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“Howe” Clean is Your Dryer Vent?

How often do you lean your dryer vent in San Diego? HVAC manager, Miguel Sanchez, at Bill Howe Heating & Air recommends this process at least once a year to keep your dryer at its optimal running condition and to maintain safe use of your appliance. Did you know that San Diego Heating & Air conditioning companies also perform this service? Most people do not realize the importance of dryer vent cleaning until it is too late, and that is why Bill Howe’s NATE certified specially trained HVAC technicians carry the proper equipment at all times and can properly clean your residential vent line.

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If you suspect a clogged or partially clogged venting, or you have never thought about it at all, it is likely time to have them inspected and a cleaning performed. If your dryer vent is clogged, the dryer has to work harder during the drying cycle, and may require running clothes longer than is recommended. This increases your energy usage as well as damaging clothing over time.

Clean and unobstructed dryer vents allow for efficient drying time, add longevity to clothing life and can even reduce utility bills. Just like cleaning the lint screen after each cycle, it is important to remove the buildup and dust from the dryers vent line.

bill howe warns of dryer fire dangersNot only can your clogged dryer vent lead to increased utility bills and reduced clothing life, it can be a very real danger to your home and family. Clogged dryer vents pose a serious risk for house fires when the debris buildup inside of the vent restricts the airflow heating up and then igniting. Just like keeping a fully tuned and maintained HVAC unit is important for your home’s safety, your dryer has the same potential for danger if left not maintained.

Although the process may appear at first simple, in San Diego heating & air conditioning technicians are trained on the mechanics of proper venting and can properly assess the need and process to keep your dryer running safely and in top condition.

One method of routine cleaning involves an air-propelled snake through the vent line, much like clogged drains, the process involves snaking the line with the proper equipment blowing the air 360 degrees backwards, blasting the lint and debris loose and collecting it in a special bag.

If the clog is more severe, it may require removal of the dryer, dismantling the vent system and using a larger blower through the line. But, whatever the necessary procedure, Bill Howe’s expertly trained and certified San Diego heating & air conditioning technicians are available to help, day and night.

For more information, or to schedule your dryer vent cleaning with one of Bill Howe’s expert San Diego HVAC technicians, please contact us at 1-800 Bill Howe (1-800-245-5469).

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Prepare for the Rainy Season with Drain Experts, Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc.

Bill Howe Plumbing advises an ounce of prevention saves a pound of cure with area drains this rainy season, helping customers keep money in their wallets now and later

The winter season signals a time of goodwill and cheer, but it also means that the rainy season is soon to follow. Even though San Diego enjoys near perfect weather, it does experience some heavy rains and stormy weather causing major problems in residential and commercial plumbing, and more specifically in area drains. By ensuring all drains are clear before the rain comes down, home and business owners can save in the future of what could be more costly drain cleaning. San Diego property owners are able to save now, too, with this exclusive offer from Bill Howe Plumbing.

A back up of an area drain never seems to happen at an opportune time. In San Diego, the rains could last 20 minutes or two hours and there is no stopping an overflow from your area drains once it begins.  When it comes to area drain cleaning, San Diego plumbers know that it is more difficult and much more costly to clear area drains after or during the rain. In most cases, regular snaking will be sufficient to clear and maintain any exterior drains, however, once it has rained, drain technicians can no longer safely use the regular electrical snaking equipment. Instead, they have to use the high-pressure, gas-powered hydro-jetters to clear any outside drains. By this time, homes could be flooded incurring costly restoration services. That is why Bill Howe Plumbing wants to alleviate San Diego residents of the cost and headache with a special “rainy day” offer.

The best cure for any ailment is the preventative kind. This holds true with area drains as well. Bill Howe Plumbing offers comprehensive preventative maintenance packages tailoring the services to each property’s drain system so that customers receive the perfect service every time. Bill Howe Plumbing’s team of San Diego drain cleaning specialists will assess each property during their initial inspection, and can draw up a yearly or bi-yearly estimate for maintaining the drains in working order throughout all seasons, and offer immediate relief with added savings. There is no hassle once a maintenance plan has been chosen; Bill Howe Plumbing’s friendly office staff will take care of all scheduling, including reminders when the time is near. Save now with a special discount and save later with a tailored maintenance plan.

