TWO SIMPLE WORDS

Thank you – two words – so simple to say either glibly, off-the-cuff or, with a full heart which conveys that that is exactly what is meant – you are thankful.  Aaron Kramer Plumbing wishes to convey to both our past and new customers our sincere thanks.

We are considered an essential business; we didn’t have to shut down or close over these past months.  We did slow for a time, but as people adjusted to working from home the phone started ringing.  “You’re open!  I’m so glad!  I need you!”  We’re glad your glad because you need us as much as we need you!

We’ve been pleasantly surprised at how busy we’ve been.  Why?  While working from home customers began to notice, see, hear and experience things that they paid little attention to before.  You know – those out of mind, out of sight things – old faucets, dripping faucets or shower heads, the phantom who runs the toilet, small puddles on the basement floor – and on and on and on.  You see, beyond using a plunger, most people don’t even think about their plumbing until something doesn’t work or works when it shouldn’t and don’t have a clue what to do about it. 

Enough is enough!  I’m calling the plumber!  We are so thankful you did and do.  Scheduling is generally not an issue; we find it can be done anytime because you are working from home.  The technician arrives, you point to where the problem is, and you go back to work.  It is a win-win for us both. 

So, THANK YOU for making this one of our best years; without you we would not be here.  Thank you for calling, thank you for your reviews, thank you for your referrals, thank you for your loyalty, thank you for recognizing and appreciating quality work at an honest and fair price and thank you for supporting a local business.

Two simple words – THANK YOU – can really pack a punch when said sincerely from a truly thankful and grateful heart – such as ours.

Aaron Kramer Plumbing says THANK YOU with that kind of heart.

20 DEGREES! NOOOOOOOOOOO!

 

Forecast – Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 – 31 degrees in the morning.

Next Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 – in the 20’s in the morning

Those cold mornings have done in our plants, our vegetation decorations, our gardens and left us with cold-damaged plants that need to be cleared from our gardens and flowerbeds.  Another thing that needs done is to remove/disconnect our hoses from the exterior faucets.

It is not advisable to leave your hoses attached through the winter.  The water in the pipe will freeze and, in the spring, it is likely to burst – flooding your home.  If this happens when you are not home – you don’t even want to think about it.  Many years ago, I got a call at 5:15 a.m.  The Englewood police had just called our customer who was out of town.  They told him water had frozen at the end of his driveway – there was no reason for water to be at the end of his driveway – it had not rained or snowed for that matter.  Yup, you guessed it.  The exterior faucet line had burst in his garage and water had been running long enough for it to reach the street.  The house?  You can imagine.

By the way, the plumber’s secretary didn’t follow her own advice and our backyard became a small lake.  Thankfully, it didn’t get into the house, but the water company loved sending that bill. 

Disconnect those hoses, allow the hose to drain and store in the garage. Turn off the shut off valve on the exterior faucet water line and then open the exterior faucet to allow the water to drain out. By doing so you won’t need to call us in the spring.  If you don’t, here’s the number you’ll need –Aaron Kramer Plumbing – 937-898-0008. 

 

 

Do You Know Where Your ………

We’d probably finish the question with ‘children are?”   Legitimate question, right?  As parents we need to keep track of our kids for their safety (or maybe your car?) and for our peace of mind – where are they going, who are they going with, what time are they getting home?  We ask because we care and don’t want any harm to come to them (or your car!).

We could also fill in the blank with ‘SOV’s’.  SOV’s?  What are those?  SOV’s are ‘shut off valves’.  How did you go from kids to shut off valves? Just as you care about the safety of your kids, you care about the safety and care of your home – that is where the shut off valves come in.

Recently I had two phone calls from home owners in need of HELP!  HELP #1! – my exterior faucet handle broke off in my hand and the water is running everywhere!   HELP #2! – I tried to disconnect my ice maker line for my fridge and water is gushing everywhere!   My first question to these frantic people was – do you know where your main shut off valve is?  In both cases the answer was – NO! 

