Charlie Crohare; Bean Bag Extraordinaire

Charlie Crohare; Bean Bag Extraordinaire

This story features April Crohare, a strong mother of two, who balances volunteering work at her son’s school, being a member of the PTA, and helps other local families with disabilities navigate through agencies, to obtain the correct medical products. She uses her experience to uplift and assist other people, and that we find to be, truly incredible!

The star of this episode however, is her eldest son Charlie, an incredibly brave six year old, who has a disorder extremely similar to that of Miller Dieker syndrome. He has the brain development of a two-month year old baby, and with that, suffers from daily seizures (some lasting up to forty-five minutes at a time.) On top of this, he also suffers from hypothermia, is color blind, and is confined to a wheel chair. Charlie has outlived his diagnosis by many years, and is a ray of hope who inspires us all! Charlie has a younger brother, Mathew, to

The Crohare family had an extension built on to the home, and it’s where Charlie spends most of his waking hours. The room has a wood burning stove that not only irritates Charlie’s respiratory system, but eventually caused a fire, – luckily no one was hurt. When the owner of Michael and Son, Basim Mansour, heard of Charlie’s condition, he knew we had to help. The HVAC department installed a mini split in the room, allowing Charlie to breathe much easier!

We are so thankful to the people who donated their goods to Charlie, and helped to make this episode a true example of Helping Hands. Ahh Bean Bags – who donated a bean bag chair (below is an image of Charlie enjoying his chair), and to Go Bananas who generously donated a music board.

April Crohare found out about the Michael and Son Cares Project after watching an episode of “Helping Hands.” She contacted our Project Manager, Shadi Tahrawi for help, and he was quick to get her information in front of our owner.

If you or anyone you know needs home repairs done by the way of: plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning – please contact Shadi at: shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com.

Tune in Saturday January 31st at 9am on NBC 4 to see how Michael & Son came to the aid of a family in need.

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Baltimore WMAR

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Helping Hands: Season 4, Episode 2

The Caldwell Family

Monet and Greg are a hardworking couple who recently had a young daughter named Skyler, the younger sister of adorable Noah Caldwell. Skyler was diagnosed with a thyroid issue at 2 weeks, and things have been really tough for the family to make everything work with their crippling medical bills, as doctors predict Skyler will need surgery at just 15 weeks old.

After Skyler’s diagnosis, doctors warned she was highly susceptible to infections because of thyroid complications, and further infections could lead to closing of her breathing passageways and possibly, subsequent death.

Over the summer, the family’s HVAC went out, and Money Caldwell stayed strong without A/C throughout her pregnancy!

Our owner Basim Mansour heard of this story, and knew we had to intervene. Michael & Son techs came in and saved the day with installing a brand new HVAC system! Afterwards, Michael and Son sent the family on a trip to the Baltimore Aquarium, complete with a dinner at the amazing Chart House restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland.

If you would like to speak with Basim Mansour regarding the Michael & Son Cares Program, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com. Media outlets are free to use the text, videos and images in any TV, print or radio media.

Helping Hands: Season 4, Episode 1

Bobby Hicks  

When Bobby Hick’s returned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, he didn’t expect to face another battle. A devastating diagnosis of Leukemia left Bobby and his family wondering what the future would hold, or if he would have a future at all. Too add to the Hick’s family’s woes, their already problematic HVAC system and water heater gave out just as the winter season begun. With no where left to turn, the family reached out to the Michael & Son Cares Program.

“When the Hicks story was brought to my attention, I knew we had to help” said Basim Mansour, Proud Son & Owner of Michael & Son Services. “Here’s a guy who gave so much for his country and asked so little in return; I not only wanted to help them with their home repairs, I wanted to do something really special for Bobby.

The Michael & Son Cares Program and The Verizon center had worked in conjunction to plan a special surprise day at a Washington Capitals game for Bobby and his family. When an extended stay at the hospital for intensive treatment foiled those plans, The Cares Program and Verizon Center decided to bring the Washington Capitals to Bobby.

When Bobby Hick’s woke up Sunday morning he didn’t think he would be meeting his idol and star defenseman for the Washington Capitals, Mike Green. Taking time from his busy schedule, Mike Green surprised Bobby at Fairfax Hospital with a signed jersey and skates. It was a moment Bobby and his family won’t soon forget.

If you would like to speak with Basim Mansour regarding the Michael & Son Cares Program, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com. Media outlets are free to use the text, videos and images in any TV, print or radio media.

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New Season of Helping Hands!

Our latest episode featuring Mike Green of the Washington Capitals, airs this weekend!

