Case Studies - Solutions

CASE STUDIES
Real Solutions For Our Customers

Below are some stories/challenges that O'Donnell Plumbing, Heating & Air has faced in our line of work. In each of the case studies we describe what challenge our customers were facing and the solutions we were able to achieve for each of them. Many residential owners face these challenges every day without knowing there is a solution. If you are having challenge with your home, contact us. O'Donnell Plumbing, Heating & Air can inspect and evaluate insulation and airtightness levels at your house and provide the right energy-saving solutions. Call or email for a free evaluation and insulation estimate today.


Air Conditioning


Master Suite and Attic Insulation in Warmister PA
The customer called us with issues with the master suite and attic to hot in the sumer and to cold in the winter. With a lack of heat and A/C in the mater suite. Upon inspection...
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Challenge

The customer called us with issues with the master suite and attic to hot in the sumer and to cold in the winter. With a lack of heat and A/C in the mater suite. Upon inspection the master suite was an addition that was put on before the current home owners. The roof line was insulated to building code but not enough to live in the room. Home owners told DES O'Donnell they could only use the master suite 4 months out of the year. The master suite also had a knee wall and attic access. On the day of the inspection roof shingles were 158 degrees and the dry wall in the bedroom was 127 degrees.

Solution

The products we used to correct the problem were, cellulose, Silver Glo, and spray foam. How the products work are, the cellulose was added to the roof deck insulation by dense packing all rafters. Once insulation was added the dry wall in the bedroom was at 80 degrees. The day the work was completed the outside temp was 100 degrees and the roof deck was 160 degrees. Attic storage area also needed work Silver Glo has radiant barrier on both sides which help with heat transfers. The solutions used were the best options for the customers because it allows them to use their master suite 12 months out of the year, it also gives them a temp controlled storage area for personal and valuable items. The end result being a happy and comfortable home owner.



Heating


Clean Breathing Environment for Our Customer in Twin Home in North Wales
Customer contacted our office becuase they were having problems with air leakage from their adjacent neighbors house bringing in cigarette smoke. Upon our inspection...
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Challenge

Customer contacted our office becuase they were having problems with air leakage from their adjacent neighbors house bringing in cigarette smoke.  Upon our inspection while running our blower door test, we could see air coming through the basement sill plate.  With this happening, the air flow would bring the smoke in and then it would be filtered through the HVAC equipment and push around the ENTIRE housee

Solution

We supplied and installed spray foam and duct board to solve the issue for our customer.  By spray foaming the sil plate in the basement, we sealed the air flow from the neighbors basement into our customer's basement.  Adding the duct was used to make clean air return from the living space and not using the wall chase where possible other small smoky air leaks could be.  The spray foam closes off all air gaps that were leaking in the basement.  The duct board creates a more efficient and cleaner air return in the customers house.



Plumbing


Basement Laundry and Soil Pipes replaced in Jenkintown Home
Customer reported sewage smell from basement. Upon our inspection...
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Challenge

Customer reported sewage smell from basement.

Solution

Our field technician Ray Currie, diagnosed that the 4" cast iron soil line was cracked and needed to be replaced.  He also recommended to customer the the existing laundry tray and piping was poor installed and inefficient.  We supplied and installed new piping, laundry tray and faucet to make customer's laundry area more efficient and better looking!


old 4" piping had crack which caused sewage smell
before picture...poorly installed laundry tray and piping
New piping installed with clean out for easy accessibility
New laundry tray with new faucet and piping


Insulation


Attic Insulation Install in Norristown, PA
The customer called because the master bedroom was cold and the upstairs was uncomfortable. We found upon inspection the master bedroom was over the garage, which lacked insulation,...
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Making a Walk-in Closet and Master bedroom warmer in the winter in Chalfont
The customer originally called us for an estimate for a new air conditioner and heating system in their home. Upon our inspection of the home we advised them to have O'Donnell...
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Attic Instuation in Blue Bell PA
The customer called us for an estimate on insulation because they had a very cold mater suite area and closet. What Jaret found upon his inspection was the attic above the...
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Air Seal and Insulate Attic in Plymouth Meeting, PA
This homeowner in Plymouth Meeting, PA called us because their family room and daughter's bedroom were very cold and drafty in Winter. One of our comfort specialists performed...
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Insulation in Jamison PA
Met customers at a home show and they explained to Jaret that the house was drafty and the customer believed there attic lacked insulation. Upon the inspection of the house...
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Whole home Insulation in Furlong PA
The customer had just moved into the house and the home inspector mentioned the insulation was lacking throughout the house. Upon our inspection we found that the whole house...
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Garage Ceiling in Warminster PA
The customer called us because they were having trouble keeping their daughters room above the garage warm in the winter. Upon our inspection we found that the ceiling in...
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Frozen Pipes in Warminster, PA
The customer originally called us because his pipes were becoming frozen in the winter months, and it was causing a lot of problems. He learned about O'Donnell...
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Making a living room more comfortable in Warminster PA
The customer called us to come take a look at the insulation in his living room, while he and his family were watching tv they could feel the cold air drop in on them making...
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3rd Floor of home extermely cold in the winter in Blue Bell, PA
The customer called us for and estimate because the 3rd floor of the customers home was very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. Upon Jaret's inspection he found...
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Air Seal and Insulation in Hatboro PA
This customer originally called us because he wanted to have the insulation checked before new decking was installed in his attic. Upon our inspection we found the customer...
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Crawl Space Insulation in Willow Grove, PA
The customer called looking for insulation in a crawl space. Upon the inspection we found a crawl space that covered the entire underside of the home. The home had a hatch...
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Air Seal/ Insulate the attic in Abington PA
This customer called us because they were having trouble keeping their second floor warmer in the winter. Upon our inspection we found the customer's house had very little...
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Customer Concerned with Crawl Space under their house in Jenkintown PA
The customer in Jenkintown, PA was concerned with the crawl space under her house. She also wanted the crawl space cleaned up and made nicer so it would be able to better...
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Insulation in Ft. Washington PA
The customer called us for an estimate because they have been battling the house being cold and drafty. Upon our inspection the house was being chilled by an under insulated...
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