January 15th, 2018
With winter in full force and cold weather now the norm in our neck of the woods, your furnace is going to be seeing daily use for months to come. You can’t always anticipate when a breakdown will occur, but they’re reasonably common this time of year and some of them can be quite dire.
Take the issue of a cracked heat exchanger, for example. It’s a dangerous situation that can actually shut your heater down, and if it happens to your system, you need to call in a repair service immediately. It’s especially prevalent in older systems where the warranty has expired and wear and tear have taken a huge toll. Here’s a quick look at what it all means.
January 1st, 2018
Plumbing problems always tend to get worse during the holidays, especially clogs in our drains. Big holiday meals means lots of foodstuffs poured down the drain, and that can sometimes mean things like hot fat (which can solidify in the pipes) or potato peelings (which can get tangled up in the pipes and are surprisingly tough). Then there’s the presence of family and friends over for big get-togethers, which can put additional strain on bathroom fixtures and similar pieces of plumbing. Clogs tend to be very common during the holidays, and they usually need to get treated fairly quickly since they involve things like the toilet or the kitchen sink which you can’t do without for long.
December 18th, 2017
Winter is almost here, and chances are you’ve been running your heater on a regular basis by now. That’s only going to become more frequent as 2017 draws to a close and low temperatures become a daily part of life. It’s very important to pay close attention to your heater and watch for signs of any trouble. If problems crop up, now is the ideal time to get them treated: before winter begins in earnest when you can schedule repairs at a time that is convenient to you, instead of having to run around to fix a broken heater in the middle of a cold spell later in the winter.
November 5th, 2017
Bathroom remodeling projects can be very exciting. The bathroom is one of the more important places in the home, after all: the first place you visit when you get up in the morning and the last place you stop at on the way to bed at night. If it looks ugly — or even just out of date — or the fixtures aren’t working the way you’d like, a remodeling project can literally change everything. With the right team on your side, you can turn this most important part of the home into a place you can really feel good about.
October 23rd, 2017
Your kitchen is one of the most important parts of the house: the place where you prepare meals and gather to discuss important events of the day. With the exception of your bathroom, no plumbing fixtures receive more use than those in your kitchen. If you’re looking at making improvements to your kitchen plumbing – either on their own or as part of a larger kitchen remodeling session – it pays to consider your options carefully.
October 9th, 2017
We’re firing up our heaters more often these days, as the weather grows cooler and fall slowly turns to winter. If you have a problem with your heating system, now is the time to do something about it: when you still have several weeks before the cold temperatures really hit and you can schedule a repair session to deal with the issue at your leisure. That beats waiting for the problem to cause a breakdown – usually in the midst of a cold front – forcing you to scramble for repairs and possibly costing you a great deal more in the process.
September 25th, 2017
Winter is on its way, and homeowners need to be prepared to handle the effects of cold weather on their household. That includes the pipes and fixtures in the plumbing system. When the mercury drops, water can freeze in the pipes, and when that happens you need a quality plumber to get the matter resolved. Plumbers can also take steps to help you avoid freezing pipes in the first place. This time of year is perfect to introduce such measures: before the winter begins in earnest and while you have time to schedule a session with a trained plumber.
September 11th, 2017
With the official start of fall just a few days away, temperatures in the area are going to start dropping rapidly. When that happens, you need a heating system that can step up and provide warm, comfortable temperatures for your home all winter long. If there’s a problem with your existing heating system or you don’t think it will be able to last all winter, now is the time to schedule a replacement session. The comparatively mild temperatures of fall give you an excellent window to plan for such a session, and if your existing heater is on its last legs, then putting in a new one now will ensure that your home has the heating it needs all winter with no nasty surprises. But that still comes back to the basic question: do you need a new heating system?
August 28th, 2017
Summer has entered its last few weeks, and while temperatures remain high in the area, they’ll soon be cooling off, and our air conditioning use will give way to heating use before you know it. Now might be an excellent time to take a look at your air conditioner and see how the long summer has treated it. Qualified air conditioning services often offer maintenance plans for just such circumstances, giving your technician a chance to see how your system has held up over the long summer.
August 14th, 2017
Water heaters, especially traditional tank water heaters, are a staple of most homes in the area: storing heated water in a larger tank to be used when you bathe, clean or cook. Most of the time, they’re placed in the basement, garage or similar out-of-the-way locations, and they by and large do their work very quietly. Most homeowners can enjoy years or decades of reliable service from their water heaters, though that doesn’t prevent or preclude trouble arising.