Make sure to tune in! Showtimes below:

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1/10       9:30 – 10:00 AM

1/17       9:30 – 10:00 AM

1/31       9:00 – 9:30 AM

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2/21       9:30 – 10:00 AM

2/28       9:30 – 10:00 AM

3/14       10:00  – 10:30 AM

3/21       10:00 – 10:30 AM

Norfolk: WVEC

1/10       9:00 AM

1/17       9:00 AM

1/31       9:00 AM

2/7         9:00 AM

2/21       9:00 AM

2/28       9:00 AM

3/14       9:00 AM

3/21       9:00 AM

Richmond WTVR

1/11       11:30 PM

1/18       11:30 PM

2/1         11:30 PM

2/8         11:30 PM

2/22       11:30 PM

2/29       11:30 PM

3/15       11:30 PM

3/22       11:30 PM

Baltimore WMAR

1/10       6:30 PM

1/17       6:30 PM

1/31       6:30 PM

2/7         6:30 PM

2/21       6:30 PM

2/28       6:30 PM

3/14       6:30 PM

3/21       6:30 PM

Charlottesville WVIR

1/10       9:30 – 10:00 AM

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3/14       10:00  – 10:30 AM

3/21       10:00 – 10:30 AM

Thank you so much to Monumental Sports, the Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals, and to Mike Green!

Basement Remodel

Basement Cost Guides

Finished basements can be the sites of stunning achievements and apocalyptic home disasters. Problems there can significantly decrease the value of your home, while cost-effective finishing work can add livable square footage, vastly increasing its value. Whether you’re thinking of remodeling your basement or you need to fix leaking or sinking foundations, the cost of your work will vary based on your geographical location, type of soil, kind of repair or enhancement and complexity or amount of work needed.

Basement Finishing & Remodel Options

An unfinished basement serves as a valuable blank canvas. A remodel can start with something as basic as hanging and painting simple sheetrock walls and installing plywood floors at a relatively low cost. Of course, the sky is the limit on remodeling and design projects in your home; and setting a budget for design is a bit easier than setting a budget for needed repairs. Remember, even for the simplest remodeling projects, a permit as well as an inspection may be needed in order to ensure it is legal – especially if you are adding a bedroom or bathroom. For your remodel, you may have to place a special emphasis on lighting choices. Since basement spaces are generally darker than other above-ground spaces, you’ll need to either install extra lighting or find a way (perhaps with egress windows) to open up and lighten the space with natural light.

Remodeled basements can mean additional living rooms, play rooms for the kids, home offices and a lot more.
One advantage of remodeling a basement is that it’s not generally an essential living space, so you can take your time, doing one area at a time. But be aware that, to save money, you’ll want to do all of the necessary plumbing and electrical work while walls and floors are unfinished.
Your basement probably houses some of your home’s work engines: a boiler, hot water heater, furnace, maybe an extensive network of pipes carrying water or sewage. It’s the area that’s extremely susceptible to water damage and leakage. Whatever work you do to your basement, you probably will want to include waterproofing.

Foundations

Old homes may suffer from sagging foundation beams as a result of shifting ground or decay and deterioration of the original building materials over time. With the right tools, foundation beams can be raised and shored up successfully. It’s important to have the right tools for this type of project, such as a pneumatic jack. Depending on how much the foundation beam must be raised, this job may require several days of incremental steps to complete – which means a lot of labor costs. And given the necessity of moving large, heavy objects, like wooden beams, it’s likely you will need to employ several people for the job. Unless you’re extremely well trained and skilled, you’ll want to avoid do-it-yourself work on the foundation.

Water Leakage

Water leakage in a basement can cause serious problems for a homeowner. Standing water can lead to mold and mildew growth. It’s also a haven for bugs and other pests. Over time, concrete blocks and foundations can sustain hairline cracks. While they may appear small on the surface, they can be the start of an enormous problem, so early repair is key. The only way to rectify a water problem in your basement is to remove the water and seal the leaks. This may involve removing existing paint or wall coverings. It may involve replacing soggy beams.

Things to Think About

If you’re doing a basement renovation, remember to work with your contractor to create a budget and payment schedule. Factor in cost of materials, labor and possibly time off if you need to let in the workers or be there during the day.

Visit our website for more information, or call 703-873-7377 to get started today!

Helping Hands: Season 3, Episode 4

Haymarket Food Pantry

One of the last places most people would expect to find is food pantry is in Haymarket, Virginia. Situated between our nation’s capitol and the Shenandoah Mountains, Haymarket is a quiet and affluential suburban community and is more known for its rural quaintness and country clubs rather than families dealing with food insecurity.

However, show up to the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry on any given Saturday morning and you’ll see a different side of the community. Before the doors are open, the lines have already formed. Families from every walk of life wait patiently to receive everything from locally grown organic produce to farm raised beef and poultry. Quality, nutritious food is what sets the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry apart from the organizations in the area and that’s all made possible by generous local business and farmers.

None of the services provided by the food pantry would be possible without the help of the volunteers who take time out of their busy schedules to lend a hand in their community. A testament to their dedication was the fact that the food pantry had no running water, working toilets or the electrical capacity to handle the many freezers and appliances needed to run the operation. Earlier in the year,

Home Depot had pledged to donate all the supplies for the electrical and plumbing work but needed a company to volunteer instillation services. Enter the Michael & Son Cares Program.

