Plumbers helper – Circa 1974

In honor of Father’s Day 2018 I would like to thank my dad, Cliff Helmcamp.  Thank you dad for teaching me to be there to help my parents, husband and kids.  Thank you for teaching me the difference between a flat head and Philips screw driver.   Thank you for teaching me to mow the grass.  Thank you for teaching me to change the oil in my car.  I may not do these tasks today, BUT I know how because you took the time to teach me.  Looking at this photo from 1974 brings so many thoughts to my mind.  Who knew then that you would be preparing me to be the plumbers helper to my husband, who is in fact an amazing plumber, father, & friend.

 

I may not have had the reaction you wished for when you showed me the cover of this month’s New Yorker magazine honoring dads.  But it did remind me of this picture of you and me.   It is the perfect reminder of the dad I grew up with working around the house, fixing what you could, with me by your side.  Riding on your back, with my feet in your pockets while you mowed the grass.  Great memories dad.  Thank you for all you have taught me.  Happy Father’s Day

P.S. Dad – I have the pic from 1974 on my desk at work.

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It’s that time of year

Calls started coming in early this season for clogged AC drain lines in May.  I thought with the cold sticking around longer than usual we would have a chain reaction on the AC drain lines clogging.  No such luck.  Texas heat has struck again and fast.  As soon as you start running your AC in Spring, Texas and the surrounding areas it is time to keep an eye on those AC drain lines.

You can drop Air Conditioner Pan Tablets into your AC drain pan every 6 weeks.

 

 

The simplest thing to do once a month is poor one cup of bleach down the AC drain line in the attic or the sink that it is tied into.

If you fail to do these maintenance steps you can be sure you will need to auger the line otherwise you could have a minor or major flood in your home.

Here is a not so funny joke.  How can you stop your AC drain line from clogging?  Turn off the AC.  Not the answer if you live in Texas folks.

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What a plumber does.

A plumber is not limited to fixing the dripping faucet that your husband couldn’t fix and, in some cases, made worse.  No, his training, licensing and certification goes way beyond that.  Plumbers are by trade focused on the health and sanitation of the nation.  I am sure you have seen the classic logo for American Standard.  “The Plumber Protects the Health of the Nation”

In the state of Texas it is a law that a licensed plumber is required to repair and install all plumbing in commercial and residential buildings.

If you use a Handyman make sure it is someone that knows the limits of their trade versus the licensed trade.  Cross contamination and back-flow prevention are so very important and critical to the health and sanitation of America.  I highly recommend Tim Shiller 832-326-2006 if you need any handyman work performed.  My grandfathers were both very handy but they both knew when to call in the licensed trades when necessary.

The Spring and Houston area have been inundated with plumbing repairs and work due to the Hurricane and Freeze of 2017 and 2018.  Be a responsible home owner and citizen and call on the licensed and insured trades of Texas.  You can verify a plumbers license simply by going to the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners Website and search by the first and last name.  Keep in mind that a journeyman plumber is required to work under a Responsible Master Plumber.

 

 

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Frozen Pipes and no water

Today January 17, 2018 Spring and Houston area folks are dealing with something we haven’t dealt with in years.  Frozen pipes!!! Turning the kitchen faucet on and nothing happens.

Here is what Bear is recommending.  Stay home, turn on the faucet closest to the house shutoff valve.  As the temperature rises and the pipes begin to thaw.  The pressure needs to be released.  If everything is shut off the pressure causes the pipes to break.

If you are in the waiting period please be patient and keep an eye on the open faucets and check for breaks outside.

If you have a break or any questions don’t hesitate to call 281-350-2327

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Happy New Year 2018

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The Weather outside is …… so Delightful

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful day!!!  We would love for you to share your pictures with us.

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Nominated for Texas Family Business of the Year

What an honor it was for Bear’s Plumbing Services, LLC in Spring TX to not only be nominated but invited to the awards ceremony for the Texas Family Business of the year banquet.  The Baylor Family business motto is one I think we should all strive for “Put faith back on the table”

On November 3, 2017, the Institute for Family Business honored outstanding family businesses within the state of Texas.  Bear, some friends and I attended the 28th anniversary of the awards program. Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business has hosted the Texas Family Business of the Year awards program every year since 1989. The Awards event was held in the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation in the Meyer Conference Center.  This was an outstanding facility.

This event draws hundreds of family business owners annually to the Baylor campus and not only recognizes and promotes outstanding family businesses but also is a valuable networking and development tool for family business honorees and undergraduate students who are invited to the afternoon family business forum and evening awards banquet. The forum guest speaker was Mike O’Krent of Lifestories Alive, LLC.  His presentation of Capturing the essence was exactly what I needed to hear.

Texas Family Business of the Year firms are recognized in three size categories and several special categories recognizing: Family Values, Excellent Management, Community Commitment, Rapid Growth, Stewardship, Founders and Heritage Awards.  These businesses that were recognized were truly great role models for us.  I want us to strive for  these qualities in our life and business.

Bear and I thoroughly enjoyed going  to the forum which was very educational as well as the awards banquet.  I left the forum and the awards ceremony ignited and excited about the business we have built together not only for our family but for our employees and their families, and our community.  To one day be able to give back the way these companies that we met this weekend do is quite frankly inspiring.

I am excited everyday to get up and go to work with my husband.  Who gets to do that?  I do! I am so proud of Bear, his accomplishments, the husband, the father, & businessman he is.

A few fun things I came away with from the forum & banquet:

1. God first
2. Family second
3. Business third
4. I want our employees to feel like they are part of the family
5. Treat others as you want to be treated
6. Keep a smile on your face and be happy
7. Have a drink at 5 O’clock every day

 

Thank you Michelle, Jennifer, Brian, & Ronny for your support, friendship and encouragement.

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