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All About 3 Popular Heating Installations

December 11th, 2017

cold-woman-scarfWhen you are in the market for a new heating system, there is a lot of information to sort through. First, you have to actually make sure your heater is broken…you wouldn’t want to replace a heater that has a few good years left! Then, you have to make a decision relatively quickly. Buying a new heater is known in our industry as a “distress purchase,” something you buy because you need it, not because you wanted to buy it.

That’s why the best way to pick out your new heater is to work with a qualified technician to assess your options, your needs, local concerns, and your budget. But you can get a good idea of what to expect with our guide to 3 popular heating systems.

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What’s a Grease Trap (and Why Would You Need One)?

November 27th, 2017

grease-trap-plumbingMost of the plumbing systems you have for a home are the same ones you would find in a commercial setting. Of course, plumbing components on a commercial property may be larger (like the water heater), longer (like the pipes), and more plentiful (like the toilets). But they still share most of the same components.

That is with the exception of a couple of systems. And one major system that any commercial kitchen—restaurant or other kitchens—requires is a grease trap. A grease trap goes underneath the kitchen space and serves a tough job. Learn more about why you would need a grease trap and what it does in today’s guide.

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This Is Why You Need Commercial Plumbing Specialists

November 13th, 2017

plumber-smile-wrenchWhen you own a commercial property, you’ve got a lot to worry about. You have to work with a lot of specialists to keep your business running, and it’s stressful to have to look for another. It’s easy to want to cut corners and avoid dealing with another company when you’re not sure who to trust. Unfortunately, that’s why our commercial specialists end up fixing a lot of plumbing mistakes.

We don’t think it’s worth it. When it comes to your plumbing, it’s important to find a commercial specialist who is experienced with larger plumbing components and more complex plumbing pipes. Find out why in today’s guide, or by speaking to our friendly team. You’ll see why so many commercial property owners and managers already put their trust in us.

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4 Ways to Save Money on Heating and Cooling

October 30th, 2017

ac-unit-moneyThe HVAC industry (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) is one that’s difficult to understand unless you specialize in the field. But saving money on your HVAC doesn’t have to be hard. Today, we help you learn easy ways to save. Some of these involve an investment, but some are changes you can make with the family to cut down bills bit by bit.

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How to Care for Your Garbage Disposal

October 16th, 2017

garbage-disposal-repairOne of the most convenient kitchen appliances can also be one of the most annoying. Your garbage disposal helps to protect your plumbing. More importantly, for most homeowners, it helps make cooking and cleanup into a much easier job. While some things must go into the trash, you can often scrape your plate into the disposal and not worry about what goes into the pipes.

However, some people take this too far. You should be worried about your garbage disposal—to an extent—and everyone in the home should work to minimize the number of times it breaks. In the following guide, read some tips for preventing your garbage disposal from struggling in the first place.

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Schedule Regular Service for Your Commercial Plumbing

October 2nd, 2017

time-service-clockAs someone who owns or manages a commercial property, there’s likely one problem that comes up more often than most. The plumbing system on a commercial property can be more intricate than the one in your home, so it’s no wonder you have to deal with clogs, leaks, and other problems so often. Some such problems are not so big of a deal: certain clogs just need a simple drain auger, and leaks may be fixed with the turn of a wrench.

Others, however, can shut down your business for a time or interfere with your ability to get things done. Sewage backup is one of the worst of the potential plumbing problems to plague a commercial property, while a burst pipe will cost far more to repair. Some of these problems, though, may be prevented if you get on a regular schedule with a local contractor.

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How HVAC Maintenance Saves You Money

September 18th, 2017

coin-piggy-bank-handThink of the last time you had to call in a technician to repair something in your home. Most likely, it was an urgent repair—a water heater that broke right before your morning shower or an air conditioner that stopped working on the hottest day of the year. This kind of repair is unquestionably a hassle, something that stops your day and inconveniences you, not to mention the surprise sudden drain on your finances.

Routine maintenance of your most important home systems can help to save you this money. In fact, you can save in more ways than one! Read on to learn more.

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How Long Should My Plumbing Last?

September 4th, 2017

pipes-blueprint-build-plumbingPlumbing is a necessity, which means it’s not something we plan on replacing for any reason other than a system failure. While you might be excited to replace an outdated smartphone with the newest model, or to upgrade your wardrobe for the first time in months or even years, buying something as mundane and costly as a set of pipes and fixtures is not something anyone wants.

Luckily, a new set of pipes will last a long time. If you’ve just moved onto a brand-new property, this likely isn’t something you’ll have to worry about for decades. But for the rest of us, knowing when to replace the pipes and fixtures will be key to avoiding a near catastrophe when plumbing replacement or repiping becomes urgent. So how long can you expect your plumbing to last?

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Change Your Home’s Air Filter Each Month!

August 21st, 2017

technician-change-filterHere’s one bit of information you should, hopefully, already know: your air conditioning and heating systems use a filter. You may also know that the air filter helps to keep allergens and germs under control. Finally, you have likely heard that you should change the air filter regularly.

Even if you have heard that final statement, though, that it is important to replace the filter, it may be a task you feel comfortable putting off. After all, you may not feel like allergies are much of a problem in your household, and it seems like an unnecessary expense to many.

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3 Useful Upgrades to Your Air Conditioner

August 7th, 2017

air-conditioningAir conditioners see daily use every summer, and this year is no different. High heat and higher humidity can be actively dangerous to sensitive family members, and a good air conditioner is as important to your home as plumbing and electricity this time of year. To a certain extent, higher monthly cooling costs are inevitable during the summer, since your system is going to run more often than it does the rest of the year.

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