Archive for March, 2013

Do You Need an Ark?

Home Service Corp.Noah was warned by God of the great flood that was to cover the earth. He had enough time to build the Ark, outfit it, gather the animals, and double check it’s seaworthiness. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had that same early warning of an impending “Great Flood” in your basement. You ask “What are you talking about? My basement is bone dry. I’ve never had a flood.” We’ll, over the years we have heard these words spoken to us along with “I can’t believe my carpeting, furniture, and prized collections are damaged by a flood from our sump pump failing.”

 

There are now many options for helping prevent basement floods. These include a second pump, a battery operated backup sump pump, a water power backup sump pump, audible flood alarms, and of course regular maintenance. Each of these are good options when properly applied, properly installed and properly maintained. We have installed dozens of these devices over the years and have helped many of our customers avoid the “Great Flood.”

 

Some alarm companies are providing an alarm which senses water overflowing the sump and spilling onto the floor. These are also an option but what do you do if you are at work, on vacation, or away from home for other reasons? What if the alarm doesn’t operate when you need it because no one maintained it? Before you can react to the alarm you could have a serious flooding situation.

 

There is a new option for homeowners today. In consists of a water powered backup sump pump with an audible alarm and the ability to contact you and three others by phone if the backup sump pump is running. It senses a higher water level than normal in the sump, starts the backup pump, contacts you via the phone all before water reaches the floor of you basement. It gives you time to check out the problem or to contact us to check it out for you. Although it would not contact you in the event of a total phone outage in your home, it would continue to operate the backup pump powered by your water supply. Technology is providing us with new options which were not even dreamed about just a decade ago.Home Service Corp.

 

You may ask “What other new plumbing things are out there?” These include touch control and touch-less faucets, emergency water supply shutoff systems, smart energy saving hot water heaters, toilets that flush on less that 20% of the water many older models use, quiet garbage disposals, filters to eliminate harmful chemicals and metals in the water supply, and even the kitchen sink with hundreds of styles, shapes and accessories.

 

If you have a sump pump and would like a free evaluation of the options for your unique home, just contact us.

Contact us for more information or visit our website at www.HomeServiceCorp.com.

Home Service Corporation

Celebrating our 32nd year serving our Michigan customers Heating & Air Conditioning , Plumbing and Electrical needs.

Need a Plumber or Heating Contractor?

Over the years we have seen so many bids lost to the low bidder. It was a plumbing repair or a duct cleaning or a furnace replacement. The buyer was so focused on price that they did not qualify the bidders for their job. Home Service Corp.Then the homeowner got burner. We have seen this time and time again.

So what was the homeowner supposed to check into before buying? Here is a list you can use on your next service need or replacement need:

  1. Could you show me your liability and workman’s comp insurance. If not you may pay later!
  2. Could you show me your proper state and federal licenses and certifications?
  3. Can I have a copy of the permit you are obtaining for the work?
  4. What training do your Technicians have?
  5. Do your Technicians have a criminal background or drug tests prior to hiring?
  6. What is the quality of the materials that will be used?
  7. What do other customers say about this contractor?
  8. What’s your experience and that of your employees?
  9. What is the financial status of the contractor? Do the trucks look clean and in good working order? Will they be there for you in the future for warranty work?
  10. Who is standing behind the quoted warranty?
  11. Why should I feel safe with your Technician in your home?
  12. What do you and your Technicians do to protect your health and property?
  13. Are the Technicians trained in the safest work practices?
  14. Do you have 24/7 service if something goes wrong?
  15. Have you given me choices so I can choose the solution that I believe fits my needs?
  16. Do you have a street address if I need to find you?
  17. Can I get a planned maintenance program on my home comfort system?
  18. How are you an active part of our community?
  19. Who will remove the debris and cleanup the work area after the job is complete?
  20. Are you and your Technicians familiar with my plumbing and heating systems?
  21. Is your office in or very near to my community?

Home Service Corp.When these questions are overlooked, the homeowner pays. Television programs like “Holmes on Homes” and investigative programs often highlight the consequences to homeowners who fail to check the contractors they hire. Many of the questions bring items to light that the low bidder cuts to save costs. The cuts affect quality, safety, and warranty for the homeowner. As the old commercial used to state, “You can pay now or you can pay later!” Legitimate contractors expenses are greater to provide you with safety, quality, and warranty on their repairs and installations.

We are always willing to share all the above information with you. Contact us for more information or visit our website at www.HomeServiceCorp.com.

Home Service Corporation

Celebrating our 32nd year serving our Michigan customers Heating & Air Conditioning , Plumbing and Electrical needs.