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Consult with a Plumber Before Finishing Your Basement

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Have you come to the conclusion that now is the time to finish your basement? If so, you realize that this will add quite a bit of livable space (and value) to your home.

As excited as you may be, you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself. Instead, just the same as any remodeling project, you need to carefully plan every last step. This means consulting with a plumber before making your first move.

Here are some of the many reasons to bring a professional plumber into your home:

  • To better understand your options in regards to the layout. Where will you put the bathroom? How about the sink for your bar? A plumber can tell you what’s possible and what’s not.
  • To avoid a mistake. The last thing you want to do is overlook an important detail, such as the need to move a pipe. If this happens, you may have to redo some of your remodel in the future.
  • To get the job done right. Some people try to do their own plumbing. Others rely on somebody who is not nearly as qualified as a professional. Don’t go down this path, as you don’t want to take a risk when tackling this type of project.

So, there you have it. These are just a few of the many reasons to consult with a plumber before finishing your basement. Can you think of any other reasons to get in touch with a professional?

Times When You May Need to Move an HVAC Vent

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As a homeowner, there’s a good chance that you know where every HVAC vent is located in your home. After all, this is what circulates warm and cool air through your property.

Did you ever consider the fact that you may need to move an HVAC vent? While this sounds like an impossible task, it can be simple and straightforward if you hire a professional.

Here are a few situations in which you may need to move an HVAC vent:

  • Changing the layout of a particular room. For example, this may be necessary during a kitchen remodel.
  • Adding an addition to your home. If this happens, you don’t want to forget to run ductwork to your new space. Neglecting to do so will cause you future problems in regards to regulating the temperature in the room.
  • Finishing a space. Do you have an unfinished basement? In this case, as construction moves forward, you may find that you need to move a vent to accommodate your design.

The type of project and current layout of your home’s ductwork will determine how much time and effort this will take. For example, if there is no drywall, such as in an unfinished basement, you don’t have to worry about knocking down walls to gain access.

If you have any reason to believe that moving an HVAC vent is something you need to do, don’t shy away. Instead, contact a professional and let them complete the project for you.

Top Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

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When was the last time you inspected your home’s air conditioner? If you don’t know the answer, there is no better time than now to take on this task.

With warm weather moving into the area, you may find yourself turning on your AC in the near future. Before doing so, follow these simple maintenance tips:

  • Replace your air conditioner air filter. This is a relatively cheap and simple task that will keep your HVAC unit working at peak performance.
  • Inspect all wiring. Tip: make sure the power to the unit is turned off before doing this.
  • Inspect the thermostat. Is your thermostat working properly? Is it failing to keep your home at the right temperature? If you have an older thermostat, such as one that is mechanical, it may be time for a change.
  • Clean the outside unit. Many people neglect to keep their outside unit clean. Instead, they don’t think twice about the weeds and shrubs (and other debris) that have overtaken their unit. The spring season is the best time to take on this task.

As you can see, there are some simple steps you can take to maintain your air conditioner.

If you’re unsure of what you’re doing, if you require any assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to visit your home, inspect all aspects of your air conditioner, and ensure that it’s ready for the warm spring and summer months.

Why DIY Plumbing is a Bad Idea

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Are you facing a plumbing problem in your home? Are you thinking that now is the best time to tackle the project on your own?

While many homeowners consider the idea of DIY plumbing, most realize that this is a mistake. There are many reasons why this is a bad idea, including the following:

·      Potential water damage. Simply put, water can cause quite a bit of damage to your home. So, if you don’t do the project right, you could face a leak in the future. As a result, there’s a good chance this will cause damage to your home.

·      Wasted time. Since you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, there’s a good chance you’ll waste quite a bit of time trying to figure out which steps to take. Is this something that you want to do?

·      Wasted money. Many people think it costs more money to hire a plumber than to do the job themselves. This is not always the case, as amateurs often waste a lot of money before they find a solution to their problem.

As you can see, tackling a DIY plumbing project is not typically a good idea. Once you realize that professional help is required, reach out to us at your earliest convenience. We’re more than happy to stop by your home and provide you with the assistance you require.

Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Spring and Summer

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With each passing day, we get closer and closer to the warm spring and summer months. This means many things for homeowners, including the process of preparing your air conditioner for many hours of service.

Here are several things you can do to ensure that your AC unit is ready when the weather heats up:

·      Clean the outdoor unit. Is there any plant growth in close proximity to the unit? How about grass clippings? Anything that’s in the way should be removed once and for all. Along with this, use a brush or cloth to clean the coil from the fins.

·      Clean indoor ductwork. This isn’t a job for the homeowner. Instead, you need to call in a professional to complete this task. It may not seem like a big deal, but you want your ductwork to be clean and clear when it’s time to turn your AC on.

·      A tune-up never hurts. Hire an HVAC professional to inspect your system, make any necessary fixes or upgrades, and ensure that it’s running efficiently. This may cost you a few dollars, but it’s much better than neglecting your system and running into a more costly repair down the line.

If you need any help preparing your air conditioner for the spring and summer seasons, contact us at your earliest convenience.