It is important that you know the location of all the shut off valves in your home but ESPECIALLY the main shut off valve.   In both situations the homeowner could have turned the water off to the house keeping the mess and damage to a minimum.    The main valve is generally in the utility room near the water heater and/or furnace, etc.  Other shut off valves are on the hot and cold water lines to the water heater; they also might be on the hot and cold water lines to the sinks and laundry tub, the tub & shower and/or shower faucets, and the cold water lines to the dishwasher, ice maker line, the toilet and the exterior faucets.  These valves make repairs easier without having to shut off the water to the entire house – especially if you must wait a day or so before the repairs can be made. 

Those two customers?  They know where their main valves are now.  When you call Aaron Kramer Plumbing (937-898-0008) for a plumbing repair ask the technician to show you where all these valves are and ask that they be labelled with a tag.  If there are no shut off valves, consider having them installed.  Ask if they can be done while the technician is there or call to schedule a future appointment for their installation. 

Your children and your car?  Sorry, can’t help you with those!

Buckingham Palace and Plumbing

The Royals, kings, queens, princes, princesses, fairy tales, crowns, crown jewels, pageantry. pomp and circumstance, coronations, the Windsors – on and on and on the list could go of things that come to mind when you hear ‘Buckingham Palace’?  But plumbing?  How about HUGE, IMMENSE? Or, how many people does it take to clean it?

HUGE and IMMENSE when you learn it has 775 rooms (the Queen only uses 6 of them.) – 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms which translates into 500 toilets, sinks and showers.

This ‘house’, the same as all of ours, needs renovating, maintenance, and upkeep –just done on a grander scale.  A ten year ‘re-servicing’ project was begun in 2017 and is already over budget (original amount was $490 million) and behind schedule.  Take heart, it happens to the richest of us!   Major systems such as electrical and plumbing are being replaced.

There are 6,500 electrical outlets (that is still probably not enough or they aren’t in the right place, just like our houses), 5,000 light fixtures (bulbs have to be changed in some rooms that are 90 feet high), 20 miles of heating pipe and 2,500 radiators.  The plumbing system – 10 miles of piping – needs to be replaced, but in the meantime toilets, sinks and showers clog – just like ours; faucets drip – just like ours; hot water is from boilers which go down – just like our water heaters.  To make these repairs in just one wing, 3000 pieces of art and antiques had to be removed and stored.  And I complained about having to move 10 family pictures and Aunt Agnes’ vase. 

No matter the size, any house needs repairs.  Aaron Kramer Plumbing is ready and able to make those plumbing repairs to your ‘palace’.  Our ‘prince’ of a technician is waiting!  Give us a call!  (937-898-0008)

(This plumber’s secretary reads plumbing trade magazines – go figure.  In PHC news, February 2020, an article about ‘Reservicing’ Buckingham Palace piqued my interest.  More info was found on the internet – articles, pictures and videos – all quite interesting.  Did the royal family get bumped out or need to move to temporary quarters?  Some of them did; just like us when major renos are being done.  They aren’t much different than we are; but I bet they didn’t have to go stay at Motel 6.)

The Plumber’s Secretary  

WE’RE OPEN! WE’RE OPEN!

We are open for business and ready to take care of your plumbing needs!  If you panicked over the toilet paper shortage and resorted to using paper towels, napkins, catalog pages, magazines, baby wipes (even the flushable ones clog) and CORN COBS – you are going to need us!  None of those items will go down your toilet – maybe once – but not consistently. Keep this number handy – 937-898-0008.  That is for Aaron Kramer Plumbing and we are open and ready for business – and not just for clogged toilets.  Did I say we’re open?  Yes, we are!

 

All levity aside – we want all of you to stay safe and to heed the warnings of our local, state and national leaders.  Wash your hands, use sanitizer, wash your hands, use sanitizer, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, elbow, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, wash off surfaces with alcohol or bleach – the phone – both the landline and cell phone, the computer keyboard, door knobs, counter tops, etc  – do this more than once a day.  We will get through this – we are all in this together – and we will come out having learned a lot about the greatness of this country and her people. 

