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A Sump Pump for your Home

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If you have a basement, you probably know what a sump pump is. Sump pumps are common in most homes. If you are not sure if you have one, you can contact us and we can inspect the home and let you know.

Placement of the Sump Pump

To have sump pump in your basement is quite simple. That water goes into an area where it can drain. A one-way valve or check valve keeps water from entering back into the home. We can also inspect your home to ensure the sump pump is in the proper place, or we can install it for you.

How it works

If you are noticing water issues in your basement, make sure to contact us. We can inspect your home. We will also recommend what type of sump pump would be right for your home. This can help prevent water damage in the future. The sump pump will help to remove the water that could collect in the home or basement of your house. If there is flooding during the year, you will certainly want to have a sump pump. If you are not sure what type to get, we can advise you on the options and recommend the right one for you. This can help your home to be free of a build up of water and flooding.

When a Plumber may be needed

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Knowing when to call a plumber is important when you have a home. At some time in your life, you will need to contact one. Water use is an important part of our everyday lives. It is used in toilets, sinks, baths, and showers every day. Since they are used for self-care, it is important that the water used is safe. A plumber should be called if you notice anything out of the norm with the pipes in your home.

Pipe Noises

If you hear knocking in the pipes, there is an issue. This can happen during a shower or when the sink is running. There can be several causes that could lead to knocking pipes. Sometimes it is the pressurization of the pipe after use. Loose valves in the pipe system or loose support straps are also damaging. They can cause your pipes to jerk and shift in place. Leaving the issue can result in a leak or pipes breaking free from the mountings.

Poor Water Pressure

If you turn on your tap or shower at full blast, water should steadily stream out. If you instead have low pressure, a slow drip, or no water at all, you have a problem. First make sure the shower or faucet isn’t clogged. Tying a plastic bag full of vinegar over the head of the faucet for a few hours may solve this problem. If it doesn’t, call a plumber. Low pressure can be caused by clogs in your pipes, a damaged water heater, or a bursts pipe that’s leaking behind walls.

Water Dripping

If your sink or shower continues to drip, the water pressure may be too high or spare water after you turn off your tap may not be properly draining. Another problem could be that the valve controlling the on and off setting of the taps or showerhead may be broken. This can permanently damage your plumbing if it’s left untreated. Make sure to contact us as soon as you notice this.

Water Drains Slowly

If water is draining slowly it’s often possible to fix this problem by using a pipe snake or commercially available cleaners. If those don’t work, chances are that the drainage problem is an issue with your plumbing. This could mean that there is a broken pipe or there’s pooled water in the main drain that hasn’t been properly drained. This kind of still water presents a health risk and broken pipes mean water or mold may be accumulating behind walls. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us.

Maintaining the Air Conditioner this Summer

 

 

In the summer, you will want your home to be cool and comfortable. To accomplish this, make sure to contact us with an issue you start to notice. By fixing the issue at the first sign, you can help prevent further damage and repair bill in the long run.

 

Also remember to change your air filter. If you have a disposable filter, remove the old one and insert a clean replacement. If your filter is reusable, wash it according to the manufacturer’s directions and allow it to dry entirely before reinserting it into the filter compartment.

 

Inspect all registers and return air grilles in your home to ensure they have not been blocked or shut. These vents should never be blocked, as doing so will restrict airflow through your HVAC systems, which could create performance issues and system overheating. Move all carpets and rugs, furniture, and other items away from vents. Check to see that vent louvers are open; if you wish to shut off cooling to unused areas of your home or building, never close more than 20 percent of the structure’s HVAC vents.

 

Inspect your exterior cooling equipment. Gently brush away any grass clippings and debris which have gathered on the unit. Trim away vegetation that has grown around the unit. Never store outdoor furniture or other items in the area immediately surrounding the unit.

 

 

Inspect your cooling system’s drip pan and condensate drain lines for clogs. If these components become clogged with mold or algae growth, condensation from the cooling process cannot exit your home or building properly. This can cause the cooling system to malfunction, or water to back up indoors, causing water damage. If water has backed up, clear clogs within the drip pan or condensate drain lines. Turn off power to the system for safety before doing so. You can also contact us, and we can inspect the system for you.

Proper Care for your Furnace

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The furnace system is important for your home comfort and heating. Make sure to have the system inspected on a regular basis. The parts should be inspected because it can help to decrease the chance of issues with other parts. This can help to reduce the chance of costly heating bills as well as a repair bill. Make sure the heating system is free of any dirt or grime build-up. This can help the unit to run effectively and efficiently when it needs to. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us so we can come and inspect the furnace for you.

 

The most important thing is to make sure the system is clean and clear of any dirt or debris. This allows the parts to work correctly and at top performance levels. The area around the furnace should also be clean and clear. Having a system with dirt and debris can cause the parts to wear out quicker than they typically should.

 

Also remember to check the filter on the furnace regularly. It should be cleaned as recommended to help ensure that good clean air is being filtered through your home. The filter will also need to be replaced when it is no longer efficient. If you are unsure how often to check or clean the filters, we can help to advise you on when it should be done. Having dirty or polluted air circulated through your home can be aggravating for allergy or asthma sufferers. Having a clean filter can help you to breathe easier.

 

When having the furnace inspected, the ductwork can also be checked. It should be free from any cracks, holes, or gaps it might have. These can be areas where air is leaked out. Having air leak out can increase the chance for higher monthly energy bills. The ductwork will not be able to produce as much air through your home as it is creating. You may also be able to notice if there is an issue with the ductwork based on the temperature your home is at. If the actual temperature is significantly lower than the set temperature, this can indicate that heat is being leaked from somewhere in the ductwork. It could also mean that the thermostat could be faulty. By contacting us, we can inspect the system for you. This can help you to have a warm and comfortable home this winter.

 

Drain Cleaning in Your Home

 

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Drain cleaning is a popular service that we offer. Make sure to contact us if you are experiencing any issues with the pipes or plumbing in your home. We have the plumbing tools and drain cleaning equipment. This includes snakes. This is a coil of wire that threads down pipes to break up the blockage or clear any clogged drain more easily.

Of course, a clogged drain can be prevented if steps are taken to maintain pipe systems. Using a drain cleaning product from time to time when no backup is present can slow down the buildup of debris. Putting steel mesh covers over the drain hole will catch solid matter before it gets into the pipes and causes a backup. Also, as part of weekly household maintenance, cleaning kitchen and bathroom drains with baking soda will make future unclogging easier. Common items around the home like hair care products, chemical cleaners, soap products, roots from landscaping and trees, and even grease will clog a drain overtime. This can pose a health risk at both home and work, and can significantly slow production at a commercial establishment.

When you notice a clog, make sure to contact us. We will come to you home to clean your drain on a regular basis, they prevent major clogs from occurring. This helps you to you save money as well as your personal time. We can also inspect the pipes and plumbing to ensure that they are in good condition and efficient for your home.

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