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Let Bill Howe keep you cool for only $59!

It’s Going to be a Hot Summer. Pre-Season Tune up’s recommended!

Special price expires on July 31, 2014!

At Bill Howe, we have been employing only the best plumbers in San Diego. And in 2007, we opened our own San Diego air conditioning & heating division to meet the needs of our customers.  We began with highly skilled, trained HVAC technicians, and have continued to train, certify and educate all of our specialty technicians. Our Vice President and President of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association even opened the first 2-year training program for San Diego air conditioning and heating education through the PHCC in October 2013.

In San Diego, air conditioning and heating units often go unused for months at a time. And if you live on the coast, you may not even have either installed in your home. But, if you do, you know that when you go to turn it on in late spring or late fall when the weather does begin to shift, you want it to work.

At Bill Howe Heating & Air, we know that your time and comfort are important, which is why we encourage pre-season maintenance of your air conditioning or heating system before you need it. When you properly maintain your HVAC unit, you can have peace of mind that when the temperature drops or rises, you will not have to book a last minute appointment during the HVAC peak season.

49When you book your Spring tune-up to maintain you’re A/C, a NATE certified Bill Howe Heating & Air conditioning specialist will perform the following inspection and cleaning to ensure you will beat the heat when summer is at its hottest! And, boy is it looking to be a hot one!

  • Check input and output temperatures, refrigerant pressures and levels, and airflow
  • Inspect filters
  • Ensure coils are clean and there is no leakage
  • Clean electrical contacts, connections and fuses
  • Check condensations, lines and pumps
  • Inspect safety controls
  • Measure amperage draw on motors
  • Check thermostat operation
  • Inspect airflow

A maintained system not only works  when you need it, it will run at a higher efficiency  and can even extend the life of your unit. Also, by having a certified and trained heating & air technician, like those employed by Bill Howe heating & air, you know the job will be done right! Bill Howe has been providing the highest quality plumbers in San Diego since 1980 and now offers the best in HVAC servicing, too!

Call today and book your pre-season tune-up with one of Bill Howe’s NATE certified technicians and get the special low price of $59.00. But, hurry, it won’t last! Call 1-800-Bill Howe (245-5469).

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When should you camera inspect your sewer line?

Towards the end of 2013, many homeowners in San Diego received letters educating them about sewer line warranties through a city partnership with a third party company, Sewer Line Warranties of America. The program might have surprised some San Diego residents, but it also served to educate them on what lines are there responsibility; in San Diego, the lateral lines that run to the city sewer main are the homeowner’s responsibility, even if the line runs underneath the sidewalk or street!

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Heavy scale buildup in sewer lines can cause frequent backups.

While the legitimate need for the warranty program will vary depending on who you ask, one thing is clear, homeowners who may experience problems, or who might be concerned about future costly repairs, should know the condition of their sewer line.  Bill Howe has been the premier San Diego plumber since 1980, and has expert knowledge of sewer line inspection cleaning and even sewer re-lining in San Diego.

The best way to determine the condition of your sewer line is by a camera inspection. A San Diego plumber will provide a full view of the sewer line, depth of the line and location of any tree root intrusions, breaks, scale buildup or other common sewer line problems. Having a sewer camera inspection allows the homeowner to understand what potential issue may arise, or if they need to address a problem immediately. It can also determine if your line is a candidate for sewer relining in San Diego. This process restores your broken, corroded or deteriorating sewer line without the costly dig-ups and trenching.

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Epoxy sewer relining restores the pipe to new condition.

It is also helpful to inspect the sewer line prior to purchasing a new home or if you suspect that there is a problem on the city side. If the city line is compromised, having a San Diego plumber inspect the line and notify the city can help the homeowner work with the city towards solution. The city will only review reports from a licensed plumber.

 

 

As the homeowner, you will also receive a DVD so that you can view the line yourself and understand exactly what is happening underneath your property!

Click Here for $25 off of your camera inspection.

 

 

 

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San Diego Plumber Takes First Place at Spring Harp Fest 2014

Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. and Tom Safreed, Field Supervisor, sponsor local music festival and take first place in “unknown players jam” 

April 24, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – Well-known San Diego plumbing company, Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. has been a long time supporter of community events. A proud sponsor of the American Heart Association for five years, the San Diego Burn Institute since 2012, and for the past five years, a prominent sponsor of the Spring Harp Fest. The local music festival celebrated its 15th year this month and Bill Howe Plumbing Field Supervisor, Tom Safreed, is proud to have been part of the organizations fundraising endeavors since 1999.

