Water Works Blog Posts

Jerry Robinson

Gerard W. Robinson VII – Journeyman Plumber

June 4, 2012

Jerry RobinsonJerry Robinson is an Owner/Operator of Treasure Valley Plumbing & Drain Service.  After graduating from Fruitland High School, Jerry went to work for a plumber in Caldwell as he went through 4 years of Plumbing School at the BSU Workforce Training Center.  In April of 2005, Jerry came on full-time as a Journeyman Plumber and we became Treasure Valley Plumbing & Drain Service.

In 2007, Jerry got his Plumbing Contractor’s License and the journey of growing our business was in full swing.  Since then, he has received training in Backflow Assembly installation, repair, and testing.  Jerry is a Plumbing contractor with over 10 years experience, certified in Backflow Assembly, a Drain Cleaner, and has over 10 years experience in construction.  Jerry now resides in New Plymouth with his wife, Angela, and their two children, Abigail and Jeret.

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Maurine Burt - Owner and Office Manager

Maurine Burt – Office Manager

June 4, 2012

Maurine BurtMaurine Burt is an owner of Treasure Valley Plumbing & Drain Service.  Maurine and Dave moved their young family to Fruitland in 1985 to start their own business and to raise their young family of four girls and one boy in a smaller community.

As the Burt family grew and sons-in-law joined the family, the business grew and expanded to include plumbing, hydro-jetting, sewer camera work, and backflow testing.

Maurine graduated from BSU in 1993 with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and is the Office Manager for the company.

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Dave Burt

Dave Burt – Master Drain Cleaner in Fruitland Idaho

June 4, 2012

Dave BurtDave Burt is an owner/operator of Treasure Valley Plumbing & Drain Service.  Dave moved his family to Fruitland and started a Sewer and Drain cleaning company in 1985.

Dave is a Master Drain Cleaner with 30 years of experience.  He is also a Building Contractor with over 40 years of experience.

Customer service is a very important part of the business Dave and his family have built over the years.

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Our Second Drain Cleaning Truck

2nd Drain Cleaning Truck

April 17, 2012

Our Second Drain Cleaning Truck Is In Service

Our Second Drain Cleaning TruckOur new big drain cleaning machine showed up the other day and we now have a second truck is set up for Drain Cleaning service calls.

The truck has two small sink drain cleaning machines and some parts and supplies to service those residential emergency backups and clogs.  This truck is set up to clean any drain from 1 1/2 inches up to 6 inch drains and will increase our ability to service our customers when our Super Van is busy elsewhere.

We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers.

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Installation of Outdoor Radiant Heating System

Radiant Heat

November 1, 2011

Radiant Heat System Under the Concrete

Last week, our guys finished a job in Payette, Idaho, installing a Radiant Heat system under the concrete in the garage, under the driveway and the walkway.

Radiant Heat Means No More Shoveling the Driveway and Walkway

Installation of Outdoor Radiant Heating SystemIt will be pretty awesome come wintertime when it snows. The sensor in the concrete will kick the radiant heat system on and the concrete will heat up…melting all the snow off the driveway and walkway.

The homeowner now has a toasty warm garage with a heated floor and will no longer have to worry about shoveling the driveway and walkway. Now, that’s sweet!

Read all about the plumbing process for Radiant Heat on our website.

For additional information on the subject of radiant heat, visit Wikipedia’s Radiant Heat page

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Speaking on Business

October 11, 2011

Speaking on Business Exclusively at Zions Bank

Zions Bank has an exclusive program called Speaking on Business where local businesses are recognized through current marketing and advertising strategies.  Treasure Valley Plumbing & Drain Service has been chosen to participate in the Speaking on Business program and is featured in a 2 minute radio spot highlighting the positive qualities and aspects of our business.

Speaking on Business with SBA Loans for Small Businesses

When a national bank takes the time to get to know their business customers, magical things happen…like a business thrives which causes a ripple effect.

At Zions Bank, Branch Manager Julia Harrison has been helping Treasure Valley Plumbing & Drain Service secure a long-term SBA Mortgage loan for a new shop and office.  While the loan process can sometimes be overwhelming, Julia at the New Plymouth Branch of  Zions Bank has been quite helpful in explaining the process and assisting us through it all. We have never before met a branch manager who takes such a personal interest in her customers.

Listen to Treasure Valley Plumbing & Drain Service on the Radio

Click on the PLAY button above to listen to Zions Bank’s Speaking on Business radio spot with Treasure Valley Plumbing & Drain Service.

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Tree Roots

June 13, 2011

Tree Roots Find Their Way Into the Sewer Line

60 Feet of Tree Roots Found in Drain Pipes

Our guys have been trying to beat the record in our company for the longest tail of TREE ROOTS pulled from a sewer line.  The record for the last few years has been between 20-25′.

The Record for the Longest Tree Root Has Been Broken

About a month ago,  Jerry and Chad were working on a sewer line and hooked onto a 60′ tail of tree roots.  Needless to say, that is our company’s new record and the customer has a free-flowing sewer line.

Check out that picture…IT’S A NEW RECORD. And you know what they say about records…that they are made to be broken.

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Diamond Ring

Lost Ring Down the Drain

June 13, 2011

Diamonds Are Meant To Be Forever

We received a distraught call from a young lady.  She had turned around to flush the toilet and her expensive diamond engagement ring had slipped off her finger as she flushed and went down the toilet.  She was crying.  She was getting married next week and was very worried about telling her fiancé.

Diamond Ring

Into the Toilet Went the Diamond Engagement Ring

We headed to the place, removed the toilet and determined the ring was not there and probably down the sewer line.  We brought in our camera and ran it down the line.  The screen showed the ring lying in the bottom of the 4” sewer pipe about 5’ down.

Lost…BUT Not Forgotten

We decided to try the following solution: Hold the camera a few inches back from the ring and slide a shop vac hose down next to the ring.  We were able to watch down the pipe as we slid the opening of the hose next to the ring and turn it on.  The vacuum sucked the ring back out of the pipe and into the vacuum.  The Bride-to-be and our boys from TVPD were all smiles.  She was actually smiling and crying.

We put our equipment away and decided to give this service as a wedding present.  She cried some more.  It was a great experience for our company.

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