FACEBOOK CONTEST! Enter by Aug. 19 to win a brand-new water heater!

oldest water heater contest

It’s contest time!

Do you have the oldest water heater? We’re giving away a brand-new water heater to the person who can prove theirs is the oldest!

Prize details (valued up to $1,500!)

The winner of this contest will win a Bradford White gas or electric water heater, holding up to 50 gallons, depending on the client’s space and needs. This prize is worth up to $1,500!

Entry guidelines:

  • The participant must be the legal homeowner of the property, not a tenant.
  • The water heater age must be validated via a free inspection by Justin Dorsey Plumbing before the new water heater will be installed. Once a winner has been chosen, we will work with you to schedule the inspection and subsequent installation.

Contest entry instructions:

  1. Visit our Justin Dorsey Plumbing Facebook page.
  2. Like and follow our page.
  3. Find the post pinned to the top of our page, detailing the contest instructions.
  4. Comment on the post with:
    A picture of you standing next to your old water heater, holding a paper with the install month and year clearly written on it.
  5. Deadline for entry is Sunday, Aug. 19!

How do I find out how old my water heater is?

Installation dates can typically be found on the “rating plate” or manufacturer’s label attached to the side of your water heater. If you don’t see a specific date, write down the serial number and contact your manufacturer to find out how to decode the age of your water heater from the serial number. You may also be able to find out your manufacturer’s serial number decoding process with a Google search.

The winner will be announced Tuesday, Aug. 21! Good luck!

Learn more about malfunctioning water heaters in our post, featuring “4 common plumbing problems and how to avoid them!”

graduating plumbing apprentices

4 Justin Dorsey Plumbing employees graduate 4-year apprenticeship program

On Friday, May 18, four Justin Dorsey Plumbing associates graduated their four-year apprenticeship program — Michael Rodgers, Zach Personnett, Kirby Boyd and Aaron Champley. Owners, Justin Dorsey and his wife, Judy, were on hand to celebrate the achievement.

“We count ourselves lucky to have a team of plumbers dedicated to their trade,” Justin said. “This is a very comprehensive program, and it takes dedication to complete it. These guys stuck with it, and I’m proud to have them on our team.”

To complete this program, the graduates had to complete:

  • 576 classroom hours
  • 7,600 on-the-job training hours

“I’m grateful to be done,” Michael said. “Four years is a long time, but, looking back, it really has set me up to succeed in this trade.”

Rodgers credits the combination of classroom and on-the-job training for preparing him, and he has one bit of advice for others considering a plumbing apprenticeship: “Go for it!”

“Skilled trades are in high demand, and a career in plumbing is a great way to make a living,” Michael said. “Being a licensed plumber gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment and can open a door for many different opportunities.”

All four graduates are now eligible to take the state journeyman licensing exam. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Justin Dorsey Plumbing apprenticeship!

Personal story: Learn about Jason’s journey as an apprentice.

free water quality test

Get a free water quality test with your next Justin Dorsey Plumbing service call

Justin Dorsey Plumbing offers a free water quality test to customers who have scheduled service calls. This test takes 5-10 minutes and tests for water hardness as well as iron and chlorine levels.

“This is a nice added value that we offer to customers when we’re already at their home for another service,” explains Michael Rodgers, a service technician with Justin Dorsey Plumbing. “As a technician, this test helps me to provide better recommendations to my customers for what water conditioning system would work for their particular water quality.”

Water conditioning system options include:

  • Water softener
  • No-salt water conditioner
  • Iron filter

Worried about contaminants in your drinking water?

“It’s important for customers to note, however, that this free test does not test for bacteria or other heavy metals present in the water,” warns Rodgers. “For that, we offer a Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System that can provide customers bottle-quality water at their kitchen faucets.”

Reverse Osmosis systems remove:

  • Heavy metals
  • Poisons
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • And more

If you don’t like the taste of your drinking water or are concerned about contaminants, be sure to ask your Justin Dorsey Plumbing technician about the Reverse Osmosis system.

Call (888) 242-2937 to schedule your next service call, and be sure to tell your technician you want the free water quality test!

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.