The Spring Harp Fest is an annual music event celebrating music education and American art form, “blues harmonica.” It is a free festival, family friendly, and 100 percent funded through local community support, donations and volunteers. Suggested donations of event attendees are $10, and all proceeds go towards music education in local schools. Spring Harp Fest is affiliated with Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD), a nonprofit organization, where contributions from Harp Fest are earmarked for harmonica inclusion in schools. In 2012, Spring Harp Fest was able to donate $1500.00 and 300 harmonicas to BLUSD.

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Tom Safreed, of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc., playing the blues harmonica at the holiday gala.

The event was held on Saturday, April 19 at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa. The lineup included Patrick “BlueFrog” Ellis, Dan “Dirty” Rice, “Harmonica John” Frazer, Eric Von Herzen with the Atomic Road Kings as well as many other notable Blues acts and Bill Howe Plumbing’s own, Tom Safreed, who played in the Unknown Players Jam. The San Diego plumber also took first place in the unknown player’s competition.  “I love taking part in this event,” said Tom Safreed. “Playing the blues is a passion and I am lucky to work for an organization that helps me not only express that passion, but also helps raise much needed funds to continue making music education possible.”

The event was a great success and something Bill Howe Plumbing and Tom Safreed are happy to participate in each year. “Community involvement is very important,” said San Diego plumber and owner of Bill Howe Plumbing, Bill Howe. “We have to support the education of our kids in the community, and Spring Harp Fest is an event like no other.”

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 Plumber Supporting San Diego Music Education at Spring Harp Fest 2014!

Have you got the April blues?

Our own Tom Safreed, expert San Diego plumber and harmonica enthusiast has the cure. Spring Harp Fest 2014! Tom has been part of the Bill Howe team for over 15 years. Although his area of expertise is in plumbing, his passion is music and he has been a part of the blues music scene in San Diego for many years. Part of his involvement has been to help bring music, specifically blues harmonica playing, to San Diego schools through his affiliation, and with the help of Bill Howe sponsorship, of Spring Harp Fest.

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Tom Safreed, San Diego plumber, takes time between playing to jam with 2013 Spring Harp Fest attendee!

Founded in 1999, Spring Harp Fest promotes the “American art form [of] the blues harmonica.” For 15 years, players have been coming together in San Diego to perform, entertain and raise money for “Blues in the Schools” program, which is part of Blues Lovers United of San Diego, a non-profit organization. Bill Howe Plumbing and Tom Safreed have been proud sponsors for the past five years and hope you can join us on Saturday April 19 from 11-6PM.

The music festival is 100 percent free, although there is a suggested donation of $10, which is well worth the investment. Festival attendees will see Patrick “Blue Frog” Ellis, Dan “Dirty” Rice, Bubba McCoy, “Harmonica John” Frazer , Eric Von Herzen, from Social Distortion, with the Atomic Road Kings and many more, including our own Tom Safreed. Proceeds go to the music education program and the day is funded through 100 percent donations and volunteers!

If you’re feeling a little peckish during the event, don’t worry, Hooters’ Wings and Hodad’s burgers will be available. It is a family friendly event you don’t want to miss! So, if you want a cure for the blues, head to Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa for a free & fun family event benefitting music education.

2014 Spring Harp Fest begins at 11AM and will be entertaining the community throughout the day until 6PM at Harry Griffen Park, located at 9550 Milden Street in La Mesa, CA 91942. Join us for the whole day, or just stop by to hear our own Tom Safreed during the Unknown Player’s Jam at 1PM.  

Want a taste? Here’s last year’s video with Tom “Harmonica John” Frazer.

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The Bill Howe Family of Companies Named as Finalist in Local Healthy Company Awards for Second Time

Local San Diego a/c repair & plumbing company continues to make wellness priority in 2014

April 11, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – Bill Howe Plumbing’s Family of Companies, one of San Diego’s largest family-owned businesses, has been offering expert services since 1980. Started by a San Diego plumber and entrepreneur, Bill Howe, the company quickly grew and has added heating and air conditioning and restoration and flood divisions creating a one-stop shop for business owners and residents’ home care needs. Part of their success has been a consistent focus on creating a culture within the company to retain quality employees who in turn deliver quality service to the community.

Seeing a need to create a healthier company culture, in 2012, the San Diego plumber hired professional wellness coaches, BARR Corporate Health, and instituted a full wellness program. Prior to the professional program, the Bill Howe Family of Companies sponsored “Biggest Loser” style contests and promoted active lifestyles, but wanted to move towards a more daily presence for their employees in San Diego, a/c repair specialists and plumbing technicians especially. “We have an aging workforce in a labor intensive industry,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “The work in attics, underneath houses, in the heat and the hours can sometimes be long. We want to provide them with the tools to be healthy and enjoy all the benefits of their hard work now, when they retire.”

