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San Diego Plumbing Service Company Awarded for Improving the Youth in the Community

July 2, 2012 San Diego, Calif. – Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc., one of the largest family-owned San Diego plumbing service, heating, air conditioning, and restoration companies, is recognized for the second year in a row for continued community improvement efforts in San Diego. The company is proud to accept the second place 2012 Heilbron Award in the medium business category, sponsored by San Diego Rotary Club 33 and the San Diego Business Journal.

The Heilbron Awards, named after Carl Heilbron, first president of the San Diego Rotary

Bill Howe accepts San Diego Rotary Club 33's Heilbron AwardClub 33 in 1911, recognize small, medium, and large public and private companies that exemplify the “pay-it-forward” spirit and give of themselves and their professional expertise to advance the well being and success of others in the community.  San Diego Rotary Club 33 is one of the largest in the country and among nearly 30,000 Rotary Clubs now active globally. The 2nd Annual Heilbron Award ceremony took place on June 7, 2012 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. In the Heilbron Award’s inaugural year, Bill Howe Plumbing won first place for the role they play within the San Diego Job Corps.

While the company offers extensive community service to various organizations, i.e. San Diego Food Bank, American Heart Association, and Rebuild Together San Diego, this year’s Heilbron Award was specifically awarded to Bill Howe Plumbing for the generosity the San Diego plumbing service company has shown towards the Andrew Chapman Mentorship Training Program (ACMTP). The ACMTP was founded in 2008 by Bill Howe Plumbing technician, Andrew Chapman. When funding from the community ran out in 2011, Bill Howe personally offered the financial support needed to reignite the program. The unparalleled support of Bill and Tina Howe, allowed for the purchasing of parts, tools, books and resources, including paying for the facility located in Lemon Grove, creating an environment where troubled youths can learn a valuable trade and reenter the community with integrity and pride. Because of Bill Howe Plumbing’s support other organizations took notice and non-profit organization, Second Chance, added their resources to ACMTP helping Andrew find the students to participate in the program. Not only did they financially boost the program, Bill Howe Plumbing also organized a shadowing aspect for the students allowing them to work and learn alongside seasoned plumbing technicians three days a week for six weeks at a time. With the outstanding success of 2011, the three organizations involved (Second Chance, ACMTP and Bill Howe Plumbing) teamed up again in 2012 to mentor another group of students, training them to provide excellent San Diego plumbing service.

“I couldn’t be happier to attach my support to the ACMTP and give back to the San Diego Community that has been our home for over 30 years,” said Bill Howe, President of Bill Howe Plumbing. “My goal is to see the trade industry and community continue with integrity, and through programs such as this one, we can continue to strengthen the community one underprivileged youth at a time.”

To learn more about how Bill Howe Plumbing “pays-it-forward” in the San Diego Community through outreach programs such as the ACMTP,  visit www.billhowe.com or contact Bill Howe Communications Director, Stefanie Hineman at Stefanie@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. 1364 Morena Boulevard, Suite A, San Diego CA 92110. Call 1-800-BILL-HOWE because We Know Howe!

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2013 Women Who Mean Business: Winner

Tina Howe accepted her second honoree award at the 20th annual Women Who Mean Business Award Ceremony in November. Nominated for her business acumen and generous philanthropic spirit, Tina was chosen to represent the best of women leaders alongside several local business women, doctors, lawyers, philanthropist, entrepreneurs and more. Her achievements at Bill Howe PLumbing and in the local community have been the culmination of an unwavering dedication to her own success, but also the success of those around her. Tina Howe waward

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Strange Plumbing Noises In The Night

Are your pipes making noise? What do they mean and when should you call on the professional services of a San Diego plumber? At Bill Howe Plumbing, we have seen and “heard” just about everything. We’re sure that most people at one time or another have also experienced strange noises in the night.

When your pipes make noise, it can be anything from air to the temperature inside the pipe rapidly changing. When it comes to noises, sometimes it can be a long shot. It could be something simple or a little more complicated. And, sometimes the noises you hear from the pipes could come from hidden pipes behind walls or even underground. If you are not sure of where the problem is or how to fix it, that is when you may want to call on your local San Diego plumbing company.

How do you know whether you can fix the issue? For instance if you were to hear a rattling noise, it may indicate that your pipe is not adequately secured and can be remedied with extra strapping along your exposed piping. There are a few other noises that you may hear like whistling, when you have sediment built up in your water pipe causing the water to flow through differently and causing a whistling sound. Whistling can also be a sign that your pipes are too small and a possible solution might be to install a pressure-reducing valve. They can also save you money!