How to Shut Off Your Water in a Hurry

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There may come a time when you need to shut off your water in a hurry. For example, this could be necessary if you’ve recognized a serious leak.

Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to shut off the water to their home or a particular fixture. Furthermore, they begin to panic if they realize they need to make a quick decision.

Here’s the good thing: this is easy to do if you know which steps to take. Consider the following:

·      Shut off the water to a particular fixture. If you need to do this, head for the supply lines and valves located under the sink, behind the toilet, etc.

·      Shut off the water supply to your home. Do you know where your main shut off is located? If necessary, you may need to find this and turn off the water to your entire home.

·      Shut off the water supply to your property. If for any reason you don’t have success inside your home, you’ll want to contact your water company to shut off the flow of water at the street.

Obviously, the first step is the easiest to complete. If this doesn’t work, move on to the main shut off valve. Finally, if all else fails, contact your water company for assistance.

Now that you know how to shut off your water in a hurry, you’ll know what to do if you find yourself in a bad spot.

3 Reasons Why Your Toilet won’t Flush

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Have you come to find that your toilet won’t flush? Is this putting a damper on your ability to live a normal life?

If you find yourself in this position, it’s important to realize that there are many reasons why this may be happening.

Here are three of the top reasons why a toilet stops flushing as intended:

1. A Clog

Did you use too much toilet paper? Was something else flushed? If so, the pipe leading from the toilet could become clogged. Subsequently, your toilet will not be able to flush until you fix this problem.

2. The Water Level is Low

If the water level in the toilet’s tank is too low, the toilet will not be able to flush. There are many reasons why this could happen. For example, the water valve may have been turned off for some reason. In this case, simply turning it back on will solve your problem.

3. The Flapper is Bent

Over time, the flapper could become bent or warped. If this happens, it’s time to replace your flapper. Forget about trying to fix it. Instead, swap this out on your own or call a plumber to provide assistance.

If your toilet won’t flush, if you have no idea how to solve the problem on your own, don’t wait to contact us. We’re more than happy to visit your home, diagnose the issue, and solve the problem once and for all.

Common Problems Associated with a Dishwasher

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A dishwasher is one of those appliances that can bring many benefits to your life. For example, it ensures that you never again have to wash dishes by hand. How great is that?

Unfortunately, there are times when you may run into a problem with your dishwasher. In some cases, this will call for a replacement as opposed to a repair.

Here are some of the most common problems associated with a dishwasher:

·      Your dishwasher is not getting your dishes clean.

·      Your dishwasher is more noisy than usual.

·      Your glasses come out cloudy or white, not clear.

·      Dishes are spotty.

·      Your dishwasher doesn’t drain.

·      Your dishwasher will not close.

·      Your dishwasher is leaking.

·      Your dishwasher smells bad, especially after running a cycle.

·      Your dishwasher will not fill with water.

·      Your dishwasher fills with too much water.

·      Your dishwasher will not start.

·      Your dishes will not dry.

While these may be common problems, each one can be extremely frustrating. Fortunately, there may be a fix. In other words, don’t purchase a replacement appliance just yet.

If you find yourself dealing with any of these issues, don’t hesitate to contact us to share more information on what’s happening. From there, we can give you advice on what to do next.

Why is Your Faucet Dripping?

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Is there anything more frustrating than a faucet that won’t stop dripping? Not only does this cost you money on your water bill every month, but the sound alone is enough to drive you crazy.

Unfortunately, there is no single cause for a dripping faucet. Instead, there are many reasons why this could happen. Consider the following:

·      A problem with the O-ring.

·      Worn out washer.

·      Corroded valve seat.

·      Improper installation.

·      Loos parts.

·      A worn out seal.

With so many potential causes, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact problem without removing the faucet and examining the internal parts. While this sounds easy enough, you may not know exactly what you’re looking at.

If you find yourself dealing with a faucet drip, if you don’t know how to solve the issue on your own, it’s time to call a plumber. We’re more than happy to visit your home, diagnose the problem, and fix the leak once and for all.

Feel free to contact us online or via phone. From there, we’ll work with you to schedule an appointment that suits your schedule.

Reasons for No Hot Water in Your Home

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Have you ever crawled out of bed in the morning, just to find that you can’t get the hot water to start flowing?

There is nothing more frustrating than this. While you may have to take a cold shower, you don’t want this problem to drag on any longer. Instead, you need to find out what’s going on.

First things first, it’s time to examine your water heater. Ask questions such as:

·      Is the pilot light on?

·      Is it possible there is a gas leak leading to the water heater?

·      Does your water heater need replaced, maybe because of a leak?

All of these questions can be answered by visiting the location of your water heater and doing some basic research.

Note: you may be lucky to find that your problem is something basic, such as a thermostat that was accidentally turned down.

While the most common cause of no hot water is an issue with your water heater, don’t overlook the fact that something could be wrong with the actual tap. To determine if this is the cause, move from one room to the next to check each tap for hot water. If the problem is isolated, it may not be your water heater causing you trouble.

It doesn’t matter if you need a new water heater or are facing some other plumbing challenge, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.