The San Diego Business Journal’s Healthiest Companies Award Program is in its second year and recognizes companies who initiate wellness into their everyday culture. The San Diego plumber received the first place recognition in 2013 for medium sized business categories for their efforts in the first year of their full wellness program and is proud to once again be named as finalists. New initiatives implemented this year include 1oo percent healthy on site vending, restructured activity events, wellness weaved into team leader job descriptions and pedometer programs for office staff. Additionally, 75 percent of the company has volunteered to take part in wellness biometric screenings, the entire company takes part in monthly wellness meetings, stretching, and safety focuses.

The Healthiest Company Award Ceremony will be held on May 7 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The San Diego plumber is in the medium sized business category once again and will be up against companies with up to 1000 employees. “I believe we have a great chance at making the list again, said Tina Howe. “But whether we do or not, we will continue to implement wellness into the fabric of our everyday business practice for our company.”

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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Bill Howe Family of Companies Receives Local Business Award

Local San Diego plumber continues to gain recognition as top business 

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April 9, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – The Bill Howe Family of Companies is comprised of three divisions offering services in San Diego air conditioning and heating, plumbing, and restoration and flood remediation. However, the company began 34 years ago out of a small studio apartment in Pacific beach, a small community of San Diego. Plumber, Bill Howe and  Bill Howe, Sr. opened their doors with the mission to offer quality plumbing and drain cleaning at affordable rates. Bill Howe has grown his company without losing sight of that mission and has created a successful business model along with his wife, Tina and three of his five daughters.

The award-winning plumbing company has been truly family operated throughout its 34-year history, with Bill Howe, and his wife, Tina involved in all daily operations and three of their daughters in leading roles within the company. Additionally, their niece is the Human Resources Manager and recently celebrated her 17th anniversary at Bill Howe. “Having our daughters join us in our mission to offer San Diego the best services at the best prices makes us very proud,” said Bill Howe, President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “We know they are growing the business with the same high standards and vision as us which has been our success since 1980.”

The San Diego Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Awards honors family businesses in the San Diego that dedicate themselves and their industries to excellence for their community. This is the second time they have been recognized as a top family business, having been honored in 2010. At this year’s ceremony held on April 3 at the Paradise Point Resort, the Bill Howe Family of Companies was again recognized for their continual growth, community involvement and upholding of the highest standards in business.

“It is great to come to work every day with your family,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “We have always built our company from our own foundation of values and ethics, and every day we get to achieve our goals together. We also think of our entire team of employees as family and have created a culture of excellence that everyone strives for.”

In addition to being recognized as one of San Diego’s top family businesses, the Bill Howe Family of Companies has been named one of San Diego’s Healthiest Companies, voted the Best San Diego plumber two years in a row and received multiple business awards over the past decade.

For more information about the Bill Howe Family of Companies services in San Diego air conditioning, plumbing or restoration and flood remediation,  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 Sponsors Healthy Nutrition Demo for Boys & Girls Club to Support the American Heart Association

Local San Diego plumbing company continues to support community and promote healthy lifestyles

san diego plumber hosts cooking demonstration at local boys & girls club

March 31, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – The Bill Howe Family of Companies has grown into one of the largest, low cost family- owned and operated San Diego plumbing companies. Part of their success has been to consistently give back to the local community through volunteerism, youth outreach and strategic partnerships. One long-term partnership the San Diego plumber has embraced is with the American Heart Association promoting healthy and active lifestyles in the community, while raising much needed awareness of stroke and heart disease.

The Family-owned San Diego plumbing company has been teaming up with the America Heart Association for the past 5 years, with a commitment through 2015. They provide a generous annual donation in addition to community outreach to help bring awareness of the organization and all it does to help the San Diego community. Additionally, the company and the AHA developed the unique “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest raising awareness on how to lead healthy active lives aimed at children ages 5-12 and their families. The contest officially launched on February 1 and ends April 4. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 gift card for Toys R’ Us and an invitation for the whole family to attend the AHA Beach Ball in June.

For the past two years, the Bill Howe Family of Companies has involved one local Boys & Girls Club in their “Healthy Hearts” contest. The Ron Roberts Branch of the Boys & Girls Club in Linda Vista is also on a mission to teach healthy nutrition and active lifestyles to its students and together with the San Diego plumber, has built a strong collaborative relationship during like-minded events. In 2013, the company assisted in the Boys & Girls Club’s local fundraiser, “Big Jumps, Little Changes,” and this year together with chefs from the AHA, hosted a healthy nutrition demonstration for 80 students to align with the club’s healthy lifestyles week.

