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Bill Howe Plumbing Continues Support of American Heart Association at 2014 Heart Beach Ball

Well-known San Diego plumber ends the 2014 successful campaign of “healthy hearts” at AHA Gala

June 18, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – Bill Howe Plumbing started with local San Diego plumber, Bill Howe, in 1980. He began his company with the mission to provide low cost service to the local community while promoting his own “pay-it-forward” spirit.  Since opening his doors, Bill Howe has steadily grown the company into a successful operation increasing services to include flood and restoration, heating and air conditioning in San Diego. His dedication to giving back to the community and caring for his customers is the driving force behind the company’s success.

One of the most prominent sponsorship opportunities the company has been part of is their team up with the American Heart Association. Starting in 2010, the San Diego plumber has provided an annual donation of $25,000 to the AHA, as well as hosting an annual drawing contest for children ages 5-12. “By offering our healthy hearts drawing contest to children throughout the community, we are able to reach out early on and promote healthy active lifestyles in conjunction with the AHA message and service,” said Bill Howe, President of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc.

The contest, officially called “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest, opens up to children throughout San Diego county ages 5-12. It launches on February 1 each year and goes through March. It asks children to draw their idea of a healthy heart and share all the ways they stay active and heart conscious. Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. chooses five winners: the Grand Prize Winner receives a $250 gift card to Toys R Us, and four age category winners each receiving  $100 gift cards. There is also a public “Facebook” vote open to Bill Howe’s fans and the winner also receives a $100 gift card to Toys R Us.

The culminating event of the Healthy Hearts drawing contest and the annual sponsorship is the AHA Heart Beach Ball held each June at the Hotel Del Coronado Hotel. The Grand Prize Winner and his or her family are invited to attend the only “no shoes required” beach gala, where the winning drawing is displayed. The Beach Ball also adds another opportunity for fundraising and on June 14, 2014, raised over $350,000 during the event.

San Diego Plumber Contest Winner & Family At AHA Charity Ball

“We are so happy to do a small part with such an amazing organization like the American Heart Association,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. “We love hosting the drawing contest each year and look forward to all the community support and participation.”

For more information about the Bill Howe Family of Companies, or services offered: flood and restoration, plumbing, heating and air conditioning in San Diego, visit www.billhowe.com, or to speak with Bill or Tina Howe regarding this announcement, contact Bill Howe Marketing Director, Julie Riddle at Julie@billhowe.com.

About Bill Howe Family of Companies

Bill Howe Family of Companies is comprised of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc.; Bill Howe Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.; Bill Howe Restoration & Flood Services, Inc. The family-owned and operated company began in 1980 with the plumbing division and has grown into San Diego County’s largest low-cost one-stop-shop for service, repairs and installation, offering both residential and commercial services. 9085 Aero Drive, Suite B, San Diego CA 92123. Call 1-800-BILL-HOWE because We Know Howe!

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Bill Howe Plumbing Chooses Grand Prize & Age Category Winners in Healthy Hearts Drawing Contest

Local San Diego plumber continues to support AHA and local community in healthy lifestyle initiatives 

June 12, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – The Bill Howe Family of Companies is comprised of three divisions offering expert services in plumbing, heating & air conditioning and flood & restoration. The one-stop shop started with San Diego plumber, Bill Howe, and has grown over the past 30 years to over 130 employees in San Diego; plumbers, heating & air technicians and restoration & reconstruction specialists with support staff managing daily operations from their headquarters on Aero Drive. The family-owned and operated business continues its success through education and training, quality products and services, and dedication to community outreach.

The San Diego plumber has supported several charitable organizations throughout the history of the company, including the San Diego Burn Institute, San Diego Food Bank and the American Heart Association in San Diego (AHA). Their sponsorship of the AHA has been highly successful and the Bill Howe Family of Companies has been sponsoring the AHA since 2010.

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The Grand Prize Winner, Soliana, and two age category winners, Madeleine & Evan.

As part of the AHA Sponsorship, the Bill Howe Family of Companies makes an annual donation of $25,000 and hosts a 3-month long drawing contest for children ages 5-12. The contest asks children to draw their idea of a healthy heart. In 2014, over 400 drawings were submitted from across the county and six winners were chosen in several different categories. The Grand Prize winner, Soliana, age 10 from Poway, CA received a $250 gift card to Toys R Us, and an invitation for her and her family to attend  the AHA Heart Ball that will be held at the Hotel Del Coronado on Saturday, June 14. There were four additional age category winners and a “Facebook Favorite” and they each received a $100 Toys R Us gift card.