“An awareness of how your area drains work and how they are running could be the difference between a small bill for maintenance each year and a much larger bill if we have to come and clear your area drains after the rain, says Hector Godinez, Field Supervisor and San Diego drain cleaning specialist at Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. “It is better to be prepared and you can avoid a worst case scenario flood and at least save a little money.  It doesn’t often rain in San Diego, but when it does, it has the capacity to cause major damage and we simply want to help our customer’s avoid the damage and cost as much as possible.”

For over 30 years, Bill Howe Pluming, Inc. has been the leading experts in drain cleaning. San Diego residents can visit www.billhowe.com, or call 619-286-6348 to learn more about preventive maintenance plans.

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Bill Howe Family of Companies Names Jaime Howe-Stolis Plumbing Division Office Manager

San Diego plumbing company restructures management with focus on accountability and increased efficiency for 2014 

January 21, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – Well-known San Diego plumber, Bill Howe, opened his doors in 1980. Operating out of a small studio with one service truck, he quickly grew his business into one of the largest family-owned and operated San Diego plumbing companies with services including heating & air conditioning, plumbing, and restoration and reconstruction. Part of the success of the Bill Howe Family of Companies has been the strong family ties within the office and in the field.

A true family business, the San Diego plumber has three daughters in leading roles across multiple divisions, his niece spearheading Human Resources and Tina Howe has been Vice President of the company for the past ten years. The newest promotion of Jaime Howe-Stolis, recent honoree at Emerging Generations Award by the San Diego Business Journal, to overseeing the plumbing division’s office operations comes as an effort to focus on increased efficiency.

The new office position is designed to create a more efficient flow from office to technician to customer. The majority of field technicians belongs to the plumbing division and handles a monthly volume of over 1000 service calls. Services range from drain clogs to whole house re-pipes, spanning form the border in the south up to the 78 in the North County.

Jaime Award“It is a delicate balance,” said Jaime Howe-Stolis, Plumbing Division Office Manager. “All of our dispatchers and call takers have to communicate so we are all on the same page. We have to know everything that is going on in the field and ensure our technicians are also being taken care, and dispatched to the right calls, in the right area based on our customers’ needs and technicians skill set all so we can continue providing the highest standard of service, quickly and at affordable rates.”

In order to continue on the track of growth and success the well established San Diego plumbing company has been on for over 30 years, the office is undergoing advanced training for all dispatchers and call takers, as well as new teams within the field. Job descriptions have been streamlined by Howe-Stolis to free up unnecessary tasks that do not benefit customers and each team now has a direct line of communication with one another to keep daily operations running at the optimal level.

“Communication is key,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “Opening up this role really comes down to seeing that everyone in the office has someone to hold them accountable and keep the lines of communication flowing for maximum efficiency. Our customers are our top priority, and now we have a managed flow to ensure they get the best care from the name they have come to trust.”

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 Launches 4th Annual Drawing Contest Teaming with American Heart Association

Well-known San Diego heating & air conditioning, plumbing, restoration & flood services company raises awareness of heart health

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January 16, 2013 San Diego, Calif. – Bill Howe Plumbing and the American Heart Association are teaming up for a fourth year to host the “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest. The contest spans  three months and the San Diego heating & air conditioning, plumbing and restoration company will celebrate with several events including a kick-off Party in January at The Serra Mesa Library and ending with the grand prize winner and family attending the American Heart Association’s San Diego Heart Ball on June 14, 2014.

