Resources for Veterans in MD

Veteran Challenges and Resources

Help for our fellow Vets

Resources for Veterans in MDAs a veteran-owned business, Warrior Plumbing and Heating recognizes and seeks to improve upon the obstacles faced by the estimated 371,000 Veteran brothers and sisters that call Maryland home.

In 2018 Warrior Plumbing introduced the “Help a Warrior” program which provides free plumbing and heating services to Baltimore area Veterans in need.

In early April of this year (2019), Warrior Plumbing and Heating attended the 2019 Year of the Maryland Veteran: Veteran and Military Families Celebration and Resource Fair. This was a community event organized by the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families and Howard County Commission for Veterans and Military Families. In an effort to celebrate “The Year of the Veteran” proclamation by our MD Governor, the event brought more than 40 government agencies, nonprofits, and veteran service organizations together.

 

The Challenges

Veterans and military families impacted by the traumatic experiences associated with war, face significant challenges that can have long-lasting negative effects.

Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members show signs of a mental health condition, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Psychiatry. The three primary mental health concerns that veterans typically encounter when serving in the military include:

  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) rates 15 times higher in veterans compared to civilians. PTSD is a mental health condition that may occur after an individual experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. While it is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic event, most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience symptoms may be diagnosed with PTSD.
  • Depression rates five times higher in veterans compared to civilians. Depression is more than just experiencing sadness. Depression does not mean a person is weak, nor is it something that an individual can simply “just get over.” Depression interferes with daily life and normal functioning which requires ongoing treatment. 
  • Veterans are also more at risk for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) compared to that of civilians. A TBI is usually the result of a significant blow to the head or body. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue or drowsiness, memory problems, mood changes, and mood swings.

Returning veterans may come home to families that do not know what they have experienced. They may not be sure how best to help their loved one who is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. As a result, they are often forced to learn ways to reintegrate back into society, as well as navigate the mental health systems on their own.

 

Helpful Resources

The agencies below provide critical services, programs, and employment opportunities for Maryland’s veteran community. Warrior Plumbing and Heating was proud to be a partner with the Veteran Friendly Business’ of Howard County program as one of the many supporting local community efforts and giving back to our veteran community.

 

Veterans in need of support can reach out to a number of Maryland resources:

          • Available 24/7, 365 days a year. Veteran service members and concerned loved ones may dial 1-800-273-8255 and press ‘one’ to receive help.
      1. Veteran Health Administration (VHA)
            • Provides healthcare to eligible Veterans
      1. Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA)
            • Oversees benefit distribution to eligible Veterans
            • Disability payments for injuries/illness sustained while in service
            • GI Bill and other vocational and educational resources
            • Staffed by the DHMH Behavioral Health Administration and a part of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
            • Regional Resource Coordinators are available 24/7 to assist with linking Veterans to resources and are devoted to helping Veterans and their families transition into healthy civilian life
            • Available by dialing 1-877- 770-4801
            • Works to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families in Maryland living with mental health issues. They provide free education and support groups for individuals and their families. We train individuals and families who have been through these experiences to connect as peers to those we serve. They work collaboratively with the VA and other military and veteran-connected organizations, agencies, and networks. Available online at www.namimd.org by dialing their warm line at 877-878-2371. Office hours are from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
            • Provide counseling, support, couples and family therapy to eligible Veterans

 

If you are or know, a US Veteran who is struggling in any way, PLEASE use the resources above. There is help for you. And if you are in the Baltimore area and need help with your plumbing or heating but can’t afford it, please apply for our Help a Warrior program.

Kitchen Remodel Services in Baltimore

Reasons to Remodel

Spring is here Baltimore!

Kitchen Remodel service in BaltimoreThe weather is warming, the trees are budding and the flowers blooming. Nature has awoken and is starting to show off its colors and fragrances. Warrior can help you show off a little yourself by remodeling that kitchen and/or bathroom.

