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Vote Bill Howe as San Diego’s Best in 2014 Union Tribune Reader’s Poll

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Bill Howe Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Restoration & Flood Services, Inc. is nominated in 4 places for the 2014 Union Tribune’s Best of San Diego Reader’s Poll! We appreciate all of your continued support in naming us the Best San Diego Plumber in 2012 & 2013 and hope you will help us again this year!

Please visit http://www.utsandiego.com/bestof/ and vote for us in the following categories:

For the Home

  • Best San Diego Plumber
  • Best San Diego Heating & Air Conditioning Company
  • Best Contractor

San Diego Life & Fun

  • Best Place to Work

Thank you, San Diego! Voting is open through June 29, 2014 and you can vote once per day!

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Bill Howe Promotes Five San Diego Plumbers to Team Leaders

Well-known San Diego plumbing company created five new positions in the plumbing division in 2014

May 28, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – Bill Howe Family of Companies has become one of the largest family-owned and operated companies offering San Diego expert services in plumbing, heating & air conditioning and restoration & flood remediation. Part of the success of the well-established company has been the caliber of employee, owner, Bill Howe hires in San Diego. Plumbers, heating & air conditioning technicians and restoration specialists must all complete extensive training and continue to educate themselves on their trade. To ensure training is a high priority, the Bill Howe Family of Companies will pay for all employees that wish to join the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors two year HVAC school or four year Journeyman program.

Five veteran plumbing professionals in the San Diego company were recently promoted to Team Leaders. The Team Leader position is a new creation in 2014 meant to assist the growing company in day-to-day operations creating a clear flow of communication and efficiency within the plumbing division.  “Although we remain a small family-owned business in how we care for our customers, we are growing and wanted to ensure that we continue that same level of care within the company,” said Amber Baynard, Human Resources Manager for the Bill Howe Family of Companies. Each Team Leader has approximately 15 employees on their team and are directly responsible for helping them to meet the expectations of the company’s policies and standards such as arrival times, truck maintenance, appearance, training and education, and company morale.

bill howe plumbign team leadersThe Team Leaders meet one on one with each employee as well as a group bi-monthly. They also help to bridge communication gaps between technician and dispatcher to create a cohesive team unit, which ultimately benefits the customer and eliminates errors. The five Team Leaders, Brain Rice, Edgar Godinez, Jorge Kahle, Nate Thorsen and Luis Mascareno, have been with Bill Howe for between 5 and 12 years as premiere San Diego plumbers, and earned this position through rigorous training, a grueling interview process that had over 20 applicants, and a dedication to making a better Bill Howe Family of Companies.

“In addition to education and training, part of our commitment to our valued customers, is to create an efficient and dedicated group of employees,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “Having five dedicated team leaders will help to establish the most efficient and cohesive team. Each team now has a direct line of communication and someone who will help them to uphold the high standards we have set at Bill Howe.”

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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Do you know “Howe” to shut off the water to your home in case of emergency?

Many plumbing jobs require water shut off at the source, for the entire house, and sometimes from the city meter. In the event you have a leak turning into a flood, knowing how to and where to cut your water supply can be the difference between minor and major damage. For over 34 years, the San Diego plumbers at Bill Howe have encountered many frantic calls asking for help in turning off water to the home.

In the event you are making a plumbing repair inside of the home and do not need assistance of your local San Diego plumbing company, or you have woken to a leak inside of the home, shutting down the water at the home’s inlet might be sufficient.

  • Identify water shut off. Usually, it will be a brass valve located near the point water entry into the home. If you are unsure, your local San Diego plumbers can easily walk you through over the phone.
  • Twist knob to the right to completely shut off water supply entering the home. Remember: “righty tighty, left loosey!”
  • In the event you are shutting down the water to make a repair, turn on all of your home’s taps to empty any remaining water from the pipes.

If you need to turn the water off from the street due to an exterior leak or a burst pipe leading into the home, such as a riser or hose bib past the entry point, you will need to shut the water off at the meter.

  • Locate the main water supply shut off; usually it is located with the city meter in a recessed meter box near the street in front of the home. Sometimes, it even has a “W” imprinted so you know its water.
  • Lift the cover from the meter box and look for a handle, or maybe even a valve with a metal flange covering.
    • If it is a handle, simple turn it as far as it will go using light pressure, so as not to break it.
    • If it is a valve, you will need a meter wrench to make a quarter turn.
  • If you are making a repair, again check all of the taps to ensure remaining water is emptied.

