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Roto-Rooter Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend of 12 Cents

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 8, 2003--Roto-Rooter Inc. (NYSE:RRR) announced today that the Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12 cents per share on its capital stock, payable on September 10, 2003, to stockholders of record on August 21, 2003. This represents the 129th consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Roto-Rooter in its 32 years as a public company.

Roto-Rooter Inc. (, headquartered in Cincinnati, is a New York Stock Exchange-listed corporation operating in the residential and commercial repair-and-maintenance-service industry through two wholly owned subsidiaries. Roto-Rooter is North America's largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services. Service America Systems Inc. provides major-appliance and heating/air-conditioning repair, maintenance, and replacement services.

Statements in this press release or in other Roto-Rooter communications may relate to future events or Roto-Rooter's future performance. Such statements are forward-looking statements and are based on present information Roto-Rooter has related to its existing business circumstances. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risk that actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Further, investors are cautioned that Roto-Rooter does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements based on unanticipated events or changed expectations.

    CONTACT: Roto-Rooter Inc.
             Timothy S. O'Toole, 513-762-6702

    SOURCE: Roto-Rooter Inc.