Earlier this year, Houzz.com conducted a survey of people who had recently remodeled their kitchen. We are showing the top 6 reasons why people chose to do the remodel:

 

  1. They just could not stand their kitchen any longer 34%
  2. They finally had the budget available to pay for it 33%
  3. They had bought a new home and wanted to personalize the kitchen 29%
  4. The kitchen had deteriorated to the degree it was not safe 17%
  5. They were inspired to make changes 9%
  6. Needed to adapt to recent changes in family/lifestyle 9%

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Bathroom Remodel Services in Baltimore

Beyond having a kitchen and or bathroom that you will be proud of, there are financial reasons that also make remodeling a good idea.

When you look at how much value is added to your home when you remodel, it makes a lot more sense.

 

CostvsValue.com provides this information for the Baltimore area.

 

Mid-range Bathroom Remodel

Average Cost: $20,749 – Increase in Value: $11,858 – Cost Recouped: 57.9%

 

Upscale  Bathroom Remodel

Average Cost: $64,786 – Increase in Value: $34,087  – Cost Recouped: 52.6%

 

Minor  Kitchen Remodel (Mid-range)

Average Cost: $22,607 –  Increase in Value: $16,639 – Cost Recouped: 73.6%

 

Major Kitchen Remodel (Mid-range)

Average Cost: $66,266 –  Increase in Value: $40,406 – Cost Recouped: 61%

 

Major Kitchen Remodel (Upscale)

Average Cost: $131,866 – Increase in Value: $70,684 – Cost Recouped: 53.6%

 

Baltimore Kitchen Remodel by Warrior PlumbingLooking at these figures you see that a Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel on average rewards you with an increase in home value equal to over 50% of your remodel cost. That basically means you’re getting your remodel at less than half price! 

 

To find out more about Warrior Plumbing’s Home Improvement and Remodeling Services CONTACT US NOW

 

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Time for that Remodel!

Make your Dream Kitchen or Bathroom a REALITY!

 

Kitchen Remodel

  • Are you tired of not having enough counter or cabinet space?
  • Have you dreamed of knocking out that wall and maybe adding an Island?
  • Is your tile, flooring, cabinets or fixtures in need of an upgrade?
  • How about converting that boring glass slider to beautiful french doors? 

 

Warrior is known for its plumbing and heating expertise but did you know it also has decades of construction experience? With our MD Contractors License, we can manage your home improvement project start to finish, top to bottom, inside and out.

 

Why Remodel?

There are a lot of very good reasons to remodel your home. Here’s just a few.

  1. Increase the VALUE of your home. You will not only enjoy your new kitchen and/or bathroom when you go to sell your home it will appraise higher.
  2. Improve traffic flow. Open up that ‘one-butt’ kitchen. Whether you want to entertain larger parties or if you have a growing family, adding more space for bodies to move around makes everyone happy!
  3. Decrease your Utility Bills. Are your kitchen appliances more than 10 years old? You are wasting money on needlessly high utility bills. New appliances are much more energy efficient.
  4. Expand your Storage Space. Kitchen or Bathroom we seem to have more and more items that need a place. Cabinets, closets/pantries, shelves, and counter space can be increased and really helps to stay organized.
  5. Protect your Health.  Regular high levels of moisture and humidity in Bathrooms create conditions perfect for the growth of mold and mildew. Under bathtubs, behind the tile, under vanities, behind baseboards, anywhere even a small amount of moisture can collect has the potential for mold and mildew growth. Remodeling the bathroom allows for any problems to be discovered and dealt with. The remodel can include improved ventilation, pre-treatment for problem areas and the use of mold/mildew resistant materials.
  6. Style and Comfort. How do you feel when you walk into a nice new or recently renovated home? The fresh paint, flooring, lighting, layout, decor etc. are so nice and you wish that you could live in a home like that. Now imagine if when you walked into your own home and felt the same way. A new kitchen and/or bathroom can give you that feeling and for much much less than the cost of a new home!

