At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for January, 2014

How to Save Water

Monday, January 27th, 2014

These days, water conservation efforts are part of our daily life. Low-flow fixtures, low-flush toilets, energy efficient water heaters and dishwashers all available to energy-conscious homeowners. But saving water is not only beneficial to your surrounding community, especially in dry climates, but it is also a great way to reduce your household expenses in the long term. At Your Service Heating and Air specializes in energy efficient equipment, and we believe that saving water leads to a better home. We offer a wide range of products that can help you save water around the home, in addition to common sense methods, such as taking showers instead of baths and running the dishwasher only when it is full. Call us today for comprehensive Salt Lake City plumbing services.

  • Sprinkler system timer. A professionally installed sprinkler system can keep your lawn and garden vibrant during the spring and summer months, but it can also lead to high water bills. The best way to reduce any unnecessary watering is to have yours installed with a timer. When synchronized to a control board, this will allow you to adjust the water output according to weather and your own work schedule.
  • Low-flow showerheads and faucets. These cost-effective products can lead to substantial savings in the long term. They can keep your water bills low without getting in the way of your home comfort. They can drastically reduce the amount of water that comes out of your shower and faucets.
  • Low-flush toilet. If you have an older toilet, chances are that it uses up to 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf). The toilet is typically one of the most utilized plumbed fixtures in the home and it can account for up to 30% of the average household’s water bill. A low-flush toilet can have a rating of about 1.6 gpf without sacrificing the functionality of the fixture. This can result in major water savings in the long term.

In addition to these products, use common sense. There are simple ways of reducing water consumption in the home. At Your Service Heating and Air provides professional plumbing services and products in Salt Lake City, UT, so give us a call today.

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How to Prevent Clogged Drains

Monday, January 20th, 2014

The clogged drain is probably the most well-known plumbing problem. It can occur anywhere wastewater travels through your drainpipes into the sewer line and septic system. It frequently occurs in areas where the removal of organic waste is prevalent, such as the kitchen and bathroom. The toilet, shower drain, and kitchen sink are all subject to a certain amount of debris that can quickly accumulate and cause problems for your drainpipes. Once clogged, your drains may disallow any further removal of wastewater from your home and this can create unhygienic conditions. At Your Service Heating and Air has over 30 years of experience in the plumbing industry and we can take care of any plumbing issue that you might have.

So, how do you prevent clogged drains? Let’s have a look at a few steps you can take:

  • Use hair and food stoppers. These cheap products can help you prevent clogs in your shower and kitchen sink drains. When hair accumulates with soap scum in your shower drain, it can result in partial clogs that can leave you standing in a pool of water at the end of every shower. Likewise, with the amount of use your kitchen sink gets every day, picking up a food stopper is a great way to prevent any problems while cleaning or preparing food.
  • Have your drains professionally cleaned. The use of over-the-counter chemicals to clean your drains can have serious side effects on the integrity of your piping. Over time, they may corrode the piping, and this can lead to significant repair and replacement costs. If you notice that your drainpipes are slow, then you may want to have them professionally cleaned before any major clogs occur. This cost-effective service is a great way to improve the condition of your plumbing system.

When it comes to the integrity of your plumbing system, you can’t take any chances. By finding ways to prevent clogged drains, you can reduce the wear and tear on your plumbing system and make sure that your home is kept in good condition for years to come. Call At Your Service Heating and Air today for professional plumbing services in Salt Lake City.

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Getting Your Heater Ready for the Winter with Maintenance

Friday, January 10th, 2014

As the temperature begins to drop, you need to prepare for the onset of winter. Chilly evenings and mornings require a heater that can perform well at all times and also do so efficiently. Whether you have a furnace, boiler or radiant heat system, all of your system components needs to cooperate so that you can remain comfortable inside your home no matter what the outside temperature may be. In this respect, the importance of regular heating maintenance can hardly be overestimated. At Your Service Heating and Air can make sure that your heater remains in good condition for the winter. Just give our Salt Lake City heating maintenance technicians a call today.

During the course of its service life, your heater endures a certain amount of wear and tear on its system components. If you have a gas or electric furnace, then you rely on a network of supply and return ductwork to distribute heated air around your home, in addition to the air handler and heat exchanger itself. If you have a boiler, then you likely rely on a circuit of steam or hot water radiators throughout the household that provide heat in each room. This requires piping and is typically paired with natural gas for efficient heating. Both heater requires routine maintenance in order for them to perform according to your comfort standards. The primary reason for this is the negative effects of dust, dirt, and other debris that can build up. Sediment can clog up your piping, while dust can lead to dried out bearings in the blower motor. By taking the necessary steps to prevent such problems by having your heater professionally cleaned from time to time, you can vastly improve your heating setup.

Your heater is a major appliance, and like your water heater, should not be neglected. Professional heating maintenance gives your heater everything it needs to work well, including comprehensive safety inspection and cleaning of all system components, as well as any minor adjustments. Call At Your Service Heating and Air today so that we can keep your furnace or boiler running this heating season.

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