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Roto-Rooter to Report First-Quarter 2004 Earnings May 4 and Hold Related Conference Call May 11

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 16, 2004--Roto-Rooter Inc. (NYSE:RRR) (OTCBB:CHEQP) today announced that it will release its financial results for the first quarter, ended March 31, 2004, on Tuesday, May 4, 2004, before the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Company will host a conference call and webcast at 11 a.m., EDT, on Tuesday, May 11, 2004, to discuss the company's first-quarter results and provide an update on its business.

The dial-in number for the conference call is 800-945-0061 for U.S. and Canadian participants and 706-679-7146 for international participants. A live webcast of the call can be accessed on Roto-Rooter's website at www.rotorooterinc.com by clicking on Investor Relations Home.

A taped replay of the conference call will be available beginning approximately two hours after the call's conclusion. It can be accessed by dialing 800-642-1687 for U.S. and Canadian callers and 706-645-9291 for international callers. The conference ID number is 6758350. An archived webcast will also be available at www.rotorooterinc.com. Both the telephone and online replays will remain available for 14 days following the live call.

Listed on the New York Stock Exchange and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Roto-Rooter Inc. (www.rotorooterinc.com) operates in the residential and commercial repair-and-maintenance-service industry under the names Roto-Rooter and Service America Network Inc. Roto-Rooter is North America's largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services. Service America provides major-appliance and heating/air-conditioning repair, maintenance, and replacement services. Roto-Rooter Inc. also operates in the healthcare field through its VITAS Healthcare Corporation subsidiary. VITAS is the nation's largest provider of end-of-life hospice care 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.
             David P. Williams, 513-762-6901

    SOURCE: Roto-Rooter Inc.