The Michael & Son Cares Program got its start in 2011 helping families and not for profit organizations with essential home repairs they can’t afford. After a few phone calls and meetings, Michael & Son Services was onsite restoring water services, installing toilets and upgrading the electrical panel. Within a matter of days, the volunteers had the relative comforts of home and an increased capacity for storing perishables, something the food pantry desperately needed.

All of the work done by the Michael & Son Cares Program is documented and shown on NBC’s “Helping Hands”.

Washington DC NBC 4

Saturday, December 6th – 10am

Charlottesville NBC 29

Sunday December 7th – 10am

Richmond NBC 12

Sunday December 7th – 7:30pm

Norfolk ABC 13

Sunday December 7th – 9:30am

Thanks to our friends at Home Depot, we were able to make a huge difference at the Haymarket Food Pantry.

Helping Hands: Season 3, Episode 3

The Moore Family

The Moore Family’s two 3 year old twins sons suffer from Miller Dykes syndrome; a brain disease that causes fatal seizures. Despite the family and doctors best efforts, Nicolas and Byron will most likely only life a few more short years. The family is in desperate need of an HVAC system for their home and with the heat wave hitting the area, that need is even greater.

If you would like to discuss the Cares Program or Helping Hands with the Cares Team or their recipients, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com.

Make sure to tune in, showtimes below:

Washington DC NBC 4

Saturday, November 29th – 10am

Charlottesville NBC 29

Sunday, November 30th – 10am

Richmond NBC 12

Sunday, November 30th – 12pm

Norfolk ABC 13

Sunday, November 30th – 9:30am

WATCH THE EPISODE HERE

 

Plumbers Black Friday

In retail, the busiest day of the year is the day after Thanksgiving, also known as “Black Friday”. It’s not only the retail industry that gets slammed the day after Thanksgiving; it’s also known as the plumbers Black Friday. With all the food and family under one roof, residential plumbing systems get worked harder than they do all year.

“There is no other time of the year where we as plumbers see such a high volume in calls” said Michael & Son Plumber, Malcolm Coleman. “The issues are usually backed up drains, broken garbage disposals and of course, clogged toilets” continued Coleman.

Michael & Son Services is inviting media to join along on an actual Black Friday residential plumbing call. Ourplumber can offer tips to viewers on how to avoid common plumbing problems and preventative DIY tips for homeowners. If you would like to join a Michael & Son Services for a residential Black Friday plumbing call, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or email shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com.

Michael & Son Services has supplied news programs with a knowledgeable, articulate, home services technician who has experience appearing on television programs. Our technicians can offer safety suggestions and DIY tips pertaining to residential electrical, plumbing and HVAC issues. Our technicians have appeared on “Lets talk Live”, “Fox and Friends” and many other news segments. 

Helping Hands: Season 3, Episode 2

Brandon Donaghy

Brandon Donaghy, a 32 year old man from Reva Virginia, has never had it easy. At the age of 9, Brandon lost his mother to a drunk driver and was forced to endure the harsh realities of life without her loving guidance. In a devastating twist of fate, at the age of 16 Brandon was involved in a near fatal car accident which left him in a coma for weeks. As a result of the coma, Brandon was left with permanent and severe brain damage that affects his memory to this day.

Because of his injuries, Brandon is unable to work and relies on a small, monthly stipend of Government disability payments to support himself and his 4 children. With the monthly payments being hardly enough to pay for basic necessitates, Brandon was unable to make essential repairs to his home; the most pressing issue being a broken furnace. As the prospect of a harsh winter loomed over head, Brandon decided to take a leap of faith and called the Michael & Son Cares Program.

“After hearing the Donaghy story from my Cares Project Manager, I knew we had to help” said Basim Mansour, Proud Son & Owner of Michael & Son Services. It’s long been one of our goals to extend our program to all areas in Virginia; the Donaghy family great is a great place to start!

You can see the whole story on the season premiere of “Helping Hands” Sunday, November 16th at 12:30 pm. Helping Hands documents the work of the Michael & Son Cares Program and the families they assist. If you would like to discuss the Cares Program or Helping Hands with the Cares Team or their recipients, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com.

Make sure to tune in, showtimes below:

Washington DC NBC 4

Saturday, November 22nd – 10am

Charlottesville NBC 29

Sunday, November 23rd – 10am

Richmond NBC 12

Sunday, November 23rd – 12pm

Norfolk ABC 13

Sunday, November 23rd – 9:30am

WATCH THE EPISODE HERE

Wizards Game!

Not stopping at just the home repairs, the Michael & Son Cares Program worked with their friends at the Verizon Center to give the Donaghy family a special night out at a Wizards game. The family enjoyed court side seats for the Wizards warm-up where they were able to meet players and take pictures. The Donaghy’s went from court side to a luxury, catered suite to watch the rest of the Wizards / Pacers game. It was surely a night they won’t soon forget.