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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.

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Showerhead with hard water scale build up.

If you are experiencing slow streams of water, or trickling out of the shower head, your first inclination might be to call your nearest plumbers in San Diego. However, you should first check to see if it is simple hard water scale build up and mineral deposits that are slowing your water pressure. This problem can easily be cleaned with household items.

 

You will need a few items that can easily be gathered from your arsenal of household items: Pliers, a towel, a container (Tupperware bowls work perfect, white vinegar, a paperclip and an old toothbrush).

Step one: Remove the showerhead. It should twist off with a little pressure, but if it is a little stuck, you can try using pliers. But be careful not to scratch the showerhead. Once the showerhead is removed, the rest is easy!

Step two: Place the showerhead in the container filled with white distilled vinegar and leave submersed for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour, depending on the level of buildup.

Step Three: Remove the showerhead and place on a towel. Use the paperclip to unclog the holes (gently) and the toothbrush to gently brush away scale build up and mineral deposits.

Step Four: You can then rinse the showerhead in warm water and reattach it in your shower. Turn the shower on and let it run warm water for several minutes and you should now be able to enjoy full pressure!

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Showerhead after cleaning.

For quick cleaning and regular maintenance (and to avoid calling on your San Diego plumbers when the problem becomes too difficult), you can also fill a plastic bag with the vinegar and place around the showerhead without detaching it. Simply secure a tie around the neck, and allow the showerhead to soak. Remove the bag and you can brush the buildup off.

 

                                                                                            

If you notice a loss of pressure in multiple fixtures, or your showerhead seems to have a deeper issue, you can always call one of Bill Howe’s San Diego plumbers at 1-800 Bill Howe (245-5469) for a free on site assessment.

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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 air gap prevents drain water backing up into the dishwasher and causing possible contamination.

The code for plumbing in San Diego requires all dishwashers be installed with an air gap because of the possible contamination factor. Although it is a small chance, the possibility for dirty water to be siphoned into the dishwasher drain line and then into the main water supply line is still a possibility and an air gap will prevent this. Some people might advise that you can go with a “High Loop” method of bringing the dishwasher drain up to the highest point under the sink before connecting to the sink drain. However, in San Diego, plumbers (licensed and by the book) and appliance installation crews will not install or hook up a dishwasher using this method, nor will it pass inspection from the city. It is best to follow all safety codes.

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The air gap is the cylinder like fixture located next to the sink faucet.The drain pipe of the dishwasher feeds to the top of the air gap, and the bottom of the air gap is plumbed into the sink drain below the basket or into the garbage disposal. If at any time, water flows from the fixture into the sink, it might be time to call out your local San Diego plumbers for maintenance or repair.

If you are thinking about installing a new dishwasher, and do not have an air gap, call Bill Howe Plumbing in San Diego for a free estimate. You’ll save time and be fully prepared when your new dishwasher arrives! Call 1-800 Bill Howe (245-5469).

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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 that has kept them thriving in the local community. Part of that success is the result of listening to customers and delivering the highest quality customer care in the industry.

On November 5, 2014, Jessica Kalloch, the Business Development  will attend the 21st Annual Women Who Mean Business (WWMB) Awards Ceremony, and is honored with a nomination and finalist status for the first time. Jessica joined the plumbers in March 2010 as the first of her kind in the industry. She developed her role from the ground up, creating a niche in the plumbing and HVAC trade. Her success has added value to Bill Howe across divisions by creating a concierge style customer relationship for all account customers and has improved the overall customer service policies within the company.

Jessica was nominated, and chosen as a finalist, because of her dedication and hard work. She has made numerous improvements to Bill Howe and the industry, including an email work flow, appointing direct representatives for account customers, new and existing, and strengthened the communication between office, technician and customer. Jessica acts as liaison personally connecting with every customer, listening to their needs and delivering 100 percent of the time. Additionally, she sits on several industry boards including being elected to the Executive Board of Building Owners and Managers Association for the 2015 year.

“I am so honored by the show of support from my company and to be chosen as a finalist,” said Jessica Kalloch, Business Development Director of Bill Howe Plumbing. “I love what I do and finding solutions to continue the Bill Howe Family of Companies growth and success.”

Jessica was nominated By Tina Howe, Vice President of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. and  recipient of the WWMB award herself in 2010 and 2013. Operations Manager, Amber Baynard was also chosen as a finalist in 2011.

