Water Heaters: Types and Facts

Water heaters are in every home, but they’re not all created equal. Buying a new water heater can be a bit confusing. Does your home or business need a 40 gallon heater? Or would a 75 or even 100 gallon heater be more efficient? What about the pros and cons of a tankless water heater, with its endless stream of hot water? Is it cost effective to switch from a gas water heater to an electric water heater? Have no fear! True Plumbing has a colorful infographic with answers to these questions and more! Our prices on installation are unbeatable, and we will pick up your new water heater and haul away your old one so you don’t have to worry about a...

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Money, Money, Money

Before starting our little enterprise, Michael and I attended a live Dave Ramsey event in Long Beach. Though we knew all the basic principles of how to get out of debt and live within our means, having the motivation to actually put it into practice was a whole other thing. Dave Ramsey, who has a popular radio show as well as series of books and courses that help people get out of debt and start living in control of their money instead of the other way around, is a charismatic guy with a Southern drawl and a lot of common sense. He told us that everything we were about to hear could be summed up something like this: “Don’t spend more you make.”   Easy! Post done!   Just kidding. We knew we had to get in control of our money or we would always be chasing the next paycheck. So we started small (because clearly, getting rid of Netflix or Xbox was not an option.) We put aside some money in an envelope for food and when that money ran out, we ate peanut butter and jelly or hamburger helper (yes, I know that’s not paleo.) Our expenses plummeted and suddenly it felt like money grew on trees. Then we put money aside for discretionary stuff, like video games or happy hour. The next step was to make sure our emergency fund was well-stocked with canned soup and dry goods and blankets. Just kidding, it only had money in it. Just enough to cover one major thing should it, God forbid, occur with no warning. And finally we got that debt snowball set up, and boy was it exciting to see the total $$$ amount come down. Seeing your bank account grow and knowing that days you have left to pay the “stupid tax” of debt is one of the sexiest things about being an adult. It wasn’t always easy to keep forking over so much every month and seeing nothing in exchange, but on the day we paid the last payment to the last credit card, we were definitely in a good mood! And one fine day, about a year or more into this, our debt dissolved away like slugs on salted concrete. This was when starting our small business really went from a dream to a goal. More on that later…  ...

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Surviving the Newborn Plumbing Business Paperstorm – Tip 1

This week’s epically small business lesson is one that I am learning the hard way: the power of organization. (and you can read that as an epically small business or an epically small lesson – your choice.) No, I don’t mean THE organization as in the hierarchy of power or the “org chart.” I mean organization as in which paper goes in which file and who is in charge of putting it there and when it needs to be done. I was recently complimented on my organizational powers outside of the True Plumbing office. When I reported this to my husband, the CEO, he was a bit incredulous. My desk is more closely related to a paper factory than an highly functioning executive office. The piles are high and deep, the sticky notes with cryptic, illegible messages are many. There are always at least 10 tabs open on my internet browser, two word documents, three excel files, and an episode of Grimm or Sherlock ready to go at any given time. He sees no organization in that, but I know what each piece of paper is, where it goes, and from whence it came. Sure, I might have to look at 15 other pieces of paper before I find the one I’m looking for, but I (pretty much) always find it. As we have gotten this thing off the ground, the amount of research, printing, reading, throwing away, and filing that I have done is remarkable. I’m familiar with all kinds of legal and marketing terms that I didn’t know existed at this time last year. At first, I had a simple inbox method going: everything went in the inbox. Because I didn’t have an Outbox, nothing ever left. It escalated quickly from a happy, busy pile to an angry, menacing tsunami of paper. I would hopelessly thumb through it once a month or so, throw a fraction of it away and return the rest to the stack with the promise to “file it away” as soon as I knew what it was. For me, things need to be visible in order to get done. If it’s out of sight, it really is out of mind, so if something is unresolved (or unpleasant or confusing) it has to stay out where I can see it for a good long time. Finally, I had to call in back up. Things reached...

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So you want to start a plumbing business

Starting a business is not an undertaking for everyone. We keep reading things like “Expect utter hell, and you’ll be just fine”  and like      Our little business is still on newborn legs, striving gamely to walk and run like full grown businesses but still a little wobbly. We’re learning a lot about things like accounting, SEO, social media, and customer service. And honestly, we’re having a great time, though it’s certainly not easy. While many other and more amazing people have written many other and more amazing words on starting a business and entrepreneurship, we’ve got a little of our own perspective that we’d like to share as we go along. Maybe some of it will be helpful. To be honest, running our own business was not really a goal of ours. Most business owners (i.e. bosses) that we’d had were stressed out ALL.THE.TIME. and frankly, seemed miserable. We might not make as much as they did, but at least we slept at night. But isn’t it funny the way a little time can change your perspective? There came a moment when we’d said to each other lightheartedly, “if THAT guy can do it, we can do it” enough times that it started to sound like an actual idea and not just a little snide remark. So, one step at a time, little by little, over the course of weeks and months, we did it. We quit our jobs and held on for dear life. And now we work HARD and we boss ourselves around and we love every minute of...

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Giving Back to San Diego

Giving Back to San Diego

True Plumbing is committed to being an active member of our community and the world. Starting in December, we will donate 10% of each job to one of 5 charities – you get to choose. Just tell your plumber which charity you’d like to support and he’ll make a note on your invoice. This will last year round, not just over the holidays. A21 Campaign – End Human Trafficking and Injustice in the 21st Century. This organization is focused on not only prosecuting traffickers, but on rescuing and redeeming their victims. There are lots of great ways to get involved. San Diego Rescue Mission – for 50 years, this organization has been focused on serving the homeless and poor of San Diego by providing shelter and meals, but also by addressing  “the challenges behind their homelessness for positive, lasting change.” San Diego Food Bank – The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank has been working with the community here to provide meals to the homeless and poor, especially families, as well as soup kitchens, shelters, churches with feeding programs, schools, senior and disabled living facilities, and food pantries. Navy SEAL Foundation – Honoring our warriors. Supporting their families. These organizations are doing good work not only in San Diego but in the nation and the world. It’s time to be part of something bigger than our little company, our little community, and our little sphere of influence. It’s time to make a larger difference....

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