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5 Things To Never Put Down Your Drain

December 24th, 2018

Many of us take our drains for granted. We put a lot of things down our drains and expect that it will all just wash away without a problem. However, there are a number of things that should never be put down the drain. Certain items and substances can lead to significant blockages, which can result in some serious damage if left unattended.

The problem with our plumbing systems is that they are hidden away from us, often behind walls or underneath floors. Blockages or leaks usually go unnoticed until they cause significant damage. Your plumbing system is intricate and requires the attention of a trained professional to spot and correct minor issues that could very easily become major. There are many things that you can do to avoid major blockages, one of which is being careful about what you put down your drains. 

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3 Common Winter Furnace Problems and Their Causes

December 10th, 2018

Winter is upon us here in Minnesota, and we know that winters here can get super cold! For those of you with a furnace, or those interested in installing one, it is best to be aware of some of the most common furnace problems that can occur during the winter season. As with all systems in your home, things can happen, so it is important to be both proactive and reactive. If a problem does arise, you need to contact your local HVAC technician to properly diagnose and fix whatever problem your furnace may have. Air Mechanical, Inc. offers furnace repair in Maple Grove, MN!

There are several common winter furnace problems to be aware of. If you experience any of the below mentioned, don’t hesitate! Contact an experienced technician.

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How You Benefit from Whole-Home Surge Protection

November 26th, 2018

Are you keeping your home safe? Think past home security systems, locks, and secure windows—are you safe in the face of disaster? We experience extreme weather conditions here in Minnesota, so you need to make sure your home is prepared in for anything life throws your way. So much of your home runs on your electricity—make sure you can still have access to these faculties in a bind.

The best way to protect your home from damage is to remain proactive. You need whole-home surge protection in Plymouth, MN, and we can provide the best services for you in the area. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment.

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Tips to Keep Your Plumbing in Shape this Holiday Season

November 12th, 2018

Fall Thanksgiving and Halloween pumpkins, leaves, acorn squash over dark wooden table background shot from directly aboveThe holiday season means cold weather, hot chocolate, and a festive feeling in the air. Despite all the cheer that this time of year brings, it’s also very hard on your pipes. All the food and fun really can add up. We’ve gathered together a long list of tips to help you avoid a plumbing disaster this holiday season. We understand that mistakes happen though, so if you need a plumber in Columbus, MN then contact our team.

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Do You Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector Installed?

October 29th, 2018

You should! A carbon monoxide detector is a simple home system that helps keep you and your family safe. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless toxic gas that’s highly dangerous to your health. You can easily protect your family from the dangerous side effects of carbon monoxide by installing a carbon monoxide detector. If you’re thinking of installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home, you need the best Andover Electrician for the job. Here at Air Mechanical, Inc., we have a reliable team of service technicians that can provide you with the best service possible.

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

October 15th, 2018

icicles-hanging-from-pipeTemperatures here in Andover get freezing cold but there are many easy ways to prevent your pipes from freezing. Take measures now to ensure that you’re not dealing with frozen pipes this winter. Frozen pipes quickly lead to other problems like burst pipes and water damage.

Although we can prepare for plumbing problems, when inevitable problems do arise, you need the assistance of a professional plumber. If you need a great plumber in Andover, MN, don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Air Mechanical, Inc. Our staff is always reliable, conscientious, and punctual.

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It’s That Time Again! Get Your Heater Ready for Cold Weather

October 1st, 2018

autumn-leavesWe’re in the midst of fall now in Andover and temperatures are quickly starting to drop. It’s important to act proactively when it comes to your HVAC system, so ensure that your heater is ready for the chilly temperatures. The efficacy of your home’s heating system depends on more than just your heater, there are many things you can do to ensure that your home is warm all winter and fall.

At Air Mechanical, Inc. we service boilers, furnaces, heat pumps, radiant heating, and geothermal heat systems. If you need reliable heating repair in Andover, contact our technicians here at Air Mechanical, Inc. for services.

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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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