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.

Announcement: We’re an official sponsor for the Adopt a Highway program!

We are proud to announce that we are an official sponsor for the Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation!

We now support the maintenance and clean-up of three highway sections that hold our signs:

  • The southbound I-65 Zionsville exit
  • The westbound I-74 Brownsburg exit
  • The westbound I-70 Plainfield exit

View our sponsor highlight here.

By doing this, we know we’re contributing to the betterment of our communities, and that’s something we think is worthwhile.

Thinking of our servicemen at Christmas

Justin Dorsey Plumbing honors its two veteran staff members

It’s the week before Christmas, and, even though Veteran’s Day was technically observed last month, we think it’s a great time of year to acknowledge our veterans and honor them for the sacrifices they’ve made in serving their country.

According to the United States Census Bureau, there were 18.5 million veterans in the United States in 2016. Justin Dorsey Plumbing is honored to currently have two veterans of the United States Army on its very own staff — Ron Irelan and Ben Personett.

If you caught last month’s blog, featuring an interview with company owner Justin Dorsey, you’ll remember that Justin’s dad was in the U.S. Air Force when he moved the Dorsey family to a farm here in Danville, Ind.

Having a dad in the military has given him a healthy respect for veterans and the value they bring to workplaces today.

“Veterans understand commitment,” Justin says. “They’re also community-minded and trustworthy. Ron and Ben are great examples of that. Ben is one of our newest employees, and he’s a very personable young man. Ron is a great problem-solver.”

Thank you, Ron and Ben, for your dedicated service and bringing that work ethic to the Justin Dorsey Plumbing team! And to all other veterans or servicemen currently serving our country — especially those having to spend the holidays away from your families — we extend our deepest gratitude.

Meet the man behind the plumbing business

After we had such interest in the story behind the crying baby logo, we thought we’d introduce you to the man behind Justin Dorsey Plumbing. Here’s a chance to learn more about Justin Dorsey, the guy who started it all.

A personal interview with Justin Dorsey

  1. Are you originally from Danville?  I have lived in Danville since 1962, when I moved here with my parents and two older twin sisters when I was four years old. My dad was in the military (U.S. Air Force) and had a mobile home. He traded in that mobile home to use as a down-payment on a farm here in Danville.
  2. What was your first-ever job? I got a job driving a Minneapolis Moline tractor, raking hay for a dairy farmer at $.50 per hour. I liked it. I always enjoyed work and staying busy.
  3. Tell us a little about your family.  My father was an ornamental iron worker for Iron Workers Local 22 in Indianapolis. He grew up in Barlow, Ky. My mother was from Waveland, Ind. My parents originally met at a dance hall in Cayuga, Ind., in 1956. I have two older twin sisters and a younger brother. I met my wife, Judy, while we went to Danville High School — she was a friend of my sisters. We were married on Sept. 3, 1977. We have three children and 11 grandchildren. Another interesting thing is that, although she was raised in Richardson, Texas, we were both born in Lebanon, Ind. When we got married, we had to find our birth certificates, and we discovered the same nurse had signed both of our birth certificates.
  4. What were you like in high school? I wrestled in high school. I also played the trumpet in my high school band class, although I wasn’t the most attentive band student. It was mostly just for fun.
  5. What are your favorite hobbies?  I enjoy a lot of different activities — cycling, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, shooting clays, camping and softball. I took two camping and fishing trips this summer (2017) — one in Alaska and one in Canada.
  6. What is something most people don’t know about you? I received a Competent Toastmaster (CTM) award designation from Toastmasters International, a membership organization that helps leaders improve their speaking and leadership skills.
  7. Where did you go to college? I graduated from a Purdue Agricultural short course, and I started farming. I probably raised 40 sows and 500 pigs, until the Jimmy Carter era when I went out of business. Then I worked for a contractor doing night calls, and I decided to get my Master Plumber’s License in November 1983 and start Justin Dorsey Plumbing.
  8. What attracted you to plumbing? I liked the fact that it is a service everyone needs and requires a state license.
  9. What is your favorite part about running your business?  I enjoy the freedom I have to plan my own schedule.
  10. What is the worst or weirdest plumbing disaster you’ve ever seen? That’s a hard question. I’ve seen tons of flooded basements, floating carpet. One time, I was called out to a home that had a well pump that had been hit by lightning. The pipes went through the side of the house, so that was pretty unusual to see that amount of damage. I’m thankful to say we have not had any accidents that have disabled my staff members. Plumbing can certainly be a dangerous job, especially with men working in ditches and with electricity around water!
  11. If you could be anything else besides your current job role, what would you be?  I’d be a general contractor. I’ve always liked building things. I’ve built more than a dozen buildings, built townhomes, single family homes and even renovated a house on Clinton Street here in Danville.

Fall Pipe Prep: 4 tips to prevent frozen pipes this winter

4 tips to prevent frozen pipes this winterWhile Indiana’s recent unseasonably warm temperatures might have had you fooled, the fall season is here, and it’s time to start thinking about prepping your plumbing for winter.

When water freezes, it can slow the passage of water inside your home’s pipes to a trickle, and, if left untreated, the frozen water will continue to build and expand until the pressure causes the pipes to burst. Frozen pipes and pipes that have burst can be costly to fix.

Avoid frozen pipes by taking these proactive steps before the cold weather arrives.

  1. Drain water from outdoor faucets and water systems. 
Prevent standing water from freezing in unused pipes by draining the water from the pipes before the season’s first freeze. Not sure how to do this? Follow these helpful steps from DoItYourself.com.
  2. Add insulation to any pipes that are outdoors or in unheated areas, including pipes connected to outdoor faucets, garden hoses, underground sprinkler-systems or pipes in crawl spaces, unfinished basements, attics and garages. There are various types of insulation you can use, from newspaper and plastic wrap to more durable foam insulation pipe sleeves you can purchase at a hardware store.
  3. Leave your kitchen and bathroom cabinets open if you’re away from home for a long period of time.
    If you plan to go out of town or be away from your home for more than a day, lower your chances of frozen pipes by keeping your kitchen and bathroom cabinets open. This will ensure your pipes have access to the warm air inside your home.
  4. Never set your thermostat to lower than 55 degrees.
    It’s common for homeowners to try to save on winter energy costs by lowering their thermostats during the night or when they plan to leave town for the weekend. However, this can be a risky decision when low temperatures are expected. If you’re expecting subzero temperatures or wind chills, let your furnace blower run. This will more evenly heat your entire house, including those areas that are harder to reach, like the crawl space. Slightly higher energy bills will be less cumbersome to deal with than costly repair bills.

We know it’s never a good time to not have running water! If you suspect your pipes are frozen or your pipes have burst, contact us at (888) 242-2937, and we’ll get you up and running again.

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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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