Carty Construction Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Carty Construction has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the drainage contractor companies in SF Bay Area were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“We are very proud to serve our customers in the Bay Area with the finest drainage construction services each and every year.” Paul Carty, Carty Construction

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”


Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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Prevent Your Land from Erosion During the El Nino Season

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El Nino Season Approaching?

el nino seasonScientists predict that we are in for an El Nino sequence this year. This means we should be preparing for heavier rains than normal. Since California doesn’t see heavy rain that often, many property owners and homeowners are unprepared for the problems erosion could cause. Slope control and proper drainage are essential to preventing erosion on a sloped piece of land.
Erosion is a natural process where soil is moved by water or wind. You can easily see this in action when you pour water on a pile of dirt. Soil rolls downhill, and channels are dug where the water finds the path of least resistance. Now, imagine what happens when a hillside or slope on your property is hit with a large amount of water. Unless proper drainage has been installed by professionals like Carty
Construction, there is a good chance that you could end up with a land slide that would damage your property or home. Luckily, there are a few things that can be done to prevent erosion on slopes during heavy El Nino Rains.
1. Concrete V Ditches- Ditches can be installed on the slope to catch and redirect the water so that it does not shear down the slope, taking the soil with it.
2. Catch Basins and Storm Drains- A system of surface Basins and drains can be installed to contain and move water safely to the sewer system, and away from the hillside.
3. Retaining Walls- Correctly designed and built retaining walls will save your property from sliding into your home, or your neighbor’s home. These don’t have to be ugly concrete blocks; a retaining wall can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
4. Hillside Plantings- Certain plants may be able to control some erosion, but mainly if used in conjunction with a drainage system.
The first step is to have a proper drainage inspection done on your property. We will assess your slope to see if it drains properly, or if it is at risk of sliding. After this we will make a proposal to fix any problems that exist before the rains start. Be prepared for El Nino season.

Remember, the best time to deal with a drainage problem is BEFORE it happens. Call Carty Construction for a drainage inspection today.

Call us at 510-528-1565

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Carty Construction Wins Angie’s List Award

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It is with great honor that Carty Construction announces the receipt of the 2013 Super Service Award from Angie’s ListThis award recognizes our commitment to excellent service to our drainage customers in the Bay Area. We take every job serious and provide diligent work to make sure each client is 100% satisfied with our work.

Carty Construction Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Carty Cobsturction has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.

“We strive for excellent customer service in our work every year and it is a great honor to receive this award from Angie’s List. This means we are meeting our goals of providing deeply satisfied customers” said Paul Carty the owner of Carty Construction.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Carty Construction competes with in the Bay Area are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on

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Oakland Sump Pump Installation

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Choosing the Right Zoeller Sump Pump Model Installation

oakland sump pump installationThere are many brands, types and models of sump pumps for consumers to choose from. Although there is plenty of choice, not all products are of equal quality and it is important that a pump perform according to expectations. If it does not, then not only was money wasted on the purchase, but a lot of water damage can be done to the home or place of business. A Zoeller sump pump is always reliable, efficient and there are enough models available that the right product can be found for any capacity, purpose and budget.

The pumps made by Zoeller are generally constructed of cast iron and that makes it sturdy and durable. Another great feature of these sump pumps is that there are no screens and that means there will be no clogging. The screws, switch arms, handles and guard of any Zoeller sump pump is made of stainless steel, which eliminates any problems due to rusting of parts. Since a pump is meant to remove water it is important that the product be made of materials that can withstand the wet and moist environment, something that the manufacturing company has taken into account.

There is a Zoeller pump for every situation and a product can be found to meet any water or sewage pumping needs. There are, for example, backup, water and sewage sump pumps. There are many automatic models that pump whenever water or sewage is picked up by the float sensors, but also battery powered or manual pump models. The pump capacity and size of the sump pump ranges from something small that is suitable for an average sized basement to complete commercial grade systems. The smaller models can be handled by one person, because they generally weigh less than forty pounds, but the larger models and systems should be professionally installed due to size and complexity.

A Zoeller sump pump is a good value for the money, even if one of the products is purchased at the manufacturer’s recommended sale price. However, bargain hunters can search for one of these pumps online and find many great deals or discounts. There are many well known websites that sells pumps made by this company. Ordering online is not only convenient since the purchase is made from home and the product is then delivered right to the front door, but there is also the widest range of products to choose from.

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French Drain Installation and Home Foundations

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drainage installationFrench drain installation

is one of the easiest things you can do to prevent water from entering your home’s basement or crawl space. However, frequently contractors and homeowners neglect to install them when building homes or additions on to homes. The cost of installing a French drain is minimal, as it only requires some perforated PVC piping and ¾ inch crushed stone. French Drains should always be installed around foundations.
A French drain takes advantage of gravity and aids in helping ground water seek lower levels away from your home’s foundation.

A French drain is basically a network of crushed stone and plastic piping that encircles the home or home addition and channels water away from the foundation.

After the home’s footing and foundation walls have been constructed and sealed, several inches of crushed stone should be poured around the outside of the foundation wall near the base of the footings. The crushed stone should be poured such that a natural swale is created towards the lowest expected finished grade around the foundation and abutting yard. This will help aid in the direction of water away from the home.

A small trench should then be extended out into the yard, from this lowest finished grade location at the foundation so that water will continue to drain away from the foundation. The trench should be approximately 1 foot wide and should extend deep enough to enable water to continue to drain from the foundation. The trench should extended outward from this point in the foundation to a distance that the drain reaches the natural ground surface. This will enable the ground water around the foundation water to be effectively channeled out to the surface some extended distance away from the home.

Perforated 4 inch PVC, or similar plastic pipe, should then be placed and connected together on top of the crushed stone with the holes facing downward. It is important for the holes to face downward as water tables build from the bottoms up.

The PVC pipes should be connected such that they funnel water towards the trench and then connect, if necessary with a T-connector, to a straight section of PVC pipe that extends the length of the trench.

With the piping installed, the pipe should be covered with an additional 1-2 feet of crushed stone, less as you work your way out towards the end of the trench.

The foundation can then be backfilled, and 2-4 inches of topsoil can then be installed on top for growing grass.

French drain installations are also common for channeling water from other locations in a yard. Typically they are used in applications where water coming off of a hill would normally drain into a back or side yard. By installing a French drain, the water can be “short circuited” from entering the back or side yard.

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