Bill Howe of Bill Howe Plumbing didn't always know he would end up being a plumber, but life has a way of changing original plans.
Howe and his father, who has since retired, set up shop in San Diego in 1980. The company was originally known as Am/Pm Sewer and Drain Cleaning. In 1983 Bill brought his wife into the business and together they forged the company into what would become known as Bill Howe Plumbing.
Howe, who has managed to grow the business from one to more than 50 trucks, now has 85 employees and handles between 150 to 175 calls a day. He added that anywhere from 90 to 95 percent of those calls are repeat business.
Howe said his is a business that ensures its own survival, if conducted in a proper manner. "If you have a hot water heater leak, a plumbing leak or a slab leak, you're going to need me," he said.