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How to Choose Your Next Kitchen Faucet

There are many simple ways to update the appearance of your kitchen, with the addition of a new faucet among the best.

Since there are thousands of faucets to choose from, you must keep an open mind to ensure yourself of making the perfect choice.

When the time comes to narrow your options, here are three things to focus on:

  • What type of look are you going for? While some people choose a standard bronze or nickel finish, others gravitate towards something more unique, such as a black or white kitchen faucet.
  • Kitchen faucets vary in size, from small to large and everything in between. The best thing you can do is measure the faucet you have now, as to get a better idea of what’s best this time around.
  • If you’re not changing your countertop as well, you need to choose a faucet that fits your current setup. The last thing you want to do is make a purchase, just to find that it doesn’t fit.

While there may be other things to consider when comparing and choosing your next kitchen faucet, these details are among the most important.

When you focus on these things, it won’t be long before you’re making a choice and upgrading the appearance of your kitchen!

Water Hammer: Don’t Wait to Diagnose the Problem

Even if you don’t know anything about plumbing, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with a water hammer.

Water hammer is defined as follows:

A water hammer commonly occurs when a valve closes suddenly at an end of a pipeline system, and a pressure wave propagates in the pipe. This pressure wave can cause major problems, from noise and vibration to pipe collapse.”

While it appears to be nothing more than a minor annoyance, a water hammer can lead to additional problems – such as leaking pipes – if not corrected.

Once you’re 100 percent sure that you’re dealing with a water hammer, there are a few steps you can take to solve the problem:

  • Install an air chamber
  • Use a pressure reducing valve
  • Install a mechanical water arrestor
  • Make sure pipes are securely attached to framing

Since it can be difficult to diagnose and repair a water hammer, it’s best to consult with a professional.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this plumbing issue, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re more than happy to visit your home, diagnose the problem, and implement the right solution.

 

Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

There may come a point when you think you can tackle a plumbing project on your own.

While some people have the experience and knowledge to do so with success, this doesn’t hold true across the board.

Here are a handful of common DIY plumbing mistakes to avoid at all costs:

  • Forgetting to turn off the water. If you do this, there’s a very good chance you’ll end up soaking wet. Even worse, you could cause damage to your home.
  • Neglecting to use the proper tools. It’s hard to complete a plumbing job with success unless you have the right tools at your disposal.
  • Too much drain cleaner. If your drain is clogged, you may get into the habit of using one cup of drain cleaner after the next. This sounds like a good idea, but it can actually cause more harm than good. Rather than go down this path, dry a hand auger or drain snake.

While these are among the most common DIY plumbing mistakes, there are others that could cause you trouble at some point.

If you’re concerned about making a mistake that costs you time and money, don’t hesitate to contact us.

With one of our experienced plumbers on your side, you have nothing to worry about. Instead, your project will be completed in a timely and clean manner – and that’s exactly what you’re looking for.

The Benefits of a Humidifier

Although we’re still in the dead heat of summer, it won’t be long before the fall season rolls around.

With this in mind, it’s time to start planning for the future. As far as your home is concerned, you’ll want to make sure you have a humidifier in place as the warm air gives way to cooler fall temperatures.

Here are some of the many benefits of running a humidifier in your home:

  • To prevent dry skin from developing
  • To relieve allergy symptoms
  • To prevent damage to wood
  • To prevent static cling (there’s nothing worse than this)
  • To minimize the spreading of airborne viruses

While these are some of the primary benefits of using a humidifier during the winter months, there are many others you’re sure to come across.

If you’ve never used a humidifier in the past, it’s simple to get started this fall.

You have two options: a whole house humidifier, which is typically installed by a professional, or a portable unit.

The advantage of a whole house humidifier is that your entire home receives the benefits, not just one particular space. However, if you don’t have a whole house humidifier and don’t want to pay to install one, moving a portable unit from room to room can have the same impact.

There are plenty of warm months ahead, but time has a way of flying by. Don’t wait until the cold weather is here before you learn more about the benefits of a humidifier.

Do These Things if Your AC Won’t Turn Off

Your air conditioner works hard during the hot summer months. With this in mind, it’s not out of the question for your unit to run for a good portion of the day.

However, if you come to find that your air conditioner won’t turn off, you need to pinpoint the problem and make an immediate repair.

Here are a few things to do if you find yourself in this position:

  • Check the thermostat: maybe you reset it by mistake. Or maybe you have it set so your AC runs continuously. By setting the thermostat above room temperature, this is a signal for your AC to turn off. If it doesn’t, you need to continue your search to find out why.
  • Clean the condensing unit. It’s possible that dirty condenser coils are unable to disperse the heat, thus forcing your AC to run continuously. It may be hard to believe, but a professional cleaning can go a long way in solving your problem.
  • Change your furnace filter. With a dirty furnace filter it’s more difficult for cool air to make its way into your home. Subsequently, cooling it in an efficient manner is extremely difficult. This is a quick change that can go a long way in helping your AC run at peak performance.

If your AC won’t turn off and you have no clue as to what’s going on, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to visit your property, diagnose the problem, and help bring the cool air back into your home!

 

Top Reasons to Replace Your Furnace Filter Regularly

It’s easy to get into the mindset that your HVAC system will always run at peak performance. However, if you don’t partake in proper maintenance, this won’t be the case for long.