For more information about the Bill Howe’s San Diego plumbers or other services offered, 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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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 built our company on a simple three-part mission:

  • Ensure each of our employees are happy, healthy and have all the skill and tools necessary to flourish in their careers
  • Provide every customer with the highest level of work and service, always aiming for 100 percent satisfaction
  • Give back to the San Diego community who has been giving us business since 1980

And though we have grown from a one-truck San Diego plumbing company to a one-stop shop for plumbing, heating & air conditioning, water treatment, sewer relining, restoration and reconstruction services, we have maintained our dedication to those three tenants, and it shows.

Every day, our customer service representative’s follow up on each service call to see “Howe” we are doing. We want to know that our HVAC techs, water damage specialists and plumbers in San Diego are upholding our high standards and taking care of our customers.

And, while we are not surprised by the positive response, we are very proud of what our customers are saying. Here’s what we are asking and how  they’re answering!!

How would you rate our technician’s service on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best? Did the plumber make your aware of our other services in San Diego? Did the plumber wear his booties to protect your home? How did we provide exceptional service? What can we do to exceed your expectations? And lastly, we ask for comments (read examples below).

It was great! Nothing that could have been done better.” Robert B. (Tech: RJ Bolas)

Very efficient and thorough.” Gene T. (Tech: Gilbert Baca)

Very happy, Super nice, Happy with their work, very professional and hardworking [and] remembered them by name!” Joann C. (Techs: Igor Sachakov & Estimator Eric Johnson)

Sweetheart! Young but knowledgeable.” Margie C. (Tech: Ryan Cook)

Outstanding technician, did an outstanding job, double his wages! Loves [my] new thermostat!” Mr. G. (Tech: Wayne Ulm)

Very Good Experience!! Very Excellent service!! Great uniform & tidiness!!” Jennifer B. (Tech: Tristram Coffin)

And it goes on! So next time you’re in need of one of Bill Howe’s a professional HVAC Experts, Restoration Specialists or plumbers in San Diego,  you know who to call! 1-800-Bill Howe (245-5469).

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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 for their San Diego plumbers and employees to ensure that they help to protect the local community.

The Bill Howe Family of Companies has a zero tolerance for unsafe driving among its employees in San Diego. Plumbers, HVAC techs and remediation specialists comprise over 80 drivers for the local company and are held to the highest standards when driving company vehicles. Each employee with a company vehicle must keep a clean DMV driving record and adhere to all California traffic laws, including the use of mobile phones and electronic devices while driving. All employees have signed the policy and even the office staff is disallowed from calling the drivers while their vehicles are in motion.

“We use our GPS tracking system to ensure that when we reach out to our technicians in the field, we can determine if they are driving,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “We are also in the process of installing applications that will disable the phones while in motion to further ensure our drivers are focused on safety at all times.”

The company continually offers education events, as well as safety training and reminders company wide. As part of their October company meeting, they hosted the TRED (Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety) from the University of California, San Diego and the California Highway Patrol to present an hour long safe driving seminar “Just Drive” to the company.

The presentation is part of the effort to reduce distracted driving in San Diego and is offered free to companies. The class covers the definitions of distracted driving, dangers of distracted driving; California Vehicle Code and legal requirements as well as actions employees can take to reduce distracted driving. The team of speakers, including two CHP officers, illuminated and educated the Bill Howe Family of Companies and helped to raise awareness about the dangers and responsibility employees have to keep the roads safe.

Bill Howe Family of Companies asks San Diego to join in the move to reduce distracted driving. For more information or to schedule a class, contact treds@ucsd.edu, or call 858-534-8524.

For more information about the San Diego plumbing company,  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 Plumbers Participate in Local “Ride for Kids” Fundraising Event

Employees from the Bill Howe Family of Companies ride for a cause

September 29, 2014 San Diego, Calif. –Bill and Tina Howe, owners of well-established San Diego plumbing, HVAC and restoration company, know the importance of giving back to the community and have shared their own “pay-it-forward” spirit with their employees. From volunteering at the local food bank and local fundraising events to participation in organizations that are important individually, the team of San Diego plumbers at Bill Howe is eager to get involved in community outreach.