“We really love teaming up with the American Heart Association each year, especially as it allows us the incredible opportunity to connect with local children in our community,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “We are passionate about supporting the San Diego community that has been so good to us in our 34-year history, and the AHA initiatives align so well with our own dedication to creating healthy & active lifestyles in our own company and industry.

For more information about the Bill Howe Family of Companies, or for more information about how San Diego plumbers are making a difference in the community, visit www.billhowe.com, or to speak with Bill or Tina Howe regarding this announcement, contact Bill Howe Marketing Director, Julie Riddle at Julie@billhowe.com.

About Bill Howe Family of Companies

Bill Howe Family of Companies is comprised of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc.; Bill Howe Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.; Bill Howe Restoration & Flood Services, Inc. The family-owned and operated company began in 1980 with the plumbing division and has grown into San Diego County’s largest low-cost one-stop-shop for service, repairs and installation, offering both residential and commercial services. 9085 Aero Drive, Suite B, San Diego CA 92123. Call 1-800-BILL-HOWE because We Know Howe!

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Rebates Are Back!

Bill Howe Family of Companies employs the most highly trained plumbers in San Diego and keeps up to date on any possible savings to pass onto customers. With skyrocketing energy bills, many people turn to their local San Diego plumber to help them save money with one of the household’s most essential element, the water heater. While they have been absent for a while, SDG&E is once again offering rebates when homeowners install certain models with the specified energy efficiency ratings.

With professional installation from expert plumbers in San Diego, natural gas water heaters and electric water heaters are eligible for a rebate of $100 from SDG&E. Natural gas water heaters must have an energy factor of .62 or higher, and electric heaters are eligible in varying factors depending on the size. Pro water heaters are also eligible for the rebate and have longer *warranties.

Professional plumbers in San Diego explain an Energy Factor as the overall energy efficiency based on the amount of hot water produced per unit of fuel consumed over a typical day; i.e., for every dollar that is spent on gas, the amount that actually goes to heating water and is not wasted.  The following factors are also taken into account:

  • Recovery efficiency indicates how efficiently the heat is transferred to the water
  • Standby loss is the percentage of heat loss from the stored water (in conventional tank water heaters)
  • Cycling losses point to the heat loss as water circulates in the storage tank and/or at the inlet and outlet pipes

Bill Howe carries and installs many eligible water heaters and an expert San Diego plumber is standing by to answer any of your questions and walk you through the best option for your needs.

SDG&E rebate program will be in effect until early 2015 and customers are directed to the SDG&E website to download the application (Please verify with SDG&E for updated information as the rebate program can change at any time without notice. Bill Howe has no affiliation with the SDG&E rebate program). Please verify all requirements through SDG&E prior to filing application, including, but not limited to permit requirements. 

*Starting August 1, 2014 Bill Howe Plumbing will be offering a special warranty extension on new water heater installations. Call for details on how you can extend the life when you purchase and install a new energy efficient water heater.

Or, If you are nearing the end of your current water heater warranty period or thinking of upgrading the efficiency for future utility savings, call 1-800 Bill Howe (1-800-245-5469) today for a free estimate.

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Vote Bill Howe as San Diego’s Best in 2014 Union Tribune Reader’s Poll

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Bill Howe Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Restoration & Flood Services, Inc. is nominated in 4 places for the 2014 Union Tribune’s Best of San Diego Reader’s Poll! We appreciate all of your continued support in naming us the Best San Diego Plumber in 2012 & 2013 and hope you will help us again this year!

Please visit http://www.utsandiego.com/bestof/ and vote for us in the following categories:

For the Home

  • Best San Diego Plumber
  • Best San Diego Heating & Air Conditioning Company
  • Best Contractor

San Diego Life & Fun

  • Best Place to Work

Thank you, San Diego! Voting is open through June 29, 2014 and you can vote once per day!

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Bill Howe Promotes Five San Diego Plumbers to Team Leaders

Well-known San Diego plumbing company created five new positions in the plumbing division in 2014

May 28, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – Bill Howe Family of Companies has become one of the largest family-owned and operated companies offering San Diego expert services in plumbing, heating & air conditioning and restoration & flood remediation. Part of the success of the well-established company has been the caliber of employee, owner, Bill Howe hires in San Diego. Plumbers, heating & air conditioning technicians and restoration specialists must all complete extensive training and continue to educate themselves on their trade. To ensure training is a high priority, the Bill Howe Family of Companies will pay for all employees that wish to join the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors two year HVAC school or four year Journeyman program.

