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Spring Plumbing Checklist

Warmer weather is finally here! But with April showers come spring cleaning and home maintenance. Spring may have you thinking about HVAC maintenance, as it should, but don’t forget about the effect spring can have on your plumbing system! Take the proper steps to ensure that your pipes, drains, and more are in tip top…

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Fighting Spring Allergies

Spring is a wonderful time of year. Birds are chirping; flowers are blooming. And while those flowers are beautiful, they also mean the air is FULL of pollen. If you don’t have a pollen allergy, consider yourself lucky. There are, however, many other allergens that could be itching your eyes this spring. The most common…

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Mildew

You can help to avoid mildew problems with these preventative actions. Ventilate basements or run dehumidifiers to dry the air, walls and furnishings. Don’t hang wet clothes in your closets. Keep your showers and tubs clean of soap-scum so that they dry quicker. Air-out your bathroom cabinets and kitchen sink cabinet often. Have a question…

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Remove Debris

Keep your outdoor condensing unit free of debris. If you keep grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery and debris away from your outdoor unit, it should only require minimal care. Check the base pan (under the unit) occasionally and remove debris to help the unit drain properly. Have a question for one of our experts?  Ask us…

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Water Moisture in the Home

Make sure that vents (with a ventilating fan) are installed in your kitchen and baths. These rooms can produce a lot of moisture. Ventilating fans are great but will be of no use if they are not turned on! So make sure that you use them! Have a question for one of our experts?  Ask…

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Check Filter

Check the air filter in your furnace or fan coil each month. A dirty filter will cause excessive wear on your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump. Replace your filter when necessary, or clean it if you have the reusable type. (If you have a reusable filter, make sure it’s completely dry before you re-install…

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Scalding Tap Water

Thousands of people are scalded by tap water every year. The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association recommends that the full-on hot water temperature at the faucet be set between 120° and 125° F. Have a question for one of our experts?  Ask us today!

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Showerheads

Weak or changing water pressure usually points to a mineral buildup in the showerhead. Clean the outlet holes with a pin or unscrew the faceplate and soak it overnight in vinegar. Scrub it clean before replacing it on the showerhead. Have a question for one of our experts? Ask us today!

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Preventing Kitchen Drain Clogs

A clogged drain can be so frustrating; and, of course, it happens more often than we care to think about! Usually, kitchen sink drains clog because of a build-up of grease. The grease traps food particles, which eventually clogs the drain. Now, the bathroom drains are a different story. They are usually clogged by hair…

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Clean Air Cleaner

The pre-filter and collection cells of an electronic air cleaner should be cleaned at least two or three times per year. Have a question for one of our experts?  Ask us today!

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