God Bless the Unites States of America

11-29-2019 @ 8:30 a.m.

This little guy will probably get quite a workout at your house this next week – if it hasn’t already.  We’d like to remind you of some do’s and don’ts so you are not faced with an emergency on Thanksgiving Day.  You see, we’ll be closed enjoying our own turkey and stuffing with our families.  

Some things to keep in mind:

Slowly put the food into the unit, but don’t put peelings – carrots, potatoes, etc – or pastas into it.  The only thing stuffed on Thanksgiving Day should be the turkey (or maybe us!)

The unit needs to keep its cool by running only cold water into it; and, no hot liquids!  Hot liquids could cause the  motor to become overheated, stop or ruin it altogether causing it and us to overheat!  

Running cold water for approximately 20 seconds after shutting the unit off will help clear the unit and the pipes.  You don’t want clogged pipes any more than a clogged disposer.  Remember, we won’t be open. 

Keeping our simple guidelines in mind will hopefully make for a stress-free holiday.  Please enjoy your time with family and friends just as we will.  Any problems?  Call 937-898-0008 – just not until 11-29-2019 @ 8:30 a.m.

Ok, I Give Up! What ARE those?

             

Ahhh, there is nothing more relaxing than sinking up to your chin in a tub full of hot, fragrant bubbles or standing under a shower of hot water – luxuriating after a hard day’s work.  Did you ever give a thought as to what bathing was like before now?

The Romans had their public, heated, open-air, baths that were available to anyone to use – rich or poor.  (Let your imagination run on that one – common laborers bathing with the upper echelon!  At least they were all clean, I guess.)  Some of the upper echelon of society did have hot baths in their homes.  However, bathing in the next centuries was not so common.  Fast forward to the beginnings of this country.  

A hot bath? Nope.  You took a dip in the nearest creek, stream, pond, river, etc to get clean.  Refreshing in the summer, but not so much in other seasons – which meant much less bathing.  How in the world did they stand to around each other?  No Zest or Irish Spring or Dove or Ban or Degree!  Use your imagination!

For the settlers moving out across this country hot baths were, most of the time, a once a week event, if then.  And, an event it was!  It took hours to get an entire family bathed.  The family wash tub was hauled into the kitchen and placed in front of a wood burning stove.  Water would then have to be lugged from the nearest creek or pond, bucket by bucket, put into large pots to heat either outside on a fire or inside on the stove.  How long would it take to heat up enough water to fill up that wash tub?  Use your imagination again!

To the first person into the tub, usually the youngest family member, it was sheer luxury!  Was it then emptied and then refilled?  Uh, no.  One person out, the next one in; that one out, and then next one in and so forth until the entire family had had a bath.  What was the tub water like by the last bath? Use your imagination! 

Taking a shower inside the house was unheard of until William Feetham came up with an indoor shower.  The bather would stand in a basin and over their head was a tank full of water – cold water. One tank was not enough and had to be refilled – by climbing a ladder next to the shower.  Bathing was definitely NOT done in private.  Use that imagination again!                                                                                                             

With the development of indoor plumbing it now became possible to get water to where you wanted to use it – but the water was still cold – until 1868.  In 1868 Benjamin Waddy Maughan, a painter in the UK, invented a heater that used natural gas to heat up the water.  The heater was located next to the bathtub allowing the water to go directly into the tub.  Nice!  However, the gases created by the burning natural gas were not vented out of the room causing illness and occasionally, an explosion!   Needless to say, this heater, called “The Geyser” by Maughan, never really caught on in popularity. 

Following Maughan were others who took his idea and began working to improve on this indoor water heater.  One such inventor was Edwin Ruud, who in 1889, developed the first safe, automatic hot water tank to be used inside the home.  These heaters were still located in the bathroom, but with more and more homes having indoor plumbing and utility companies running gas lines to homes, it became possible to have one heater and have the hot water piped throughout the house.                                                                                                                                

I wonder if pioneers and others ever tried to imagine what it would be like to take a bath or shower without all that work?

