1-800 WATER DAMAGE is a rapidly growing property-restoration franchise, and there are many reasons why. The brand has access to an extensive network of support and the largest fleet of vehicles and equipment in the industry thanks to its parent company BELFOR, the largest restoration company in the world. By Brianna Bohn
Nicole and Josh Smith own and operate their 1-800 WATER DAMAGE franchise in Southeast Tulsa, Oklahoma. Twelve years ago, Nicole met Josh at one of the properties she managed during one of the worst freezing seasons Oklahoma has ever seen. By Nancy E. Williams
As an expert in water-damage restoration and emergency services, 1-800 WATER DAMAGE has been a source of comfort for those impacted by disasters since 1988. The mobile brand, which has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars for customer satisfaction according to ReviewTrackers, has cited several reasons for its success. But one stands out above the rest: its ironclad network of support. By Brianna Bohn
Fast-growing plumbing franchise shares tips to avoid holiday disasters.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Many people know the Friday after Thanksgiving as “Black Friday,” the most popular shopping day of the year – but it’s also the busiest day of the year for plumbers. In the plumbing industry, it’s known as “Brown Friday,” thanks to an increased use of kitchens and bathrooms during food preparations and large gatherings, this day brings a significant increase in plumbing, sewage and drain-related issues to homes and businesses.
Since the holiday season can be harmful to drainage and septic systems – especially backed up sinks and malfunctioning garbage disposals – Z PLUMBERZ, a full-service and fast-growing residential and commercial plumbing franchise, has several tips for home and business owners to help prevent plumbing disasters.
- Dispose of all food items in the trash can, especially items like fruit skin and pulp, potato and onion peelings, eggshells, poultry bones and skin, and pumpkin seeds, which can clog drains and damage garbage disposals.
- Fatty oils and grease should be placed into containers and thrown away with garbage. While it is a common myth that fats can be poured down the drain if followed by hot water, the truth is the fats will eventually cool down and clog pipes.
- Remind your family – particularly kids – that only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Flushing food or wet wipes can cause significant sewage issues including overflow or clogs, since these items do not dissolve properly.
- If you’re having guests stay overnight, consider spreading out showers and laundry loads to be cautious of overusing your water heater and drains.
“With the flurry of cooking and entertaining happening at homes and businesses close to and on Brown Friday, people often forget about these common plumbing mistakes that could end up causing them a major headache – so we want to make sure our customers and communities know what to do,” said Matt O’Rourke, President of Z PLUMBERZ. “We hope that providing these tips will help the holidays and your pipes flow smoothly. But to make sure we’re ready, we increase staffing around Thanksgiving and our team of experts is available 24/7 in case of holiday plumbing emergencies.”
About Z PLUMBERZ
Z PLUMBERZ is a full-service, fast-growing plumbing franchise. Z PLUMBERZ provides expert repairs, installation and maintenance for emergencies or long-term, preventative safeguarding. From blockages, sewer lines, appliances, infrastructure and more, Z PLUMBERZ’s Call Center Support and experienced plumbers work 24/7 to ensure long-lasting and reliable plumbing, drain and sewer solutions in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Z PLUMBERZ is part of BELFOR Franchise Group, a division of BELFOR Property Restoration, the world’s largest property restoration company. For more information about Z PLUMBERZ services, please visit www.zplumberz.com. For more information about franchising with Z PLUMBERZ, visit https://zplumberzfranchise.com/.
Franchise owner, Kevin Krull, has a special relationship with 1-800 WATER DAMAGE. He owns two territories in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the same city where the company’s headquarters is located. By Elice Morgenson
1-800 WATER DAMAGE has shown incredible growth in the past 18 months, with 100 new locations delivering exceptional service to clients across the country. These restoration experts treat water, mold, and fire damage, and they have the support of an industry giant. By Brianna Bohn
Leading Waste Management Franchise becomes 11th brand to join the world’s largest residential and commercial services franchise group.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — BELFOR Franchise Group (BFG), the world’s largest residential and commercial services franchise group, today announced its acquisition of redbox+, a leading waste management solutions company that offers the industry’s only combination dumpster roll-off and portable toilet containers for rent for commercial, industrial and residential project job sites. The acquisition allows BELFOR Franchise Group to continue to strengthen and expand its overall service offerings through redbox+’s innovative approach to waste management needs.
With nearly 300 franchise units nationwide, redbox+’s patented 2-in-1 roll-off container comes with both a dumpster and a portable restroom. This unique offering provides construction, renovation, and restoration companies with a simple solution to keep their job sites clean and efficient. OSHA requires that toilets are provided for employees at all construction sites, which keeps redbox+’s services in high demand. Current and future redbox+ franchise owners will benefit from the strong support team and systems at BFG, a division of BELFOR Property Restoration (BELFOR), the world’s largest disaster restoration company.
“We are thrilled to welcome redbox+ to the BELFOR Franchise Group family,” said Sheldon Yellen, CEO of BELFOR. “Redbox+’s one-of-a-kind combination system – and the cost-savings it provides – has attracted contractors for over a decade. We’re proud and excited to have been chosen by redbox+ as the best partner, especially considering how well their core offerings complement the array of services our other brands provide. The addition of redbox+ strengthens our growing portfolio of industry-leading home services franchises by enabling us to meet the needs of even more customers and better serve the communities that need us most.”
