After 25 years in the plumbing and heating trade, Michael McHugh established a new business, High-Def Water, which test water supplies and installs water purification equipment.
McHugh tests water supplies and installs water purification equipment. He has been in business a year after spending 25 years as a plumbing and heating contractor.
How safe is New Jersey water?
It depends on where you live. If you are in a rural area and have a well you should have it tested. Well water is a gamble. We have been using nitrates and pesticides a long time and that seeps down through the soil and into aquifers. If you live in the city, you probably have hard water with a high degree of calcium. That is not good for the human body and tears up the plumbing system. I run a basic test on the water supply. For more sophisticated testing I deal with a certified lab.
Bottled water vs. tap water
I personally don’t see any difference. I have literature that shows people spend $1,400 and $2,500 a year on bottled water. For the same amount of money, I could install a purification system and get rid of all that plastic. People get excited about the cost of gasoline, but they will spend twice as much money on bottled water. It doesn’t make any sense. You can’t keep dumping 50 million plastic bottles in a landfill.
What is your coverage area?
I try to keep it within a 50 mile radius, which means just about all of northern New Jersey.
What type of equipment do you install?
The list is virtually endless, from carbon filters to neutralizers. Some of my clients have degrees in chemistry and they appreciate good water. A lot of people are afraid of water softeners because of the salt content, but properly installed, a softener will give you less salt than a slice of bread.
Why change careers now?
I started out as a plumber. My father was a plumber and I began going out with him when I was 9 or 10 years old. Years later I had a friend who worked with a water treatment company and he got me interested in the industry.
I’m not a sales guy. I left a big plumbing company but I wasn’t a salesman. I’ll give you the facts about the water, but i’m not there to make a sale.
I’m not against it. I feel it was the first act that deals with how we have impacted the environment. I think it was just a time out to give people a chance to regroup.
I’m just a guy who wants to make an honest living by providing a service that people need and want. But water quality is the future. I guess I’m not giving up my true trade of a plumber, I’m just becoming very specialized at it. Plumbers help protect the health of the nation.
Open for Business is a regular feature about new and small businesses in the Morris County, NJ area. It was reported October 4, 2008 by John Kippycash. See the original article here.