San Diego Ride for Kids is part of a national series of motorcycle rides benefitting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Ride for Kids began in 1984, a time when there was little hope for those diagnosed with pediatric brain tumors. There was little research, and treatments did not guarantee children would survive to adulthood. Motorcyclists and Ride for Kids have helped to change that realty for PBTF offering family friendly, fun-filled ride events taking place in 37 locations across the country. As of September 2014, Ride for Kids 2014 has raised over $2.5 million for the foundation.

This is the first year that the Bill Howe Family of Companies has sponsored the event.  Spearheaded by Chief Technical Officer, Mark Card, a group of five San Diego plumbers joined on Saturday with their motorcycles. Additionally, Mark brought his sidecar and was able to bring one of the kids in attendance along for the ride. “It was exciting to be a part of the San Diego Ride for Kids this year,” said Mark. More than 500 riders attended the San Diego event and raised a total of $13,352.

“We were very proud of all of our team members and the many foundations they want to support,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies.  “We have built into our own mission the importance of community outreach and charitable giving, and to see our employees pick up the banner of “giving back” means we are succeeding in reaching our goals.”

For more information about the San Diego plumbing company and their pay-it-forward spirit, 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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Brad Frapwell Joins Bill Howe Plumbing as New Account Manager

Established San Diego plumbing company proud to announce newest addition in its business development division

September 25, 2014 San Diego, Calif. –The San Diego Plumber has the recipe for success, having built a household name in the community. The secret to the family of companies’ success is based on the services they are able to offer. Beginning with one truck in 1980 and growing to over 60 trucks across three divisions, Bill and Tina Howe have grown the company with a solid foundation of quality care for their customers, from start to finish, making them the number one priority.

Part of the mission is in the personalized “concierge” style of services the San Diego plumber has been offering since operations began in 1980. Creating a dedicated account division to see to the varied needs of business-owners, apartment managers, property management companies and homeowners with rental properties is paramount to meeting the growing demands and standards in the industry. Brad Frapwell joins current Business Development Director, Jessica Kalloch, in maintaining and extending Bill Howe’s Family of clients in the San Diego plumbing, heating and restoration community.

Before coming to work for Bill Howe Family for Companies, Brad was an independent contractor for Aflac and built a relationship with Bill and Tina Howe as a vendor. Recruiting Brad was an easy decision for the San Diego plumber, “Brad has a strong record of success with his own business and quality of relationships he has built” says Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “He is knowledgeable and attentive to customer concerns, and has the same family ethics that we value.”

“I look forward to bringing my expertise in developing relationships and working with the San Diego community to the company,” said Brad. “I will be able to add yet another level of customer care to the services offered by the Bill Howe Family of Companies.

For more information about the San Diego plumber or to learn more about the Bill Howe Family of Companies, visit www.billhowe.com, or 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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Plunger 101

Did you know that there are two types of plungers? Most often, we think of plungers related to common toilet clogs. It is a tool that even plumbers in San Diego know well. Of course, your local plumber will want to caution you to use the correct plunger for the correct application!

The two basic types of plungers, “cup” style and “flange” style can be found at any home improvement store and can save a lot of money and time when dealing with small clogs. In San Diego, your plumber will advise you to never use the “cup” style plunger on your toilet, and yet that is the most common type of plunger found in the home.


Bill Howe Recommends A Cup Style Plunger For Sinks And Tubs

                The “Cup” style, or if you ask one of your professional plumbers in San Diego a Hydrostatic Force Cup plunger, works by creating a seal and suctioning against a flat surface. This is why these style plungers work best on sinks or bathtubs where the surfaces create the perfect vacuum seal. They are most effective when there is water in the pipe, and work by pushing the plunger down until the rubber “cup” is flattened and pulling up. By repeating the process rapidly, the vacuum attracts material and breaks up, or loosens, the clog.

Flange Style Plungers Recommended By San Diego Plumbers For Toilet Clogs

The “Flange” style plunger is the best tool to use when you have a clog in the toilet itself. However, it will only be effective if the clog is before the flange or main 4” line. When your local San Diego plumber responds to a toilet clog, he or she will first test all the drain in order to determine the location of the clog, and the best method of clearing it. You can do this too!

Before you use the plunger:

  • Test all the drains by running water while flushing the toilet
  • Does water back up into the tub?
  • Is there a bathroom next to, or below, the clogged toilet?
  • If you have a clean out in the front  yard, check to make sure no water is coming up

If all drains are clear, you can likely solve the problem by using the “Flange” style plunger.  The unique shape, unlike the “Cup” style, is designed to create and maintain the right amount of vacuum and pressure in the bowl of the toilet.

