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How to Make Your Home Smart

June 18th, 2018

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In the past, every home was a collection of independent and manually operated systems. The only device you had to control your house at a distance was a garage door opener. With the increasingly fast pace of innovation, however, home technology integration has arrived in a big way. Now you can monitor and adjust a variety of your home’s systems automatically as well as from apps on your phone or computer. We’ll look at three of the most popular ways to make your home smart. 

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3 Ways to Change Up Your Indoor Electrical Lighting

June 4th, 2018

led-lightingEven if it’s something as simple as adding a couple of lamps for accent lighting, changing the lighting is one of the best ways to make a room (or your entire home) more inviting. It enhances the mood and feel of a room, making it more cozy and relaxing, bringing out the color of furnishings, drapes and wall décor or making the room brighter and airier. Here are some ideas on how to change the lighting in your house and give it a quick makeover that doesn’t require a remodel:

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3 Reasons to Call for Water Heater Repair

May 21st, 2018

water-heater-repairHot water. Everyone takes it for granted it’ll be there when they turn the faucet on or want to take a shower. It’s only at those moments when you suddenly don’t have it you’ll likely give your hot water heater any thought at all.

When you do have problems with your water heater, though, there’s no time to waste in dealing with the situation. Based on our experience, these are three of the most common situations requiring expert help.   

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Call an Air Conditioning Repair Service for Short Cycling Problems

May 7th, 2018

air-conditioning.maintenanceSpring is the ideal time to check your air conditioning system for any problems it might be experiencing. Doing so gives you a chance to deal with those problems when the weather is still relatively cool, rather than in the middle of summer when high temperatures demand you run your system every day and a repair call suddenly becomes much more difficult to deal with.

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Watch for Signs of a Plumbing Leak

April 23rd, 2018

pluming-services-qualitiesLeaks rank among the most common problems plumbers get summoned to solve, and while plumbing pipes are designed to last for decades, time and wear can take their toll on every system. Hard water is a problem in our neck of the woods, which can be harmful to pipes over time, and leaks can be very hard to predict.

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Electricians Can Deal with Frayed Wire

April 9th, 2018

frayed-wiring-repairElectrical systems are a part of modern life, and we depend upon electricity for light, heat, and connection to the outside world. Problems with your wiring need to be dealt with quickly, not only because it can disrupt any or all of these features, but because in the worst cases, it can pose an active safety risk to the home.

Because of that, and because handling electrical wiring safely requires proper training and licensing, you should always call in a certified repair service. Knowing the reasons why can help keep your home safe, and knowing when to call such a service can make a huge difference in getting the problem fixed.

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Trust a Heating Repair Service for Electric Furnace Problems

March 26th, 2018

heelectric-furnace-repairFurnaces tend to come in two forms: gas-fed furnaces which rely on natural gas for their fuel, and electric furnaces, which depend on power from your home’s electrical grid to function. Gas-fed furnaces make a lot of sense for city and town residents who have access to municipal gas lines.

But for those homes outside the civic grid – and we have a number of them in our area – the electric furnace makes a much easier option. It runs on your home’s electrical grid – a vastly simpler way to provide heat – which unfortunately entails its own set of parameters when it comes to repair. If you own one, and it needs repairs, make sure you contact a professional who knows how electric furnaces work.

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Call an Electrician to Improve Outdoor Lighting

March 12th, 2018

outdoor-lighting-homesThe arrival of spring in a few weeks means better weather and more time spent outdoors. If you’re a homeowner, that means looking at possible projects to help your home function better and improve your quality of life overall. Outdoor lighting systems are a key part of any household for an umber of reasons. And if your yard could use a little illumination, then contacting an electrician in the new few weeks to discuss your options makes a whole lot of sense.

Your yard is an important part of your home, but it often gets overlooked when it comes to home improvement projects. And outdoor lighting can put a drag on your quality of life if it’s not up to snuff. A qualified electrician can look over your property with you, discuss your options, and make a plan to improve outdoor lighting considerably. Every home is different and your outdoor lighting needs are likely to be unique. No matter what you have in mind, though, a trained professional can help.

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When to Call an Emergency Plumbing Service

February 26th, 2018

emergency-pluming-servicesThe very phrase “emergency plumbing” is enough to fill most homeowners with dread. No one likes to think about a serious plumbing problem in their home, but such problems occur from time to time, and sooner or later, your plumbing system will be hit with one. Unfortunately, not all of them take place during regular office hours. Some take place in the middle of the night or on weekends, when plumbers aren’t in business.

The good news is that many quality plumbing operations (including ours) recognize the need for emergency plumbing service, and offer such services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But when are such services necessary and when can you let the problem sit until normal business hours? In the end, only you the homeowner can make that decision. There are, however, several factors that can help guide you. We’ve provided a list of some of them below.

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What to Look for in a Plumber

February 12th, 2018

pluming-services-qualitiesEvery home needs reliable plumbing in order to function. Without plumbing, we wouldn’t have access to potable water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and farming. Plumbing is simply necessary to modern life, and while plumbing systems and appliances are built to last, everything wears out sooner or later. As a homeowner, you’re going to have to deal with plumbing problems eventually, and if it can’t be solved with a plunger and a little elbow grease, you’re going to have to call in a trained professional to take care of it.

But who should you call? There are a number of plumbing companies in the area, and most of them can do the job with at least a basic level of competence. But you want a plumber who goes above and beyond every time, and who you can rely on year in and year out: especially if an emergency arises and you don’t have time to hunt around. In the end, only you can determine the best service for your home. There are, however, a few guidelines you can look for to help you make up your mind.

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