 

 

WARRIOR VS DYI

A lot of homeowners feel they can save money by doing a remodel themselves. There are plenty of small improvements that can be done by the homeowner. Painting, installing new switch and wall plates, replacing old faucets and door locksets. All of these can be done by a competent handyman. But if all or part of the work requires skills or tools beyond average capabilities, and if a subcontractor will need to be hired you should use qualified help.

 

Here are a few reasons to use Warrior as your Remodel Contractor

EXPERIENCE: Unless the homeowner has experience with carpentry, plumbing, electrical etc., there is a good chance the work won’t be done correctly. When this happens the cost of the job and the time required to complete can increase dramatically. Warrior will make sure the job is DONE RIGHT the first time!

SAFETY: If your remodel involves electrical work, by doing it yourself you are not just putting your life at risk but also your home. When it comes to plumbing, if you are installing new fixtures which have in-wall connections, any leaks could go unnoticed. This could lead to mold, wood rot, and even structural failure. The homeowner will be stuck with the repair bill. With Warrior handling the job you will be confident that the electrical and plumbing are being handled professionally.

HOME VALUE: You can use the best available materials but if the work is done poorly you could wind up with a home worth less than before you started.

 


Make your Dream Remodel and Reality!

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Help a Warrior Program helping Baltimore area Veterans

Help A Warrior Program

Warrior Plumbing and Heating is helping Baltimore area Veterans

Help a Warrior Program serving Baltimore VeteransThis past December we were honored to provide plumbing services for Charles B. who served as a  Combat Engineer for the US Army.

Charles had problems with low water pressure in his home. We replaced a very old pressure reducing valve and no more low-pressure for Charles!

Here’s what Charles had to say when we were finished.

I was very proud of the (Warrior Plumbing) company in the way they treated a veteran. Your company made me feel very special and you were very professional and did a very good job. I am so glad that I found out about your program. Keep up the good work helping veterans. Thank you very much, Mr. Charles F. Black Sr.,   SGT. In the United State Army.

We have a simple application form available on our website and either Veterans or people who know Veterans can apply. We will confirm that the Veteran was honorably discharged (DD214 Certificate) and that they are in financial need. Read more…


New Services Coming this Month!

Warrior Plumbing is in the process of upgrading its drain cleaning services with the purchase of a new Sewer Machine. This can clear sewer lines of any size quickly and we have video inspection capability to easily determine if the line is damaged in any way.

Warrior Plumbing is also getting its Contractors License! We will be able to manage your construction projects and use subcontractors that we know are professional and honest.


Warrior Plumbing’s Latest Reviews

Joshua Ratner  February 4,  2019

“I have always had good experiences with Warrior; they are honest about what things will cost, what they think is worth repairing or addressing and have been quick to come out in emergencies and reliable for minor repairs and maintenance. I recommend them to friends often!”

Sabrina Mercado   February 7, 2019

“Amazing service! They were so polite and helpful. I had a frozen pipe on the weekend and they came within hours. Reasonably priced and very professional. Would recommend 100%.”

Lena Peel  February 5, 2019

“Warrior Plumbing and Heating is second to none- from their professionalism to their overall knowledge and experience. Brent was able to answer all of my questions! I’m so happy to have used their services and will highly recommend them to all of my friends and family. Thank you for a job well done!”

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Remodeling this Spring?

We specialize in Bath and Kitchen Remodels. Contact us to find out more!

Warrior Plumbing and Heating is Baltimore’s Honest and Trusted Plumbers

We are happy to fix your leaky faucet or replace your boiler. We work on all property types, new construction and remodels. There is no job too big or small for Warrior Plumbing and Heating!

Tips on how to prevent Frozen Pipes this winter

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Prevent Frozen Pipes, Tips from Warrior Plumbing Baltimore, MD

Frozen Pipes are No Joke!

When the temperature DROPS, Frozen Pipes become the GREATEST risk of damage to property. 

 


DID YOU KNOW?

 -that almost 40% of all frozen pipe failure happen in basements?

