Category: Plumbing

Where can you find good plumbers online?

Finding a trustworthy plumber online can be difficult. With so many business listing websites showcasing ‘plumbers near me’, it can be tough to distinguish between the real licensed professional plumbers, and the fake ‘lead capture websites’ that are only interested in collecting your email and phone number.

To make finding a local professional plumber easier on you, here are 3 ways to check if that plumbing business is for real.

#1 Does that plumber have an up to date website?

Just because a business has a website, doesn’t make them a legitimate business. What is more likely is if that plumbing business has an up to date website with their business name, street address, and local phone number.

Many times a lead capture website will not have a local street address because they don’t have a real physical location anywhere nearby. What you will likely see is a list of cities and towns where they claim to have an office, with landing pages designed to rank in search for the keyword ‘plumber’ or ‘plumber + city’.

Screenshot of a lead capture website for plumbers

Here are 3 things to look for on a local plumber’s website:

  1. Check their street address, and verify it using Google Street View
    • Street view will show you if they really have a physical location
  2. Check for a local phone number, not an 800 number
    • A number with a local area code is more likely real than a generic 800 number
  3. Find real customer reviews, either good or bad
    • Good or bad, customer reviews can mean the business is real

#2 Does that plumber have a Google My Business listing?

Many business listing websites like Yelp and Google My Business require some level of verification before the listing is published. Now there is a lot of ‘crap on the map‘ so use this in conjunction with the other methods listed here.

The reason you want to see if they have a GMB listing is to find reviews, and check to see if they have updated their information. What you find on their GMB listing should correspond to what you find on their website.

Here are some things to look out for:

  • Reviews: Check for spelling errors and anything that looks cookie cutter
  • Website: Is the website link different than the business website?
  • Phone number: See if it matches their website phone number
Screenshot of Google My Business SPAM
Courtesy of persuaded.io

#3 Does that plumber have other real business listings?

Here at Pioneer Valley Environmental, we have worked hard to create listings on legitimate business websites in order to build trust with our audience. You can find on listings like:

And many more! That way you can verify our business, location, phone number, customer reviews, and other information against other trustworthy listings. Any fly-by-night plumber or lead generator won’t go to this much effort to win local customer trust.

Here are three more listing website to verify that plumber you found online with:

  • Better Business Bureau
    • BBB does a good job of reviewing their listings and verifying them
  • Yelp
    • Even though they are not as trusted as they once were, they still have a strong verification process
  • Apple Maps
    • You cannot get on Apple Maps without a real physical location

Screenshot of PVE on Apple Maps

Closing

If you’re located in Western Massachusetts, from New Salem, to West Brookfield, we’d love to help with any of your plumbing needs. We’re available 24/7 for emergencies.

Ware Massachusetts Water System

Ware, MA Hard Water Problems

Since 2015 residents of Ware, MA have made it clear they do not love dirty water. Ever since that 2015 Selectboard meeting where residents held up bottles of discolored water, their are still problems with Ware’s water.

In 2018 Ware officials announced a boil water order instructing residents to boil their water for at least one minute before use after E. Coli was found.

Officials said that a water sample collected from the cistern source tested positive for the bacteria and total coliform bacteria was found in previous cistern source samples collected days earlier.

Most recently in 2020, a presentation regarding the Water Filtration Plant on Barnes Street explained the high levels of iron (Fe) and manganese (Mn) and what it will cost to address the issues.

An update was presented in October 2020 with more information on the cost and what future actions will be taken. Including submitting a new application to the USDA and considerations for grant and loan applications.

Would a water softening system fix this issue in your home? Maybe.

Improve water quality in your home

Instead of waiting for the Town of Ware to make improvements to the water supply, why not consider improving the water with a filtration and softening system for your home?

What is a water softener system?

A water softener is a type of water filtration system that removes impurities from water. Impurities like deposits of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) can be found in excess in hard water.

As hard water flows through the water softening system, the filters reduce and remove these impurities to deliver softened water to the rest of your home or business.

The result is reduced calcium deposits and other impurities making their way into your plumbing which can affect appliances like dishwashers, and heating systems like boilers and radiators.

Is Ware’s water hard?

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of hard water. If you live in Ware, MA, you can tell us if you experience any of these signs:

  • Does your water have a mineral taste?
    • Without using a Pur or Brita filter, does your water have a mineral taste? If so, your water is likely hard. 
  • Is there signs of residue?
    • You might see stains on dishes, utensils, and on bathroom appliances like your sink and bath tub.
  • Are you experiencing unusually dry skin and hair?
    • It is tough to tell during the winter months, but hard water will leave your skin really dry and your hair scaly.

If any of these signs are true, it is possible you have hard water and you should have your water tested.

A water softening system can help

Even though your home is located in Ware, each home may have different needs related to their plumbing.

In order to make sure a water softening system is right for your home, we can schedule a consult. Our technicians can take a look at your system, and find out where there may be issues with your plumbing or with the water supply.

Looking at your complete system is always the best approach to making sure the water coming in remains clean and safe for your family.

Contact us today for a quick consultation.

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Food scrap recycling system

Grind2Energy is a food scrap recycling system from InSinkErator.

State and local governments are setting aggressive waste diversion goals and implementing landfill waste diversion bans.

According to Emerson:

  • 28 tons of food waste is sent to landfills each year
  • Less than 5% of global food waste is recovered for recycling
  • Food waste accounts for 23% of all methane emissions in the U.S.

Graphic showing food scraps and food waste statistics
Courtesy of Emerson

Grind2Energy’s innovative organic waste system will enable your business to comply with these governmental regulations. You can decrease your contribution to landfills and help to generate clean, renewable energy. It also helps keep your facility cleaner and more efficient.

PVE is an authorized service agent of the Grind2Energy system. Watch the video below to learn more or contact us with any questions.

What can you do to help with food waste recycling?

Purchasing and installing Grind2Energy’s innovative food waste recycling system will decrease your food scraps contribution to local landfills and will help generate clean, renewable energy. It also helps keep your business clean and efficient.

Do you want to learn more about reducing your food scraps? Call us today!