*If you suspect a leak, but see no signs of water, then turning off your water at the house and watching for movement of the meter will help determine if you need to call your local San Diego plumbing company for further evaluation.

*If you are making a repair or need to shut off an individual water supply, knowing how to turn off your home water is helpful in the event the local shut off breaks.

For advice or to schedule an appointment with one of Bill Howe Plumbing’s San Diego plumbers, please contact us at 1-800 Bill Howe (1-800-245-5469).

 

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Bill Howe Family of Companies Among the Healthiest in San Diego

Well known San Diego AC repair and plumbing service company receives recognition for healthy initiatives

May 13, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – The Bill Howe Family of Companies has been committed to employee happiness and wellbeing since opening their doors in 1980 offering plumbing services in San Diego.  AC repair, installation and restoration & flood remediation divisions expanded the company while increasing the number of employees to care for in 2007 and 2009. Part of their commitment to employees has been to offer advanced training, education, and full wellness programs to ensure a well-balanced work and personal life.

In 2012, seeing a growing need to help their employees maintain better health and understand how to begin actively taking control of their own well being, the San Diego plumbing company partnered with professional wellness coaches, BARR Corporate Health. Prior to 2012, Bill and Tina Howe, owners of the family of companies had incorporated several small initiatives throughout the company in an effort to assist in increasing health awareness.

“What we realized in all of our many attempts at positive healthy endeavors was the amount of work and time needed to care for and nurture these programs,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of Bill Howe Family of Companies. “We saw small success, but were ultimately stalled by our lack of experience in running full time programs.”

The San Diego Business Journal hosts San Diego’s Healthiest Companies Awards to recognize businesses committed to increasing health awareness and wellness initiatives for the community, employees and their families. On May 7, the Bill Howe Family of Companies’ wellness committee attended the ceremony where they were ranked 2nd in the medium sized business category. This is the second time taking a high ranking for the San Diego plumbing company, having been ranked first in 2013 in the same category.

This year, the business sizes and competition increased and the San Diego plumbing company was honored to once again be recognized.“We have stepped up our efforts this year and are continuing to promote our health incentives, participation and endeavors that we offer,” said Tina Howe.  “We are very pleased to be able to help build not only a healthy company, but a healthy industry as well.”

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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The Air That You Breathe: Why Ventilation Matters

Proper ventilation is important, but something that we may take for granted in our own homes, especially in one of the finest climates in the America. Even if you have air conditioning in San Diego, chances are that it is used only during certain months. But, how often do you think about the air circulating through your home and how fresh it is?

Ventilation and ductwork that flows through your home is an intricate system allowing you to stay cool in summer, and warm in the wintertime. But, it also circulates the air (and anything that might be present, including anything present in the air). Having a professional in San Diego air conditioning, or heating, change the filters during your annual maintenance will also help to keep the air circulating in your home clean and pure.

In the ventilation system there is also a drip pan that catches the excess water/condensation, where bacteria sometimes can grow. In severe cases, it can contaminate indoor environments and cause a variety of issues including odors, and sometimes exasperate conditions like asthma. A simple and easy solution that will help keep bacteria from growing is cleaning the condensate line. Any specialist in San Diego air conditioning can perform this service and check your system.

Another way to ensure that what is circulating through your air conditioning in San Diego is as clean as possible, is to regularity maintain your system with annual pre-season tune-ups and regularly cleaning your air ducts. Not only would seasonal maintenance and air duct cleaning help the airflow, but also extends the life of your unit and keeps it running when you need it most.

We always recommend seasonal tune-ups and during each visit will check your airflow. For more information on the services performed during our A/C and heating tune-up, visit

Bill Howe’s experts in San Diego air conditioning are available night and day and offer the best in service, repair and replacement of HVAC systems. To schedule your appointment today, call 1-800-BILL-HOWE (245-5469).

 

 

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2014 AHA “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest Winners Announced!

Bill Howe has made San Diego plumbers synonymous with giving back to the community in a variety of ways, and in partnership with a variety of great organizations. One such team up between the local San Diego plumber is with the American Heart Association.

