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7 spring plumbing tips to prevent damage and costly repairs

Spring is here! But before you pull out your lawn chairs, there are some things that need to be done inside and outside your home that will help you prevent costly repairs in the future.

Outside your home:

  1. Check your hose bib for leaks or damage. Do a visual check for leaks coming from your hose bib. Those can cause expensive damage to the exterior, interior or foundation of your home if left untreated.
  2. Clean out your gutters. Over the winter, leaves and debris may have gotten stuck in your gutters. Be sure to clean them out to ensure water can escape. Clogged gutters can cause mold to grow.

Inside your home:

  1. Check for leaky faucets and pipes. Did you know even small leaks can waste as much as 150 gallons per day? Do a visual check of all your faucets and pipes under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Finding and repairing these leaks right away will help prevent future damage to your fixtures and pipes.
  2. Check for leaky toilets. You can do this by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored red, water is seeping through from the tank. If it is leaking, you should replace the flapper.
  3. Clean your showerhead and faucet aerators. Because mineral deposits can build up on showerheads and aerators, it’s important to clean them on an annual basis to ensure water can flow freely. Here’s a trick for cleaning them. Pour some distilled white vinegar in a plastic baggie, and secure the baggie around the showerhead with heavy-duty rubber bands so the showerhead is completely submerged in the vinegar. At the same time, detach your sink faucet aerators, and put them in a separate baggie filled with distilled white vinegar. Leave them overnight, and by the next morning, your showerhead and aerators should be clean!
  4. Flush your water heater. Over time, sediment builds at the bottom of the heater, which can hamper performance. Draining a gallon or so helps remove the sediment and improve functioning.
  5. Test your sump pump. With springtime, you can expect plenty of rain. It’s smart to test your sump pump before any major rains to ensure it’s working properly. You can do so by dumping a bucket of water into your sump pump pit. The system should turn on, clear the water and automatically shut off. If it doesn’t, call your plumber.

Get an annual service plan & get a discount on future repairs!

Consider hiring a plumber to do a general home inspection of your plumbing. Professionals can do all of the above and are able to spot trouble areas that homeowners may not be able to find. Justin Dorsey Plumbing offers an annual whole-house service plan that will include a 10-point inspection of all your mechanical systems and routine maintenance. The best part? Customers with the annual service plan earn a 12-percent discount on all labor for future repairs.

Call (888) 242-2937 to schedule your first service plan visit!

Training and continuing education a top priority for Justin Dorsey Plumbing

Of course, our technicians are licensed plumbers, but their training doesn’t stop there. Justin Dorsey Plumbing makes continuing education a top priority for its technicians.

In addition to on-the-job training, Justin Dorsey himself meets with the plumbing technicians for weekly Tuesday morning training sessions to talk about new products and plumbing techniques, general administrative updates and any other plumbing issues.

“Most of the time, I’ll lead these meetings, but, occasionally, I’ll have a guest speaker come in to provide important industry updates or discuss a new product,” said company owner Justin Dorsey. “I prioritize this time, because I know a well-trained plumber is going to be better equipped to solve a wide range of problems — making our customers that much happier.”

Jason, Adam and Troy participate in the weekly training session.

Do aging pipes pose a health risk to you and your family?

In 2014, more than 100,000 Flint, Mich., residents were exposed to contaminated water, after improperly treated water from the Flint River caused aging lead pipes to corrode and leach lead into the water supply. A state of emergency was declared in 2016, rightfully prompting a nation-wide discussion about aging pipes and water safety.

How can lead get into our drinking water?

Aging pipes can be a risk to you as a homeowner, whether you live in an older home or a brand-new home. Exterior service line plumbing runs from the water main into your home, while your interior premise plumbing includes the pipes, joints, solder and faucet fixtures used inside of your home (under sinks, behind toilets, etc.).

Homes built prior to the 1980s are more likely to have lead pipes or parts in their premise plumbing. However, even if you live in a newer home, you’re not necessarily safe from lead exposure. Because most of Indiana’s pipes were installed after World War II and some even as far back as the 1890s, many of them consist of lead or have been soldered together with lead. As these pipes age and decay, particles from the pipes can break off into the water stream and pose serious health risks to Hoosiers — something that has been a topic of discussion in the Indiana State Legislature since the Indiana Finance Authority released this November 2016 report.

What are the health risks associated with lead?

Lead is a neuro-behavioral toxin that can cause learning, behavioral and developmental issues in children. Adults exposed to lead may experience kidney damage, anemia (iron deficiency) and hypertension.

Lower your risk for plumbing-related lead exposure by:

  • Finding out what pipes you have, either by hiring a plumber to do an inspection, looking at your home inspection report or using this helpful tool available through NPR.org.
  • Hiring a plumber to replace plumbing that consists of lead or that shows signs of corrosion, such as discoloration, stains, dimpling and flaking.
  • Using a tap water filter that has been certified by the Public Health and Safety Organization. Just look for an NSF-certified logo on the package.
  • Practicing safety when you return from long trips. Run water out of your faucets for one to two minutes, if it’s been sitting in your pipes for more than six hours and especially if it has not been used for more than one day. This will flush out any accumulated lead or other chemicals.