Five veteran plumbing professionals in the San Diego company were recently promoted to Team Leaders. The Team Leader position is a new creation in 2014 meant to assist the growing company in day-to-day operations creating a clear flow of communication and efficiency within the plumbing division.  “Although we remain a small family-owned business in how we care for our customers, we are growing and wanted to ensure that we continue that same level of care within the company,” said Amber Baynard, Human Resources Manager for the Bill Howe Family of Companies. Each Team Leader has approximately 15 employees on their team and are directly responsible for helping them to meet the expectations of the company’s policies and standards such as arrival times, truck maintenance, appearance, training and education, and company morale.

bill howe plumbign team leadersThe Team Leaders meet one on one with each employee as well as a group bi-monthly. They also help to bridge communication gaps between technician and dispatcher to create a cohesive team unit, which ultimately benefits the customer and eliminates errors. The five Team Leaders, Brain Rice, Edgar Godinez, Jorge Kahle, Nate Thorsen and Luis Mascareno, have been with Bill Howe for between 5 and 12 years as premiere San Diego plumbers, and earned this position through rigorous training, a grueling interview process that had over 20 applicants, and a dedication to making a better Bill Howe Family of Companies.

“In addition to education and training, part of our commitment to our valued customers, is to create an efficient and dedicated group of employees,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “Having five dedicated team leaders will help to establish the most efficient and cohesive team. Each team now has a direct line of communication and someone who will help them to uphold the high standards we have set at Bill Howe.”

For more information about the Bill Howe Family of Companies, visit www.billhowe.com, or to speak with Bill or Tina Howe regarding this announcement, contact Bill Howe Marketing Director, Julie Riddle at Julie@billhowe.com.

About Bill Howe Family of Companies

Bill Howe Family of Companies is comprised of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc.; Bill Howe Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.; Bill Howe Restoration & Flood Services, Inc. The family-owned and operated company began in 1980 with the plumbing division and has grown into San Diego County’s largest low-cost one-stop-shop for service, repairs and installation, offering both residential and commercial services. 9085 Aero Drive, Suite B, San Diego CA 92123. Call 1-800-BILL-HOWE because We Know Howe!

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Do you know “Howe” to shut off the water to your home in case of emergency?

Many plumbing jobs require water shut off at the source, for the entire house, and sometimes from the city meter. In the event you have a leak turning into a flood, knowing how to and where to cut your water supply can be the difference between minor and major damage. For over 34 years, the San Diego plumbers at Bill Howe have encountered many frantic calls asking for help in turning off water to the home.

In the event you are making a plumbing repair inside of the home and do not need assistance of your local San Diego plumbing company, or you have woken to a leak inside of the home, shutting down the water at the home’s inlet might be sufficient.

  • Identify water shut off. Usually, it will be a brass valve located near the point water entry into the home. If you are unsure, your local San Diego plumbers can easily walk you through over the phone.
  • Twist knob to the right to completely shut off water supply entering the home. Remember: “righty tighty, left loosey!”
  • In the event you are shutting down the water to make a repair, turn on all of your home’s taps to empty any remaining water from the pipes.

If you need to turn the water off from the street due to an exterior leak or a burst pipe leading into the home, such as a riser or hose bib past the entry point, you will need to shut the water off at the meter.

  • Locate the main water supply shut off; usually it is located with the city meter in a recessed meter box near the street in front of the home. Sometimes, it even has a “W” imprinted so you know its water.
  • Lift the cover from the meter box and look for a handle, or maybe even a valve with a metal flange covering.
    • If it is a handle, simple turn it as far as it will go using light pressure, so as not to break it.
    • If it is a valve, you will need a meter wrench to make a quarter turn.
  • If you are making a repair, again check all of the taps to ensure remaining water is emptied.

*If you suspect a leak, but see no signs of water, then turning off your water at the house and watching for movement of the meter will help determine if you need to call your local San Diego plumbing company for further evaluation.

*If you are making a repair or need to shut off an individual water supply, knowing how to turn off your home water is helpful in the event the local shut off breaks.

For advice or to schedule an appointment with one of Bill Howe Plumbing’s San Diego plumbers, please contact us at 1-800 Bill Howe (1-800-245-5469).

