I think my toilet is leaking, is there any way to tell before I call a plumber?

Definitely, in fact you should check your toilets for leaks periodically just to be safe. Just place a few drops of food coloring in the tank (NOT the bowl). You can also use a few tablespoons of instant coffee or Kool-Aid. In thirty minutes ...

Is a chemical-based drain cleaner safe to use?

Most chemical drain cleaners are very toxic in nature. They’re not only harmful to the environment, but also especially dangerous to keep around the home if you have children or pets. Chemical drain cleaning products are very harmful to ...

What is a good temperature to set my thermostat?

ime, the best thermostat setting is that temperature at which you feel most comfortable.  However, when extremely high summertime temperatures set in, the best temperature setting is going to be 15 to 16 degrees below the outside ...

My plumbing and drain pipes rattle all of the time. What causes this and what can I do?

This is usually caused by the water lines not being properly secured. This can be fixed easily but only if your water lines are easily accessible. It means that there are one or more places your water lines come in contact with the wood of your ...

What are the advantages of a Tankless Water Heater vs. a Traditional Water Heater?

A tankless water heater heats water directly without the use of a storage tank, making it more efficient by avoiding standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters. Tankless water heaters are also able to supply an endless supply of ...

How Often Should I Replace my Furnace Filter?

In general, you should replace your disposable filters at least once a month. We recommend that you visually check filters and filtering equipment monthly. If filters look dirty, they need to be cleaned or replaced. If you have washable ...

Can I troubleshoot my system before I call in for a repair?

Of course you can! A.J. Perri’s heating and air conditioning specialists encourage you to perform these simple procedures before calling us. Check disconnected switches (indoors and outdoors if you have a split system). Make sure that circuit ...

What are some indicators that I may have a plumbing leak?

Water leaks around the house are often underestimated in their potential to cause serious damage. A trap that’s not tight, a toilet seal that’s lost its grip, or even a water line with a tiny drip too hard to see or hear, but every ...

My kitchen faucet sprays out the sides and the flow is less than normal.  Do I need a new faucet?

This is a very common complaint, and one that may not require a call to the plumber. While there may be more than one reason the faucet is operating poorly, the most probable cause is sand, calcium or other build-up in the aerator. Simply ...

Should I be concerned if my toilet is leaking?

Absolutely.  Not only is it annoying to listen to, but it’s also a waste of water and money.  Leaky toilets can add up in your water bills.  According to a Penn State Article, “10 Easy Ways You Can Conserve ...

What kind of maintenance can be done manually?

With the proper maintenance and care, your Carrier equipment will operate economically and dependably. Though the professionals at A.J. Perri are there to help with your heating and air conditioning unit, there are a few simple, routine ...

Why should you not use Liquid Plumber on a clogged toilet?

First of all, it’s best not to use any toxic chemicals in your plumbing system. Second, your toilet has big wax ring that seals it to the drain pipe. Liquid Plumber will eat away at that wax ring. Then, every time you flush about half the water ...