April Fools

This year, we assembled an April Fools prank so good, it had the Washington metro area reeling in disbelief.

Our President, Basim Mansour, decided to run for President of the United States (well not really, but a lot of people believed it!), you can watch his “announcement” here. His longstanding reputation within the Northern Virginia community made this of no shock, as many thought that he would naturally take that next step. This hardworking family man has made a lasting impression on his colleagues We had at least a dozen calls asking for interviews, all hoping to get the first from the Basim Mansour camp!

His message to us:

“Who will do more for the American family? 7 million Americans are still struggling to find full time jobs.

America needs a strong leader with a proven track record of success. A leader who knows how to be successful and put good people to work. A man who believes that America should lead the world in education. Someone who will cut spending and hold Washington accountable. America, a nation built on honesty, dedication and hard work.

Wouldn’t you expect the same values from your next President?

Together America, We can. I’m Basim Mansour and I approve this message.”

His site, proved serious, listing his platform alongside potential candidates, Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie, and Elizabeth Warren – his business experience could have swayed either party, a successful venture, worth considering…

Read more on Basim and his journey here.

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OOPS! We’ve done it again…..

Truly honored to be awarded this Presidential Award from Carrier. We work hard to maintain positive relationships with all of our partners, and are thrilled to receive this award for the 3RD YEAR IN A ROW!

Are you a customer? There’s a reason we’ve received so many awards, find out for yourself – call 1 (800) 948-MIKE, and schedule your service today!

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 Allow Carrier to break it down for you….

Recognizing Carrier dealers who exemplify leadership andmanagement, customer satisfaction, expertise, business growth and operational excellence.

The President’s Award, started in 2007, is Carrier’s highest honor for its dealers. This annual award is designed to encourage self-analysis and reward individuals who have excelled in customer relations. Its goal is to support business improvements and show gratitude for their customer loyalty. This award presents the opportunity for recipients to serve as role models, share “best practices” and otherwise offer peer mentoring to help cultivate excellence across the dealer group. Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers who have earned this distinction in previous years will be recognized as a Past President’s Award winner on the Carrier Dealer Locator.

President’s Award recipients are businesses that far exceed high expectations, not only as a Carrier dealer, but also as one of our Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers—who are held to an even more exacting set of standards. A President’s Award winner is a company that we at Carrier Corporation recognize and hold up to other dealers as an example of true excellence. It is an enterprise whose leadership, integrity and performance we hope all dealers will aspire to emulate.

Putting You First

For President’s Award Dealers, it’s your satisfaction—not just a sale—that counts. That’s why they strive to provide personal follow-up and quick, knowledgeable solutions to your home comfort problems. They also keep ahead of the industry with specialized training. All of this makes a big difference when you have to make big decisions about your home comfort.

Thank you Carrier, we enjoy doing business with you!

Carbon Monoxide Detection

Tragedy struck Princess Anne county in Maryland today as a family was found dead in their home ruled as carbon monoxide poisoning. The victims were identified as Rodney Todd, 36, and his children: Cameron Todd, 13, and Zycheim Todd, 7; and girls Tynijuiza Todd, 15; Tykira Todd, 12; Tybree Todd, 10; Tyania Todd, 9; and Tybria Todd, 6.

 The electricity had been cut off due to an outstanding bill, and the tenant purchased a generator to keep his family warm. The generator was found inside the kitchen, and when it ran out of gasoline the family were overcome by the fumes. Read more on this horrific story here.

While this accident seems unbelievable, it is completely preventable with use of smoke and CO detectors.Taking the proper steps in Carbon Monoxide prevention plays a vital role in your families health. We offer both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and dual detectors, keeping your home safe from these harmful fumes.

Call us today to schedule your installation, 1 (800) 948-MIKE!

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What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas. With its odorless characteristic, you are never knowingly inhaling the deadly gas, something only a detector could sense.

CO is inhaled alongside other fumes, the worst imaginable characteristic as you can’t tell it’s present, unknowingly inhaling it.

Where is CO found?

CO is found in the fumes produced whenever fuel is being burned in a contained area. Tragic CO related accidents have taken place in automobiles, but your home is the culprit most known for omitting CO fumes without obvious reasons. Your stove, grills, fireplaces, or furnaces could all be omitting CO fumes, and you wouldn’t know. This is why scheduling an annual check on your smoke/CO detectors is vital to your health. While smaller amounts of CO are ultra harmful, it’s the larger amounts of Carbon Monoxide that can overcome you in minutes without warning, causing you to lose consciousness and eventually suffocate. This unfortunately, is what happens in a lot of cases, like the tragedy that took the family this morning in Maryland.