One of the best things you can do from a maintenance perspective is regularly replace your furnace filter. Here are several reasons why this is important:

  • A clean filter makes for a more efficient system. As your filter becomes more and more dirty, it has to work harder to circulate air through your home. Subsequently, it takes a toll on your budget and puts a strain on your system.
  • To improve air quality. Do you really want dust, dander, and other particles circulating through your home? With a clogged furnace filter, there’s a much greater chance of this happening.
  • To prolong your HVAC system. If you don’t change your filter often, you’re putting a lot of strain on your system. This increases the likelihood that it will overheat, thus resulting in serious damage and a costly repair (or replacement).

This leads to an important question: how often should you replace your furnace filter?

Since no two homes and families are the same, you should get into the habit of checking your filter every few months. If you want to play it safe, replace your filter every three months.

If you require any assistance replacing your filter, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can visit your home, provide the necessary advice, and ensure that your system is running as expected.

 

Going on Vacation? Here are Some Tips for Your AC

Are you planning a summer vacation? Are you ready to hit the road and enjoy your time away from home?

While there’s nothing more exciting than taking a trip, you need to prepare your home accordingly. During the summer months, this means making a few changes in regards to your AC and other means of keeping your home cool.

Here are three tips you can follow:

  • Raise the thermostat to 80 degrees (or higher). With this approach, your home will use less energy while you’re away. Subsequently, your cooling bill won’t be nearly as high.
  • Close the shades. You’re searching for ways to keep the sun out, as this means your AC doesn’t have to work as hard. One of the best options is to close the shades and blinds. You don’t need natural light when you’re not at home to enjoy it.
  • Use a smart thermostat. With this, you can monitor the temperature in your home and make changes accordingly. Also, you can program your thermostat to cool your home down in the hours leading up to your arrival.

You’ll have many things on your mind as you prepare your home before leaving for vacation.

While you may have some concerns about keeping it cool and saving money on cooling costs, these tips will go a long way in helping you out. Have a great time on your trip!

5 Signs That You Need a New Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is a luxury that you may not think about often. Instead, you flip the switch when you need it and are happy that it provides the level of service you require.

However, there’s something you should remember: a garbage disposal will not last forever.

At some point, you may come to find that a replacement is necessary. Here are five signs that this may be the case:

  • Frequent clogging. There will be times when your garbage disposal clogs, but this shouldn’t happen time after time. If it does, you may need to swap out your old unit for one that is more powerful and/or efficient.
  • You’re always using the reset button. Again, this may be necessary here and there, but you shouldn’t have to rest your garbage disposal every time you use it.
  • A leak that just won’t stop. You can try to fix a leak associated with your garbage disposal, but if it won’t go away it may be time for a new unit.
  • An odor that lingers. There is nothing worse than an odor that lingers, even after you give your garbage disposal a thorough cleaning. If this is too much for you to live with, swap out your old garbage disposal for a new one.
  • You’re replacing your dishwasher or sink. If you’re doing either of these things, it’s a great time to also buy a new garbage disposal (unless it’s already new).

If you come to find that you require a new garbage disposal, you don’t have to tackle the job on your own. Instead, contact us for all the help you need.

Where to Set Your Thermostat During the Summer Months

With the hot summer months in full swing, there’s a good chance you’ve already cranked up your air conditioner with hopes of keeping your home cool.

While there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s important to answer this question: where should you set your thermostat during the summer months?

There is no right or wrong answer, as the choice is ultimately yours. However, you should consider your many options and the impact on you, your home, and your budget.

As a general rule of thumb, set your thermostat as high as possible during the summer. Here’s why: the smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature the less your cooling bill will be.

For example, get into the habit of setting your thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home and looking to stay cool. However, bump this up five to ten degrees when you leave home.

Tip: there are other more efficient ways to cool your home, thus saving you money. For example, you can open windows at night and use ceiling fans to circulate air.

Where you set your thermostat during the summer months (and any other time of the year) is a matter of preference.

Once you find a sweet spot in regards to your comfort, stick with it until you see the impact on your cooling bill. If you’re okay with that side of things, you can continue to follow your plan for the time being.

Stop Cold Water Pipes from Sweating this Summer

With hot summer days (and nights) in full swing, there’s a good chance some of your home’s cold water pipes are sweating like crazy.

This doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your pipes, but you may want to put an end to this before the condensation causes you any trouble.

Fortunately, there is a simple way to stop cold water pipes from sweating. Here is what you need to do:

  • Purchase foam pipe insulation from a local hardware store or online. The kind with the peel and stick seam will make life much easier on you during installation.
  • Purchase a roll of peel and stick seam sealer so you can wrap the joints, making the insulation as tight as possible.
  • Cut the insulation the appropriate length and wrap it around any pipes that are giving you trouble.

In addition to the actual supplies, the only two things you’ll need is a tape measure and utility knife.

Once you insulate the pipes, you’ll soon come to find that this is no longer a problem. Instead, your pipes will be as dry as a bone!

If you can’t tell the difference between a sweating pipe and a leaking pipe, don’t hesitate to contact us. You don’t want to assume that insulation will do the trick, just to find that you have a leak that can result in extensive damage if left untouched.