At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for December, 2016

The Benefits of Radiant Heating Systems

Monday, December 26th, 2016

We extol the virtues of radiant heating systems for our customers here in Salt Lake City, UT, and while it’s not right for every home, it offers a number of benefits that could help you considerably. The system itself operates according to very simple principles: placing coils or tubes beneath the floor that warm the room via radiant heat (heating transferred directly from one material to another). That incurs a fairly high cost during installation, since you need to remove and replace the furnishings and floorboards in your home to have it installed. In exchange, however, the benefits your home can enjoy are considerable. Here’s a quick list to give you an idea of what we’re talking about.

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How to Spot Signs of a Plumbing Leak

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Plumbing leaks are a common occurrence in cities like Holladay, UT, where the high altitude and salty air can corrode piping over time. The issue is less with the leaks themselves — which can be fixed very easily by a qualified plumber — but by spotting the problem in the first place. It’s one thing if water is spilling out of the pipes beneath your sink, but most piping in your home lies hidden in the walls, under the floors or other spaces. Leaks that occur in these pipes can take weeks or even months to detect, causing untold damage to the drywall and surrounding components in the process. the best way to take care of them is to learn to notice the signs of a plumbing leak and act the moment you spot them. they can include:

  • Soft spots in the walls or puddles of water appearing in places that they shouldn’t
  • The sounds of dripping or running water from an unusual location, such as inside the crawlspace of your walls.
  • Bills that spike or which are higher than normal, despite no attendant upswing in the use of water in your home.
  • Water from the affected outlet that doesn’t flow with quite the same force, or which refuses to flow at all.

The dangers of leaks grow the older your plumbing system becomes, so if you live in an older home or a home that you’ve lived in for some time, you should be particularly vigilant. When you spot signs of a leak, turn off the water flow using the master shut-off valve — whose location every household member should know — and call in a qualified plumber to correct the problem.

At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air provides quality plumbing repair and replacement services throughout the area. We provide 24-hour emergency service, so we’re ready to go when you are!

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How to Improve Your Heater’s Performance

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Heating systems have been running throughout the South Jordan, UT for at least a few weeks, and the weather’s going to get colder before it gets warmer. We’re all used to paying more in heating bills every winter, but you shouldn’t let that reality hide the fact that you might be paying more than you should. A few upgrades around your home can make a huge difference on that front, and now is an excellent time to see if they might make a good fit. We’ve includes a brief list of suggestions below.

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Get UV Germicidal Lights this Winter

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Winter is usually a difficult time when it comes to  colds and flu bugs in your home. The low humidity levels here in Draper, UT can dry out your sinuses, which is our body’s natural defense against germs. That’s one of the reasons why winter sees a lot of illness, and because we often button up our homes to retain heat, cold bugs can easily circulate from family member to family member. 

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