The “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest is launching into its fourth year in San Diego and raises awareness of heart disease and stroke in the local community. The contest is open to all San Diego residents’ children ages 5-12, free to enter and comes with fun events, games, prizes and education to teach families the best ways to keep their hearts healthy. Local San Diego plumber, Bill Howe, and his wife Tina have been generous in their community outreach and philanthropic donations over the years and are proud to once again team-up with the American Heart Association.

The launch of this year’s contest begins on Sunday January 26 at the Serra Mesa Library from 2-4. The kick-off party will allow children to enter the drawing contest early with multiple drawing stations open, speak with doctors from Rady Children’s hospital and learn healthy heart facts, take a spin at the prize wheel and help participants increase awareness for a healthier and happier community.  As a special offer, San Diego residents can R.S.V.P. to the event and be entered to win  a brand new Kindle Fire HDX. http://www.billhowe.com/kick-off-party-form/

This is the third kick-off party since the team-up of the San Diego plumber and the American Heart Association in 2010. Prior years, this event was held at the New Children’s Museum; however, the Bill Howe Family of Companies is excited to bring it to a new venue and reach a new community.  “Having just moved our headquarters to the neighborhood, we wanted to support our own local community this year,” Said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies on the change of party location. “We’re so happy to welcome children and their families with us at the library and educate them with a fun-filled heart healthy day.”

For more information about the Bill Howe Family of Companies, visit www.billhowe.com, or to speak with San Diego plumber, Bill 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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Not all water damage is created equal!

Not all water damage is created equal. If you experience a flood, minor or major, it is important to know in which category the damage falls and what your options are when calling a San Diego flood repair specialist. At  Bill Howe Restoration & Flood, all lead technicians are trained and Clean Trust certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and are the experts in diagnosing and determining water damage and solutions for repair.

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There are 3 categories of water involved in water loss: clean,gray, and black. In San Diego, plumbers from Bill Howe have encountered each of these and are ready to help you stop the leak or flood fast while coordinating with the San Diego flood repair specialists on their team to help ensure your home is cleaned and returned to its original condition.

Category 1: Often referred to as “Clean” water because  the source does not pose substantial harm to humans. Some clean water sources may include broken water supply lines, bathtub or sink overflows with no contaminants, appliance malfunctions involving water supply lines, melting ice, or falling rain water, that has not flowed over soil or through structural components. Even broken toilet tanks and bowls do not contain contaminants or additives. But, once a clean water source contacts other surfaces or materials, the condition may change as it dissolves or mixes with soils and possible contaminations over time. In San Diego, plumbers at Bill Howe often encounter minor category 1 water damage when responding to burst supply lines underneath sinks.

Category 2: Also known as “grey“ water contains some degree of contamination and is considered unsanitary. Category 2 water could potentially cause discomfort or sickness if consumed and carries microorganisms. Gray water examples can include discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, overflows from washing machines, and overflows of toilet bowls with liquid waste. All of these may contain chemicals or biocontaminants (fungal, bacterial, viral or algae) or other forms of contamination. Time and temperature can aggravate Category 2 water contamination significantly. Structures that remains untreated longer than 48 hours can change from category 2 to category 3.

Category 3: The most serious water damage is commonly referred to as “black” water. Category 3 water always contains pathogenic agents. Grossly unsanitary, “black” water sources come from sewage or other contaminated water entering a structure and can contain dangerous chemicals or medical wastes. Toilet backflows that originate from beyond the toilet trap are considered to be “black” water damage, regardless of visible content or color. Category 3 includes all forms of sea water and ground surface water flowing into structures, and situations where structural materials and/or contents have been heavily contaminated with pesticides, heavy metals or toxic organic substances. If you suspect category 3 water damage in San Diego, flood repair specialists should be contacted immediately.

Water categories can change rapidly depending on many variables. In San Diego, flood repair specialists from Bill Howe are available 24/7 and estimates are always free. If you suspect water damage, minor or major, call 1-800-BILL-HOWE (1-800-245-5469)  today for your free estimate!

