Air Mechanical, Inc Blog : Archive for April, 2013

Common Kitchen Sink Clogs

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

If you’re like most homeowners, your kitchen sink gets a ton of use every single day. In particular, your sink and garbage disposal has to deal with a ton of food waste as you prepare food and clean your kitchen. Many people think that they can flush anything down their kitchen sink because the garbage disposal will grind it up. However, that is not really true. In fact, a good rule of thumb is to remember that if you can’t chew it up then it shouldn’t go down the garbage disposal. For any Andover, MN kitchen plumbing repair or installation that you need call the expert plumbers at Air Mechanical Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We wanted to help out our customers by putting together a quick list of some of the things that you shouldn’t put down your kitchen sink.

What Not To Put Down Your Kitchen Sink

With all the use that your kitchen sink gets it can be easy to just dump everything from your cooking or cleaning down the drain. However, there are a few things that you shouldn’t put down your garbage disposal that can often cause kitchen sink clogs. Call the Andover, MN kitchen plumbing repair experts if you’re having any issues with your kitchen sink.

  • Fibrous foods – Foods like celery that have lots of fibers in them can get caught around the garbage disposal blades which can lead to problems.
  • Starch foods – Potato skins, rice and pasta are all starches that you should avoid putting down your garbage disposal. They can expand when they meet water and cause clogs in your pipes.
  • Fruit pits – Larger fruit pits like avocado and peach pits should never be put down your garbage disposal. The blades will not be able to break those apart.
  • Animal bones – Another thing you shouldn’t put down your garbage disposal is animal bones. These will likely cause clogs because your garbage disposal won’t be able to break them down.

For all your Andover, MN kitchen plumbing repair and installation services make sure that you call Air Mechanical. We have years of experience working on all different types of kitchen clogs.

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Plumbing Repair: High Water Pressure

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

It is difficult for most homeowners to imagine living life without the convenience of running water in their homes. Any disruption to the operation of your home plumbing system can have a pretty serious impact on you day to day routines. That is why it is necessary that any Ham Lake, MN plumbing repair services are completed as soon as possible. The longer you put your plumbing repair off, the more likely serious damage to your system is. While most people are familiar with the problems and aggravation associated with low water pressure, many fail to realize that high water pressure in your plumbing system is also a serious problem. Here is some information about high water pressure for you to consider from Air Mechanical, Inc.

High water pressure is one of he most common causes of water leaks, damage to pipes and wasted water in homes. Striking the right water pressure balance in your home is integral to ensure that you are able to use your water conveniently and effectively, without putting your plumbing system at risk. If you have any reason to believe you have high water pressure issues in your home, call a professional plumber right away.

There are many signs that you may notice which indicate a high water pressure problem. If you have multiple leaks in fixtures throughout your home, high water pressure may be to blame. You may also notice that your toilets are running even when thy are not in use.

Pinpointing the source of a high water pressure problem requires the skill of a professional plumber. Most often it is traced all the way back to the municipal water supplier. Obviously fire hydrants, high rises and other applications require higher water pressure than the average home. Sometimes, in meeting these needs, a water supply can exceed the necessary residential water pressure requirements. However, it is also possible that water properly pressurized when it arrives in your home is then over pressurized within it. This can be a result of thermal expansion. A professional plumber will be able to help you figure out the cause of your high water pressure, as well as the best solution.

Contact the Ham Lake, MN plumbing repair pros at Air Mechanical, Inc. today to learn more. We want to ensure that your plumbing system and your comfort is protected. Call with any questions you may have.

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Plymouth, MN Heating: When Is It Time To Replace Your Furnace?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

All the use that your furnace sees can really take a toll on it. If your furnace has started to cause you problems it likely just needs repairs. However, it may eventually need to be completely replaced. That time can be difficult to know. Call the Plymouth, MN heating replacement experts at Air Mechanical. We have over 25 years of experience working with all kinds of furnace issues and can definitely help you figure out if it has come time to replace your furnace. These are a few of the signs that you should keep an eye out for that can indicate that you need Plymouth, MN heating replacement.

Age of Your Furnace

One of the best indicators that you need to replace your furnace is its age. If you have an older furnace that has started to require more frequent repair it likely might make more financial sense to replace it than continue to repair it. Contact the Plymouth, MN heating repair and replacement specialists at Air Mechanical. We’ll be able to help you determine if it would be better to replace your furnace. We’ll also help you find a new system that fits your home and your budget.

