The American Leak Detection franchise business model has once again been named a Top Home-Based Franchise in the yet to be released April issue of Entrepreneur Magazine.
Entrepreneur Media has ranked American Leak Detection #21 in this category for 2012. The company has previously been ranked 27th, 34th and 41st in the category.
“This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to own and operate a proven business, without having to put their life savings into start-up and operating costs,” says Judy Howard, director of franchise relations at American Leak Detection. “This company started as a home-based business in 1974. The number of franchisees who remain home-based after 10 or more years and the number of new franchisees who are attracted to it for the same reason is proof that owning and operating a home-based franchise business works.”
The upcoming issue, showcasing dozens of Top Home-Based Franchises, is geared toward the important and viable home-based business segment. According to the feature article, home-based businesses represent half of all businesses in the United States.
Entrepreneur Magazine also named American Leak Detection the category leader in Miscellaneous Maintenance Businesses earlier this year during their annual Franchise 500 Review. The corporation was also named #98 overall, compared to #104 in 2011.
American Leak Detection currently operates 140 independently-owned locations in seven countries.
“Working in the military requires the ability to follow a system in order for success – a characteristic that also applies to the franchise industry.”- thefranchisehound.com
American Leak Detection is a service business that is ideal for both employment opportunities and franchise ownership for military personnel transitioning out of the armed services.
Regarding employment opportunities, Michelle Hoglund, American Leak Detection Director of Human Resources says, “Our franchisees are looking for qualified candidates for both technical and office positions. I frequently get calls from franchisees asking for help locating the best candidates, and I always recommend looking for candidates who are transitioning out of the military.”
For the past three years, G.I. Jobs has published a list naming the top seven percent of franchises that do the most to recruit America’s veterans. Their list once again named American Leak Detection as a 2011 Military Friendly Franchise. Also, Military.com recently included ALD in a list of corporations they determined are “Military spouse friendly employers.”
“Many of our franchisees have been in the military and the training they received makes them great candidates for franchise ownership,” says Judy Howard, director of franchise relations at ALD. “Our concept is affordable and we offer a discount to honorably discharged military veterans when they join our team.”
The American Leak Detection corporate office is proud to participate in the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Program where a $5,000 discount is offered on the initial franchise fee. This fee ranges from $29,500 to $80,000 and is available to all honorably-discharged veterans.
As of May 1, 2011 restrictive water use guidelines have gone into effect for the town of Northbridge, according to The Northbridge Times.
These water restrictions prohibit the use of water outside from 9 AM – 5 PM from May 1st – September 30th and were issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection through the Water Management Act Permit.
Lawn sprinklers are now no longer permitted to be operated between 9AM – 5 PM. Please remember that lawn sprinkler systems often develop water leaks. These water leaks can be costly, and in some cases, cause damage.
If you suspect that you have a water leak, in your sprinkler system or in another part of your house, please contact American Leak Detection today at 978.465.3778 so we can pinpoint all of your water, gas and sewer leaks.
The Dairy Stabilization Board addresses problems created in the marketplace and provides a regulatory program that is designed to stabilize the Louisiana dairy industry in order to assure an adequate supply of healthy and wholesome dairy products.
The board is empowered to prevent persons, partnerships and corporations from using unfair methods of competition, unfair or deceptive acts or practices and disruptive trade practices in the sale of milk and milk products. Also, the board investigates complaints regarding violations of its regulations and audits the financial records of processors, distributors and retailers to determine the costs of manufacturing, selling and delivering of dairy products.
Due to the recent earthquakes American Leak Detection has some pre-caution info for our local residence.Below are a couple of tips and pre-cautions to check following an earthquake.
Earthquakes not only rattles you nerves, it rattles and shakes everything.Many people do not think about the pipes that are underground are also moving with thousand s of tons of dirt during an earthquake.These lines can crack, break or even loosen fittings.
Here are a couple of tips and pre-cautions a homeowner can perform themselves following a earthquake.
·Check the front “Water Meter” for your house.This meter is usually by the curb or street and it is either in a plastic or concrete box.Most times they are marked “Meter”.
1.Mark with either tape or a pen the line the meter is currently at.
2.Left the meter sit for a period of 45 minutes to 1 hour without using any water in the house.
3.After step 2, check the mark from before.If it shows that the meter has moved at all within this time with no water being used in the house, there is a leak somewhere.This means there is a water leak on the domestic or pressurized hot/cold water lines inside or below your house.
4.If there is no movement there is NO LEAKS.If there is any movement then you need a Leak Detection to locate the problem before the problem escalates.
·Check your pool for leaks by performing a Bucket Test.This is a simple test that takes a period of 24 hours.You will need a 5 gallon bucket, tape or a permanent marker to perform this test.
1.Place the bucket on the first or second step of the pool.Ensure that the bucket is immersed in the pool at least five inches.
2.Mark the water level inside the bucket with tape or a permanent marker.
3.Let the bucket sit for a period of 24 hours.
4.After 24 hours, you want to compare the two water levels (inside/out).The inside of the bucket will represent the normal evaporation rate and the outside of the bucket will represent the how much you pool is losing.
5.Measure the two distances and they should be the same.If they are different, that tells the homeowner how much the pool is losing compared to evaporation, indicating there is a leak.Call for a Leak detection ASAP.
·Pool/Spa Electricity: Another concern is electricity for the pool light or the equipment.
1.Outside the pool visually look at the light to try to determine if there is water inside the pool light.If there is water in the light, you want to turn off the electricity feeding that light immediately.Now you need a leak detection to locate the source of the leak or electrical problem.
2.Your pool has a GFI (ground-fault circuit-interrupters) that is suppose to trip the electric system if there is a short or problem. If cause of failure these pre-cautions are important to avoid injuries or death.
