Following Flood, Harth Builders Moves to Higher Ground

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Harth Builders has relocated its administrative offices due to flood damage. Like so many others in the area, Harth Builders was impacted by the heavy rains from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Following the storm on September 7th, the offices of Harth Builders on Mill Race in Spring House were inundated with several feet of water. As the attached photos will attest, the damage was significant. After a brief period operating out of their 2nd floor conference room, they have now leased office space in the nearby First Niagara Bank building located at 952 Penllyn Pike in Lower Gwynedd Township.

Harth Builders has relocated its administrative offices due to flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee. Following the storm on September 7th, the offices of Harth Builders on Mill Race in Spring House were inundated with several feet of water. After a brief period operating out of their 2nd floor conference room, they have now leased office space in the nearby First Niagara Bank building located at 952 Penllyn Pike in Lower Gwynedd Township. While their administrative offices have moved, Harth Builders’ mailing address and phone numbers remain the same: One Mill Race, Spring House, Pennsylvania 19477; (215) 654-0364.

In early September, over 8 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Lee arrived in Lower Gwynedd, closely on the heels of the wettest August on record. According to township officials, over 13 inches of rain fell in August, with more than 6 inches of that rain deposited at the end of the month by Hurricane Irene. This deluge caused the ground to become overly saturated, forced local creeks to overflow their banks, and resulted in widespread flooding.

“We had close to five feet of water in our offices”, explained Gregory Harth, President of Harth Builders. “It’s a sickening feeling to see your business under water. But, adversity really brought out the best in our team. We rolled up our sleeves and quickly went to work cleaning up. One of our first tasks was to relocate all of our computers into our 2nd floor conference room so that those of us who weren’t occupied with the clean up could continue to move remodeling projects forward for clients.”

According to Allyn Harth, CEO of Harth Builders, they were able to leverage their experience for their own benefit. “This is one of those situations where the contractor became their own client. Fortunately, we are certified in insurance restoration and knew exactly how to mitigate the damage from the water. We also had some of the necessary materials on hand, like the Microban spray we used to prevent mold. What items we didn’t have, we were able to obtain quickly through our network of suppliers and subcontractors.”

According to Gregory Harth, the flood hastened plans to relocate the business to larger space. “Our company has grown significantly over the past two years. We have added several new members to our team and had run out of space in our old office. My father and I recognized that to continue growing, we would need more space and were planning to move the office in 2012. The flood accelerated that plan. So in that regard, it has been a positive.”

Harth Builders is a nationally recognized, award-winning design-build remodeling firm with over 30 years of experience serving residential and light commercial clients in Montgomery and Bucks Counties. A National Association of the Remodeling Industry member, Harth Builders voluntarily subscribes to industry best practices and a strict code of ethics. More information about Harth Builders is available online at http://www.HarthBuilders.com. Gregory Harth can be contacted directly at (215) 654-0364, or via email at Greg(dot)Harth(at)HarthBuilders(dot)com

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