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Dealing With Yard Drainage And Water Intrusion Issues

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After a wet New Jersey spring, it may be time to check on your yard drainage system for issues that need to be addressed. Ensuring a problem-free drainage system will help deter flooding and water intrusion that can damage your home. Heavy rains can cause damage to homes due to failing gutters and surface flooding from uncontrolled sheet flow. The best approach to keep water away from your home is having a well thought out and executed Water Management Strategy (WMS). Read more

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Stream Corridor Issues Turn Into Success in Manasquan

When a Manasquan homeowner received notice from the town of stream corridor issues on the his property, he didn’t know where to turn or how to properly proceed. The homeowner wanted to resolve the situation effectively, agreeably and as affordably as possible. He knew that dealing with attorneys, engineers and municipal officials on sensitive environmental issues was not his expertise. He also knew that he needed to resolve the situation with the Borough of Manasquan or the issue would be handed over to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Thankfully, he called GreenWorks.

We went to work immediately and coordinated with officials in Manasquan. The restoration work began and due to our highly-trained, productive team of professionals, the final price was 50% less than what was initially anticipated.

Additionally, the Borough of Manasquan was happy with the solution and the timeline met by GreenWorks, which was good news for the homeowner, for us and for local officials.

“GreenWorks was very cooperative and easy to work with,” said Patrick Callahan, heading of Zoning and Code Enforcement for the Borough of Manasquan. Callahan went on to say that working with GreenWorks was a “good experience” and the company did a good job presenting all the technical information and resolving the issue in a timely manner.

This example highlights an important issue that we encounter all the time: due diligence. A call to GreenWorks for an appropriate due diligence before the property purchase would’ve revealed the issues that were eventually required to be corrected.

When similar issues are revealed before purchasing a property, a due diligence investigation will identify them so the purchaser can make a fully informed decision.

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Backyards Done the Right Way…the GreenWorks Way!

Leaves are falling, days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler.

Welcome to autumn, one of our favorite times of the year!

Now, about that “backyard.”

Perhaps your backyard wasn’t all you hoped it would be over the summer. Those dreams of entertaining family and friends around a fire pit? Never happened. Converting that lawn to a “natural lawn”? Great idea. The cool embrace of the perfect pool on a hot summer day? Maybe next year.

Aha! Next year!

The time to plan for next year is now. Let’s face it, time passes faster than most of us would like. Before we know it, the holidays will be a memory and we’ll be thinking about Memorial Day cookouts. Let’s get the backyard ready for those cookouts and summer 2011 now.

A backyard upgrade or complete transformation doesn’t happen overnight. It’s important to have the time to do the proper planning and work that’s needed for a high-quality job that will provide decades of enjoyment. In fact, planning now can actually save you money in the long run by taking advantage of stock over-runs, end of year specials and advanced planning.

It’s time now to think about how you want to spend those summer afternoons next year. If you finally want to get more out of your backyard – more enjoyment, more value, more relaxation – then it’s time now to contact GreenWorks. Give Victor a call now at 732-223-2073.

This time next year, you’ll be glad you did.

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GreenWorks to BlueWorks? Certified Rainwater Harvesting Experts Now at Your Service!

We’re proud to announce that GreenWorks was recently awarded the distinction of Certified RainXchange™ Professional (CRP) by Aquascape, Inc. The CRP is a rainwater harvesting professional certification program created in June, 2009.

Rainwater recycling is a natural extension of the eco-friendly services we offer. It’s a great way to have a positive impact on the environment and save money at the same time.

GreenWorks is working exclusively with Aquascape, Inc., North America’s leading water gardening industry innovator and the inventor of the low-maintenance, naturally balanced ecosystem pond.

Certified RainXchange™ Professionals such as GreenWorks are the most qualified and informed RainXchange™ rainwater harvesting system installers in the water gardening industry. We are required to attend continual training and education seminars and maintain a proven record of outstanding work and dedicated customer service.

Ready for your complimentary rainwater harvesting consultation? Give Victor and the GreenWorks team a call (732-223-2073) to get the most out of the rainwater falling on your property!

Blue + Green: Conserving Water to Save the Environment

Monmouth County residents are facing sever water restrictions, near-drought conditions plague much of our state and many people’s lawns and gardens are an ugly shade of beige due to the lack of recent rain in the Garden State. Using water wisely is an absolute must, especially when facing the type of conditions we’re seeing now.

In fact, water quantity issues and challenges will be a growing challenge for New Jersey residents and folks around the country in the coming years. Our current levels and patterns of water usage are simply not sustainable. We use drinking water for our lawns, drink bottled water from plastic bottles and let rain water run off our lawns and into the sewer.

Highest consumption patterns are highest in summer; Here are a few things homeowners can do to use water more wisely, reduce their water bills and ensure lush landscaping regardless of rainfall levels.

Evaluate Water Usage, Needs and Goals – How do you and your family use water on a daily basis? How much water do you use in an average week? Do you use water to wash cars with? Do you drink tap water? These and other questions must be considered in order to best understand how you use water, how you could use water and what makes the most sense for your family and your home.

Increase Water Efficiency – Consider using low-flow shower-heads and toilets. These are two of the largest water wasters in most homes. Low-flow equipment is affordable and can be installed by many DIYers. Evaluating your water usage and increasing basic water efficiency in your home are good first steps to using water wisely.

Install a Rain Barrel – Rain barrels are usually the most cost-effective way to start saving water at your home. They can be used to for irrigating plants and shrubs close to the home. Rain barrels are prone to low water pressure so if you want to deliver rain water to parts of your landsaping further away from the barrel, an accessory pump can be added to improve water pressure. Newer rain barrels come in various colors and styles, some that can be aesthetically pleasing and combine well with your lawn and landscaping.

Use Greywater – Greywater systems are experiencing a surge in interest and increased installations across the country. Greywater recycling filters and re-use shower, laundry and dishwater water for irrigation and other non-potable uses. They require a larger up-front investment but will pay big dividends for many years to come. The best time to install a greywater recycling system is before the home is built.

Evaluate Drinking Water Usage – Evaluating how a home uses drinking water for consumption and other applications is crucial to saving and better using water. Many homeowners use drinking water to water their lawns simply because they don’t think that there are other options. Additionally, many families are buying plastic bottles of drinking water,most of which comes from the same municipal sources as the water in their home. Buying and drinking water in plastic bottles is extremely expensive and comes with huge environmental impacts. Whole-house treatment systems, water filtration systems, potential health effects – how you feel; glass bottles – does not taint or leech, Testing/screening could be important. Treatment measures and technology are continuously evolving. Depends on what your level of comfort is, what you and your family want.

Become a Rainwater Recycler – You already recycle plastic, glass & paper, why not rainwater! Storm-water sheet flow is already touted by many as being the primary source of non-point source pollutants. So why not capture that rainwater that falls on your house and put it to good use by re-using it for irrigation, topping off your pool or as part of a water garden. There are many types of larger-scale water storage devices that are affordable, easy to install and do a wealth of good for the environment and your property.

Save Money, The Environment and Our Children – Our pocketbooks and wallets feel the impact of our water usage decisions first where using less water means lower water bills. But long-range planning and thinking about how you’ll use water in the months and years ahead can be educational, enlightening and help preserve our environment. In many cases, it can also mean a more comfortable home and a happier, healthier family. But ultimately, it’s our children who will benefit from good water stewardship now. That’s the best reason to help conserve our most precious natural resource.