Two Questions About Removing Clogs Addressed

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ensuring that your home’s plumbing is working smoothly is normally not something that you will have to worry about on a regular basis. Most of the time, your plumbing will work without any complications, but there is always a chance that a major clog will develop. When this problem strikes your home, it is important for you to have a thorough understanding about the steps necessary to correct this problem.  How Does Vinegar Help To Clear Clogged Drains? You may have heard that vinegar can help clear slow running drains, but you may not have any idea about why this approach is effective. It largely stems from the high acidity of the vinegar, and the way that this acid interacts with the clog. Most clogs result from solid particles bonding with the interior of the pipes, and this is often facilitated by grease or other sticky substances that may be lining the interior of the plumbing.  When the acid from the vinegar comes into contact with the clog, it will weaken the bond, and this will make it easier for you to flush the clog out. There may be times where the clog is not held in place with a greasy or sticky substance, and when this occurs, you may need to add baking soda to the drain before the vinegar. This will create a powerful fizzing action that should be able to loosen the clog.   What Should You Do For Stubborn Clogs? There can often be times where the standard treatments for removing the clog may not be enough. Often, this is a result of mineral buildup in the pipes and root intrusions into the plumbing system. Regardless of the cause, reoccurring clogs can prove to be extremely disruptive to your home. Luckily, it is possible for a professional plumber to correct these issues with minimal difficulty. In the case of mineral deposits, they will likely flush your system with a special solution that can dissolve these solutions. When the issue stems from a root intrusions, they will likely have to excavate the area around the pipe to remove the damaging root.  Luckily, there are a couple of steps that you can take to help protect yourself against these two common problems. To prevent the complications caused by hard water, you can install a water softener to remove excess minerals before they are able to accumulate in the pipes. Also, you can combat root damage by installing root barriers around all of your important pipes.  Helping to ensure that your home avoids the complications that clogged pipes can present should be a goal of every homeowner. By being informed about these two common plumbing questions and their answers, this...

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Just Bought Your First House? Follow These Tips To Avoid Heating And Air Conditioning Repair!

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Congratulations on buying your new home! If you’ve never owned your own house before and have only rented in the past, there’s probably a lot of maintenance required that you’re not familiar with–especially when it comes to your HVAC system. Following these tips will help you maintain your HVAC system, so you can avoid heating and air conditioning repair in the future.  Have an HVAC Professional Inspect the System Annually Have an HVAC repair person inspect your system at least once per year. Schedule the appointment sometime in the spring or the fall when HVAC system professionals are less busy and rates are more competitive. Your HVAC repair person will clean and inspect the mechanical parts of the furnace and air conditioner, check your ducts for leaks, lubricate the moving parts, check the thermostat and test the system to ensure that it’s running properly.   Change the Air Filters The air conditioner and heater share an air filter. Every time your HVAC system runs at all–whether it’s to heat or air condition your home–all air is being forced through the air filter. Replace the air filter, which is often found in compartment near the blower, every 3 months. If you can’t find the air filter, consult with your HVAC professional when he or she comes to inspect the system.  Clean Your Ducts As Needed Duct cleaning services can prevent your HVAC system from clogging with dust. Since dust and pollutants can cling to the parts of your HVAC system and cause it to work harder than necessary to heat and cool your home, duct cleaning can extend the life of your HVAC system. Duct cleaning doesn’t need to happen on a yearly or even every-other-year basis; duct cleaning should happen when the ducts are dirty. You’ll be able to tell if your ducts are dirty inside by removing the cover from one of the ducts and shining a flashlight into the dark space. You’ll also be able to tell by the way that the house gets dustier when your HVAC system is running.  Install a Programmable Thermostat If you have an older home and an older thermostat, replace your thermostat with a digital programmable unit. Programmable thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home based on the time of day. Doing this can keep your home only as cool or warm as necessary, and prevents your climate control from running unnecessarily. Ultimately, a programmable thermostat can extend the life of your  HVAC system. Keep the Area around the Condenser Clear and Shaded The air conditioner condenser is the unit that sits outside the house. The condenser relies on air flow and shade to prevent it from overheating while it...

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