-The average cost of having a pipe burst is $5000.00

-A 1/8th inch crack spews 250 gallons PER DAY!


 

Baby, it’s COLD OUTSIDE!

During this cold-snap you can save yourself not only a huge hassle but also a costly one if you keep your pipes from freezing.

Here are some tips on how you can PREVENT Frozen Pipes.

 

1: Lower your Water Heater temperature. The higher your temperature the more pressure it creates. Check and see what yours is set at and if it’s higher than 140 degrees drop it down as low as 120.

2: Seal ALL openings in your exterior walls that allow cold air inside.

3: Check interior walls where utilities enter the house and caulk or insulate any openings were cold air is detected.

4: Pipes in unheated areas (Attic/Basement/Storage Closet) should be insulated and for areas that experience harsh winters (Hello Baltimore!) you might as well insulate all accessible pipes.

5: Keep the thermostat set to at least 55 degrees

6: Shut valves on exterior hose bibs, or faucets and drain the lines completely. Keep the spigots open to prevent pressure build up.

7: Water Leak Detectors can be a smart investment. Not only can they save you from having to deal with restoration and repair costs they can also LOWER your home insurance premium (check with your insurance carrier).

 


 

And JUST IN CASE…

Frozen Pipe Procedures

 

If the pipe is NOT BROKEN: Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, space heater or electric lamp. Focus the heating where the pipe comes in from the wall. Monitor the process regularly and once water flows from the faucet you are done. DO NOT use OPEN FLAME to thaw your pipes. This is a catastrophe in the making and, well, just DON’T DO IT! Call the plumber not the Fire Department.

No Water? Hopefully, you will have only one frozen pipe to deal with BUT if you are not getting water from any faucet and your pipes are not frosted over you may have a problem outside of your home with your main water line either into or out from your water meter. Here in Baltimore, you can check to see if there are any water main breaks that may be affecting you: Baltimore City Water Main Repair Map

If you have a pipe burst

1: SHUT your water main and water heater valves off

2: If you are in the Baltimore, MD area CALL US. (if you are not in our service area contact your local plumber immediately).

Winter Plumbing Tips for Baltimore

Winterize Your Plumbing

Winter Plumbing Tips for BaltimoreThese 6 Easy Tips will help your plumbing make it through the cold.

If we are having a few days (or more) with temps staying below 26 degrees you will want to protect your pipes from freezing.

This may be old hat for you seasoned folks but a refresher is always good! For those of you who are new to the responsibilities of a home here are some things you can do to AVOID plumbing headaches this winter.

1: DON’T turn your heat OFF. If you are leaving for a few days or more and are trying to save a couple of dollars you may wind up costing yourself thousands! You can turn the heat down to 50F but any lower and you risk coming home to frozen pipes and a flooded basement.

2: Keep your cabinet doors OPEN where there are pipes (like under your sinks). When it gets cold we layer on the warm clothes, your pipes are (for all practical purposes) NAKED and without insulation, they rely on the heat in your home to keep them warm.

3: Keep garage doors (or any other exterior doors) CLOSED especially if there are exposed pipes in those spaces.

4: Holes and Cracks. Check where your pipes come into the home through walls or floors (or ceilings) and see if cold air is coming in too. If So… Grab a can of INSULATING SPRAY FOAM (Home Depot/Lowe’s and most hardware stores carry for $5-$10) and thoroughly seal around the pipes. Also, every year you should check your basement and attic for areas allowing cold air to enter. Depending on the size of the are you may be able to use caulk or the foam spray.

5: Attics and Basements. Temperatures in these areas of the home can get cold during winter months. Most homes already have any pipes insulated but if you are not sure about yours, CHECK NOW! Attics and Basements are generally not heated to the same degree (GET IT??) as the rest of the house so this is a critical issue. Your local hardware store should carry a few types of pipe insulation which comes in 6′ lengths at $2 and up.