GET PEACE OF MIND. CONTACT US FOR AN INSPECTION.

If you’re concerned about your risk for lead exposure, it’s worth it to contact Justin Dorsey Plumbing and ask for an inspection. Contact us at (317) 745-4830 or info@justindorseyplumbing.com.

College isn’t for everyone: Why a skilled trade is a great career option

Justin Dorsey Plumbing apprentice photoJason Quear was a typical teenager in 2003, a recent graduate from Avon High School and newly enrolled in IUPUI, on his way to earning a four-year degree. Once he started, however, he realized college just wasn’t for him.

“I was miserable,” he explained. “I was in and out of school for several years, trying out different majors, but I just couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Jason knew he needed to find another avenue to a career. After doing some online research, he discovered an opportunity for an apprenticeship with Justin Dorsey Plumbing. He said he had always enjoyed building and fixing things, so he thought plumbing would be a good career path with great long-term job security.

He was right. Today, Jason is an apprentice with Justin Dorsey Plumbing, and he’s loving it.

“Nothing is typical about the work we do,” he said. “Every day we have to solve a new problem that we may have never seen before .… I enjoy the classroom learning and the hands-on work that we do in the field.”

How does an apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship is a unique education opportunity that combines classroom instruction with paid, on-the-job training.

Career Training Base says there are currently more than 1,000 apprenticeship programs in Indiana. To enroll, the individual must have a “program sponsor,” meaning a company where the apprentice works nearly full-time or full-time hours while he or she is learning the trade. Apprenticeships can last anywhere from three to five years, depending on the program.

Consider a Justin Dorsey Plumbing apprenticeship.

Justin Dorsey Plumbing’s apprenticeship is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprentice Training and includes two different divisions — new construction (where a plumber would install plumbing in newly-built buildings) and service (where a plumber would go to existing homes or facilities to repair or maintain the plumbing). It requires 7,600 on-the-job training hours with 576 classroom hours.

It may sound daunting until you consider this: Justin Dorsey Plumbing offers 100 percent tuition reimbursement if an apprentice stays with the company, meaning you can graduate with no college debt! What’s more, while other program sponsors may require union membership, Justin Dorsey Plumbing is a non-union sponsor, offering the same benefits that a union shop offers without the membership dues.

Currently, there are 10 apprentices working through Justin Dorsey Plumbing’s program.

How do I get started?

To get started as an apprentice, interested individuals must:

  • Present a birth certificate
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a personal interview with Justin Dorsey Plumbing (program sponsor)
  • Take an aptitude test
  • Pass a drug test

For more information or to get started with Justin Dorsey Plumbing, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (317) 745-4830 or info@justindorseyplumbing.com. We accept apprentices from all over central Indiana, and we are committed to hiring veterans whenever possible.

An apprentice’s advice for others

Now in his second year as a Justin Dorsey Plumbing apprentice, Jason says that an apprenticeship is a great opportunity for undecided individuals to see if that career path is really something they want to do.

“Unlike the traditional college route, I didn’t have to wait through two years of prerequisites before getting to focus on my desired field,” he said. “In the first few days of my apprenticeship, I was out in the field, learning and earning money.”

Avoid a plumbing disaster with a free plumbing inspectionThere’s a long list of things that can go wrong in a home’s plumbing systems. After more than 30 years in the business, we’ve seen and fixed it all.

Here are 4 common plumbing problems that we repair on a regular basis and how to prevent them:

  1. Leaky toilets – At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored red, water is seeping through from the tank, and you should replace the tank ball and its connectors.
  2. Malfunctioning water heaters – Before doing any maintenance on your water heater, first shut off the power and read your owner’s manual. At least once every three months, drain water from the tank to rid the tank of built-up sediment. 
   Periodically you’ll need to check the water heater burner. It should appear blue with yellow tips. If it’s mostly yellow, or if it’s sooty under there, your flue may be clogged. This is a dangerous situation, and you should call a technician to inspect the appliance. 
   Have your water heater serviced by a professional technician at least once every two years.
  3. Clogged sink or shower pipes – To help prevent clogs, avoid rinsing fats and cooking oils down the kitchen sink, and fit all your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that will catch hair and soap chips. If left to go through the pipes, these items solidify and cause clogs.
  4. Garbage disposal problems – Extend the life of your garbage disposal by using cold water when running it, avoiding overloading it, never disposing of hard items like bones or corn husks and never using a caustic drain opener (like Liquid-Plumr). If the disposal stops working, try the reset button located on the bottom of most disposals before calling a technician.

We hear it all the time. Homeowners call us with a plumbing emergency and then say, “I wish I would have known how to prevent this.”

You can prevent plumbing emergencies by being proactive and scheduling a Free Plumbing Inspection with us.