Just like settling house, pipes can also creak and squeak; these sounds usually happen in hot water pipes as they expand and contract with temperature fluctuations. When the pipes expand, they move the straps that are holding the in place and when they cool, they contract. The friction of the pipes moving is what causes the squeaking sounds. This sound could be prevented or even stopped by cushioning the pipes so they can move with ease without noise.

Not all San Diego plumbing companies are created equal. At Bill Howe Plumbing, we have serviced thousands of local homes during our 33-year history and have seen and “heard” it all! One of the most common sounds you may hear is a banging and hammering. This sound is usually water hammer and occurs a lot when a sink or faucet is turned off too quickly. These noises do sometimes just happen and your plumbing is perfectly fine, but if you feel like it is going to cause damage or it is bothering you too much, then it might be a good time to call a San Diego plumber.

At Bill Howe, we will send you an experienced San Diego plumber that will thoroughly assess you specific plumbing issues and provide an estimate for the best solution. Don’t lose sleep over strange plumbing noises in the night, call today 1-800 Bill Howe (1-800-245-5469).

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Union Tribune Top Workplaces: #6

Bill Howe Family of Companies was presented as one of San Diego’s top workplaces in the first annual UT Top Workplaces Award. Listed as #6 in the top ten medium sized business category, the Bill Howe Family of Companies has many reasons to be named as one of the best and it was through employee surveys and sentiments that garnered this award. They have a state-of-the-art wellness program, outstanding benefits, close family oriented culture and generous pay structures  which ensure a high rate of employee retention, and happiness in the work place. In fact, happy healthy employees is the first point of their three-tiered mission statement. The UT Top Workplaces Award is the second recognition of the companies dedication to a “Best Place to Work,” the first this year having been the San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to Work (a list they have made in 2010, 2011 and again in 2013).san diego plumber offers great place to work

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Plumbing Safety 101

When it comes plumbing safety, you can honestly never be too cautious. Anything you do in life you have to take precautions, but especially with home improvement projects, whether they be do-it-yourself or you hire a professional. Always know & practice the basics of safety

One group that must take extra precautions on the job are is san diego plumbers. When talking about safety it does not only pertain to physical activity but also knowing not to ignore smells, noises, or safety codes. Any small thing thing that you may notice that may be out of the ordinary should be checked, especially if it has to do with plumbing. San diego has a lot of companies to choose from and knowing that the San DIego plumbers you choose are licensed, bonded and insured is important when hiring for services. Bill Howe Plumbing has been providing expert and safe services since 1980.

bill howe plumbing's san diego plumber safety checklistIf you do discover a plumbing problem, from a kitchen clog to a leaking water heater, and feel confident to make the repair yourself, have a safety checklist on the ready to keep your home and your family safe:

  • Be informed. Make sure you read all instructions and reference any problems that may arise. Once you have properly diagnosed the root of the problem, you should also have a clear set of directions to follow, including safety measures.
  • Protect yourself. If you do decide that it is safe to make a plumbing repair yourself, have all the necessary safety tools and accessories available close to you while working. Wear gloves to keep things like glass, fiberglass and rust off your hands. Wear safety eye goggles to keep dust, debris and sparks out of you eyes. Wear face masks to ensure you do not breathe harmful fumes. It’s been said, but it is very true, better to be safe than sorry!
  • Enlist a friend to help. Do not play superhero and assume you’re able to lift and do everything yourself. By having a friend or neighbor with you, you will be doubly safe while lifting and moving any appliances, they can help to spot you and are there in case of an emergency to help shut off water, gas or dial emergency help. Read all labels, Instructions, Manuals and warnings. You should make sure not to mix any chemicals and know what you might be using. Also, understand what to do in case of accidental ingestions or in case of an emergency.
  • Read all labels, Instructions, Manuals and warnings. You should make sure not to mix any chemicals and know what you might be using. Also, understand what to do in case of accidental ingestions or in case of an emergency.
  • Do not work if you are physically impaired. Make sure you’re well rested and not sick before beginning any project. Being tired and/or sick can lead to injury or impaired judgement.
  • Use tools as intended. Make sure you are not forcing any tools. Use the right tool for the job and make sure all cords are intact and not old or frayed.
  • Place your tools in a safe place while working. Do not place a sharp tool in your pocket as you may forget it is there. Alternatively, make sure your tools or tool cords are not in a walking path and are safely stowed.