6: Sump Pump. Check you sump pump for proper drainage. If your discharge line freezes you risk burning out your pump. It is NOT recommended that you use antifreeze but you can wrap any exposed section of pipe with heat tape.

7: Outside Faucets (I thought you said there were only 6 tips?! Warrior Plumbing and Heating ALWAYS delivers MORE!). Remove any hoses from outside faucets and hose bibs and if they have their own water valve shut it off and drain the lines.

 

Frozen Pipe Procedures

Hopefully you won’t have to deal with this but just in case…

If the pipe is NOT BROKEN: Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, space heater or electric lamp. Focus the heating where the pipe comes in from the wall. Monitor the process regularly and once water flows from the faucet you are done. DO NOT use OPEN FLAME to thaw your pipes. This is a catastrophe in the making and, well, just DON’T DO IT! Call the plumber not the Fire Department.

No Water? Hopefully, you will have only one frozen pipe to deal with BUT if you are not getting water from any faucet and your pipes are not frosted over you may have a problem outside of your home with your main water line either into or out from your water meter. Here in Baltimore, you can check to see if there are any water main breaks that may be affecting you: Baltimore City Water Main Repair Map

If your pipe has burst

1: SHUT your main water valve and water heater valve off

2: If you are in the Baltimore MD area CALL US. (if you are not in our service area contact your plumber immediately).

Boiler Safety

Boiler Inspection, Repair, Installation in Baltimore, MTragically every year there are injuries and deaths caused by boilers. These can be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, fire or explosion. Boiler Safety should be a priority for home and business owners

A properly maintained boiler (12 years old or less) is the BEST defense against the possibility of this happening to you or your loved ones.

If your boiler is 15 years or older you should be making plans to replace it. Increased maintenance and repair costs in addition to higher heating costs (due to older boiler’s inefficiency) should make the decision an easy one.

No matter what type of boiler you have, just like your car, it needs regular maintenance in order to perform well.

 

Boiler Safety: Repair or Replace?

Here are a few symptoms of an ailing boiler.

AGE: Most boilers can last 15 years with proper maintenance. If your boiler is 15 years or older and not giving you any of the problems we list below, great! We just recommend that you begin shopping for a replacement and maybe put it in your budget for next fall. It is SO much better to NOT have your old boiler suddenly fail in cold weather… and remember that newer models being more efficient will lower your utility bills.

COSTS: Do a quick audit of your winter energy bills over the last 3 years. If you are seeing a steady rise in your costs it could well be that your boiler is losing its efficiency. Schedule a boiler inspection with us and we will let you know if your best option is to repair or replace.

LEAKS: Once a boiler starts leaking it’s a good indication that the unit is weakening or damaged. Leaks will most likely increase and if not addressed could lead to a sudden failure.

REPAIRS: Older boilers (like cars) can increasingly need repairs. These may be minor and not be too expensive but can add up over time. Not all boilers are created equal. Some can provide years of service needing only minor repairs but eventually, they all need replacing.

THERMOSTAT: Has your heating been increasingly inconsistent? Are certain rooms too hot while others are too cold? Do you find that you have to get up often to adjust the temperature to stay comfortable? If so, you may need to simply replace your thermostat, or if your thermostat is fine you’ll need to have your boiler inspected.

YELLOW FLAME: Your boiler flames need to be BLUE. Any other color than Blue means the gas is not burning completely. That is not only inefficient but DANGEROUS as it means that carbon monoxide is being released into your home. In small amounts, this gas can cause dull headaches, laziness, nausea, shortness of breath, confusion and blurred vision. In larger amounts, this odorless, colorless gas becomes a Silent Killer which devastates families every year.

IF YOU HAVE YELLOW (ORANGE or GREEN) FLAMES ON ANY OF YOUR GAS APPLIANCES SHUT THEM OFF. 

Call a certified plumber (if you are in the Baltimore MD area contact us!) and have the appliance inspected before continued usage. Please Don’t Risk harming yourself or your loved ones! 

 

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