Across the country, redbox+ currently operates thousands of roll-off trucks and containers hauling thousands of tons of waste daily for its customers. In addition to the 2-in-1 roll-off container, redbox+ also offers 20-, 30- and 40-yard containers, as well as a smaller, 10-yard container for consumer DIY and waste removal projects.
“Redbox+ offers a unique opportunity for franchisees interested in growing a business in a niche, in-demand industry,” said Patrick Kiessling, President of redbox+. “I have witnessed the evolution of the waste management industry over the past 10 years and truly see the value in franchising – which is why I am proud to join forces with BELFOR Franchise Group. Having the backing of respected industry leaders at BFG and BELFOR will help our current and future redbox+ franchisees meet and exceed their business goals.”
“It’s been both exciting and rewarding to lead redbox+’s phenomenal growth in recent years, which has been fueled by our innovative offering and our passionate franchisees,” added exiting CEO Josh Skolnick. “Under the umbrella and stewardship of the BELFOR Franchise Group, I’m confident the future for redbox+ is brighter than ever.”
For more than a decade, BFG has empowered entrepreneurs to own businesses that are designed for growth by offering industry-leading training, support and equipment, proven business models and ongoing coaching and business development. Redbox+ is the company’s 11th service-based franchise in the U.S. and Canada. Notably, BFG is the only residential and commercial services franchisor owned by an operating company, BELFOR, and franchisees across all 11 brands benefit from the strength of the growing network. This continued growth positions the organization to better serve its vast and diverse customer base.
All redbox+ locations will retain the redbox+ brand name and the company will continue to operate and conduct training out of its existing facility in St. Charles, MN.
About BELFOR Franchise Group
BELFOR Franchise Group is the world’s largest residential and commercial services franchise group based on geographic footprint and number of units. The privately held, multi-concept franchise system is a division of BELFOR Property Restoration, the world’s largest disaster restoration company. For over a decade, BELFOR Franchise Group has empowered entrepreneurs by offering industry-leading training, support and equipment, proven business models, and ongoing coaching and business development. BELFOR Franchise Group is the parent organization for 11 of the strongest service-based franchise opportunities for home and commercial cleaning, renovation and restoration. The franchise brands include: 1-800 WATER DAMAGE, Chem-Dry® & Upholstery Cleaning, Delta Restoration Services®, DUCTZ International, HOODZ® International, N-Hance® Wood Refinishing, Blue Kangaroo Packoutz, The Patch Boys®, redbox+®, WINMAR®, and Z PLUMBERZ. For more information, please visit belforfranchisegroup.com.
Redbox+ is a leading waste management and rental company that delivers patented, portable dumpsters and toilets to commercial, industrial and residential projects. As the only “one call, two services” solution in the $63 billion-dollar waste management industry, redbox+ has close to 300 franchises nationwide and thousands of containers being used by roofers, remodelers, home builders and more who are taking advantage of their unique cost-effective design. The company has previously received the “Innovation of the Year” award during the International Waste Expo. Redbox+ is part of BELFOR Franchise Group, a division of BELFOR Property Restoration, the world’s largest property restoration company. For more information, please visit www.redboxplus.com
As the most trusted name in the water damage and restoration-service industry, 1-800 WATER DAMAGE provides clients with the highest level of quality and professionalism. By Lizzy Yeserski
New franchises, service offerings and Apprenticeship Program among company milestones.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Z PLUMBERZ, a full-service and fast-growing commercial and residential plumbing franchise, today announced several company milestones.
Since launching last year as part of BELFOR Franchise Group – the world’s largest residential and commercial services franchise group – Z PLUMBERZ has added multiple locations in Michigan as well as units in Ohio, California, Indiana and Georgia. Ranging from minor maintenance to extensive repairs, Z PLUMBERZ provides 24/7 plumbing, sewer and drain services. In addition, the company also offers advanced yet necessary services such as trenchless no-dig pipe lining, thermal imaging and smoke testing.
“From expanding into new states, adding to our high-quality service offerings and growing our first-class team, we’re thrilled at the success we’ve seen during our first year of operation,” said Matt O’Rourke, President of Z PLUMBERZ. “We are grateful to be part of BELFOR Franchise Group, which has provided us with the top-notch training and tools needed to succeed in our industry, and we look forward to continuing to grow our franchise in the months and years to come.”
Another milestone for the brand was the launch of the Z PLUMBERZ Apprenticeship Program, which helps young plumbers enter the trade by providing skills-based coaching on work plans, goal-setting and operational management.
“With their unmatched customer service and dedication to training the next generation of plumbing professionals, Z PLUMBERZ has been an important addition to our BELFOR Franchise Group family,” said Sheldon Yellen, CEO of BELFOR Franchise Group. “As the demand for plumbing professionals grows, Z PLUMBERZ has excelled and distinguished itself in the industry by offering clients solution-oriented services that will fuel the brand’s growth in the coming years.”
About Z PLUMBERZ
Z PLUMBERZ is a full-service, fast-growing plumbing franchise. Z PLUMBERZ provides expert repairs, installation and maintenance for emergencies or long-term, preventative safeguarding. From blockages, sewer lines, appliances, infrastructure and more, Z PLUMBERZ’s Call Center Support and experienced plumbers work 24/7 to ensure long-lasting and reliable plumbing, drains and sewer solutions in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Z PLUMBERZ is part of BELFOR Franchise Group, a division of BELFOR Property Restoration, the world’s largest property restoration company. For more information, please visit www.zplumberz.com.