Our free plumbing inspection includes:

  • A visit from one of our efficient, highly-skilled plumbing technicians, who will check your home’s plumbing.
  • A thorough inspection of your plumbing – everything from pipes, faucets and washing machine hoses, to supply lines, water pressure and toilets.
  • A written report of our findings and recommendations on how to proceed.

This is a $167 service and worth every penny, but we’re giving it to you for free until May 31!

Schedule your free inspection today by filling out our online request form or calling us directly at (317) 745-4830.

Prevent disaster before it strikes: Get a free plumbing inspection

I know. You’re wondering, ‘Why do I need to read something from a plumbing company when I don’t have any plumbing problems?’ That’s just it. Most plumbing nightmares start slowly, silently ruining property before homeowners are even aware there’s a problem.

That’s why nearly 90 percent of our calls are “emergencies.”

Just like every other aspect of your home, your home’s plumbing system ages too. Connections get loose. Plumbing lines fail. Hidden problems fester beneath the surface.

When leaks occur, water flows between walls, through ceilings, below floors – water can flow anywhere. And if this water reaches your electrical outlets or turns into toxic mold, it is potentially deadly for you and your family.

You can avoid this disaster for FREE with a plumbing inspection from us.

Avoid a plumbing disaster with a free plumbing inspectionOur free plumbing inspection includes:

  • A visit from one of our efficient, highly-skilled plumbing technicians to check your home’s plumbing.
  • A thorough inspection of your plumbing – everything from pipes and faucets to supply lines, water pressure and toilets.
  • A written report of our findings and recommendations on how to proceed.

Why are we doing this?

These free inspections enable us to spread the word about our business and gather research on homes in the area. But after we do a great job with your inspection, it is our hope that you’ll remember to call us in the future when you need a plumber. For now, just enjoy the free inspection and the peace of mind it provides.

Contact us

Schedule your free inspection today by filling out our online request form or calling us directly at (317) 745-4830.

Why we don’t give phone quotes

Many people call our office and ask what a particular “fix” will cost. They get annoyed when we can’t answer the question. Here’s why the dispatcher cannot answer your question.

Service techs are paid more than dispatchers. Dispatchers are not plumbers. Even our service techs are hesitant to give phone quotes for these reasons.

Scope of the problem – Without correctly diagnosing the problem, service techs cannot give an accurate quote. Once the tech has seen the problem and determined the correct solution or solution possibilities, then a accurate quote can be assessed. At Justin Dorsey Plumbing, we offer “up-front pricing.” This means that you will know what it will cost before we start the work. You may think the well pump has given up, when it could be a simple problem with the electrical box.

Location of the problem – Some problems require digging or need to have a water heater replaced in the basement or access to a tiny crawlspace. All these factors affect the price. Phone quotes unfortunately lock us into a price that customers will hold us to. We need to see where the problem is and how best to repair it taking into account the particulars of the environment.

Equipment or materials – In order for us to repair the problem correctly, our technicians must be able to see what materials were there before. For instance, if your home uses copper piping, you will likely be disappointed if we quote you a price for pex, which in most cases is less expensive.

In order to best fix your plumbing problem, please allow us to send a service tech to your home or business and get a correct diagnosis. In the end, we know you will be highly satisfied with our service and you will get our limited guarantee on our repairs.

Get peace of mind.

Call Justin Dorsey Plumbing at 888-242-2937 and let us handle your plumbing problem.

Why you need a service plan

Seems like everyone and their brother wants to sell you an extended warranty. Most consumer websites advise against this. But what about service plans? What are the benefits to getting a service plan for the largest financial investment of your life?
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Maintenance is a key component in taking care of your home. Consider that you take your car to regularly get the oil changed and a rare tune-up. Your home mechanical systems need the same level of care. Regular checking can extend the life of your plumbing system.
Having a Justin Dorsey Plumbing professional check out your system, they can spot problems i.e. a leak that can result in costly repairs and/or higher energy bills.
During our annual inspection plan, our friendly technicians will

  • Check all supply connections to each fixture
  • Inspect and set water heater temperature
  • Examine flue gas expulsion
  • Check and clean burner box of the gas water heater
  • Basement sump pump test
  • Inspect toilets for leakage, flapper, and fill pump
  • Check inside faucets for leakage, lime build up, aerators
  • Outside faucet inspection, freeze, hose hook ups
  • Inspect drainage system
  • Inspect water filtration or conditioner
  • Plus much more

Plus, if you become one of our preferred customers, you can earn a 12 percent discount on all labor for any future repairs. Then you can be moved to the front of the line when an emergency occurs.

Talk to your technician, today about the Justin Dorsey Plumbing Service Plan and becoming a preferred customer and enjoy the peace of mind when it comes to your whole house mechanical systems.

In 2012, Justin spoke on septic systems at the Indiana State Fair. There is plenty to know about septic systems and not understanding how it works and how to maintain it can cost you, literally, thousands of dollars.

Get an expert on your side. Call Justin Dorsey Plumbing at 888-242-2937.

Justin Dorsey at The 2012 Indiana State Fair WEB (1 of 1)

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