 

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New Year, New San Diego Plumbing Law

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Senate Bill 407 was put into effect on January 1, 2014. If you are unfamiliar with the new bill and how it may affect you, the most important thing to know is that if you will be remodeling or upgrading any home built on or before January 1, 1994, you will be required to replace all fixtures with California approved water-conserving ones before the city inspector will issue a certificate of completion. This even counts if the remodel does not involve plumbing of any kind!

San Diego homeowners are already aware of the fact that the area does not receive a lot of rainfall throughout the year. As a result, water conservation has become a hot topic. The state is slowly making it mandatory to use water saving fixtures and our San Diego plumbers are available to help educate and help you meet all the new requirements.

What is a non-compliant fixture as defined under the new senate bill?

  • Toilet that uses more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush
  • Urinals using above a gallon per flush
  • Showerheads manufactured with a flow capacity of 2.5 gallons of water per minute
  • Interior lavatory faucets emitting more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute

Experts at Bill Howe can help with any issues related to your San Diego plumbing, including assessing whether or not your fixtures would be considered acceptable under new law. After 30 years of providing exceptional services, Bill Howe’s San Diego plumbers have the knowledge, training and expertise to educate you on all the ways to save water and meet new requirements in California plumbing laws.

If you’re planning to remodel your home, or want to get a head start on replacing your fixtures with the approved water-saving ones, please contact your trusted San Diego plumbers at  1-800-BILL-HOWE (1-800-245-5469).

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2013 Best of Kudzu: Winner!

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For the second year in a row, the San Diego plumber was named as “Best of” Kudzu business. Winners were determined based on thousands of votes from consumers in the San Diego Kudzu community and the Bill Howe Family of Companies voters chose them for their continued excellence throughout the community in San Diego plumbing, heating & air conditioning and restoration & flood services.

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Bill Howe Plumbing, HVAC and Flood Services Awarded Best of 2013 on Kudzu

Voted by the Kudzu Community as Top San Diego Plumbers & Sewer Repair Company

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December 30, 2013 San Diego, Calif. – For the second year in a row, Bill Howe Plumbing, HVAC and Flood Services rings in the New Year as a “Best of 2013” winner for San Diego Plumbers & Sewer Repair on Kudzu.com, a leading source for local business information and consumer reviews.

Over 5 million local businesses competed across a wide range of categories including home, auto, health and professional services. Winners were determined based on thousands of votes from consumers in the San Diego Kudzu community. Bill Howe Plumbing, HVAC and Flood Services received the top honor and will be recognized with a Best of 2013 badge displayed on their Kudzu business-listing page.

Bill Howe Plumbing has been serving the local community since 1980. Beginning with one truck servicing drains and minor plumbing in the beach and coastal communities, they have grown into a “Family of Companies” offering expert services throughout San Diego,  heating & air conditioning, plumbing, large and small, and restoration & flood remediation making them the trusted one-stop shop for all local residents’ home service needs. Bill Howe Plumbing is the recipient of multiple online review site awards, including the industry-coveted Angie’s List “Super Service Award.” Customers who are looking for a San Diego plumber can reference many resources, but online review sites allow feedback from other visitors who want to share their experiences. It makes it easier to rely on the choice of a service company. Bill Howe Plumbing has been providing quality services in their community and is being honored for their continued excellence in their industry.

“We are proud that our customers and Kudzu users voted us as one of the best San Diego Plumbers & Sewer Repair companies in San Diego, said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “ Winning this award from Kudzu for the second year in a row strengthens our commitment to our customers and lets us know that we are moving forward in the right direction.”

“The ‘Best of’ contest allows consumers to show their appreciation for local businesses that have served them well. Kudzu is proud to be an avenue for this support, and to recognize companies that offer the highest levels of service,” stated Fran Wills, General Manager of Kudzu.

Please visit http://www.kudzu.com/best for a full listing of the Best of 2013 winners.