If you are beginning a project, thinking of starting one in the future or need to hire a professional plumber, the most important step is safety, especially in  plumbing. San Diego has strict safety code to make sure that all licensed plumbers adhere to proper safety to protect your family and home. Bill Howe Plumbing has been voted the best San Diego plumbers two years in a row by the Union Tribune because of our continual dedication to the protection of San Diego residents and their homes.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for any plumbing repair, please call us today at 1-800-Bill-Howe (1-800-245-5469). You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Tina Howe Presented with Women in Business Award for Second Time

Vice President of Well Known San Diego Plumbing Company Honored with Business Award

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The Bill Howe Family of Companies has become one of San Diego’s largest family-owned plumbing, heating & air conditioning and restoration & flood service companies. Operating from the mission to provide expert services to the local community at an affordable price while also giving back in charitable and positive ways to both San Diego residents and the industry.

Tina Howe has been integral in achieving the companies goals. She has grown the San Diego plumbing company consistently in the past ten years adding two new divisions in San Diego, heating and restoration and flood services. Her business acumen has earned her several nominations in local awards and at the San Diego Business Journal’s (SDBJ) 20th annual Women Who Mean Business Award Ceremony (WWMB), she was once again presented with the winning honor. Tina Howe was also chosen as a winner for the 2010 WWMB Award and was a finalist in the 2011 year.

The SDBJ’s WWMB Award celebrated its 20th anniversary this month. The award recognizes dynamic women business leaders and role models for their contributions and achievements in local business. The 2013 event was held at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley. There was a list of over 160 finalists of outstanding individuals and awards were presented to the top 40 women in San Diego.

Tina Howe currently serves as Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies as well as President of the San Diego Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractor’s Association. In her term, she has increased membership in both the PHCC organization as well as the Journeyman Plumbing Program, hired four new teachers to instruct in the apprenticeship program and opened a new division in San Diego heating and air conditioning training with the launch of the HVAC two-year apprenticeship program.  She also spearheads the philanthropic endeavors of the Bill Howe Family of Companies and regularly donates to organizations such as the San Diego Burn Institute, the American Heart Association as well as ensuring that the company provides pro bono work in the San Diego community.

“It was such an honor to be in the company of so many amazing women leaders,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “I have a great team of people to support our business efforts and together we are able to achieve real results every day that benefit the plumbing and HVAC industry in San Diego and I am so proud to be a part of this company and community.”

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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2013 San Diego Union Tribune Reader’s Poll: 1st Place Plumber, 2nd Place Heating & Air conditioning and 4th Place Contractor

In the UT’s annual Reader’s Choice Best of Awards, the Bill Howe Family of Companies placed in all categories in which they were nominated. Once again, they came in First for their plumbing services in San Diego and moved up one spot for their expert heating & air conditioning division. And for the first time, they were up for best contractor and came in fourth. They were in great company with many wonderful plumbers, HVAC companies and Contractors in San Diego being voted.best san diego plumber in 2013

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Water Heater Permits: To Have or Not to Have?

Is it time to replace your water heater? Or, have you thought about upgrading to a more energy efficient or tankless style heater? Water heaters are important fixtures in our home, and although they all provide us with the same comfort, necessity and luxury, we do not often think of them until they begin leaking and we need a new on fast. However, whether you need a water heater now, or are planning a project in your home, one of the very first things that should be done or considered is a city permit.

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Many homeowners believe that permits are only for major projects and remodels. However, this  is not always the case. When is it necessary to get a permit when hiring San Diego plumbers? Most San Diego plumbing companies will send a plumber out to explain the job and during the estimating and discovery process, you should ask if the work that is being done requires a permit. Bill Howe Plumbing has over 75  hard working San Diego plumbers that do a wide variety of work, from cleaning drains to installing quality water heaters. And, since the plumbing code is always changing, all San Diego plumbing companies should keep up to date and be able to inform you of current city requirements, as well as being able to comply with the current code.

If you are making the repair or improvement yourself, it is best to check your local plumbing code before starting work on, installing, or replacing a water heater. These codes are put in place for the protection of you and the public and if you have a city inspector at your home, he or she may check on current projects to ensure compliance.