Cracked Heat Exchanger

Gas-fired and oil-fired furnaces use a heat exchanger to deliver heat into the air. The burner in your furnace heats up the heat exchanger and the fan blows cool air over it. But heat exchangers also are responsible for disposing of the harmful combustion gases that result from burning fuel. If the heat exchanger gets cracked it can allow carbon monoxide to leak into your home. If your furnace has a cracked heat exchanger it likely cannot be fixed and needs to be replaced.

Benefits of Plymouth, MN Heating Replacement

While it can be frustrating to have to replace your furnace there are a few terrific benefits. First, if your furnace is older then you will likely see a decrease in the amount of energy that you use to heat your home. New furnaces tend to be much more efficient than ones that were built even just a few years ago. Second, you will likely get more consistent and comfortable heat. If your old furnace gives out a lot or breaks down often then you likely aren’t getting the kind of heating that you deserve.

For all your Plymouth, MN heating and furnace replacement call the friendly experts at Air Mechanical. We’ll be able to get you a new heating system that matches your home’s needs and your budget.

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Andover MN Water Treatment Systems: What’s So Bad About Hard Water?

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Hard water is so-called due to its high mineral content, typically above-average levels of calcium and magnesium, in addition to other trace minerals. While hard water is not perceived to be harmful to drink, it can seriously harm our home plumbing systems. When hard water runs through your piping, it leaves behind small mineral deposits. Over time, these accumulate to reduce the aperture of the pipe. Because of the hardness of these deposits, they are not easily removed, and they often lead to repiping, which can be costly. That’s why many homeowners have already taken the necessary steps towards removing the hardness of their home water supply. For Andover, MN water treatment systems, call Air Mechanical today!

Now that you know a little bit about hard water, let’s examine some of the ways a water treatment system might help to eliminate its danger:

  • Reverse osmosis. This process was created as an industrial tool to desalinize salt water, in order to make it a potable water source. But the technology has dramatically improved over the last 50 years, and reverse osmosis systems can now be installed in your home, either at the water main, or as an under the counter solution. They work by reversing the biological process of osmosis, by which a weaker concentration will gravitate towards a stronger concentration. Your hard water is just such a concentration. Reverse osmosis removes the hardness of water by pressurizing the incoming water through a semipermeable membrane. It’s comprehensive and effective.
  • Water softening. Another option for treating the hard water issue is to install a water softener. Water softening works by exchanging the calcium and magnesium ions in the hard water with sodium ions. As the water passes through a tank full of polystyrene beads positively charged with sodium ions, the exchange takes place. The result is soft water with very low amounts of sodium.

Reverse osmosis is more comprehensive than water softening, and customers concerned about their sodium intake may want to seek an alternative. If you’re considering ways to change your hard water, then take the time to consult with a professional. For more information about our Andover, MN water treatment systems, call Air Mechanical today!

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Plymouth, MN Plumbing: Why Do I Smell Sewage Around My Home?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The smell of sewage in the area surrounding your home, or even while in your home can be irritating. Indeed, one of the major reasons for modern plumbing techniques is to eliminate the smell of organic waste in and around the home. Unfortunately, the problem is not superficial, but probably indicates a serious problem with your wastewater system that requires immediate professional attention. Because there can be a variety of reasons for the odor, it’s best to let a professional take care of the job. Not only is your home plumbing system complicated, but also leak detection can be difficult and time-consuming. You need a plumber. For comprehensive plumbing in Plymouth, MN, including sewer lines, call the professionals at Air Mechanical!

The smell of sewage around your home is probably the result of a damaged sewer main. The sewer main, or line as it is often called, connects your wastewater plumbing to a septic tank or municipal waste management system. It is a vital component of disposing wastewater safely and quickly. If it is cracked, collapsed, or otherwise damaged, it can begin to leak that wastewater into the surrounding soil. Beyond the smell of sewage, other symptoms include wet spots in the yard and systemic blockage of your fixtures.

While the smell is unmistakable, it’s not obvious what the cause of the problem is. If your sewer main is very old, it may have collapsed under the pressure of shifting soil, whether due to erosion, or construction nearby. The roots of trees exert incredible amounts of pressure and can often penetrate an underground pipe over time. If your pipe is collapsed, your plumber will need to burst it open first before sending through a replacement.

While sewer line repair and replacement used to require major excavation of your backyard to access the pipe and lay the new one in the ground, today’s trenchless technology requires only two relatively small access pits on either side of the problematic pipe. The result is a faster and more economical process. For plumbing services in Plymouth, MN, call the experts at Air Mechanical today!

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