Exactly why the ground beneath a tract of land under Route 1 was sinking, no one knew, Bill Anderson said.
But by using special methods typically reserved for repairing failing foundations, he and his employees at DryZone were able to boost the road back up using foam, saving countless hours of road closures and earning an award from the Delaware Contractors Association. The tools they use to waterproof homes and finish basements can be applied to many different scenarios, Anderson said, but mostly in this area they do work in crawlspaces, fixing damage and preventing mold.
“We’re a water-proofer who does foundation repair,” Anderson said.
In 2006, Anderson started DryZone in an old manufacturing building in Milton. That first year Anderson and his father-in-law served about 30 homes, with the help of a part-time employee.
This year, DryZone’s 40 employees will serve about 700 homes. And as the business grew so did the need for space. DryZone moved the base of operations to Harbeson, keeping the warehouse in Milton, forcing employees apart, but this January the company will be moving into a 10,000 square-foot space in Ellendale.
“This is the first time in a very long time we’re all going to be back in the same home,” Anderson said.
The inside of the big red barn in Ellendale won’t be revealed until later as a surprise for employees, but Anderson said the offices form a showroom. Beneath his his wife’s offices is a working crawlspace to demonstrate supports they offer and different materials available to waterproof.
The offices are also constructed using the products they have available to finish incomplete basements.
In addition to the added space, the new building’s central location will be a huge advantage, Anderson said, as they provide service to all of Delaware and most of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
“Our philosophy is if I can’t get to you in a reasonable amount of time, then I can’t service you correctly,” Anderson said. “We can get anywhere we need to go within an hour and a half.”
For future growth, Anderson said it would be important to maintain quality if they were to expand more.
“The biggest thing we want to do though is be the best in our industry,” Anderson said.
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