“Because Healthy Hearts & Healthy Pipes Make Happy Homes!”

Since 2010, the San Diego plumber and his wife Tina have been actively promoting healthy and active lifestyles and raising awareness of the AHA message in the community. Each year, the Bill Howe Family of Companies is proud to host a 3-month long drawing contest; the “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest for children ages 5-12. The drawing contest asks children to draw their idea of what makes a “healthy Heart,” and share all the ways they stay active and heart conscious.

Since beginning the contest, the company has reached over 1500 families and children in the community. In 2014, the San Diego plumber received over 450 entries and announced 5 lucky winners.

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Soliana, Madeleine & Evan, winners in the 2014 Bill Howe Healthy Hearts Drawing Contest

The 2014 Grand Prize Winner was Soliana, age 10 from Poway, CA. Soliana and her family attended the AHA Beach Ball on June 14, with the San Diego plumber, Bill Howe and wife, Tina, as well as receiving a $250 gift card from Toys R Us. Her drawing depicted her love of dancing and eating healthy.

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Zoe poses with her brother after being voted the “Facebook Favorite” on the San Diego Plumber’s fan page.

 

In addition, four age category winners were chosen, Evan, age 5, Madeleine age 7, Sarah, age 9 and Patchouli, age 11 and a special “Facebook” Favorite Winner, Zoe, age 7. Each received a $100 gift card to Toys R Us.

The San Diego plumber’s signed on for another year of sponsorship with the AHA and looks forward to 2015. Part of the sponsorships also includes an annual donation of $25,000 for the AHA.

 

 

For more information about the “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest, visit http://www.billhowe.com/HealthyHeartsContest#rules

 

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Bill Howe Family of Companies Announces Drawing Contest “Facebook Favorite” Winner

Public vote chooses first winner in annual drawing contest hosted by local San Diego plumber and the American Heart Association

May 5, 2014 San Diego, Calif. – The Bill Howe Family of Companies started as a small one man plumbing company in San Diego offering low cost service to the local community. Since opening his doors, Bill Howe has steadily grown the company into a successful, large low cost service & repair operation, with two additional divisions for heating & air conditioning and restoration & flood remediation. Part of the success has been a commitment to giving back to the San Diego community through outreach, sponsorship opportunities and their most prominent team up with the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association and local plumbing company in San Diego have been teaming up for the past 5 years. The sponsorship includes an annual donation to the AHA of $25,000, support at the San Diego Heart Ball Gala in June and a unique drawing contest aimed to promote healthy active lifestyles and raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in the local community.

The San Diego plumber created the “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest to encourage children ages 5-12 to learn about and engage in heart healthy lifestyles.  The contest opens each year on February 1, at the start of National Heart Month. The Bill Howe Family of Companies hosts a kick off launch party in January and several community events to help promote the contest. The age category winners and “Facebook Favorite” winner of the contest each receive a $100 gift card to Toys R Us, and the Grand Prize Winner receives a $250 and an invitation to the Heart ball with his or her family held at the Hotel Del Coronado.

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Zoe, age 7, poses with her brother and the “Facebook Favorite” Drawing!

The “Facebook Favorite” is chosen from the 100 finalists from the entries. This year, over 450 children entered the contest throughout the county.  Public voting took place on the San Diego Plumber’s social media site and opened up to all fans for two weeks. The drawing with the most likes/comments was named the winner. The 2014 “Facebook Favorite is Zoe, age 7 from Pacific Beach. The winning drawing exhibits all the elements of a healthy and active lifestyle, nutrition, sleep, exercise and love. When asked what Zoe would do with the gift card, “I am going to buy a present for my friend’s birthday,” she replied sweetly.

“The drawing contest is one of our favorite times of the year,” said Tina Howe, Vice President of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “Not only do we get to help promote health and fitness, but we get to share our passion with the community while raising awareness for such a great and important organization.”

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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The Bill Howe Experience

 

Bill and Tina Howe share all the ways in which Bill Howe can help the San Diego community  for all their plumbing, heating & air conditioning and restoration & flood services. Bechase we know “Howe!”

Call 1-800 Bill Howe (245-5469) today and experience the Bill Howe Way!

 

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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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