Since 1970, the tree experts at Crecraft For Tree Craft have tended to trees and shrubs with their insured services. The company specializes in combating the emerald ash borer, which has claimed thousands of trees in neighboring states. Before pruning branches and grinding stumps, the owner, Rick, arrives onsite to provide a complimentary consultation and estimate and advises clients on any preventative maintenance necessary to reduce the risk of damage to homes. The company also offers emergency removal services for clumsy trees.
uBreakiFix CEO Justin Wetherill spoke with Groupon about the importance of protecting your smartphone and the challenges of fixing a phone that has been dropped into a deep fryer.
On the worst thing you can do after cracking your smartphone?s glass screen
?Don?t just put it into your pocket and continue to use it,? Wetherill says. The broken glass can actually cause serious damage to the phone?s inner components and turn a relatively simple fix into a costly repair job.
On the repair process
"Look, this is something we do every day," Wetherill says. "You are not the first person to break a phone.? Collectively, uBreakiFix's highly trained technicians repair more than 20,000 devices a month, drawing from a library of high-quality parts that are tested twice before they ever get used in a repair service. Free diagnostics are a staple at all uBreakiFix locations, so customers understand the problem before any work is done.
On growing his business
uBreakiFix began as a business based out of Wetherill?s living room, and it now boasts more than 60 locations nationwide. ?We are proof that the American dream is alive,? he says.
On unusual repair jobs
Wetherill remembers one fast-food employee who dropped her phone into a restaurant?s deep fryer. ?It smelled pretty bad,? he said; however, the repairs were successful. Another customer lost his phone in a cement mixer. After some serious effort, the technicians were able to safely recover all of the important data, but the phone died a few hours later. As Wetherill pointed out, ?it did go through a cement mixer.? Some miracles just aren?t meant to be.
On the importance of a one-day turnaround time
Repairs at uBreakiFix?s store locations can often take as little as an hour, according to Wetherill. This is a critical part of the shops' focus?something Wetherill personally understands. If forced to choose between spending the weekend without his smartphone or his left arm, he jokes that he would pick the arm. ?Of course, this is assuming that there wouldn?t be any pain,? he laughs.
To say that Renewal by Andersen has high standards for its window installers might be an understatement. For the chance to even apply for the position, an installer must have replaced at least 5,000 windows. And when this prospective technician is considered for employment, there's still only a one in three chance he or she will even be hired. Once they finally make the cut, that lucky third of installers are EPA certified in lead safety, and they refresh their skills with another 40 training hours each year.
When homeowners put out their broken-or-ugly-window distress signal, the technicians respond with a varied selection of window and door options. They do so swiftly—each Andersen crew averages 1,000 replacements per year. And the installers' meticulous nature and attention to detail don't end when they pop in that final pane. After they've replaced the window, they clean up with an industrial vacuum estimated to be 47% more efficient than a typical home vac. Only when a homeowner goes through a 10-point inspection checklist with the team leader, and signs off on the cleanup, does Andersen consider its job done.
The skilled technicians at T.S. Heating and Cooling dispatch to homes and businesses to ensure their heating and cooling equipment keeps interiors comfortable year round. They prepare homes for summertime with air-conditioning repairs or tune-ups that fill units with freon and trays of ice cubes. During chilly months, they make sure furnaces keep things snug and safe by inspecting for leaks. The team also upgrades homes to new equipment with full installation.
The Gutter Brothers’ expertise runs the gamut of roof irrigation services, from professional cleaning to installation and replacement. The full-service gutter cleaning clears debris from up to 100 linear feet of guttering, purging homes of accumulated leaves and recovering long-lost frisbees fashioned out of leaves. In addition to the cleaning, abodes will also undergo a gutter inspection and alignment. The overhang experts will grill gutters for any signs of crooked behavior, then set them straight where necessary to ensure they hang properly and can adequately support holiday decorations well into March.