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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.

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!

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

Holiday Disasters!

Aaron Kramer Plumbing  would like for all our customers and friends to enjoy your holiday celebrations without having to deal with any disasters interrupting your time together.  To avoid these disasters, we’d like to suggest the following

  1. Don’t stuff your garbage disposal with vegetable peelings, pastas, etc. that could clog the disposal.  We are suggesting that you reserve the stuffing for a part of your anatomy – and enjoy!  We won’t be available to snake your drain or replace the disposal. We’ll be closed the 25th
  2. Don’t stuff your toilet with paper and paper products. To put it delicately flush frequently to avoid overflowing the toilet.  We won’t be available to snake the toilet.  We’ll be closed the 25th
  3. Don’t’ let your toddlers drop their new hot wheels and other small toys down the toilet. They will probably not go down, but they will do a good job of clogging it.  How do you remove a small toy?  Many times, you don’t.  Your Christmas present to the family just might be a new toilet – installed after Christmas.  We’ll be closed the 25th
  4. Out-of-town company means lots of showers and lots of dishes to wash.  Space out showers and running the dishwasher to ensure having enough hot water.  Increasing the temperature of the water heater will not make it recover faster and we won’t be available for you to call and ask what is wrong with it.  We’ll be closed 25th

We wish our customers, friends and neighbors a wonderful holiday.  We will enjoy it also – did we say we’ll be closed? 

Call us on the 26th.  898-0008

Happy Holidays, 

Aaron Kramer Plumbing

DO’S, DON’TS, NEVERS AND CHUCKLES

DO’S, DON’TS, NEVERS AND CHUCKLES   – Second Edition

Just a few more random thoughts from your plumber’s secretary.  (If we aren’t your plumber, you don’t have to read this; but, on second thought, maybe your plumber doesn’t offer such enlightening information.  So, go ahead and read it.)

  1. Never put a broom handle (yes, you read that right) or any other object into a jammed disposal to try and unjam it. You will be calling us.
  1. Don’t let toilets ‘run’ or faucets drip unless you like paying high water bills. The water company thanks you.
  1. Don’t buy universal parts for the plumber to use for a repair. There is a good possibility it won’t work; so let the plumber supply the correct parts and save yourself a return trip to the store.  Keep that receipt!
  1. Don’t use hangers or other objects to try and clear a drain. Poking a hole or damaging the pipe has just increased the cost of repairs, to say nothing of the clean up under the sink.  We don’t do that.
  1. Do listen to the advice of your plumber – not Uncle George, Grandpa, your neighbor or the guy selling you parts at the box store. Are any of these people licensed plumbers?  Probably not; however, we are.

With sincerity and a few chuckles,

The Plumber’s Secretary

By the way, look for the final edition of ‘Do’s, Don’ts, Nevers, and Chuckles’ from the ‘enlightened’ plumber’s secretary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SILENT – BUT, DEADLY

SILENT – BUT, DEADLY

Normally, when we write our blogs, we try to give them catchy titles and start out with a little humor. This one, however, deals with a very serious and potentially deadly problem that may exist in your home, and you may not realize it until it is too late. This potential problem is the presence of carbon monoxide (CO).

In the last two years in our area three children and an elderly husband and wife have lost their lives to this ‘silent killer’.  Carbon monoxide is an invisible, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is produced by fuel-fired appliances, generators, space heaters, and automobiles. When CO is inhaled, it replaces the oxygen in the blood, preventing oxygen from getting to our organs.  The gas can first cause flu-like symptoms, followed by disorientation, then unconsciousness, with the end result being death.

If a household appliance malfunctions, the gas could be allowed to dissipate throughout your home. Generators and space heaters can also produce CO.  For this reason, if you are using a generator that burns gas or propane, the generator should be at least 20’ from the house, and NEVER be used in the house or in the garage. You may have an all-electric home, but if you have an attached garage, you may also be at risk. Leaving a car running in the garage with the door up or down will allow the gas to seep into your home.

Potential harm to your family can be prevented with the installation of CO alarms. These alarms emit a loud, beeping pattern that goes off when CO is detected. The loud beeping doesn’t stop until the CO level has been decreased.  These alarms do not prevent or correct the problem; their purpose is only to alert you to the presence of CO.

The Residential Code of Ohio stipulates that the CO alarms be located outside the bedroom group in the home.  If there are bedrooms on every floor, then a unit should be installed on each floor outside these rooms.  Kidde, an alarm manufacturer, has in their manual to install one on each floor, regardless if there are bedrooms on the floor.  Kidde also stipulates that the unit should not be installed within 5’ of an appliance; and in the case of a water heater and/or furnace, it should be no closer than 15’. Deep cell marine batteries such as those that are used with battery back-up pumps, also produce CO, and the alarm should be located 5’ or more away from these batteries to prevent nuisance alarms.

Once an alarm has sounded, open the nearest window and/or doors, and/or leave the house immediately and call 911.  If you are unable to leave, stay by the open window.  If you leave the house, do not return for any reason.  Once the CO level has gone down, the source of the CO must be found. The first responders may be able to determine the source, but the repairs will need to be made by a plumbing and/or HVAC technician who is licensed, bonded, and insured.  They should check any fuel fired appliance in your home.  Do not turn on any appliance until it has been evaluated by a licensed technician.

Alarms for just carbon monoxide can be purchased, and there are also combination alarms for both smoke and CO. No matter which unit is purchased, it is the home owner’s responsibility to read through the entire manufacturer’s manual and follow the directions to the letter. Test the units weekly, and keep track of their age. They can be purchased on-line, at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and local hardware stores.  Some communities also give away free CO detectors to their residents.  Call your local fire department to see if such a program is available in your area.

The best way to protect your family and keep them safe is to be knowledgeable about the effects of carbon monoxide and install alarms in your home.    Your family is depending on you.

Your family also depends on you to make sure they have hot water, working toilets and faucets, a quiet garbage disposal, plus all of your other plumbing needs. You can depend on Aaron Kramer Plumbing to make sure that your plumbing is in working order.  Give us a call today at 937-898-0008