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.”

8 Reasons Why Customers Choose Justin Dorsey Plumbing

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Are you sick of it yet? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the gimmicks, special deals and “better than great” offers that companies are advertising right now.

After 30 years in this business, I’d rather tell it to you straight. Our approach may not be as glamorous and flashy, but we’re plumbing specialists, not infomercial pitchmen.

So my “offer” to you is really what we do all the time. We think you’ll appreciate this approach far more.

Customers who choose Justin Dorsey Plumbing enjoy:

  1. 24-Hour Service. When you need it; where you need it. Your stuff doesn’t break on schedule, so why should we make you wait while a flood builds in your basement?
  2. On-Time Service Guarantee. Tired of waiting on “no shows?” You want service when you want it! We’ll be there within 24 hours (usually way less), or we will recommend another company to serve you more quickly. This is our commitment to service and your satisfaction.
  3. A Company That Stands By Its Work. When we install a new plumbing upgrade for your home, your technician will go over the plumbing warranty options available to you.
  4. “Fixed Right” Guarantee. You don’t have time to chase down the guy who “almost fixed” your home service problem. If we didn’t fix the issue the first time, we’ll come back until it is — at our expense, not yours. We’ll get it done right, guaranteed.
  5. Hassle-Free Maintenance Agreement Plans. Take something off your to-do list. Get a Home Maintenance Agreement to put your home plumbing maintenance on autopilot. You get regular system services, scheduled reminders, significant savings, priority service and more.
  6. Fast, Effective “Drain Relief.” We send your standing water away where it belongs! Fast solutions to your drain problems are one phone call away.
  7. Pressure Problems? It’s no fun to have your faucet slow to a trickle just because someone else is using the plumbing. We can fix that for you.
  8. Hot Water Right Now. From conventional water heaters that always gush plenty of hot water to “state of the art” Instant Hot Water Systems that are as fast as that last luxury hotel you stayed in, we can hook you up. Just call for details.

This is how we’ve done it for the last 30 years, and we’re not stopping now.

We really want you to join our “family” of customers. We hope you’ll consider us the next time you need help with your home or commercial property plumbing issues.

Check out the details behind the A+ rating we received from the Better Business Bureau.

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4 common plumbing problems: how you can prevent them today

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.

The bacteria you need for your plumbing

Look at your septic system this way, it is the same as a large wastewater treatment plant in Crawfordsville, Greencastle, Plainfield, Brownsburg or Avon. It’s just a smaller version.

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From time to time, the Indiana Legislature is lobbied to regulate your home septic system under the same guidelines as the larger systems in the town you live near. Of course, Justin Dorsey Plumbing doesn’t condone this approach, but it is important to consider your septic system as a crucial element for the health and safety of you, your family, and your neighbors.

Your septic tank operates with a flora of bacteria that breakdown the solid organics, as well as the oily ones. But, did you know that many household chemicals and detergents destroy that helpful bacteria? Take something as harmless sounding as anti-bacterial soap. It’s good for you (not necessary, though), but not for your septic tank.

Enter BioOne, a patented concoction that:

  • Replaces the friendly bacteria in your mini-wastewater treatment plant.
  • Eliminates organic buildup in your pipes and the odor from the residue.
  • Will maintain a free-flowing system and remedy a sluggish one with regular use.

BioOne is safe for use in all septic systems, grease traps, holding tanks, boat bilges, and all drain lines. It is 100 percent biodegradable. It is recognized by the EPA and safe for humans and pets.

Make sure you check with your technician to get your bottle of BioOne and sleep better knowing that you are helping your septic system.

3 Scary Scary Stories from Crawfordsville to Indianapolis

In honor of  Halloween, here are some scary stories and sites around Central Indiana.

The Crawfordsville Monster

In 1891, a strange apparition terrorized the skies over Crawfordsville in Montgomery County. Described as a “great white shroud with propelling fins,” it scared the jeepers out of a couple of ice delivery men. The dimensions of this “apparition” were 18 feet long and 8 feet wide. It had no form, no visible head, but there was an eye, a flaming eye.

It moaned. No mouth could be seen, but still it wheezed. There was also an eerie flapping sound described as sounding like a flag whipping in the wind. Several eyewitnesses, including a Methodist minister and his wife, reported the phenomenon.

News traveled around the country quickly, alarming folks from Brooklyn to St. Louis. But what was this ghostlike amoeba that hovered in the lonely skies over Crawfordsville?

Find the answer and more about the Crawfordsville Monster here.

Whitcomb’s Library

After his death in 1852, former Indiana Gov. James Whitcomb, donated his large library to what is now DePauw University in Greencastle. Legend has it that Whitcomb’s ghost came with the library to protect it.

One scary tale tells of a student who checked out a The Poems of Ossian. That night in his room, he claimed the ghost of Whitcomb appeared at the foot of his bed demanding to know, “Ossian! Who stole the Ossian?!” The incident kept the student awake the rest of the night and he returned the book at the library’s opening the next morning.

You can read more about it here.

Central State Hospital: Indianapolis’ scariest site

Since the 1850s, Central State Hospital has been described as the “Hospital of the Insane.” That is always good fodder for scary stories. Shuttered in 1994, buildings remained on the campus for many years.

The Indiana Medical History Museum documents the history of the Pathology Lab of Central State. In an effort to understand the disease, the doctors would autopsy resident’s brain. To this day, the museum houses the brains with explanations of the causes of the mental diseases. You can check it out here.

It also widely suspected that many of the residents, poor and without family, were buried on the grounds, perhaps in the northwest corner behind the museum and where the Indianapolis Police Horse unit houses the horses.

Central State will always send shivers through its visitors.

Happy Halloween from Justin Dorsey Plumbing!

Guarantees and Warranties Give Peace of Mind

Plumbing can be difficult to fix. There can be more than one solution or a misdiagnosis can lead to problems continuing. Justin Dorsey Plumbing makes every effort to fix your problem on the first visit, but we make mistakes. We’re human and fallible.
That’s why we offer a six month warranty on all service calls. If your problem isn’t fixed on the first visit, we will come back and fix it.
Call our office at 800-242-2937 and ask about our six month warranty program. Before you get upset, give us a call. You’ll be glad you did.

If you’re not happy with your service, call us and give us a chance to make it right. We will answer your calls immediately. You can also email us at info@justindorseyplumbing.com, with your complaint or issue and we will call you back.

Thanks for using Justin Dorsey Plumbing.