken Water PipeWater from broken pipes has affected numerous people as well. In fact, 1 out of 3 Americans will expect to experience water damage within their lifetime, and a large number of these water damages will be due to broken pipes. In one news story, residents of a condominium complex spent a sleepless night sopping up water when a damaged water pipe from one lone condo caused water to overflow to the rest of the condominiums. In another, 126 touchscreen units used during voting were permanently damaged from a broken overhead water pipe easily costing a city $630,000 in losses for less than an hour’s water flow.

Insurance Coverage

Broken pipes starting from the water meter, running throughout the house, are the direct responsibility of the homeowner, whereas pipes that leak, starting from the meter pit to the street and beyond are the responsibility of the Water Service Authority. A home owner’s standard insurance policy or flood insurance policy may cover the resulting
water damage restoration, depending on the cause of the faulty pipe.

Homeowners Insurance

Most damages caused by broken pipes such as restoring floors and walls that were damaged or replacing a carpet or furniture will be covered by home insurance companies. Any water damage sustained from a water accident is covered by home insurance, but there’s no coverage for damages that result from poor maintenance. Your homeowner insurance will not cover the cost of repairing a broken pipe.


Flood insurance covers water damages related to floods. Generally, broken pipes are not covered by flood insurance unless a flood caused the fault. Floods, as defined by the National Flood Insurance Program, are unnatural water incidents that partially or completely deluge two or more households or two or more acres of normally dry land in water.

 Proof of Damage

Wherever a homeowner claims for insurance coverage, to start the claim you need proof of damage. It can be a stressful task organizing and documenting items once any water damage strikes. Homeowners are advised to take and keep photos and videos of all damage, which can be used as proof of damage for insurance companies.

The Claim Process

It is also essential for homeowners to inform their insurance companies of the accident as soon as possible so their claims can be processed immediately. It’s important to have water damage cleaned up as quickly as possible. The quickness of an insurance company’s response to an insurance claim will also depend on the home owner’s ability to submit all required documents as soon as possible.