The Jonny Pro Series – Handyman

JPS Handyman
Handyman Chris Lalomia

Chris Lalomia is the Founder and President of The Trusted Toolbox. The Trusted Toolbox offers professional handyman and reliable home repair services to Northeast Atlanta communities. After working in corporate America for over 10 years, Chris decided to leave his job. He always had a passion for renovating and fixing things, which inspired him to enter the home services industry. When Chris was younger, he recalls working on home repair projects for fun with his family. This helped him gain the experience he would eventually need to be the founder at The Trusted Toolbox. Now he uses his acquired knowledge and experience daily and has turned his hobby into a career.

Likening his job to that of Walt Disney, Chris pursues the “Dream. Believe. Do.” model every day in his work. He loves the strategy and creativity and that goes into home repair and remodeling. Meeting new people and turning their ideas into a reality is one of his favorite parts of the handyman service business.

The Trusted Toolbox

Most of the team members who work under Chris have been in the business for years. They are experienced, knowledgeable and ready to take on any task. Because he hires equipped and dependable people, Chris and his team focus on delivering high quality customer service. They stand by their name “The Trusted Toolbox,” treating every customer with the utmost respect and professionalism. In addition, they are always innovating their process. To stay ahead of the evolving industry, the entire team brings iPads when they come to work at your house. Chris only hires the best, and he even refers to his team members as “artists.”

Despite his skillset, Chris refuses to call himself an expert. He maintains that there are learning opportunities every day on the job. Even after working on over 12,000 homes, Chris is still excited about new chances to learn.

Handyman Fun Fact!

Your shower uses more water in a month than the rest of your home does in a year. It is important to ensure that your tiling is correctly placed. Chris often finds himself fixing improperly installed showers and suggests never overlooking bathroom maintenance.

Strange Encounters

Chris and The Trusted Toolbox work to provide a solution for all of their customers. He talks about an instance when a four-legged friend needed a hand.

On this particular day, Chris received a call from a woman who had a unique need. Her elderly dog was not able to get into the backyard. Chris and his team jumped into action to assist the client and her pup. They needed to install a dog door with a ramp so the dog could easily get into the backyard. To make things more complicated, they had to cut a hole in the wall, as a typical dog door was not possible. Nevertheless, Chris and his handyman team were happy to spend the time on this project. Ultimately, both dog and owner were satisfied with the new addition to the home.

DIY DOs

  • Do projects you’re comfortable with. You can save a lot of money by taking care of some of the demolition yourself.
  • Similarly, purchase your own materials. Materials found at a supply store are often cheaper than those provided by your contractor.
  • Choose a handyman who is vetted and insured. All Jonny On It service providers are licensed and ready to fulfill your needs.

DIY DON’Ts

  • Don’t do your own plumbing work. Do-it-yourself repair jobs are notorious for water leaks, which can cause a multitude of problems in your home.
  • In the same vein, don’t do your own electrical work. This one is self-explanatory.
  • Don’t pay for shoddy work. Your neighbor may not be the best resource when it comes to choosing a handyman.

Chris Lalomia is a Jonny Pro

For handyman work, home repair services, or simple maintenance, download the Jonny On It home service provider app and let a Pro handle the dirty work.

The Jonny Pro Series – Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation
Ken Goodnight, Spaulding Decon

Ken Goodnight is the passionate President and Franchise Owner of Spaulding Decon, a mold remediation business. For twenty-four years, Ken worked in a communications position before seeking a new career opportunity. He was introduced to Spaulding Decon, a company that not only tackles mold removal but also handles crime scene cleanup, water damage, and biohazard sites among others. As someone who isn’t afraid of messy things, Ken found this to be an exciting new turn.

As you can imagine, mold remediation is not something most people want to handle themselves. Ken says his favorite thing about the job is the people he gets to help. He loves the handshakes, hugs, and “thank yous” from his customers.

“Everyone we go out to has a need. They can’t do it themselves.”

Ken remembers being shocked when he went through training and found out how hazardous mold can be to our health. Although everyone has a different sensitivity level to mold, it can cause serious respiratory damage. He and his team work hard to make sure that everyone feels comfortable after the work is finished.

Strange Encounters

Although he’s only been in the business for two and a half years, Ken has seen a variety of different cases. He recalled a few stories that certainly raised some eyebrows. One narrative had to do with a single home and 34 cats. We’ll let you use your imagination on that one.

There was a particular instance when Ken was called to inspect mold in a dining room. The homeowner’s dining room was an extension of the house and Ken initially believed the mold was caused by a water leak. When a team member began using a saw to extract the entire piece of mold, they noted that there was a lot of “resistance.” Before he knew it, a beehive fell out of the wall. Luckily, it was winter and the bees were dormant. Ken suspected that the honey was moist enough to cause the mold.

The Facts About Mold

Did you know that there are actually hundreds of different types of mold? Although there are so many kinds, only a few of them cause allergic reactions. These allergies vary from person to person. Outdoor molds usually cause seasonal allergies, while indoor molds may cause symptoms year-round. Generally, mold symptoms include things like runny noses, itchy or watery eyes, and sneezing. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, mold might be the reason behind them.

Mold needs three things to exist: water, warm temperatures, and food. The “food” mold eats is usually wood or drywall. Ken notes that the conditions in Georgia are perfect for mold which is why he sees so many cases.

His team uses a three-step process when practicing mold remediation. First they clean, then they kill, and finally they encapsulate. Spaulding Decon uses toxic free chemicals when going through their procedures so you, your children, and your pets are safe!

DIY DOs

  • Call a specialist. Mold removal is not a task for your average homeowner. Professionals have the proper gear to safely assess your situation and remove the mold.
  • When in doubt, have your home tested. Mold is too dangerous to leave to chance. Always get a professional’s take on things.
  • Use a MERV 10 filter in your home. This efficient air filter will be able to catch mold spores. Any filter rated lower than this will not.

DIY DON’Ts

  • Blow a fan on your mold. This will spread the spores throughout the air, putting you at greater risk for contaminating other parts of your home.
  • Use bleach or mold treatment from a local hardware store. While bleach does kill mold, it does not kill mold spores. There is a chance that your mold could resurface.
  • Neglect your basements and crawl spaces. This is where most people find mold in their homes.

Ken Goodnight is a Jonny Pro

For mold remediation or other services, download the Jonny On It App and let a Pro handle the dirty work.