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Decide if a traditional water heater is right for you, and how to find the right one.
Decide if a traditional water heater is right for you, and how to find the right one.
Hard water can cause scaly buildup on your bathroom and kitchen fixtures; increase water bills; and clog pipes. Learn what you can…
Water heaters differ in terms of the fuel they require. Each type of water heater has its strengths and drawbacks, including fuel type, and it can be helpful to know what these a…
Came out same day. Cleared drain with their equipment quickly and super reasonable with their charges. Do not call anyone else but them. Ash was a lucky find for us. Thank you. The Posts in Copley.
I called in the early afternoon and asked to have someone at my house between 4-5pm. Denny arrived on time and handled everything in less than an hour. Nice job.
Replaced leaking water heater. Service provided within 24 hours of (non-emergency) call, professional attitude and workmanship. Very personable. Highly recommend.
Wow! Where do I start...? Ash plumbing has the most incredible service/work ethics I have come across in a long time. From the office staff to the service people you will receive incredible service. The crew of 2 that came out went beyond the call of duty. They didn't just fix the problem I called about-they looked for and found other areas that had caused the problem and what were going to cause the next issue which were not so visible. Very professional, skilled and great senses of humor all rolled into one. I felt at ease and have complete trust in their expertise and services. Thank you ASH Plumbing for being honest and true. You have a customer for life.
I don't know the name of the two gentlemen plumbers that came to my home today from Ash Plumbing, but they were wonderful. It ended up I needed a new sump pump. They were very polite, professional and efficient. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. I will definitely recommend Ash Plumbing to all and will not be calling anyone but them for any future needs. Thank you so much.
If I could give zero stars that would be best. I called 3/31/17 for a hot water tank repair as instructed by Dominion East Ohio, took hours to arrive then stated I would be "better" off replacing the tank for $1,500 than repairing it, when asked what the repair fee would cost he said $500.00? Like WTH, dude didn't even complete his paperwork as to repairing a small leak because he was too busy trying to sell me a highly overpriced new tank! I called the office to complain and Sherry told me that it's because parts do not have warranties? Ummm yeah they do just call around! This was nothing more than the HVAC game of "oh you have a cracked heat exchanger and need a new furnace", thankfully I had a back up company give me an estimate after I kicked this scam company out of my home and paid their $90/hour service call/lame sells pitch! DO NOT USE!!!!!!
Takes advantage of the elderly, charges entirely too much. Hesubcontracts most of his work to other contractors...
These guys are fantastic and I would highly recommend them to anyone. They came out three times because the gas company kept saying I had a gas leak but they ran all the tests and I didn't. They are trustworthy and honest and didn't try to do a bunch of work that didn't need done just to get money as a matter of fact the owner came out and ran the test with another meter and he refunded my money so I could get another opinion. I trust them and know their opinion is the only one that counts so after the gas company sent 4 guys out and talking to a supervisor they finally turned the gas on.
Called early this afternoon looking to schedule a drain cleaning tomorrow morning. The lady on the phone said they were booked in the morning, but were available in about 30-45 min! She quoted me a price for up to 100'. Two gentlemen arrive about 40 min later. They even remembered working on our drains a few years ago. Great personalities, very friendly. They spent a good hour trying to clear our drain, but no luck. They determined that the main line at the road was crushed during a recent water repair. Reasonable prices, GREAT service. Ash plumbing is now my goto plumbing provider should I ever need their assistance again.
What a great bunch of people with which to work! They always send out the best, because all of their people know what they are doing with a wide range of jobs. Tiger Lily has had Superior trench and re-route 2 broken underground downspout tiles in homes built in 1999 and 2004; installed French drains; repaired or replaced numerous kitchen, bath, laundry faucets and toilets; replaced sump pumps and snaked out every conceivable type of line. Over the years they have had their challenges with a couple of the properties I manage, but it has been rare. I highly suggest you give them a call if you need a well-rounded plumber.
Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.
Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.
Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.
Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.
Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.
Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.
Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.
Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.
When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.
The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.
The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by-12 foot room.
The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.
If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.
Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:
1. Do you have insurance?
It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.
2. Do you have a warranty?
Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.
3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?
You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.
Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign.
4. What kind of training do your employees receive?
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
5. What kind of paint will you use?
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?
A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
7. How much wall prep is included in the price?
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?
Community involvement shows the company:
Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.
If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.
American Coatings Association
The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.
Finishing Contractors Association
The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.