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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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Can Your Home Benefit from a Zone Control System?

July 24th, 2017

AC-zone-controlSummer can get hot in our neck of the woods, and if you’re a homeowner, you need to ensure that your air conditioner works as intended every time you turn it on. To do otherwise can impact your family’s health as much as their comfort levels: sensitive members of the household can suffer serious maladies from excess heat.

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Commercial Air Conditioning Repairs Must Be Fast

July 10th, 2017

A commercial air cocommercial-air-cndtioningnditioning system has to do much more than a simple residential system does. And when trouble comes, it rarely comes at a good time. A reliable professional air conditioning service is vital during such times, especially in the summer when our weather becomes so hot. Not only must your service understand the specifics of commercial air conditioning, but they need to move very quickly in order to do the job. While a residence may be able to sit tight for a day or two and wait for repairs, commercial systems have no such luxury.

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How Can You Tell if Your Air Conditioner Needs Repairs?

June 26th, 2017

air-conditioning-repairWith the official arrival of summer last week, your air conditioning system will be called upon to provide cool, comfortable air on a daily basis. The last thing you want is to experience an unexpected breakdown just when the temperature hits 100 degrees: forcing you to scramble for repairs while your home slowly turns into an oven. The sooner you can spot the signs of a problem with your air conditioner the better.

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Sump Pumps Help Protect Your Home

June 12th, 2017

flooded-sewer-drainHeavy rains and summer floods are reasonably common in our part of the world, and while civic services usually do a very good job of containing the damage, that doesn’t always apply to your home. The installation of a sump pump in your basement or similar area can do wonders for keeping your property safe and secure when flooding becomes an issue. A qualified plumber can guide you through the steps and ensure that you have the right type of sump pump for you.

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