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Fall 2013

The Causes of Blocked Drains and Why You Need to Call a Plumber

From toilets and showers to kitchen sinks and dishwashers, the plumbing system in your home gets so much use every single day that an eventual clog becomes inevitable. So what are some of the causes of these clogs? We’ve put together a quick explanation of some of the most common things.

  • Food waste. Clogs commonly occur in kitchen sinks, due to all the large food waste that they have to deal with. Many homeowners assume that their garbage disposal is virtually indestructible, which often leads them to put many types of waste down it that shouldn’t go there. Animal bones, melted fat, grease and fruit pits are all examples of things that shouldn’t go in your garbage disposal.
  • Hair. Whether they come from shaving your face or brushing your hair, strands of hair can form impenetrable clogs in the drains of your bathroom fixtures that often require a drain auger to remove.
  • Hard water and soap scum. Hard water means that the water from your plumbing has excess minerals in it. These minerals often get deposited throughout your plumbing system in the form of limescale, which can be harmful to your plumbing. Also, when mixed with soaps from showering or washing your hands, hard water minerals can form soap scum. Both limescale and soap scum can completely clog of your drains and require the services of a professional plumber to fix.
  • Pressure. Your plumbing system uses a delicate balance of pressure in order to operate. As water flows through your pipes it pushes air ahead of it and creates a vacuum behind it. In order to accommodate this, your plumbing system uses vent stacks to allow air to enter and escape. If the pressure in your pipes becomes imbalanced, it will prevent waste water from flowing properly and could cause a clog or create gurgling sounds in your pipes.

Whenever you’re having any problems with your plumbing system, whether it’s clogs or leaks, make sure that you call your local plumber. Your plumbing system is too valuable to leave in the hands of amateurs.

 

The Importance of Servicing Your Furnace

If you’re like many homeowners, then you’ve noticed the chill in the air as fall and winter approach. As we all shut down our air conditioners and prepare to stay warm, we wanted to alert our customers to the importance of getting your furnace serviced. Take a look below at some of the benefits of regular tune–ups for your furnace, and then call your local heating contractor to set up a visit from their technicians today.

As your furnace operates, it will naturally develop a variety of small problems and issues. These can range from the fan motor belt wearing out to the burner gradually getting dirtier. Without regular service, such issues will likely just get worse and eventually cause more costly repairs. They can also force other parts of your furnace to work harder to compensate for the broken part.

When you get your furnace regularly serviced before the fall and winter, your technician will thoroughly clean and inspect your entire furnace. This allows him or her to find any small problems in the system and alert you to them so you can approve repairs. This has several important potential benefits to your home.

  • Reduced repair. Probably the most important potential benefit to regular tune–ups is that it allows you to avoid many types of repairs that result from lack of maintenance.
  • Increased efficiency. If your furnace has many small problems with it, then it will have to work harder to heat your home, which reduces its efficiency and leads to higher monthly bills.
  • Extended equipment life. Over time, these many small problems that your furnace develops could cause the system to prematurely break down. Regular tune–ups can help extend the life of your furnace so that it can operate as long as possible.

Many homeowners fail to realize that their furnaces actually work hard throughout the hottest time of the year as well as the coldest. All summer long your furnace works with your outdoor condenser and coils in order to force cool, comfortable air throughout your home. This is precisely why routine maintenance, including a thorough inspection, tune–up and filter change, is so important prior to the heating season. Take care of your furnace before you need it most this winter.