What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?

Common symptoms of CO poisoning: “flu-like” symptoms keep most people from going to the doctor immediately, and that’s what makes this situation so much more deadly. Things like: headaches, mental confusion, chest pain, vomiting, weakness, dizziness are among the initial sensations. Rather be safe than sorry, so please do not wait  once you have these symptoms, as some people are killed before they are able to make it to the emergency room. Even with the smallest amount of CO, could be deadly.

Who is at risk from CO poisoning?

Carbon Monoxide can kill just about anyone, in any condition. Those with chronic heart diseases, anemia, or breathing problems are more susceptible however, as well as elderly people, and infants. “Every year, more than 400 Americans die from CO poisoning not linked to fires, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized.” ( The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 
 

Spring Maintenance Tips, from the pros!

After a cold and gloomy winter, spring seems too good to be true – an incredible breath of fresh air. With its warmth comes bright light, showing you exactly what areas of your home need some TLC after 4-5 months of freezing temperatures. We’ve rounded out a list of our favorite seasonal tricks, how to scope out any potential problem areas, and how to keep that “curb appeal!”

  • Your gutters are a vital part of your home, By checking for leaking or loose gutters, you can prevent future water damage (unless you like your basement wet!) Make sure your downspouts are facing away from your home, and are clear of leaves, soil, or mulch.
  • Make sure your roof is intact by checking for any loose or semi-attached shingles, it’s common to lose some along with any snowstorms or heavy snowfall during the winter. By the same token, intense sun exposure can also damage your shingle foundation. Although it seems like a huge hassle, shingles that are loose, cracked, or disfigured at all need to be replaced immeadiately, and are essential to a healthy roof.
  • By checking your outside faucets for any freezing that could have taken place during those winter months, you will be able to gauge any damage that would need your immediate attention. First, turn on your water, and if you are able to stop the flow of water with your thumb, then it is likely the pipe is damaged and will need to be replaced. If you want to do a thorough inspection of your exterior system, check the garden hose for any dry rot.
  • How often do you have your HVAC unit cleaned? Make sure you are having a annual check-up to insure it’s quality, by cleaning your coils and changing your filters, your system will operate more efficiently without any problems.
  • Check both your gas and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for the grueling use during the summer months, this will make your yardwork easier!

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Your poor garbage disposal, make sure you treat it well!

How is it working?

imagesIt’s hard to imagine a world without a working kitchen, even harder to imagine a world without a working garbage disposal. Using it’s features to dispose of food keeps a home much more pleasant, free of odors and debris. As a matter of fact, garbage disposals are good at keeping unhealthful bacteria at bay, leaving you with a clean kitchen area in which to prepare food. By turning on your water, and with a flick of a switch, you’ll never know that dinner was ready in the first place.

Be ready!

An effective garbage disposal could endure for a number of years,as long as the right owner maintains it, when in good shape it could last you up to ten years. There are a few tricks to keep things at bay, and with our help, you will be disposal savvy in no time.

#1: Absolutely positively ALWAYS run the water in your sink when using the disposal. Water works to push any food down into the disposal, alongside the drain. Hot water dissolves oil, which you need for a truly healthy disposal, so we usually recommend using cooler water.

#2: NEVER put glass, plastic, or metal down the disposal. Other items with harder exteriors should be thrown in the trash bin, only soft items down the disposal. Some examples are: pits of fruits or vegetables, hard seafood bits, cornhusks, banana peels, etc. Basically, If a baby cannot eat it, then don’t put it down the drain!

If you accidentally toss one of these items into your disposal, you will notice immediately, as it will cause a buildup, and will leave you with a serious problem. if you find yourself in this predicament, rush ice cubes down your disposal.

images (1) If the item is big enough, you could try using a flashlight and a pair of tongs to grab it. Hopefully that helps!

What to do if a frozen pipe bursts in your home!

What to do if a frozen pipe bursts in your home

By Margaret Ely, Washington Post

Christopher Thompson of Michael & Son Services said the plumbing company is swamped — it received a flood of service calls about frozen pipes, for example, after Monday’s snow storm.

“We are still recovering from the amount of calls,” Thompson said. “It was pretty much all of the calls.”

Owners of older homes are more likely to encounter frozen pipes, Thompson said, but they can happen anywhere; the likelihood depends on where the pipes are located and how they are insulated. When water freezes, it expands, and weak metal or plastic pipes that aren’t insulated are susceptible to bursting or leaking.