If you choose to hire a professional, then Bill  Howe Plumbing is the right choice. Did you know that  Bill Howe has won “Best San Diego Plumbers” two years in a row, 2012 & 2013, from the Union Tribune Reader’s Poll. We have dedicated technicians that are highly trained and stay up to date on all of the latest code. Plus, we offer free estimates and our San Diego plumbers will make the process easy and answer all of your questions. Bill Howe is also not limited to plumbing, we offer services in heating & air and restoration & flood remediation, so if your water heater has burst in the night and you need help tackling the flood before it damages your home, you know who to call!

For more information or to schedule an appointment for an installation or repair of your water heater call us today at 1-800-Bill-Howe (1-800-245-5469).

 

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Two Local San Diego Plumbers to Receive RIGID Scholarships for Journeyman Program in 2013

Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. Employees Awarded Scholarships and Tools to Assist in PHCC Journeyman Apprenticeship

Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. is one of the largest family-owned and operated service and repair companies in San Diego. Plumbers working for Bill Howe have been proud to be a part of the Local Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors of San Diego (PHCC-SD) since 1985. They have steadily grown since opening their doors adding divisions in restoration and flood and heating and air conditioning repair with a continual focus on education and training for their 100 + employees.

On September 18, RIGID awarded four scholarships, through the Educational Foundation of the PHCC-National association to students enrolled in the apprenticeship programs. The scholarships, administered through the PHCC, are designed to attract new talent and increase training from the plumbing and HVACR industry. Tyler Mitchell and Nestor Holquin of Bill Howe Plumbing were awarded two of those four scholarships. Each will receive $1000 in tuition cost and $1500 in RIGID tools. Bill Howe Plumbing has opened the apprenticeship program to all interested employees. The company encourages the technicians to seek out the scholarship opportunities and pays the difference.

The well-known San Diego heating and air conditioning, plumbing and restoration company has had ten employees receive scholarships for the PHCC program including the RIGID award as well as from other organizations and the PHCC itself. Since 2008, Bill Howe Plumbing has had nine of their San Diego plumbers graduate from the PHCC Journeyman Apprenticeship Program and has twenty-one current students as well as two teachers in the PHCC-SD school for the 2013 year.

“Bill and I have been a part of the PHCC since the early years of our company,” said Tina Howe, president of the PHCC-SD. “We support further education and training for our industry and believe everyone serving the San Diego community should continue training. We are also happy to now have an HVAC division of the training program operational this year; it means a great improvement to our trade.”

For more information about the Bill Howe Family of Companies services in San Diego heating and air conditioning, plumbing, restoration and flood, 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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San Diego Plumber Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month with “Pink Booties”

Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. Field Technicians Will Sport Pink Footwear to Help Raise Awareness through October

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Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. is one of the largest family-owned and operated service companies specializing in plumbing, restoration and flood services, and air conditioning and heater repair. San Diego has been home to Bill Howe since 1980 and they have committed to dedicating their company to continue giving back to their community through outreach and philanthropy. The San Diego plumber, grown to a family of companies, is proud to support breast cancer awareness month throughout October with pink protective footwear.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. From sports teams to websites, people and organizations around the nation “go pink” for October.  The San Diego plumber is happy to join the cause and do his part to support the campaign. Shu Bee, the company that provides shoe covers for the Bill Howe Family of Companies’ field technicians notified them of the pink booties available for the month of October.

According to the website, NationalBreastCancer.org, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of death among women in America, and it is estimated that over 40,000 women will die from Breast cancer in the United States annually. It is also proven that, with early detection and treatment, victims are able to lead normal lives. This is why it is so important to raise awareness and spread the word about early detection.

No stranger to supporting life-saving research and fundraising,  Bill and Tina Howe have long been supporting American  Heart Association with annual donations and a three-month long drawing contest to help raise funds and awareness of heart disease, America’s number one cause of death as of 2010 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  “Adding in this small, but tangible step towards awareness is the least we can do,” says Tina Howe, Vice President of The Bill Howe Family o f Companies. “We are very proud of all of our techs for stepping up and wanting to help spread the word by wearing these special pink booties.”

Bill Howe’s plumbers wear “booties” or shoe coverings whenever they enter a customer’s home to protect their flooring and keep the homes clean. With over 170 service calls a day, five days a week, including approximately 100 weekend emergency calls, that equals to well over 3500 potential chances to help spread the word about Breast Cancer this  October.

For more information about the Bill Howe Family of Companies services in plumbing, restoration or heater repair, San Diego residents, 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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