 

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Bill Howe Family of Companies Among the Healthiest in San Diego

Well known San Diego AC repair and plumbing service company receives recognition for healthy initiatives

May 13, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – The Bill Howe Family of Companies has been committed to employee happiness and wellbeing since opening their doors in 1980 offering plumbing services in San Diego.  AC repair, installation and restoration & flood remediation divisions expanded the company while increasing the number of employees to care for in 2007 and 2009. Part of their commitment to employees has been to offer advanced training, education, and full wellness programs to ensure a well-balanced work and personal life.

In 2012, seeing a growing need to help their employees maintain better health and understand how to begin actively taking control of their own well being, the San Diego plumbing company partnered with professional wellness coaches, BARR Corporate Health. Prior to 2012, Bill and Tina Howe, owners of the family of companies had incorporated several small initiatives throughout the company in an effort to assist in increasing health awareness.

“What we realized in all of our many attempts at positive healthy endeavors was the amount of work and time needed to care for and nurture these programs,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of Bill Howe Family of Companies. “We saw small success, but were ultimately stalled by our lack of experience in running full time programs.”

The San Diego Business Journal hosts San Diego’s Healthiest Companies Awards to recognize businesses committed to increasing health awareness and wellness initiatives for the community, employees and their families. On May 7, the Bill Howe Family of Companies’ wellness committee attended the ceremony where they were ranked 2nd in the medium sized business category. This is the second time taking a high ranking for the San Diego plumbing company, having been ranked first in 2013 in the same category.

This year, the business sizes and competition increased and the San Diego plumbing company was honored to once again be recognized.“We have stepped up our efforts this year and are continuing to promote our health incentives, participation and endeavors that we offer,” said Tina Howe.  “We are very pleased to be able to help build not only a healthy company, but a healthy industry as well.”

For more information about the Bill Howe Family of Companies,  visit www.billhowe.com, or to speak with Bill or Tina Howe regarding this announcement, contact Bill Howe Marketing Director, Julie Riddle at Julie@billhowe.com.

About Bill Howe Family of Companies

Bill Howe Family of Companies is comprised of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc.; Bill Howe Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.; Bill Howe Restoration & Flood Services, Inc. The family-owned and operated company began in 1980 with the plumbing division and has grown into San Diego County’s largest low-cost one-stop-shop for service, repairs and installation, offering both residential and commercial services. 9085 Aero Drive, Suite B, San Diego CA 92123. Call 1-800-BILL-HOWE because We Know Howe!

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The Air That You Breathe: Why Ventilation Matters

Proper ventilation is important, but something that we may take for granted in our own homes, especially in one of the finest climates in the America. Even if you have air conditioning in San Diego, chances are that it is used only during certain months. But, how often do you think about the air circulating through your home and how fresh it is?

Ventilation and ductwork that flows through your home is an intricate system allowing you to stay cool in summer, and warm in the wintertime. But, it also circulates the air (and anything that might be present, including anything present in the air). Having a professional in San Diego air conditioning, or heating, change the filters during your annual maintenance will also help to keep the air circulating in your home clean and pure.

In the ventilation system there is also a drip pan that catches the excess water/condensation, where bacteria sometimes can grow. In severe cases, it can contaminate indoor environments and cause a variety of issues including odors, and sometimes exasperate conditions like asthma. A simple and easy solution that will help keep bacteria from growing is cleaning the condensate line. Any specialist in San Diego air conditioning can perform this service and check your system.

Another way to ensure that what is circulating through your air conditioning in San Diego is as clean as possible, is to regularity maintain your system with annual pre-season tune-ups and regularly cleaning your air ducts. Not only would seasonal maintenance and air duct cleaning help the airflow, but also extends the life of your unit and keeps it running when you need it most.

We always recommend seasonal tune-ups and during each visit will check your airflow. For more information on the services performed during our A/C and heating tune-up, visit

Bill Howe’s experts in San Diego air conditioning are available night and day and offer the best in service, repair and replacement of HVAC systems. To schedule your appointment today, call 1-800-BILL-HOWE (245-5469).

 

 

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2014 AHA “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest Winners Announced!

Bill Howe has made San Diego plumbers synonymous with giving back to the community in a variety of ways, and in partnership with a variety of great organizations. One such team up between the local San Diego plumber is with the American Heart Association.

“Because Healthy Hearts & Healthy Pipes Make Happy Homes!”