With a chance temperatures will drop to record lows tonight, here is what to do if a pipe bursts in your home or apartment:

1. Shut off your water and, if necessary, electricity.

Go to the home’s main water valve and shut it off immediately. (And don’t wait for a burst pipe to find out where the main water valve is.) Electricity should also be cut off to the section of the home where the water damage has occurred, Thompson said. If you live in an apartment complex and don’t have control over the building’s water supply, he added, be sure to contact your building manager or landlord.

2. Call a plumber.

Not all plumbing companies have 24-hour service, so it’s a good idea to research and choose one in advance so you’re not scrambling as water floods your house. Plumbing costs associated with the damage control can vary depending on where the pipes are located and how bad the damage is, Thompson said. You may also need to contact a water damage professional, he said, particularly if carpeting, flooring, walls or ceilings are severely damaged.

3. Start removing water.

“You need to prevent mold and mildew buildup,” Thompson said. Mops, buckets, towels and a wet/dry vacuum may be needed.

Some prevention tips

If you suspect a frozen pipe, thaw it yourself using a hair dryer, heating pad, space heater or warm washcloth, or call a professional.
“Not many pipes are visible, so if your faucet is not running or toilet is not refilling, there is a good chance a pipe is frozen,” Thompson said.

 

Dealing with frozen pipes!

With this recent east coast cold front and nights reaching the single digits, we’ve been extremely busy experiencing a higher then usual call volume, mostly the same problem: frozen and/or burst pipes. We figured we would share some of our favorite tips, as some of these problems can be easily fixed by the homeowners themselves.

Please note that we always advise having a licensed plumber perform any plumbing work and and we at Michael & Son are always happy to help! Call 1 (800)948-MIKE today!

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During cold weather:

  • If there are water supply lines in your garage, keep your garage door closed.
  • Allow water to drip from the faucet, even the smallest amount can help prevent freezing from occurring.
  • While it’s tempting to turn your thermostat down low while you’re away from home for a while,  turning it below 55 degrees can absolutely freeze your pipes.

Identifying frozen pipes:

The water lines that are covered under frost, or piles of snow are the ones that need to be addressed immediately. Since not all pipes are visible, you will be able to sense a frozen pipe if your toilet doesn’t refill after flushing.

Thawing frozen pipes:

  • Running water will help thaw the ice, so always keep the water running, running water thaws ice.
  • We know this may seem silly, but sometimes you need to take a hair dryer to your pipe. This can bring instant relief, and is usually the easiest and quickest remedy. *Always makes sure to keep away flammable materials.
  • If the frozen area isn’t noticeable, then you will need to call your local Michael and Son plumber to do the job.
  • Since it’s likely other pipes would freeze, you will then need to go and check for other pipes all around your house.

What if my pipe bursts?

If you notice any puddles or pools of water, shut off your main water supply, and call our Restoration department ASAP! In the meantime, try and remove as much water as possible using buckets, as this minimizes any potential mold or mildew.

Since 1976, Michael & Son proudly provides plumbing electrical, heating & AC, remodeling and restoration services.  We serve Baltimore, DC Metro, Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk, Raleigh and Charlotte.  Remember, “If you cant, we can!”  Visit www.michaelandson.com or call us at 800-948-MIKE.

Michael and Son comes to single moms rescue!

If you drive from the suburbs of D.C. and down through Northern Virginia, you’d hardly see any signs of the financial crisis that swept through the country. From the Mc Mansions of Fairfax and Arlington to the sprawling estates of Clifton; Northern Virginia has some of the wealthiest communities in the country. While there are many within those communities who are struggling, you could never tell from a glance. There is one place, however, that stands out among the upper class communities; Triangle. Over the last several years, Triangle, Virginia has become a virtual ghost town. Boarded up businesses and foreclosed homes fill the landscape of an area that was once a thriving part of Northern Virginia.

Just off the freeway in a dilapidated home lives a single mother named Mary and her son, Elias. Mary had to give up working to care for Elias who suffers from Spina bifida. Requiring, 24 hour care, Elias is confined to a wheel chair and unable to speak. That leaves his mother responsible for literally every single daily activity; from taking showers to brushing his teeth. Because of her inability to work, Mary could not afford the much needed repairs to her home. The list of repairs was a long one; a new roof, HVAC system and the most daunting of them all, repairs to the foundation. She had reached out to many different organizations for help but the scope and size of the job was always more than they could handle.

