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What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Plumbing Emergencies?

September 17th, 2018

Closeup shot of a father helping his baby girl wash her hands at a tapAlmost all homeowner’s experience a plumbing emergency at least once, but we’re here to help you keep frequent issues to a minimum. Lots of people neglect to care for their plumbing system until problems have gone very far and they have a backed-up toilet or a burst pipe. Plumbing emergencies aren’t only inconvenient, they also are pretty expensive because they require urgency and often involve lots of water damage within a small time-frame.

If you need a reliable emergency plumber in Andover, our team at Air Mechanical, Inc. is the right crew for the job. Our plumbing technicians have years of experience that allows them to work quickly and efficiently.

Problem Prevention

Watch What Goes Down Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal can’t process everything so be mindful of what you put in it. You should never put “FOG” down your drain. FOG stands for fats, oils, and greases, most people know not to put these down their drain. They’re notorious for causing sinister clogs because they enter your drain as a liquid but coagulate later on. There are also less commonly known items that quickly clog your drains like coffee grounds, potato peels, and fibrous vegetables. Keep in mind that bones and pits of fruit are too hard to go down your drain and easily damage a system. Knowing what helps your garbage disposal and what hurts it assists you in avoiding a clog.

Avoid Harsh Chemical “Solutions”

If you have a system that’s draining slowly, it’s very tempting to just buy an over-the-counter product that promises to remedy any ailment. These harsh chemical products that promise to alleviate drain troubles almost always worsen the issue—even if it temporarily alleviates your slow drain. These products are corrosive and are far too hard on your pipes. If you have a backup, you should always call a plumber to fix the issue instead of trying a quick fix.

This also goes for toilet bowl cleaner. Getting down and scrubbing your toilet is a lot less appealing when you could seemingly just drop in a pod and have the work done for you, but your effort will save your pipes in the long run.

Don’t Use Your Pipes as Clothing Racks

Many of us here in Minnesota have basements and it’s common to see exposed pipes double as drying racks. Don’t hang your wet or dry clothes (or anything for that matter) from the exposed plumbing in your home. No matter how sturdy these pipes may look or seem, they just simply aren’t meant to support anything else. Just a few heavy pants or shirts can cause strain on your pipes leading to burst in the future.

How We Can Help

If you’re trying to prevent a plumbing emergency, it’s important to have an expert help. Our team of plumbing technicians is professional and efficient. We even offer video camera pipe inspections, a service where we enter a camera on a flexible rod into your home’s plumbing system to get the most comprehensive view of your pipes possible. Our top of the line plumbing maintenance will ensure that your home is running the way it should.

If you need plumbing maintenance, contact our reliable team today to schedule a service.

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Boost HVAC Efficiency with This Electrical Component

September 3rd, 2018

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You might think of a ceiling fan as a cooling feature that’s only for use in lieu of air conditioning—never in tandem. Most homeowners use their ceiling fan for mild cooling needs and choose to switch on their air conditioning when temperatures start to rise. When used with your air conditioning, ceiling fans can help save money by reducing your reliance on your air conditioning. One of our qualified Andover Electricians can service your ceiling fan to ensure that it’s functioning at full capacity so you’re getting the best results.

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Is Your Sewer Line Suffering?

August 20th, 2018

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsThe sewer line of your plumbing system is the main line that removes wastewater from the plumbing in your home and moves it to the civic sewer system. Sewer lines are typically buried under the ground in your yard, keeping them safe from damage, and wear from the weather. Unfortunately, though, when trouble does arise it requires the service of a professional Andover plumber. Our team is here and happy to help repair leaks, clean out cogs, and address other problems—but in order to know you need these services, you have to know you have a problem with your sewer line to begin with, right?

Homeowners really shouldn’t try formally diagnosing a sewer line problem on their own. However, you can certainly spot the common signs of a problem. And when you do spot one of the following signs, then it’s time to call a plumber!

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Wonder How a Heat Pump Works, and How It Benefits You?

August 6th, 2018

heat pump indoor unit on floorYou may have heard of a heat pump before. Perhaps you assumed that it was a form of heating system, given its name. You wouldn’t be entirely wrong in this case. However, a heat pump is also an air conditioner.

If your air conditioner is struggling this season and you’re getting ready to replace it, you’d do well to consider the heat pump system. Then you can start enjoying the benefits of improved efficiency and performance throughout the remainder of summer.