About Kudzu.com:
Kudzu.com helps consumers evaluate local services and choose highly rated providers in their area. The website features expert videos, business profiles, consumer reviews and money-saving deals in every major U.S. city. Kudzu.com is owned by Cox Search Inc., a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company. Cox’s businesses include Cox Communications, Manheim, AutoTrader.com and Cox Media Group. For more information, please visit http://www.kudzu.com/.

For more information about the Bill Howe Family of Companies services in San Diego heating & air conditioning, plumbing or restoration, 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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Win A Bottle Of Dom Perignon From San Diego Plumber, Bill Howe!

“Howe” do you plan on ringing in 2014, San Diego, California?

San Diego plumber, Bill Howe, would like to help you celebrate in style with a 2004 Vintage Bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne.

The Bill Howe Family of Companies is giving away one bottle of Moet & Chandon’s prestigious champagne to a lucky Facebook fan. Entering to win is easy and open to all San Diego residents. Follow these 3 steps, and you could be sipping on some Dom this New Year’s Eve!

1. Like us on Facebook!

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2. Post your New Year’s Eve plans on our San Diego plumbing Facebook page!

3. Private message your email address and you’re entered to win.

Rules & Details:

Must complete all three steps to win. No purchase necessary. *Must be 21 Years of age with Valid California State Driver’s License. Winners will be announced on our Facebook page on the morning of December 31, 2013 and notified via email. Entrants will be able to claim their prize in person at the headquarters for the San Diego plumbing company at 9085 Aero Dr., Ste. B, San Diego, CA 92123 no later than 6PM on December 31, 2013.

*Must bring valid I.D. to claim prize. Bill Howe employees and their family are not eligible for prize.

Questions? Contact our San Diego plumbing office at 1-800-Bill Howe (800-245-5469).

 

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Bill Howe Family of Companies Named 2013 National Contractor of the Year

Contractor Magazine names local San Diego plumbing company its 2013 National Contractor of the Year 

December 26, 2013 San Diego, Calif. – San Diego plumber, Bill Howe, opened his well-known service and repair company in 1980. Since then, it has grown into the Bill Howe Family of Companies employing over 130 people across three divisions including the two newest services in: heating & air conditioning and restoration & flood services. The success of the San Diego plumbing company has been largely based on their three-tiered mission of a commitment to employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction and community involvement.

Contractor Magazine has been the news magazine of mechanical contracting since 1954. They are a member of Penton Media’s Mechanical Systems Construction Group and concentrate on the exclusive coverage of plumbing, heating, hydronic/radiant heating, fire protection and mechanical piping systems.  After choosing the San Diego plumber as the honored recipient of National Contractor, Editorial Director, Bob Mader flew from Chicago to spend a few days with Bill and Tina Howe at the San Diego office to experience the Bill Howe machine before releasing his online article, “At Contractor of the Year Bill Howe Plumbing, They Know Howe.”

The Bill Howe Family of Companies has been the recipient of many local awards, as well as another National Contractor award in 2011, presented by the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractor’s National Association and Delta Faucet Company. The San Diego plumber values education and training within the industry, as evidenced by the amount of Bill Howe employees enrolled in the PHCC 4-year Journeyman Apprenticeship Program and newly opened HVACR training school. The company pays for 100 percent tuition, materials and books not covered by the many scholarships the employees have earned outside of the company. They also care for the health and wellbeing of their employees and have a full wellness program offered to all employees and their family members to focus on health and longevity in the labor-intensive work of the plumbing and heating trade.

In the community, the Bill Howe Family of Companies has unmatched generosity and regularly donates to organizations such as the American Heart Association, the San Diego Burn Institute, employee sponsored endeavors, the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station and continual pro bono plumbing work for those in need. During Mader’s visit, the company was hosting a gourmet appreciation lunch for customers while raising toys for the USMC “Toys for Tots.”

But the value in the Local plumbing company can be seen best in its dedication to customer service. “The only way to gain trust is to make it right with the customer,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “Our customers are as much a part of our family as our employees and without them, we would not be the company of success stories we are today.”

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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