One Saturday morning, Mary had a rare opportunity to relax and watch TV. She caught an episode of Helping Hands and decided to send a letter requesting assistance. “When I saw the Helping Hands, I was amazed by the things Michael & Son was doing in the community” said Mary. “I just had this feeling that this was the answer” continued Mary. She was right, just days after her letter was sent the repairs on her home were underway. With the help of other local businesses, the family received all the repairs to their home at no cost.

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If you or someone you know is currently facing a hardship and is unable to afford home repairs, please contact the Michael & Son Cares Team. Michael & Son Services established their “Cares” charitable campaign in 2010 providing essential home services to local families in need.  To date, the program has assisted over 20 families in the area.  They are also proud sponsors and supporters of Dreams for kids, Saltwater Soldiers and Susan G. Komen. Michael & Son Services has been serving the greater DC metropolitan area for over 30 years with electrical, plumbing, heating, A/C, construction and handyman services. Make sure you tune in this weekend to see this incredible story for yourself, showtimes listed below.
Our motto has always been, “If you can’t, we can!”  Check us out at www.michaelandson.com.
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Norfolk: WVEC

2/7         9:00 AM

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Richmond WTVR

2/8         11:30 PM

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Baltimore WMAR

2/7         6:30 PM

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Charlottesville WVIR

2/7         9:30 – 10:00 AM

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Charlie Crohare; Bean Bag Extraordinaire

Charlie Crohare; Bean Bag Extraordinaire

This story features April Crohare, a strong mother of two, who balances volunteering work at her son’s school, being a member of the PTA, and helps other local families with disabilities navigate through agencies, to obtain the correct medical products. She uses her experience to uplift and assist other people, and that we find to be, truly incredible!

The star of this episode however, is her eldest son Charlie, an incredibly brave six year old, who has a disorder extremely similar to that of Miller Dieker syndrome. He has the brain development of a two-month year old baby, and with that, he suffers from daily seizures (some lasting up to forty-five minutes at a time.) On top of this, he also suffers from hypothermia, is color blind, and is confined to a wheel chair. Charlie has outlived his diagnosis by many years, and is a ray of hope who inspires us all! Charlie has a younger brother, Mathew, to

The Crohare family had an extension built on to the home, and it’s where Charlie spends most of his waking hours. The room has a wood burning stove that not only irritates Charlie’s respiratory system, but eventually caused a fire, – luckily no one was hurt. When the owner of Michael and Son, Basim Mansour, heard of Charlie’s condition, he knew we had to help. The HVAC department installed a mini split in the room, allowing Charlie to breathe much easier!

We are so thankful to the people who donated their goods to Charlie, and helped to make this episode a true example of Helping Hands. Ahh Bean Bags – who donated a bean bag chair (below is an image of Charlie enjoying his chair), and to Go Bananas who generously donated a music board.

April Crohare found out about the Michael and Son Cares Project after watching an episode of “Helping Hands.” She contacted our Project Manager, Shadi Tahrawi for help, and he was quick to get her information in front of our owner.

If you or anyone you know needs home repairs done by the way of: plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning – please contact Shadi at: shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com.

Tune in Saturday January 31st at 9am on NBC 4 to see how Michael & Son came to the aid of a family in need.

Washington DC WRC NBC4 

1/31       9:00 – 9:30 AM

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Norfolk: WVEC

1/31       9:00 AM

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Richmond WTVR

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Baltimore WMAR

1/31       6:30 PM

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Charlottesville WVIR

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2/28       9:30 – 10:00 AM

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Family trip to the Baltimore Aquarium!

Family trip to the Baltimore Aquarium! 

In Helping Hands Season 4, Episode 2 we showcase Monet and Greg Caldwell, a hardworking couple who recently had a young daughter named Skyler, the younger sister of adorable Noah Caldwell. Skyler was diagnosed with a thyroid issue at 2 weeks, and things have been really tough for the family to make everything work with their crippling medical bills, as doctors predict Skyler will need surgery at just 15 weeks old.

After Skyler’s diagnosis, doctors warned she was highly susceptible to infections because of thyroid complications, and further infections could lead to closing of her breathing passageways and possibly, subsequent death.

Over the summer, the family’s HVAC went out, and Monet Caldwell stayed strong without A/C throughout her pregnancy!

Our owner Basim Mansour heard of this story, and knew we had to intervene. Michael & Son techs came in and saved the day with installing a brand new HVAC system! Afterwards, Michael and Son sent the family on a trip to the Baltimore Aquarium, complete with a dinner at the amazing Chart House restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland.

If you would like to speak with Basim Mansour regarding the Michael & Son Cares Program, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com. Media outlets are free to use the text, videos and images in any TV, print or radio media.