Richard Hourigan, Inc.

Bear, DE

About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I solve the hard problems that other water treaters cannot figure out.


Bear, DE 19701

Years in business


Number of employees



8 Reviews
  • Mike F. May 25, 2011
    I was very glad to place an order with a veteran owned business...thank you for your service Dick. Dick continues to provide service, but now it's to his customers, and he does an excellent job. I couldn't find plastic test equipment and he searched his vendors and found it for me. I've called him on several occassions and was surprised when he answered his own phone, how nice to not get a machine. He provides a personal service, your order feels like it is the most important one he is dealing with. Thanks again for all the help.
  • Steve M. May 21, 2011
    I've recently had the good fortune to talk with Dick about the treatment of water towers. He was very generous with advice being very helpful. I also purchaced a test kit at a very competitive price.
  • Janet S. May 20, 2011
    Dick Hourigan is a dynamic and multi-talented individual. He is a world-class water treatment professional. I would highly recommend his services! Janet E. Stout, Ph.D. Director Special Pathogens Laboratory
  • Jack W. May 19, 2011
    Dick is a source of unique knowledge on water treatment. I go to him for advice whenever I encounter an uncommon problem that has no “text book” solution. Dick is able to use his knowledge of chemistry and his water treatment experience dating back to 1972 to solve difficult problems and explain the solution in easy to understand non technical terms. I highly recommend Dick to solve any water treatment problem that you may have.
  • Judy M. May 18, 2011
    As the owner of a small diaper service start-up, Dick was a great help to me answering the questions I had about water testing for laundry, even when it was an area outside of his normal expertise. I won't hesitate to contact him with any future questions or recommend his services to others.
  • TerryHedmanRockValleyCollege H. May 18, 2011
    Dick has been our Waterment Specialist for the last 10 years. His knowledge of the chemicals we use, the testing and use of the metering devices is great. If we ever had any problems in our systems he would go out of his way to find out the problem. It is sad to see him leave because of the quality of his service.
  • Julie P. May 18, 2011
    Five years ago I took over the property management of a 50-unit, 6-story condo building that was built in 1968. The rooftop cooling tower was an open recirculating water system. Dick set up proper water treatment and cleaned up an improper treatment system that resulted in, basically, a lake on our roof with algae, and also a clogged system. With his recommendation of filtration, it has cleared the system and saved us a fortune in removal of radiators in order to flush and clear them. Dick also reviewed the building and discovered the products we were using were corroding our air conditioning drip pans, as well as clogging our drains. He suggested a product to keep them clean and also acted as an anticorrosive. Our plumbing and maintenance costs have been greatly reduced since his engagement. We'd definately recommend his expertise. Julie Peterson, Property Manager, a Midwest Condominium
  • Chris G. May 13, 2011
    Dick continues to amaze me with the detailed knowledge he has of many diverse subjects. Dick is one of the first people I turn to as a consultant on water treatment matters. He continues to guide me and supply me with information that answers my questions. He is a resource you would do well to have on your team.


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There are some water treaters with no experience. Avoid them since they are learning at your expense. There are some water treaters who have a "Certification" from some trade organization. They sought to get this "Certification" as a tool to gain credibility. They may or may not be knowledgeable. Be skeptical. They only had to properly answer the majority of 100 questions to get "Certified". They may be "fact memorizers" who retain knowledge only long enough to pass a test. They may not understand the concepts. Try to find and work with chemists or chemical engineers since they are able to solve one of a kind problems that no one thought to put on an examination sheet. Ask for references.