Mr. Rooter and ACE DuraFlo Announce New Pipe Restoration Service

WACO, Texas, May 18, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Mr. Rooter and ACE DuraFlo Systems announce they have entered into an agreement allowing Mr. Rooter franchisees to add the ACE DuraFlo ePIPE(tm) epoxy pipe restoration technology to their menu of services.

The process, known as ePIPE(tm), applies a proprietary epoxy barrier coating within an existing plumbing system and is designed to prevent pinhole leaks, increase water flow and prevent the leaching of heavy metals, such as lead, into the water supply. The ePIPE(tm) system can be applied to both copper and galvanized pipes.

"Historically, property owners have made repeated individual repairs to their plumbing systems until they were forced to re-pipe," Stuart Tucker, president of ACE DuraFlo, said. "Our ePIPE(tm) system now provides an alternative by allowing an existing plumbing system to be restored in-place."

The industry leader in small diameter in-place pipe restoration, ACE DuraFlo recently reached a milestone of restoring the plumbing in more than 3,000 homes in the United States during the past five years. The agreement with Mr. Rooter will broaden the availability of this unique relining system.

"Our primary focus is to exceed our customers' expectations," Mike Bidwell, president of Mr. Rooter, said. "Adding the ePIPE(tm) system to our menu of services keeps us ahead of other plumbing repair companies and deepens the level of service we provide our customers."

The ePIPE(tm) system will be rolled out to select Mr. Rooter franchise owners at the company's annual conference in Phoenix, Ariz., in June of this year.

About Mr. Rooter(r):

Established in 1970, Mr. Rooter is the largest all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company in the world. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its "Franchise 500" and Franchise Times Top 200, Mr. Rooter franchisees provide services to both residential and commercial customers at more than 200 locations in the United States and Canada and more than 100 locations internationally through master licensees. Mr. Rooter began franchising in 1974 and is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group Inc. For more information or to find the location nearest you, please visit our Web site at

About ACE DuraFlo and ePIPE(tm)

ACE DuraFlo's unique "in-place" pipe restoration technology restores failing copper and encrusted galvanized piping systems, generally without the extensive demolition that accompanies a traditional plumbing re-pipe. ACE DuraFlo offers a solution for pinhole leaks and corrosion control for both commercial and residential plumbing systems. ePIPE(tm) is NSF approved and is a Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) listed plumbing product. Information on ePIPE(tm) may be obtained by calling 888-775-0220 or visit:


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