The Bath Issue Spring 2010
Your Conduit to Technical Expertise
445 W. Cedar St.
Akron, OH 44307
Paul Talk-Bathroom Renovations
330-535-5386 E a c h body sprays, as well as new their full glory for present
OH License # 12735 year we paint and wallpaper. The list and future generations to
are in- can be as long as the imagi- enjoy. Wilson Plumbing and
The Wilson volved nation! About half of our Heating is particularly
Team: in about jobs fall into this category. qualified to perform this
50 bath- historically sensitive kind of
President: Paul Wilson r o o m Our BathPeople contrac- work.
renovations. These range tor team employs the finest
Controller: Linda Hahn
from ―mini-remodels‖— craftsmen in the Akron area, In addition, we have re-
Office Manager: with many years of experi- cently partnered with a
such as simply replacing
Lana Mihaly ence in renovating and re- leading European designer
vanities, pedestal basins,
Marketing Director: toilets, tubs and shower storing bathrooms to our of barrier-free shower sys-
Tabitha Martin stalls— all the way to major customers’ expectations. We tems and bathroom acces-
renovations. These types of pride ourselves on quality sories. Their products are
Heating & Cooling
Service Manager: major jobs might involve work, attention to detail and not only accessible for those
Wes Nestor removing all the fixtures, good communication with with limited mobility, but
opening walls and floors, our customers. also beautiful. We think that
repiping water and drain this partnership will enable
Manager: Lee Jarvis The Akron/Fairlawn area
lines, rewiring and installing us to address the specific
Boiler Installation is abundant with beautiful needs of our customers even
new lights and fans, install-
Manager: Art Espie older homes with rich family better.
ing ceramic tile, building
histories that deserve to be
General Service Tech: custom shower stalls com-
John Wilson plete with showerheads and
maintained and restored to
Coming Soon! issue:
Wilson Website Under Construction ―Meet the Team‖ 2
Sign up online to find out Customer kudos “Bath & Boiler Bucks”
when our new features are Customer Referral Energy Tax Credits 2
added: “Ask Paul” question Program
submission ―Ask Paul‖ 3
Articles by Paul Before & After photos
Bathroom Checklist 3
―Aging in Place‖ Boiler maintenance
Resources How-to videos information
Backflow Preventers 4
Page 2 The Wilson Pipeline
American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
Residential Energy Credits Available
The ARRA provides various able energy tax credit will credits in many ways. For
tax incentives for individu- help individual taxpayers your heating needs we rec-
als to invest in energy- pay for qualified residential ommend Weil-McLain’s
efficient products. energy efficient property, Ultra hot water boilers.
such as solar hot water Also, Navien’s high effi- Navien’s tankless
The credit applies to im- water heaters qualify:
heaters, geothermal heat ciency tankless water NavienAmerica.com
provements such as adding pumps, and wind turbines. heaters can save you
insulation, energy efficient The new law removes most money by reducing your gas
exterior windows, and en- of the previously imposed bill, and taking advantage
ergy-efficient heating maximum amounts and of the tax credit.
and air conditioning maintains the 30 percent
systems. credit for the purchase of
Ref: Publication 4787 (1-2010)
Catalog Number 53156F Depart- Weil-McLain’s
qualified property. “Ultra” hot water
Modification of credit for ment of the Treasury Internal
boilers can qualify:
Revenue Service: www.irs.gov Weil-Mclain.com
residential energy efficient Wilson P&H can help you
property: This nonrefund- take advantage of the tax
Stay Home: Save Money & Be Safe
Sometimes As our population grows older, many Ohioans are finding that they need more help
around the house. Depending on the level of care that is needed, sometimes the only alterna-
a few tive is a care facility. But for those whose needs are minor, it is often much less expensive to
bathroom make some home modifications, enabling them to stay in their house and still receive the
care they require.
are all it More and more older adults are reluctant to give up the home they have lived in for
many years. With the costs of long-term care rising, a few alterations may be all it takes for
takes to be
them to be safe at home, especially in the bathroom, where many accidents happen. With the
able to stay addition of grab bars, a low– or no-threshold bathing facility and a shower seat, a typical
at home bathroom can become easy-to-use for both the occupant and a caregiver.
safely. To find out more about how updating your bathroom can increase your home’s
―longevity‖ and ultimately save you money, please call the Wilson offices to schedule an
―aging in place‖ assessment: 330-535-5386. We’d love to work with you!
