For more than 25 years, MSI has been providing Central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania with the best plumbers, remodelers, carpenters, painters, tile artisans and lawn sprinkler technicians.

Our team is experienced, knowledgeable and trusted, and many of our craftspeople have been with us more than 10 years!

We understand the importance of providing superior customer services - from our Scheduling Department to our daily clean up after a job. We put you first!


Irrigation Solutions Merges with RR Irrigation of Middlesex, New Jersey

Irrigation Solutions and RR Irrigation are pleased to announce they will merge operations. Les Giese of Irrigation Solutions and Steve Dobossy and Paul Maiwaldt, RR Irrigation owners, have known each other for over 30 years. RR Irrigation has been in business since 1971 and has an impressive list of clients including Yankee Stadium and The New York Botanical Garden. While large projects may be impressive, RR Irrigation has always been committed to servicing residential customers throughout Central and Northern New Jersey. They will continue this tradition with Irrigation Solutions customers. Additional company information can be viewed at www.RRIrrigation.com. We thank you for your business and look forward to a great 2014!

Preventing Ice Dams

What are ice dams?

Ice dams are just that - blockages of ice that can form anywhere on your roof which prevents melted water from flowing downward off the roof. When this happens water begins to go backwards up beneath your shingles, tile, slates, shakes, etc. When that happens, the results aren't pretty: peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings. Not to mention soggy insulation in the attic, which becomes a magnet for mold and mildew. Ice dams form in periods of heavy freezing rain and/or moderate or heavy snow conditions with an air temperature significantly below freezing. It is almost impossible to stop them from forming.

Can I stop the leaks caused by ice dams?

It is virtually impossible to stop ice dams from forming so the newest technology is to try and stop the water infiltration caused by them by using rubberized ice and water shield products. They work by creating a solid barrier to water wherever they are applied. It is similar to shrink wrapping that portion of your roof. When applied according to manufacturer's specifications all of them can be highly effective in preventing leakage from ice damming.

The most common areas to apply ice and water shield products are on low slope roofs, valleys, slope changes, hips, rake edges, dormers, skylights, and flashing areas. These products are designed to have other roofing materials applied over them. Sunlight will harm these products, so they must be covered. In ice dam situations, most leaking occurs within 3 feet of the gutter line. Because of this, you generally do not have to cover the entire roof with these products.

Are there things I shouldn't do about ice dams?

  • Do not try and remove snow from the roof. It can lead to shingle damage.
  • Do not attempt to "chip away" the ice of an ice dam because it will also lead to shingle damage.
  • Do not install mechanical equipment or water heaters in attics, especially in cold climates.
  • Do not use salt or calcium chloride to melt snow on a roof. These chemicals are very corrosive and can shorten the life of metal gutters, downspouts and flashings. Runoff that contains high concentrations of these chemicals can damage nearby grass and plants.
  • Keeping the gutters clean of leaves will not reduce the occurrence of ice dams. However, clean gutters can keep them from overflowing and spilling rainwater next to the house which can cause moisture problems inside the house.
Beautiful Coffered Ceiling

Check out this elegant coffered ceiling that MSI's master carpenters recently finished!

MSI Certified as Member of Women's Business Enterprise National Council

MSI Plumbing & Remodeling has announced that it was recently certified as a member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The WBENC was founded in 1997 and is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled and operated by women in the United States.

Anne Thornton has owned and operated MSI for more than 25 years. "It's great to be part of an organization that really helps women in business," said Anne. "I'm looking forward to continuing the growth of our commercial division through the resources and contacts at the WBENC."

MSI helps both residential and commercial customers work through every step of the remodeling process, from the design phase to obtaining permits, to construction, to the final walkthrough. This attention to detail creates efficient, functional and beautiful work and living spaces.

By becoming a certified Women's Business Enterprise, MSI hopes to reach a new set of customers, give people the opportunity to support a locally owned small business and accelerate the growth of their company.

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