Thankfully, we don’t have to imagine – we just luxuriate!

By the way, those pictures at the beginning? 

Those are early water heaters!

 

 

What Do Aaron Kramer Plumbing Customers Expect From Their Local Plumber?

E –  Expect quality work at a fair price.

X Xplanations of work to be done.

P Prompt arrival time with a call a head that the plumber is on his way.

E Experience and expertise in our field.

C Customer Service that is second to none.

T Thanks from US for your business, your loyalty, your referrals, and your reviews!

This is what we know you expect, and we do our best to fulfill those expectations. 

It is a full-time job – a job we are more than willing to do and want to do.

Aaron Kramer Plumbing 

Your Local Dayton, Ohio Plumber

Working To Fulfill Your Expectations! 

Call us today!  937-898-0008

A Research Paper? No Way!

Class, I’m going to distribute the guidelines for your research papers.

Oh man!  Did any of you enjoy doing research papers?  The instructions were probably along these lines – do the research, make note cards as you’re reading, make an outline, do a rough draft, edit, and do the final draft. Done!  Well, we aren’t asking you to write a research paper, but we are suggesting that you do some research when choosing the technicians who will be working in your home and for our purposes we will be considering the plumber.

Let’s face it – not every plumber or electrician or painter is the same.  So, what do we look for?  One of the very first things, if not THE first thing that is considered is cost. Wanting to know the cost is understandable, but DON’T stop there!  The WHO is the very most important thing – WHO is going to be doing this work in your home.  Class, here is where you start the research – one note card per plumber.  😊  Consider the following:

  1. Is this a local company? I’ve had people ask specifically where we are located because they want to support a local company.
  2. Is this plumber licensed, bonded, and insured?
  3. How long have they been in business? Experience = expertise
  4. Look at their web site. A wealth of information can be found there
  5. Is this company a member of Better Business Bureau? What is their rating?
  6. Locate reviews. They can be found on the BBB, Google, on Facebook perhaps Angie’s List, or Nextdoor.  Consider both positive and negative reviews.  How did they respond to the negative reviews, and did they take the time to respond to both positive and negative reviews
  7. How will they treat my home? We have a ‘no mess left behind’ policy. How would you rate their customer service when you called?
  8. How would you rate their customer service when you called?
  9. Will they provide an estimate for your project?  With a description of your project we might be able to give you a ball park figure over the phone .  If not then we will schedule an onsite discussion and then provide a written estimate
  10. Last, but not least, is – what are your rates?

Hopefully by doing all the research you will come out with an A+ project.   In fact, we’ll help get you started.  Take your note card and write Aaron Kramer Plumbing in the top left-hand corner.  In the top right-hand corner write 937-898-0008; then call us to get started.  Class dismissed.

After All, We DO Live In Ohio

After All, We DO Live In Ohio
Welcome to the Midwest, specifically Ohio – zeroing in on Southwest Ohio with a bulls-eye on the Dayton region. What we’ve experienced may be the same as where you are – well-below zero temperatures and now another 4-5 inches of snow have caused over 450 schools and universities to close, accidents a plenty, trips to the ER for falls, loss of business for many, frozen water mains, boil advisories, and frozen pipes in our homes. If you are one of those homeowners with frozen pipes are you prepared for when those pipes thaw?
In order to be prepared, leave the faucets open on those frozen water lines to prevent damage to them and to the pipes. The pressure built up in the pipes could damage the faucet(s) and/or the pipes when the thawing occurs. Be prepared for a sputtering and a blast of water!
BUT GUESS WHAT! Relief is on the way! By Sunday, at least in the Dayton region, the temperature will be between 50-60 degrees ABOVE ZERO and life can return to normal. The kids will be back in school (Hallelujah!), you can go shopping (the stores have missed you!), you can now potty train that new puppy you just got (what were we thinking!), maybe even wash the car, and you can start planning that summer flowerbed!
BUT WAIT! The whole weather thing could start all over again in just a few days! Please no, please no!

After All, We DO Live In Ohio