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What happens when roots get inside water/sewer lines and what can I do?

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Once roots have entered the pipe, they continue to grow and expand, exerting considerable pressure at the crack or joint. This increased pressure can cause the pipe to break or collapse, in which case it will need to be repaired or completely replaced. If left undisturbed, roots will completely fill the pipe with hair-like root…

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Is a heating & air conditioning system with more capacity always better?

No. A larger system with more capacity actually delivers less comfort and costs more to operate. An air conditioner is at its least efficient when it’s first turned on. A system with too much capacity will run in numerous short cycles, turning on and off repeatedly, therefore causing it to be less efficient. Also, keep…

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Is it too late for me to take advantage of federal tax credits?

Absolutely not! The government extended tax credits through this year. From now until December 31, 2011 you can still claim federal tax credits when purchasing and installing a new energy efficient heating and cooling system within this year. If this is something you’re considering make sure to act soon. This will expire in December and…

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How important is an EnergyGuide Label?

The EnergyGuide label is important when shopping for an energy-efficient product.  The U.S. government requires manufacturer’s to affix the label to a variety of products to provide a way for consumers to compare the energy use of similar appliances. The label helps you understand and compare the estimated yearly operating cost based on the unit’s…

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What should I do if have a major leak in my home?

If the leak is inside your home or you have a burst pipe you should first turn off your water supply at your main shutoff valve. If you do not have a main shutoff valve, or don’t know where it is located, you may turn off your water at your meter in an emergency situation.…

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What are the benefits of insulating ductwork and pipes?

Insulating pipes and ducts that run through unheated space will result in a significant savings in your energy bill. Making sure conditioned air isn’t leaking out of your ductwork can save you on your utility bills and keep your system from running too hard. Heat escapes from bare hot-water pipes causing the water sitting in…

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Should I be concerned if my toilet is running?

You bet. Not only is it annoying to listen to, it’s a waste of water and money. Leaky toilets can add up on your water bills. If the toilet continues to run after the toilet is flushed, it indicates that some part of the internal mechanism is out of order or broken. Often a little…

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