Since 2010, the San Diego plumber and his wife Tina have been actively promoting healthy and active lifestyles and raising awareness of the AHA message in the community. Each year, the Bill Howe Family of Companies is proud to host a 3-month long drawing contest; the “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest for children ages 5-12. The drawing contest asks children to draw their idea of what makes a “healthy Heart,” and share all the ways they stay active and heart conscious.

Since beginning the contest, the company has reached over 1500 families and children in the community. In 2014, the San Diego plumber received over 450 entries and announced 5 lucky winners.

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Soliana, Madeleine & Evan, winners in the 2014 Bill Howe Healthy Hearts Drawing Contest

The 2014 Grand Prize Winner was Soliana, age 10 from Poway, CA. Soliana and her family attended the AHA Beach Ball on June 14, with the San Diego plumber, Bill Howe and wife, Tina, as well as receiving a $250 gift card from Toys R Us. Her drawing depicted her love of dancing and eating healthy.

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Zoe poses with her brother after being voted the “Facebook Favorite” on the San Diego Plumber’s fan page.

 

In addition, four age category winners were chosen, Evan, age 5, Madeleine age 7, Sarah, age 9 and Patchouli, age 11 and a special “Facebook” Favorite Winner, Zoe, age 7. Each received a $100 gift card to Toys R Us.

The San Diego plumber’s signed on for another year of sponsorship with the AHA and looks forward to 2015. Part of the sponsorships also includes an annual donation of $25,000 for the AHA.

 

 

For more information about the “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest, visit http://www.billhowe.com/HealthyHeartsContest#rules

 

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Bill Howe Family of Companies Announces Drawing Contest “Facebook Favorite” Winner

Public vote chooses first winner in annual drawing contest hosted by local San Diego plumber and the American Heart Association

May 5, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – The Bill Howe Family of Companies started as a small one man plumbing company in San Diego offering low cost service to the local community. Since opening his doors, Bill Howe has steadily grown the company into a successful, large low cost service & repair operation, with two additional divisions for heating & air conditioning and restoration & flood remediation. Part of the success has been a commitment to giving back to the San Diego community through outreach, sponsorship opportunities and their most prominent team up with the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association and local plumbing company in San Diego have been teaming up for the past 5 years. The sponsorship includes an annual donation to the AHA of $25,000, support at the San Diego Heart Ball Gala in June and a unique drawing contest aimed to promote healthy active lifestyles and raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in the local community.

The San Diego plumber created the “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest to encourage children ages 5-12 to learn about and engage in heart healthy lifestyles.  The contest opens each year on February 1, at the start of National Heart Month. The Bill Howe Family of Companies hosts a kick off launch party in January and several community events to help promote the contest. The age category winners and “Facebook Favorite” winner of the contest each receive a $100 gift card to Toys R Us, and the Grand Prize Winner receives a $250 and an invitation to the Heart ball with his or her family held at the Hotel Del Coronado.

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Zoe, age 7, poses with her brother and the “Facebook Favorite” Drawing!

The “Facebook Favorite” is chosen from the 100 finalists from the entries. This year, over 450 children entered the contest throughout the county.  Public voting took place on the San Diego Plumber’s social media site and opened up to all fans for two weeks. The drawing with the most likes/comments was named the winner. The 2014 “Facebook Favorite is Zoe, age 7 from Pacific Beach. The winning drawing exhibits all the elements of a healthy and active lifestyle, nutrition, sleep, exercise and love. When asked what Zoe would do with the gift card, “I am going to buy a present for my friend’s birthday,” she replied sweetly.

“The drawing contest is one of our favorite times of the year,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “Not only do we get to help promote health and fitness, but we get to share our passion with the community while raising awareness for such a great and important organization.”

For more information about the Bill Howe Family of Companies, visit www.billhowe.com, or to speak with Bill or Tina Howe regarding this announcement, contact Bill Howe Marketing Director, Julie Riddle at Julie@billhowe.com.

About Bill Howe Family of Companies

Bill Howe Family of Companies is comprised of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc.; Bill Howe Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.; Bill Howe Restoration & Flood Services, Inc. The family-owned and operated company began in 1980 with the plumbing division and has grown into San Diego County’s largest low-cost one-stop-shop for service, repairs and installation, offering both residential and commercial services. 9085 Aero Drive, Suite B, San Diego CA 92123. Call 1-800-BILL-HOWE because We Know Howe!

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