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5 Last Minute Things To Do Before The New Year

by Ray Smith on 12/30/16

Well, 2016 was a hell of a year to say the least. For better or worse, I think a lot of us can say “On with the New Year!” By this time, it is now time to reflect and think about what you have accomplished over the past year, be thankful for all the relationships and experiences in your life, and look forward for a more prosperous new year. Here are some last minute things you can do around your home to get you New Year off to a good start!

  1. Do a deep clean

Get a fresh start for the new year by cleaning up your entire place. Dust, sweep, mop, scrub, wash everything to take care of the clutter inside your home. After all studies show, that cleaning your room or home space can actually be good for your health.

2) Clean the Fridge

Every so often, your fridge starts to pile up with old junk. You forget about old junk items which already expired thinking that one day you will consume it. Make sure to read the labels thoroughly and check for expired packaging. Old expired items can lead to mold and eventually make you sick. If you see something expired, toss it! View this link to learn how to clean mold from your fridge.

3) Change your furnace filters

It is recommended that you should change your furnace filters at least once every other month. During the winter times, your furnace filters are on hyper drive so you might want to consider changing them more often. Furnace filters are made to clean toxins from the air and having a dirty furnace filter can actually enhance your chance of being sicks! Here is a quick guide on how to change your furnace filter.

4) Donate, Sell, Use Up, or Trash Clutter

When you're done giving your place a cleaning makeover, take the items that you no longer want or need and sell, donate, use up, or trash them. Give back and pay it forward!

5) Think about New Year's goals

It’s a New Year, and opportunity to start fresh! There is always room for improvement in anyone's life. Think about your talents and goals and how you can share it to tho.se around you. Whether you want to give back more, land a new job, be a better parent, etc… 2017 is the year to make it happen!

Bathroom Maintenance: Not Enough Hot Water?

by Ray Smith on 12/19/16

Bathroom Maintenance: Not Enough Hot Water

Ever wake up one morning looking forward to a hot shower only to find that the hot water is not hot? That can really cause a damper on your day! If there is no hot water in your home or not enough hot water, the culprit might be your hot water heater.

Make sure the water heater is set correctly. If the water in the shower never gets hot, the problem may be the temperature control on the water heater. If you have an electric water heater, one of the elements may have burned out and the water either gets hot for only a short length of time, or it never gets hot at all.

On older water heaters, the cold water supply dip tube may have deteriorated. Instead of the incoming cold water going straight to the burner for heating, a compromised dip tube may send cold water directly up to the hot water feed pipe. When that happens, you won’t get any hot water.

A quick check for that issue is to examine faucet strainers for any bit of plastic pieces that have been caught. Plastic bits caught by a faucet strainer is a sure sign your dip tube has deteriorated and is beginning to break apart.

Of course, there can be many reasons why your hot water heater is experiencing issues. Give us a call and have us inspect the issue!

Prevent This Tragedy: FROZEN PIPES

by Ray Smith on 12/15/16

Water has a unique property in which it expands as it freezes. By doing this, water has a tendency to put pressure into whatever it is contained in, such as plastic or metal. When temperatures drop to 20ºF, pipes around your home have a tendency to freeze and burst, which could result in catastrophic damage to your home, costing thousands of dollars in repair. Pipes that are most frequent to damage are water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing. With temperatures currently in the 20º’s, it is important to know how to prevent frozen pipes in your home and what to do if something happens.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Insulate the pipes that are exposed to the elements. By keeping your water warmer, you reduce the amount of energy needed to heat water in the cold winter months.

2) Put a cover on outdoor faucets: This may include using a space heat, heat lamp, or hair dryer to thaw the frozen pipe. Wrapping freezing pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape is also an effective way to quickly thaw a trouble spot.

3) Allow your faucet to slowly drip. Let a faucet drip inside your home to allow water to flow throughout your home.

If pipes get frozen

If pipes get frozen but have not yet burst, you can use a hot towel to wrap around the pipe or a hairdryer to that the frozen pipes so that water can flow through your home once more.

Unclog Your Drain In 5 Minutes

by Ray Smith on 12/05/16

Let’s face it, no one like to bathe in disgusting ankle deep water. Learn how to clear your drain in with just 3 ingredients in 5 minutes. Here’s how:

What you’ll need:

½ cup of baking soda,

½ cup of vinegar

Measuring cup for hot water


1) First, uncap the lid and pull out any hair that might be in your drain. You can do this either by hand or a clothes hanger.

2) Next, pour ½ cup of baking soda in a measuring cup and pour that in your drain.

3) Grab a ½ cup of vinegar and pour that on top of the baking soda. Enjoy the fizzle like your first science experiment.

4) Allow 5-10 minutes to let the ingredients fully mix in there.

5) While you’re waiting, boil some hot water and be ready to pour it in the tub.

6) After 5-10minutes has passed, pour the hot water in the tub and that should do the trick, your tub should be free from clogs. Rinse it all out with normal water. Repeat these steps as need.

Common Radiator Problems and What To Do

by Ray Smith on 11/30/16

Radiators are essential for keeping your home nice and cozy during the winter months. It is important to have them working as efficiently as possible to keep yourself warm. Here are some common problems people face with radiators and how to fix them. Don’t forget, we are offering FREE radiator air valve inspections for the month of December so sign up today!

Radiator Leaks

A huge range of issues can be the cause of your radiator leaking. A radiator leak is an obvious sign that your heating supply is not working to its full potential. Like any leak, this can also result to many other issues like mold and mildew to your home.

One thing you can do is to dry the radiator with a towel so you can spot what is leaking. It is easier to spot the leak while the radiator is dry than wet.  

Next, check the radiator valve and stop cock. A leaking radiator stop cock or valve occurs when the spindle packing within the valve wears out or is damaged. Usually, these leaks occur when the valve is in a ‘mid-open’ position, so the leak will stop when the valve is either fully opened or closed.

Cold Radiator

Is your heating system turned on but your radiator cold?

A cold radiator may also be difficult to diagnose as there can be many reasons why the radiator refuses to heat up. When first detecting the problem, feel the top, bottom and center of the radiator so as to indicate which portion needs repair.  

If the top of the radiator is the only cold area then this means that there is a load of trapped air which needs to escape. The solution to this problem is to simply bleed the radiator to ensure that all the trapped air is able to escape.

If the bottom or center of the radiator is the coldest area, then this will require a more complex solution. Mostly, the reason why these areas fail to warm up is because they have might have been affected by a build-up of rust which can disrupt the flow of water. To fix this problem, you will have to flush through the radiator with a large amount of water.

Some radiators are warmer than others

Are some rooms in your home colder than others? This may be due to the fact that some radiators are not working as efficiently as others. In this situation, there may be an imbalance in your central heating system. Often times, radiators furthest away from the boiler are the coldest ones.

To fix this problem, Turn off all valves of the hot radiators and leave the cold ones open for a bit, should flush it through. This should balance the heat with your radiators

Loud Radiators

Some Radiators are meant to cause some noise, but too much noise can be an issue and can keep you up at night.

The noise that you’re hearing is water gurgling, a problem that can be sorted within an instance. Water gurgling occurs due to a trapping of air in the radiator and all you will need to do to put an end to this nuisance is to simply bleed your radiator.