                Gently allow the plunger to seal inside of the toilet bowl and push up and down in a rapid, but controlled, motion. Once the clog dislodges or loosens, the water level should go down. In order to test the drain to see if the clog has been successfully cleared, slowly pour water into the bowl or lift the lid of the tank and very slowly lift the flapper at the bottom of the tank until water enters the bowl. Do not lift the flapper all the way up, and do not flush the toilet until it has been tested clear.  If multiple attempts do not clear the line, you may want to move to a toilet auger or call one of the professional plumbers in San Diego.

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*NOTE: If you use ANY style plunger in the toilet, you run the risk of breaking or damaging the wax ring. This will cause leakage from the base of the toilet, and you will need to remove the toilet to replace the wax ring. Always plunge with caution! (And never use the “Cup” style plunger for toilet clogs!)

From more information or to schedule a professional San Diego plumber from Bill Howe Plumbing, call 1-800-Bill Howe (245-5469) today!


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Local San Diego Plumber Named Favorite by Beach Area Residents

Bill Howe Plumbing has been chosen local beach communities as San Diego’s Gold Medal Plumber in 2014

September 12, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – The Bill Howe Family of Companies, recently named one of the Best Plumbers in San Diego by UT readers, has been serving communities from the border in the south to the 78 since 1980. Business operations began out of a small studio apartment in Pacific Beach where Bill Howe built strong relationships in the coastal communities. For 34 years, they have been growing and adding expertise in new decisions including, heating & air conditioning, restoration and flood services, as well as water treatment.

The San Diego Community Newspaper Group publishes the Beach & Bay Press, The Peninsula Beacon and La Jolla Today, and serves local coastal communities in San Diego including La Jolla, Ocean Beach and Point Loma. The San Diego plumber is no stranger to these local publications, and has been chosen by readers as the best plumbers in San Diego multiple years. In 2014, they have been chosen once again in all three publications as the Gold Medal Plumber. Additionally, they have been named as one of San Diego’s “Best Places to Work” in 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014.

“We strive to continually offer the best products and service at the best rates for all of our customers,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “To be recognized by readers in our local communities for succeeding is such an honor. We are especially proud that the beach communities, where we began, still value the Bill Howe Family of Companies and have grown with us over the past 34 years.”

Bill Howe and Bill Howe Sr. opened the AM/PM Sewer & Drain Cleaning in 1980. Operations were run out of a studio apartment at 974 Thomas St. in Pacific Beach. Their mission was simple and the goal has remained steady for 34 years-give San Diego residents a plumbing company they can trust and continuously build a repeat customer base. Although they have grown over the years, the quality and dedication to honesty has remained at the very heart of Bill Howe operations.

For more information about the Bill Howe plumbers 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, Inc. Walks in Poway Days Parade

The local San Diego plumber walks in first parade supporting local neighborhood

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September 17, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – Bill Howe Plumbing has been proudly sponsors local community events as part of its mission to give back to San Diego. Bill Howe has been the premiere plumber in San Diego since beginning operations in 1980. In their 34-year history, they have grown into the Bill Howe Family of Companies by adding divisions in heating & air conditioning, restoration and flood services and water treatment. Part of their successful growth has been to continue supporting their local communities and building the Bill Howe Brand.

Bill Howe is no stranger to Poway; not only does the company work throughout Poway in its many divisions, but the Howe family has called Poway home for many years. Poway Days, the local celebration of the city, is a day filled with food, fun, music and family events. The day begins with a Parade and in 2014, and although the San Diego plumber regularly sponsors the event, 2014 is the first year they participated in the parade lineup.

On Saturday, September 6, Bill and Tina Howe led a team of Bill Howe employees in the Poway Parade, including two of their daughters, and their grandson, Ryder. The San Diego plumber had their familiar branded vehicles in the lineup and the crowd welcomed the group by singing out the “Bill Howe Jungle” and sharing how well they know the company by shouting out, Bill Howe “We Know How!”

“We were so happy to be welcomed by the Poway community,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of Bill Howe Family of Companies. “Hearing the crowd sing our jingle and use our tagline means that we are living up to our goal of creating a family for our customers.”

For more information about services available from an expert Bill Howe plumber in San Diego, or 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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