On Thursday, March 27, Bill Howe & AHA representatives, together with a host of volunteers and one local chef, set up four fun & healthy  food stations as well as a fun nutrition facts and prize wheel. The kids learned how to make each fun recipe, taste their own creations and everyone won a prize.

“The best part of an event like this one is to be a part of the discovery process with the kids,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “They discover that they do like vegetables and fruit, and there are healthy alternatives to chips and soda. It is rewarding to know we are helping to improve nutrition choices in our most important asset-our children.”

For more information about the services offered at 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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Local San Diego Girl Scout Visits Bill Howe Family of Companies in March

San Diego plumbers received a special guest at the March company meeting and assisted her in reaching her cookie goal and send cookies to troops overseas

March 15, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – The Bill Howe Family of Companies is one of the largest low cost, family-owned and operated service companies in San Diego. Plumbers, HVAC technicians and water mitigation specialists all work seamlessly through the three divisions offering a one stop shop option for San Diego residents. Part of the success of the company has been their involvement in community events, services and youth outreach. Bill and Tina Howe have always supported a variety of organizations, and during their March company meeting, they added a local Girl Scout to the long list of beneficiaries of the Family of Companies.

The Girls Scouts were organized in 1912 and founded on the tenants to build girls of “courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Although Girl Scouting offers a wide variety of activities and opportunities for girls, Girls Scout Cookies have become the American Icon of the organization. In San Diego, Girls Scout Cookie Season begins February 1 and lasts through March 16 teaching girls five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Girl ScoutTaylor Cole from Girl Scout Troup 8928 contacted the San Diego plumbing company with a perfect cookie pitch. “She was detailed and convincing, providing me with three very specific ways in which our company could help,” said Julie Riddle, Marketing Director for Bill Howe Plumbing. “I was so impressed by her professionalism at such a young age, I wanted to help her reach her goal and Tina was on board from the very beginning.”

Taylor arrived early on March 12, 2014 to meet with Bill and Tina Howe and set up. She and her mom jumped right in mingling with the employees and sharing breakfast before the start of the meeting. When she was introduced, she took the stage with confidence and explained who she was and how our company could help. Taylor was able exceed her goal by several hundreds of dollars in Girl Scout Cookie sales in San Diego. Plumbers rushed to her after the meeting adjourned helping to support Operation Thin Mint and even buying her last remaining boxes.

“She will make one great businesswoman,” said Tina Howe Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “She was a natural, and I know it is not very easy to stand up and address a room full of strangers, especially when the majority of them are men. She did wonderful, and we were so thrilled to have her join us and be a part of our meeting.”

For more information about the San Diego plumbing company, or how they are involved in community outreach, 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, Bill Howe, Celebrates the 4th Annual World Plumbing Day

Local San Diego plumbing company helps raise awareness of the role of plumbing in community health and safety

March 12, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – The Bill Howe Family of Companies loves to give back to San Diego. Plumbing, while it may not appear in every day conversation, is a much needed and underappreciated service. It is also something that many people do not have access to, and that is why the San Diego plumber celebrates March 11, otherwise known as World Plumbing Day, illuminating the importance of access to proper plumbing throughout the nation.

World Plumbing Council designated March 11, “World Plumbing Day” after natural disasters in New Orleans and Japan. The event is another way to bring to light the important role plumbing plays in health and safety in our communities. World Plumbing Day happens “every year…everywhere…” and is promoted to educate us about something that is greatly lacking in many parts of the world, access to clean drinking water. It was scarce in the Katrina and the Tsunami of 2010; however, there are countries that live under such circumstances daily. According to the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe water supplies, over 2 billion people do not have improved sanitation and millions die each year from water-related diseases.

“We want to help spread the word and raise awareness of plumbing’s role in our health,” said San Diego plumber and President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies, Bill Howe. “Each time we provide services to our local community of San Diego, we are also helping to strengthen the health of our community. We adhere to strict safety regulations and complete every job up to current Uniform Plumbing Code, educate our technicians and ourselves and stand behind every job we do”

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the Bill Howe Family of Companies handed out special “World Plumbing Day” gifts to each customer they visited. The gifts included a travel salad cup that comes with a dressing portion cup and fork, a few healthy snacks and a Bill Howe tote bag. “We wanted to give them something useful and fun,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “The salad cups are a great way to take a healthy lunch with you on the go, and perfectly align with our promotion of healthy active lifestyles.”

World Plumbing Day

Attached to the World Plumbing Day gifts was a thank you message from Bill & Tina Howe and information on World Plumbing Day and how plumbers protect the health of the nation.

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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