August 27th, 2018
Indoor plumbing has been around for a long time, and the materials used for the pipes have gone through many changes. For decades, metal and ceramic were the most common pipe materials. Many homes today still have galvanized steel, clay, or even cast iron piping. Starting in the 1970s, copper replaced galvanized steel and is today the most common metal used in plumbing systems.
Plastic pipes, however, have an important part in plumbing. Plastic is easier to work with in general than copper. The first use of plastic pipes was in the 1930s, and with the 1960s they rose in popularity among plumbers thanks to advances in plastic manufacturing that made these pipes more useful in general.
There’s no single type of plastic used to manufacture pipes. For years, a gray plastic called polybutylene was common for plumbing systems, but it’s no longer used because it splits and creates leaks. If you have old polybutylene pipes in your house, we strongly recommend you arrange to have it replaced with a newer type of plastic. Here are the three types of plastic pipes that modern plumbers most commonly used today:
August 21st, 2018
Have you found yourself stuck in the hot dog days of summer with an old air conditioner that’s finally decided to pack it in—whether you want it to or not? The good news is that when you contact our expert HVAC team for a new central air conditioning installation, we’ll find the ideal new unit to match your needs and have it up and working in no time at all. We don’t want you to spend too much time in a hotbox of a house.
When you work with professionals like us for an AC system installation, one of the most crucial jobs we do comes before we even pick the new air conditioner: sizing it. No, sizing doesn’t mean deciding on how physically big the new central AC can be (although we definitely won’t try to install one that won’t fit!). Sizing is a specific job that HVAC technicians do to ensure an new air conditioner supplies the cooling power, also called a cooling load, that’s neither too weak nor too powerful for the house. It’s the “Goldilocks Principle” at work: not too small, not too big, but just right.
July 30th, 2018
Summer days aren’t much fun when the air conditioner that’s supposed to make your home pleasingly cool isn’t doing anything at all. When your AC won’t turn on, or it does turn on but doesn’t deliver cool air, one of your first instincts will be to call a professional HVAC contractor to repair it.
This is the right instinct: repairing an air conditioner isn’t something you can do on your own, and it shouldn’t be left to non-professionals. However, before diving for the phone, you can make some basic checks to see if there’s a simple reason behind the air conditioner problem. You may not need repairs at all—and if you do, we’re always here to help.
July 16th, 2018
Having an emergency plumber’s number handy is one of the best ways you can put your mind at ease about your home plumbing. You know you can reach out to a trusted, licensed professional when a disaster strikes your home’s plumbing that could lead to a loss of fresh water, backed up sewage, flooding, and other problems. You shouldn’t attempt to do any major plumbing repairs on your own, and it’s especially crucial you leave those emergency jobs to plumbers who can act fast and get the job done right.
We’ve handled many plumbing emergencies in our years in business, and we’ve put together a list of some of the more common ones that you might run into. We’re here to help you with 24-hour, 7-days a week service when these happen.
July 2nd, 2018
Are you interested in better air quality for your home? Chances are that you’d benefit from the professional installation of air cleaners of some type. There are many different types of air cleaning products on the market, ranging from tiny electronic air purifiers that don’t do much to extensive whole-house air filtration and purification systems. Because of the high number of types of pollutants that found in today’s homes, we strongly recommend working with our IAQ professionals to find the ideal air quality products and solutions.
And this brings us to the topic today, which is the simple mistake some homeowners make if they try to go it alone with air cleaners…
June 18th, 2018
Drain cleaning is about more than unclogging drains. It is also a preventive method that keeps away future clogs. We encourage homeowners to arrange for professional drain cleaning once a year to help keep their drainage system working at its best and avoid having to make emergency service calls because of a stopped up bath or kitchen drain.
Plumbers use a number of specialized tools to clean drains, such as motorized drain augers (a.k.a. drain snakes) and powerful hydro-jetters that blast high-pressure water along the inside of the drainpipes to scour them clean.
There’s one device that modern technology has developed that makes drain cleaning faster and more effective than ever before: video pipe inspection equipment.
June 4th, 2018
Have you ever received a monthly utility bill and reeled back in shock? “Who—who was using this much electricity?” you wonder. Your mind flashes back, trying to determine if somebody left all the lights on in the house for a few days, or if you were entertaining too many visitors over too many days. But nothing stands out. It’s been status quo over the last month as far as lights, appliances, and the air conditioner are concerned.
Here’s one possible culprit, the thief who’s stealing energy from your home: leaky air ducts. Your air conditioning system may be exerting much more power to provide cooling to your home because of those damaged ducts. It’s often hard to detect at first that this is happening, but when damaged ducts take a toll, it can be steep!
May 21st, 2018
Is your home’s cooling system all set to handle the summer weather? You might think it is—but unless it has a spring visit from an HVAC technician to give it a complete inspection, cleaning, and tune-up, it will head into the hottest months of the year with some big disadvantages. This can mean extra repairs, unreliable performance, higher operating costs, and shortening the system life.
We’ve often written about the major benefits of keeping up with annual spring air conditioning maintenance and why signing up for one of our maintenance plans is the best way to care for your cooling system year after year. (As well as your heating system!) Today, we’re going to spotlight a few of the benefits of doing routine inspections and tune-ups for an air conditioning that aren’t as well known. Call us to find out more details and to sign up for one of our plans.
May 7th, 2018
A water heater that receives regular maintenance and prompt repairs when necessary can last for many years. You’ve probably already had the same water heater working for you since you moved into your current home.
All good things must come to an end, and you will need to replace the water heater at some point in the future when it no longer can do the job it’s supposed to. At first, you’ll think of arranging to have the water heater repaired, but there are signs to watch for that will tell you the best option isn’t to continue with having it fixed but to replace it entirely.
May 7th, 2018
The thermostat in your home is a device that’s easy to abuse. When it gets hot outdoors, it’s tempting to turn the thermostat down as low as it can go to combat the heat. When it gets too cold, you can just turn the thermostat back up. But this is an energy-wasting approach to handling the thermostat settings, and half the time you’ll either be too hot or too cold. Is there an ideal thermostat setting that will save money and not sacrifice comfort?