3.There may not be sufficient current flowing in the water to blow a fuse, but sufficient to kill you. Some electricity will flow directly to earth and some will flow through the water. In fact, there will still be an electric potential difference in the vicinity (probably the whole pool) of the exposed conductor. Consequently, some of the electricity will flow through the pool water, some will flow through the person in the pool, and some will flow through to earth.
4.Call the professionals at American Leak Detection if you have any questions.
619-233-0382 or 760-432-6417 Toll Free 800-619-5325
Heres an example of what happens to a pool during our recent earthquake Sunday April 4th:
Have you ever noticed you hear water running with no water on, a high water bill or gas bill for no reason? Some customers also noticed a hot spot in their floor or wet carpet. Instead of opening walls, floor, tile or even marble. American Leak Detection can locate your leaks without creating damage to your house or property.
1.) Non Invasive solution to locate underground leaks. Our slogan says it best “Leak Detection Without Destruction.” We are the World leader in accurate, non-destructive detection of all types of leaks including hidden water and sewer leaks. Our State of the art equipment allows us to locate leaks on plumbing systems through audio listening devices. We also are able to trace and locate the underground pipe as long as it is a metal pipe.
• Example: Have you ever had a company come out and repair a problem to later find out the actual problem is not repaired and now it is hard to get that company back out. ALD give guarantees where no matter what the reason is we will come back out at no additional charge under the guarantee.
2.) Quality work that we stand behind: Our residential detection and repair comes with guarantee on all of our work. We offer a 30 day guarantee on leak detection and a 5 year guarantee on repairs.
• Example: Homeowners usually are not expecting a water leak so when it does happen who do you call: a local plumber (who you know nothing about), handy man or ask a neighbor. ALD has the newest equipment and extensively trained technicians that go through a rigorous 2 year training course before they are approved to work on their own.
3.) Experience and Resources: We’re the Original Leak Specialist with more than 35 years of experience, state-of-the-art equipment, and ongoing research and development for new leak detection technology and techniques.
• When a customer gets quoted a price, they expect that company to honor that price and not try to keep up selling them. With ALD we have set rate prices (except irrigation, gas or commercial leaks) for our residential leak detection.
4.) Upfront Pricing: We find our customers prefer an accurate price based on us accurately inspecting the situation and making recommendations. Many service companies will quote any price over the phone because they know people may be shopping for the lowest price. Therefore, many phone quotes are inaccurate and change after a technician sees the job. We feel this method is Not Fair to customers. After speaking with our office, you will know up-front what your cost will be to detect and locate the leak. Once we locate the leak, our technicians will give you a couple different type of estimates for the repair. Which all repairs, come with a 5 year guarantee.
5.) New Features and the latest technology: Some plumbers and contractors in this industry tend to do the jobs they are comfortable with in their skill set. We are highly trained on all of the newest technologies of leak repairs to help minimize the least amount of damage to your home or property. Here are a few of the newest services available.
Epipe repair: Non Invasive solution to repair leaks on copper water lines w/o damage Trenchless Pipe Repair: Repair old broken sewer lines with minimal damage Leak-O-Pod: Verifies water loss or gain in 20 minutes (pool & spa) Post Tension locators: Locate underground slab post tension cables for repairs FLIR Thermal Camera: Thermal imaging for rain related leaks Aqua Pex: Cross-linked polyethylene (pex) tubing for hot and cold potable water service
The mission of American Leak Detection is to find leaks in a manner that is non-invasive, efficient and environmentally sound.
We will give prompt, professional and courteous service to all customers, while providing the best leak detection services in the world.
We understand here at “American Leak Detection” that your home is probably your biggest investment. Also plumbing leaks are usually not expected so you are sometime put in a uncomfortable, vulnerable, unexpected situation. Because of this we always send out courteous, knowledgeable and professional technicians that will respect your house while we are on your property. We go as far as wearing protective booties on our boots, lay down tarps, paper and plastic so we do not damage your property to keep our work area as clean as possible.
• Respect you & your property
• Clean before leaving premises
We thank everyone for coming by our booth at “The Western Pool and Spa Show” in Long Beach, California. From San Luis Obispo to San Diego, American Leak Detection appreciates all the time you spent coming by our booth and inquiring about our services. We hope we answered all your questions, and received some helpful information about our detections and repairs. We know that you will be more than satisfied with our professional, clean and honest service.
As a reminder, many pool professionals asked about our services. Here is what talked about at the WPSS tradeshow booth:
American leak detection offers guarantees on all residential detection and repair.
The ALD difference is that we retest all repairs once the repair is completed to ensure the highest quality of service for our customers.
American Leak Detection performs all repairs. We do not sub-contract any repair work. Repairs are completed by our own technician.
Whether you are a pool tech or represent a pool construction company, we always respect you and your customers. We also will call you from the site with results if you are not on site at the time of the detection.
American Leak Detection is proud to partner with the good people in the pool industry. Please let us know how we could better serve you in the future.
Call toll free in the US at 866-570-5325. Be ready with your customer’s five digit zip code the reach the nearest office.
PALM DESERT – If you don’t see roofers on homes now, you will soon. Rain means repairs for many homes. The summer heat and wind causes cracks when it cools down. They often go undetected and are not repaired until it rains. Loni Brock had to deal with a leak in her home a month ago.
“I’ve had some pretty bad leaks I mean, because we don’t get rain often, when it does rain it pours and usually the damage is big,” says Brock.
Jimmy Carter with American Leak Detection examines her home for leaks. His tool detects changes in temperatures that can show where water is making it’s way in-between the walls. Brock’s home is crack-free for now.
Because of the large discrepancy in figures between the amount of water pumped at the treatment plant and the amount billed, there is “community concern,” Authority Vice Chairman Mike Park said Thursday.