10 Do’s and Don’ts for Reducing Water Contamination in New Orleans
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No Drugs Down The ToiletIs your household among the 286 million people that rely on community water systems for tap water, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control? Even if you use well water, doing what you can to reduce water contamination helps to preserve our community’s water quality and ensures its safety. Although farms and industries are some of main contributors to water contamination, households can also unknowingly contribute.

A great way to take action and reduce water contamination in New Orleans is to stay on top of plumbing maintenance. Bienvenu Brothers is committed to providing eco-friendly plumbing service in New Orleans at competitive pricing. Our bio-clean drain treatment is an example of the “green” plumbing technology we use to perform plumbing repairs. Our experienced plumbers are dedicated to performing plumbing repairs in an environmentally responsible way.

If everyone works together and does their part, water contamination can be significantly reduced and even eliminated altogether! Here’s how to get started.

DON’T forget to keep your vehicle properly maintained. Automotive fluids contain dangerous toxins that end up in storm drains and groundwater when they leak onto driveways. Go to a car wash instead of washing your car yourself. By law, carwashes have to empty wastewater in the sewer system where it can be properly treated.

DON’T use asphalt or concrete as ground cover if you can avoid it. Porous materials such as gravel, paver stones, wood are a more sustainable choice. Harder materials make it easy for chemical runoff to make its way into groundwater.

DON’T pour chemical cleaners, paints, oil, or other harsh chemicals down the drain. Call the local sanitation or environmental health department for safe hazardous waste disposal options.

DON’T feel bad about reporting a corporation, local business, or neighbor that’s disposing of waste illegally. Contact a local environmental association immediately if you witness suspect behavior. Remember, it’s for the greater good!

DON’T exceed the recommend amount of dish soap and laundry detergent. Switch to an eco-friendly brand that’s easy on the environment but still tough on dirt and grime.

DO make a compost pile out of kitchen scraps such as fruit and vegetable peels. It’s an effective and sustainable alternative to harsh chemical fertilizer.

DO drop off expired or unused medication at the pharmacy instead of flushing it down the toilet or drain.

DO remember to clean up after pets. The bacteria in pet waste can contaminate water and cause water-borne illness. Yuck!

DO keep the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides to a minimum or don’t use them at all. Explore organic gardening options.

DO wait for fat, grease, and cooking oil to solidify in a container instead of pouring down the drain, which is tough on your plumbing and the environment. Toss it in the trash instead.

Taking steps to reduce water contamination helps to protect the water quality in New Orleans. Allow Bienvenu Brothers to help you do your part with our professional plumbing services!

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We have used Bienvenu Brothers several times over the last few years, and we have always been extremely satisfied with the service and quality work. Bienvenu always makes every effort to get someone out as soon as possible. They just finished a job that has increased my respect even more. Seven weeks ago, to the day, one of our bathrooms backed up in the early afternoon. Bienvenu had a sewer cleaning truck out later that day. Unfortunate, they were unable to clear the line and it was determined that we needed video inspection to determine the problem. When the video crew came out they determined that there was a problem with the parish sewer line. The parish would come but couldn’t clean the line because of a lift station problem. This repeat every couple of days for weeks. Keith and Louis made calls and did all they could to try to get the problem resolved. Finally, the parish fixed the lift station, cleared the line and corrected an issue with our connection to the main line. The next day, today, Bienvenu had Frank and his crew out, and they made the necessary repair to my line in a couple of hours. FINALLY, we can again use our own shower and toilet. Keith and Louis were persistent in trying to keep things moving, and Frank did a quick and great job of finishing up. I can’t imagine ever using anyone else!

Raymond Perry

Dear Bienvenu Brothers, I am way behind in my correspondence, but I wanted to thank you for the quick, efficient, honest service I received on December 19, 2011. My hot H2O heater went out. I called Bienvenu Brothers because of a recommendation. It was so close to the holidays, but yet you made it possible for my family to take hot showers that night. The computer board went out, and Kirk said it was under warranty and only charged me for the service fee. Since I had never used you before, I was amazed. Thanks for everything!

Desiree E.

I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding service on my new State water heater. I bought the unit from Coburn’s and my husband and a friend installed it. It kept coding out and would not work. I called the manufacturer (State) and they recommended that I call you guys. Vint came out and did some troubleshooting. He contacted State Technical Support, and they sent the part over-night to me. Unfortunately, when the new part was installed, it still did not work, so I called Vint, and he called State again for another part. I have never had such wonderful customer service and was very impressed with the employees’ diligence in staying on top of the matter. Vicki called me to set up my appointments and was so sweet and friendly. Louis Bienvenu originally took my call and was very attentive to my problem and made everything happen. It was a very pleasant experience all the way around, and I just wanted to say “THANKS!”  Next time I have a plumbing problem, I will definitely be giving you guys a call. Thanks again and may God bless you, your family and your business!  

Jana H.

To Louis and all the Bienvenu Brothers: A very gracious thank you! Your help over this last weekend with my grandmother’s house is sincerely appreciated by our family. Everyone we spoke with was kind and very helpful. The no charge for the service was over the top! Bless you and your family. 

April DiGiovanni & Family

Louis & Crew: Thank you so much. Your workmanship is among the best. We are very happy with the new bathroom.

Leo & Paul F.

Dear Keith: A brief thank you note for your help with our recent plumbing problems. We were appreciative of your prompt attention. You, Kirk, Louis, Robbie and Chris were all extremely professional, good attitudes and were very efficient. We would recommend you highly to anyone we know needing plumbing-heating-cooling repairs. Again, thank you.

Martha & Al A.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: Thank you so much for allowing us to pay off our new hot water heater. I also appreciate your help with this costly bill, and also with the excellent service we received from your Technicians. We look forward to doing business with you again in the future.

Albert W. C Jr.

Dear Sirs: Just to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all did a wonderful job and people have given you praise. 

Janie F.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: I wish to commend your entire staff for helping me get my mom’s sewer problem handled in an efficient and effective manner. Your office assistant (I’m sorry I don’t remember her name listened to my plight and relayed my concerns to the plumber. Louis Jr worked with me over the course of two days assuring me that he would give the problem his best effort but could not guarantee we wouldn’t have to dig up the entire front yard. His integrity and dedication got the job done! And then the gentleman (I think his name was Rick) who my mom talked with, assured her that her bill could be paid over a few months’ time, which is “life saving” to an elderly person on a fixed income, who wishes to remain independent. I could not have asked for more. 

Mrs. F.

Just wanted to pass on my sincere appreciation for everything you did with my tankless water heater. Hope I don’t have to call anytime soon.

Gina V.
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