Meet the Team:
Office Manager Lana Mihaly
When you need something done at Wilson P&H, you call Lana! Not only is she
usually the smiling voice you hear when you call the Wilson offices, but she’s
been in charge of the workflow scheduling and billing since 2003. Lana is the
This proud new grandmother (of Luke, 6 months) is also the head of billing at voice you
Wilson. Luke shares the soft spot in Lana’s heart with her dog Jack, who is the hear when
focus of Lana’s love of dogs (at home, at least, since our ―office dog,‖ Hunter gets you call
her while she’s at work!). Wilson!
Last September, Lana faced her fears and did the zipline at Hocking Hills park,
embracing her adventurous side.
The Bath Issue Page 3
Wilson P&H Becomes an AKW Partner
To Better Serve Customers
AKW is a manu- install a barrier-free system The combination of quality,
facturer of high saves time and money. experience, function and
end shower sys- fashion is one that is sure to
tems that are ―By partnering with AKW, please anyone who has or
designed to help we are able to expand our anticipates a need for these
people with lim- abilities to serve a growing specialty products.
ited mobility . segment of the population
who would prefer to stay out With over 50 years of bath-
The designs not of a long-term care facility. room renovation experience,
only improve These products are a perfect Wilson’s BathPeople team is
quality of life, complement to our years of ideally suited for the job. For
they bring beauty bathroom renovation ex- more information, contact
and relaxation to perience,‖ says Paul Wilson, the company at: 330-535-
Improved shower design helps
people with limited mobility a home. Plus, the President of Wilson Plumb- 5386.
capability to easily ing & Heating, Inc.
AARP’s Bathroom Checklist
A list of design & product suggestions for a Knee space under sink for seated users
home bathroom to increase safety, comfort,
convenience and livability: Countertops with rounded edges
36 inch-wide door for easy access Built-in bench/chair in shower
No threshold walk-in/roll-in shower Reduced-slip tile or non-skid floor
Hand-held, adjustable showerhead Bright, non-glare lighting
Toilet centered 18 inches from wall or tub Full-length or tilted mirror resources!
Grab bars or wall-blocking for tub & toilet Exerpted from AARP Education & Outreach:
“ A s k P a ul ” Y o u r Q u e s t i o n s A n s w e r e d
NEW EPA LEAD CERTIFICATION REQUIRED
Q: Anything special I should know about hiring a company to renovate my bathroom?
A: This is very timely question! As of April 22, 2010, contractors engaged in almost any type
of renovations—such as plumbers, painters, electricians, etc.—and doing work in a home con-
structed prior to 1978 where lead paint is a possibility, are required to have a special EPA
certification. This certification must be posted during the renovation work. Submit your question
on our site:
This specifically relates to bathroom renovations since it is almost always necessary to open floors www.WilsonPlumbing
or walls to access the drains and water lines. andHeating.com
Wilson Plumbing & Heating is one of just a few renovation companies in the Akron area that carries
the EPA Certified Renovation Specialist certification. Feel free to call us if you have questions about lead certification or
any other bathroom renovation questions.
BBB GOLD STAR AWARD
3 YEARS COMPLAINT-FREE!
Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
445 West Cedar St
Akron, OH 44307
OH License # 12735
Wilson Plumbing & Heating is Akron’s only
second-generation plumbing and heating com-
pany that claims to specialize in steam & hot
water boilers, historically sensitive bathroom
renovations, barrier-free shower installations,
as well as backflow preventer certifications.
Over the last 50 years, our business has
grown, but our philosophy remains the same:
prompt, quality service at a reasonable price.
Call us today: 330-535-5386
Backflow Preventers and You:
Don’t forget your certification!
What is a Backflow Preventer ? Wilson Plumbing & Heating has 3 cer- certification (We can only do the
tification specialists to make sure your certification after the water is
A backflow preventer is a device that backflow preventer is up to snuff. on!)
prevents the water from a commercial
building or residential sprinkler system Give yourself peace of mind by calling If you’re installing a system:
from backing up into the city water us today to schedule your certification
system. appointment! 1. Call your landscaping company to
see if they install sprinkler sys-
This keeps our drinking water safe If you have a sprinkler system: tems. Or call us for a recommen-
from possible contamination! dation.
1. Call your sprinkler company to
According to Ohio law, backflow pre- have them turn on the water 2. Once the system
venters need to be tested and certified and check the system. is up and running, call
every year by a trained certification Wilson to get your
specialist. 2. Then call Wilson Plumbing to certification.
renew your backflow preventer
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