In the realm of home maintenance and protection, the sump pump is often overlooked. Imagine this: heavy rainfall or snowmelt seeps into your basement, causing damage to your belongings and the foundation of your home, and breeding mold and mildew. Yuck! This is why a sump pump is a crucial appliance to have in your home. At Stephens Plumbing, we understand the importance of safeguarding your home against water damage. Keep reading to learn the world of sump pumps and why having one makes you a prepared homeowner.
Do you have some weird plumbing problems? We know what that’s like. At Stephens Plumbing, we’ve been there and done that. We’ve come across all types of plumbing issues that have made us experts with experience. From that experience, we’ve found that these eight myths are the most common, and we want to share them with you and hopefully avoid any potential plumbing problems.
Insulating hot and cold water pipes to prevent heat gain and loss is one way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Hot water pipes should be insulated to prevent heat loss, and cold water pipes should be insulated to prevent heat gain that leads to excess condensation.
Read on to understand where and when water pipes should be insulated and how to do it.
Your main water line delivers water to every faucet and appliance in your home, so it’s important to recognize the signs of a broken water main and know what to do if it breaks.
Although main water lines typically run underground beneath roads, they can cause serious damage to your home if they break, and they need to be fixed as soon as possible.
What Causes a Main Water Line Break?
A water main can break at any time, but it’s more likely to happen in the winter. When the ground freezes and thaws, the soil shifts, which can cause stress to underground pipes.
The cost of heating water makes up about 18% of your total energy bill. There are many things you can do to reduce these costs, ranging from simple changes to upgrading to a new water heater.
Here are some water heater maintenance tips that can help you save money on energy costs and make your household more energy-efficient.
Lower the Water Heater Temperature
Just like turning your heater down in the winter can lower your energy bill, turning down the temperature on your water heater can do the same.
Water heaters are one of the most essential appliances in your home because they allow you to clean and bathe comfortably. Whether you live in an urban, suburban, or rural area, water comes into your home cold, and it can be heated by electricity or natural gas, depending on the water heater you choose.
What Features Should You Look for in a Water Heater?
When deciding which water heater to buy, there are several things you need to consider:
The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working in the peak of summer. But it happens, and there are things you can do to address it from easy fixes to professional repairs. If your air conditioner is blowing hot air, follow these steps to see if you can remedy it yourself. For more complicated issues like malfunctioning compressors and evaporator coils or leaks in the ductwork, you’ll need to call in a trusted HVAC expert. As a note, you should not try to fix any suspected electrical issues on your own—contact a professional instead.
One of the most important parts of owning a home is finding a valuable HVAC company to maintain your home’s heating and cooling system. After all, you don’t want to go scrambling for a company last minute if something were to go wrong.
While there are a variety of HVAC companies to choose from, not all have your best interest in mind. That’s why it’s important to do your own research to find the best HVAC company that suits your needs with top-notch, quality services.
Thanks to air conditioners, we can stay cool during the summer months. That’s why when our AC starts to give us problems, it certainly may raise red flags.
Being aware of the most common AC problems will help you prevent your AC from breaking down completely, so you can keep cool all summer long.
Keep reading this guide to learn about the 10 most common AC problems and how to fix them.
Sump pumps: the hero of basements nationwide. A sump pump is a crucial component of your home—especially if you live in an area with severe weather conditions like Illinois. So what happens if your sump pump isn’t doing its job?
Don’t scour the internet for answers. We’ll address all of your sump pump questions right here.
Investing in an electric water heater is a smart, environmentally friendly move. However, that doesn’t mean it will never run into issues. Whether you’re noticing less hot water or vastly differing temperatures, one thing is certain—water heater issues need to be addressed if you want to enjoy hot water again. Here are some of the most common electric water heater problems.
On frigid winter days, your boiler is the difference between a toasty indoor environment and needing to layer up. Boiler heating systems are crucial for comfort, offering similar benefits as a furnace. The difference between them is how they provide heat.
Are you wondering how do boiler systems work? Then you’re in the right place. This blog will cover everything from how it works to how to choose one.
Have you been asking yourself, “What is that awful smell?” the last few times you’ve been in your bathroom? Does it seem to come from the shower after the drain hasn’t been used in a while? The bad news is that it likely is an issue with your plumbing system. The good news is that you can easily fix it on your own. But first, you need to know what might be causing the problem.