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Are You Paying Too Much to Keep Your Pets Comfortable?

July 23rd, 2018

Portrait of happy family with their pet looking at cameraYou’re probably surprised to see the title of this post on an HVAC and plumbing blog, but bear with us, and read on.

Whether we’re talking about winter or summer, the fact is that we get a lot of use out of our home appliances—from our heating and cooling systems to our water heaters and lighting. Naturally, you want to save as much money as possible when using these appliances and fixtures. But if you’re a cat or dog owner, you might find yourself at war between your wallet and what’s best for your animal.

Well, we have good news! There are actually a couple misconceptions about how pet-owning homeowners use their Andover, MN air conditioning systems, heating systems, and even plumbing and electrical systems. By debunking them, we hope to get you well on your way to saving some money while still keeping your furry friends comfortable.

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Your Garbage Disposal Doesn’t Want These Items

July 9th, 2018

woman and her daughter standing over kitchen sink washing dishesIf you are one of many homeowners who have a garbage disposal in their kitchen sink, then you probably can’t imagine cooking and cleaning up without it. Things like kitchen scraps, unfinished meals, and leftovers that are too far-gone to eat anymore all get scraped into your disposal system where you won’t have to worry about them stinking up your trash can. However, too much of a dependence on this system can get you in trouble.

Has your garbage disposal ever gotten jammed? Perhaps you’ve had to call a plumber in Cambridge a few times to pull something out of the mechanism. Or maybe you are reading this post because you don’t know if you’re putting your garbage disposal at risk. Fortunately, we have provided some guidance, below, to help you avoid a garbage disposal catastrophe.

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What to Do When Your Outlets Won’t Work

June 25th, 2018

American electrical outlet and cover plate, with screwdriver and wire nutsWhen it comes to your home’s electricity, there are two main safety concerns to consider—fire hazards and electrocution risk. Both of these issues arise from the current in your electrical system traveling in ways it is not supposed to. This is often the result of a short circuit, which diverts the electrical current into either flammable material or into a person that has come in contact with the current.

The best way to prevent against this, however, is by hiring a professional Andover electrician to install the right outlets in the right areas of your home. For the purpose of today’s blog post, we’re going to focus specifically on the GFCI outlet. But, let’s say you already have this type of outlet, and it just stopped working—what do you do next?

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How Healthy Is Your Water?

June 11th, 2018

Closeup shot of a father helping his baby girl wash her hands at a tapIt’s relatively easy to take clean water for granted, given the advancements made in the last few decades in city infrastructure and municipal water treatment plants. However, it’s important to know that you can’t 100% rely on your city to provide your household with perfectly clean and healthy water at all times.

Municipal water treatment systems are effective, but that water has a long way to travel before it reaches your taps, meaning there is room for contamination. The best way to protect your home and family from them is to have a separate water treatment system in your water line. But how do you know if you actually need one? We’ve shared some signs below to help you out. If you discover any of these to be true in your home, be sure to reach out to a professional plumber in Maple Grove ASAP.

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Beware These Repair Needs When Starting Up Your AC

May 28th, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundWhy should you beware repair needs before you’ve even turned on your air conditioner for the season? Well, if you haven’t had maintenance on it, that’s a big reason right there. Preventive maintenance is called such for a reason—it helps prevent the biggest and costliest of repair needs. During maintenance, our highly trained and experienced staff takes a thorough look at each and every component of your cooling system.

We make adjustments as needed, and notify you of any need for AC repair in Columbus, MN at this time so you can get it on your schedule right away. But again, if you skip maintenance, then you shouldn’t be surprised by any of the following repairs when starting up your AC for the summer.

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Prevent Repairs with This One AC Service

May 14th, 2018

technician working on outdoor ac unitIt’s that time of year again—temperatures are still on the cool and rainy side for now, but soon enough they’ll warm up and you’ll have to start thinking about your air conditioning system. Our summers require their use on a pretty regular basis. That means they go through a lot of stress and natural wear and tear, which can lead to Columbus, MN HVAC repair needs.

The good news is, there is a way to prevent the biggest and costliest of repair needs, with one AC service—preventive maintenance! This should be done on a yearly basis for your air conditioner, unless you’re using a heat pump. Since heat pumps are year-round systems, maintenance should be done twice a year for these units. Checking for repair needs is an important part of HVAC maintenance, and if you manage them ASAP you’ll reduce the chance of running into a much bigger problem later on.

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