Summer has arrived, and with it comes additional wear and tear on your plumbing system. With the kids home from school and summer barbeques in full swing, the time is now to make sure your plumbing system is ready to perform and avert problems. Take the time to perform any needed maintenance on your plumbing lines and drains and follow the tips below to avoid five common summer plumbing issues so you can enjoy the beautiful weather free of stress.
With summer in full swing, air conditioning units are running overtime. This increase in use can bring its share of issues, especially with older air conditioner systems. When our HVAC systems need repair, how do we know the right team to call? We want to hire HVAC contractors that are honest and fair, and who we can trust with one of the most expensive systems in our homes. So, how do you go about finding the right HVAC company for the job? Keep these qualifications in mind when hiring a HVAC contractors.
Summertime is all about days at the beach and cookouts in the backyard. It also means you’ll need to crank up your air conditioning unit to counteract the hot temperatures. However, this comes at a cost of higher utility bills. Before you turn down the dial, read up on some thermostat efficiency tips to avoid a dent in your finances during the dog days of summer.
With summer comes warmer temperatures, cookouts, and trips to the beach. However, the hot season can also bring in heavy rain and flooding in some areas, which can bring unwanted water to your basement and other parts of the house. We recently flooded you with tips on dealing with the issue after it occurs so it only makes sense that we give you some ideas on how to prevent the disaster before it enters your home.
When we think of dirty air, we might imagine urban smog or the choking air of a coal mine. These are certainly unpleasant areas as far as air quality goes. However, we tend to overestimate the purity of the air in our own homes. Indeed, science actually shows that homes and other buildings can have much dirtier air than the outdoors. Most of us spend a significant amount of time inside, so we should make sure we’re breathing clean air!
We’re going to go ahead and guess that preparing your air conditioner for summer is probably not on your to-do list. We get it: summer seems SO far away, especially when spring is just making an appearance (however small it may be). However, taking care of your air conditioner is not only healthy for your home environment but for your budget: the Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling accounts for almost half of your utility bill. The better maintained your HVAC, the more savings in the long run.
It’s not hard to imagine the range of plumbing issues you might encounter as a homeowner. On one end of the spectrum, you may experience a minor leak or a sluggish drain. On the other end of this scale are more severe problems, such as sewage backups. Although many of us might like to think that sewage backups are a very rare occurrence, they are becoming more common as time goes on.
Though some clogs are inevitable and may require removal by a professional, there are some tips we like to give our customers to keep them from having to deal with frequent drain clogs.
Your water heater is an essential part of your home. Having warm water is necessary for personal hygiene, washing dishes, doing laundry, and so much more that we don’t think about on a regular basis. But what happens when things start going downhill?
As much as we all use water for various reasons throughout the day, it’s important to note that not all water is created equal. Some water is good for drinking; some is not. Some water contains a high concentration of minerals; some does not. The water that is mineral-dense is classified as “hard” water. Hard water usually contains a high concentration of calcium and magnesium, though some other minerals can be involved.
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One of the questions we’re often asked is how to unclog a drain. People want to know if drain cleaners are actually effective at unclogging sinks. The simplicity of drain cleaners is what makes them so appealing. Simply pour the required amount of the chemical solution down your drain, wait, and the clog is gone! If only it were that simple...
Many people think that allergens are strictly an outdoor issue. While allergens are intensified by the environment, indoor allergens can still cause just as many unsavory side effects that impede daily function. Dust mites, pet dander, mold, mildew, and even insect droppings can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Allergens are carried through the air and found on furniture, floors, carpets, rugs, and other surfaces. While no home can be 100% allergen free, mitigating against these unwanted house guests is simple.
Owning a home is stressful. There are a variety of issues that may require an emergency plumber to fix. However, not every plumbing problem requires the skills of a trained plumber. To help you save money, we have created a plumbing 101 guide that contains a list of tips to help you fix ordinary plumbing issues.