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Is a Plumber Necessary for That Drain Clog?

November 20th, 2017

drain-water-drainingWe’re big fans of all the crafters, woodworkers, and general do-it-yourselfers out there. When you can look up a solution for a home problem and have it fixed relatively quickly, why call in a handyman to help?

We don’t typically encourage DIY work for large plumbing problems, but there are even some things that seem complicated you can handle yourself: resetting the garbage disposal, cleaning the aerator when there’s no water pressure, and even unclogging a drain. Some drain clogs have simple solutions, or at least a solution that does not require costly equipment or professional drain cleaning. But that doesn’t apply to all drain clogs. How do you know the difference?

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Why You Should Schedule Furnace Service Sooner than You Think

November 6th, 2017

Open-furnace-basement-unitMost people never really think about scheduling service for any particular system in their home until it shows signs of damage. When it comes to your home heating system, we think this is a mistake.

We recommend that all of our customers schedule routine furnace maintenance in the fall. Yes, that means you schedule service for your heater even though you haven’t noticed an issue with the way it operates—but this helps you in so many ways.

A standard furnace tune-up helps prevent a winter catastrophe, protects your home and family, and can even save you money. Learn more from the guide below and call our team for more information.

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3 Signs Your Pipes Need Replacement

October 23rd, 2017

rusty-pipe-burst-water-leakWhen is the last time you got a good long look at the foundation of your home? What about your home’s air ducts? Your septic tank? Chances are that these are things you don’t get a chance to inspect very often. Like your plumbing pipes, they are hidden from view, so for routine maintenance you’ll typically have to call in a specialist for an inspection.

Your home’s plumbing pipes are hidden behind walls, under the floors, and in the ground. You cannot really get a look at them, for the most part, without specialized equipment to do so. However, there are some signs your pipes are beginning to fail. Follow our tips to recognize a problem with your pipes, one that may require them to be replaced, and contact our team when you notice a problem.

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4 Reasons to Call a Plumber for Water Filtration

October 9th, 2017

kitchen-sink-faucetMany of us have some way to get clean water without always drinking directly from the tap. Some people feel that tap water tastes just fine, but others prefer bottled water or have some sort of in-home solution, such as a sink attachment that fits onto the end of the faucet or a pitcher that stays on the counter or in the refrigerator.

These can help to make your drinking water more palatable. However, they are not really solutions you can rely on in the long-term. Often, drinking water is not the only concern: the water you use for bathing and brushing your teeth could certainly benefit from filtration as well. Today, we want to help you see the importance of whole-house filtration and treatment services by highlighting 4 reasons you may decide to call a plumber to test and treat your supply.

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End of the Season Air Conditioning Repair Tips

September 25th, 2017

air-conditioner-outside-wrenchHow many times have you completed a project at the last minute only to suffer some unforeseen consequences? Hopefully, you’ve learned that completing a big project at the last minute is rarely a good idea, nor is waiting too long to service your car or fix a leaky roof. Still, we understand the urge to wait to repair your air conditioning system, especially when the warmer weather comes to a close and you don’t really need the AC for much longer, if at all.

However, your air conditioner could probably use a little care at the end of the summer and beginning of fall, and you’ll thank yourself when the warmer weather comes around next year. Here are some things you can do to keep your central air conditioner in good shape.

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Is DIY Plumbing Your Best Option?

September 11th, 2017

plunger-woman-call-plumberDo-it-yourself work has reached a new peak in recent years. With Pinterest and other DIY sites and guides, you can give it your best when you decide to take up wood crafting, knitting, cooking, or any hobby around the house. You can also learn some of the tips and tricks for, say, fixing a squeaky door or cleaning stains off the carpet.

But some repairs may not be suited to the same DIY treatment. When it comes to your home’s plumbing, you can’t afford to lose access to clean water, or to have a leak take over your home. Often, a professional plumber who has the right training for the job is the best bet—but some projects still have an easy DIY solution.

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Water Lines?

August 28th, 2017

pipe-leak-crack-waterThere’s no more important resource for your home than water. Having fresh, clean water come into our homes at the turn of a handle is something we all expect, and rightfully so, but there may come a time when this is not as reliable as it’s always been.

The water lines running underneath your property are built tough, in order to withstand the high flow of water moving into your home over the years. But at some point, they will need to be replaced.

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How to Prevent Air Conditioning Repair

August 14th, 2017

ac-maintenance-repairIt’s hard to say why air conditioners break when they do. Your air conditioning system may be working just fine one day but refuse to start up the next. On the other hand, air conditioners may wear out slowly, with noticeably reduced performance that one day leads to a not-entirely-unexpected system breakdown.

While technicians cannot tell you exactly when an air conditioner will break, they can help you to take the necessary steps to prevent the air conditioner from breaking in the first place. They can detect that a part of your air conditioner is failing so that you can replace or repair it before you ever have to worry about a system breakdown. And that all starts with a tune-up.

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What Can You Do about a Leaky Sink?

July 31st, 2017

sink-and-wrenchWhen a sink leaks at one drop per second, it can waste 3,000 gallons of water in a year. Plus, that drip-drip-drip sound is certainly not pleasant. When it comes from underneath the sink, it could damage your cabinets or flooring. And from a plumber’s point of view, the problem with a leaky sink is that the issue can only get worse.

You should act in a timely manner when you notice a leak in the sink (or underneath it), and that means more than just putting down a bucket to catch the water. What can you do about a leaky sink, and when should you contact a plumber?

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What Can You Do Right Away When the Air Conditioner Breaks Down?

July 17th, 2017

woman-fan-hotAs air conditioning technicians, we always advise you to leave major AC repairs to a professional in your service area. Still, when your air conditioner breaks down completely, we have some advice to add on that may keep you cool while you wait—or that might fix the problem entirely (without the help of a technician).

When your air conditioner won’t turn on, there are some things you should check before calling a technician. Otherwise, there are also things you can do to stay cool while you wait. We’ve got some expert advice below, but call in our team when you do need same-day service from people who know their stuff.

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