Bill’s Blog

Emergency Water Heater Shutdown

As a premiere San Diego plumbing company for 35 years, we have seen quite a few leaking water heaters, and many times it does not leak at a convenient time. Whether it is in the middle of the night, or during a weekend get together, the last thing you want to have to do is to call random plumbers in San Diego for emergency help, usually at emergency rates! If you follow a few simple steps, you can save yourself major...

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Bill Howe Family of Companies Named as Finalist in 2015 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

San Diego plumber receives recognition for industry ethics for fourth consecutive year December 8, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – Bill Howe Plumbing has a distinguished history of offering the best in services for San Diego plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and restoration and flood customers. They have led the industry in community outreach, customer service excellence and ethics for 35 years and have numerous recognitions to show for their hard work. For the fourth consecutive year, the Bill Howe Family of...

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Whats a MERV?

In the HVAC world, A MERV is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. But what does it actually mean? A MERV rating relates to the filter in your heating & air conditioning system and its efficacy in air quality control. MERV ratings are on a scale of 1-20, and the higher the number means the fewer the contaminants that can pass through the filter. The MERV scale was designed by the American Society of Heating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to...

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Common Plumbing Misconceptions & Myths Explained

Do Lemons in the disposal freshen your kitchen and give it that nice lemony fresh scent? Yes, but and this is a big but, our San Diego plumbers never recommend grinding those rinds in the disposal. Even if they are tiny pieces and grind okay, they eventually end up in your drain line and can cause worse problems later on. Read our blog about lemon peels to find the best way to keep your kitchen drain smelling fresh. Read it here! Where you...

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Celebrate World Toilet Day: November 19, 2014

Did you know that it is World Toilet Day, today?  Recognized by the United Nations as the founding day of World Toilet Organization, World Toilet Day is about action and awareness. There are approximately 2.5 billion people (a little over a third of the world’s population) who do not have access to improved sanitation. According to the, 1 billion people still defecate in the open. 2014 marks the second annual World Toilet Day. Designated by the United Nations General Assembly...

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“Howe” to Clean Your Showerhead

You don’t need plumbers in San Diego to tell you how hard the counties water can be. In fact, we have one of the worst ranking water in the country (coming in at 9th) which can cause many issues with your homes plumbing. One of the more annoying, but easily resolved, issues is that of a clogged shower head. [caption id="attachment_10564" align="alignleft" width="295"] Showerhead with hard water scale build up.[/caption] If you are experiencing slow streams of water, or trickling out of...

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What is an Air Gap, Exactly?

According to the Wikipedia, an air gap is an “unobstructed vertical space between the water outlet and the flood level of a fixture.” What does that even mean? And, did you know that having an air gap installed with any dishwasher is now required by Uniform Plumbing Code? The most common use of the term “air gap” refers to the plumbing fixture that provides back flow prevention for your dishwasher. But, what does it do, exactly? A properly maintained and installed...

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Jessica Kalloch of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. Named as Finalist in Local Business Award

Multi-award winning San Diego heating & air conditioning, restoration and plumbing company proud to support Business Development Director October 22, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – Bill Howe Plumbing, one of the largest family-owned and operated companies has been providing the best San Diego plumbers since 1980. And in the past 34 years, they have also added to the company by adding divisions in San Diego heating & air conditioning and restoration and flood services further building on the successful business model...

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What customers are saying about our plumbers!

We have some of the best plumbers in San Diego. They attend rigorous training, education and technology advancement seminars on a regular basis to stay up to date to provide the best in San Diego plumbing for our customers. In turn, we also have the best customers in San Diego. Many have been with us since the very beginning, in 1980 when we first opened our doors as AM/PM Sewer & Drain Cleaning (link). And it is no wonder when we...

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Bill Howe Family of Companies Focuses on Safety for Drivers

San Diego plumbers get a lesson in safe driving practices October 15, 2014, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – Bill Howe Plumbing has a distinguished history of offering high quality services in San Diego plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and restoration and flood services. For over 30 years, they have been industry leaders and set the precedence for service companies in their community. Not only focused on delivering the highest quality of services, the company focuses on continued training and education...

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