Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog

How to Ruin Your Kitchen Drain

August 13th, 2018

drain-bubblingHave you ever been curious about how you could go about completely ruining your kitchen’s pipes and drain? If you do, we hope it’s purely for educational purposes and not for something sinister. Either way, we won’t hold back in explaining how you would go about clogging your pipes up.

Even though clogs can be fairly easy to unclog with the right equipment, the problem is when homeowners decide to fix the clogs themselves—they simply don’t have the tools that are best for protecting the lifespan of the plumbing system.

Overall, we don’t want you to treat your plumbing irresponsibly, either before or after a clog. So here are some ways that you could totally ruin your kitchen plumbing (purely for educational purposes, of course).

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How the Texas Heat Can Ruin Your AC

July 30th, 2018

family-on-couch-cooling-offYour air conditioner is an extremely hard worker. No matter what the temperature is, no matter what condition its parts are in, your AC will always strive to cool your home down to the temperature you’ve set on the thermostat.

Your responsibility as its owner, then, is to make sure that it’s truly up for the job. One way you can do this is by taking into consideration the effects of the outdoor heat.

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Use a Professional Plumbing Service for Drain Cleaning

July 16th, 2018

drain-cleaning-with-drain-snakeDo a Google search for “drain cleaning,” and you’ll find countless DIY articles on how to clean your drain. You’ll see methods encouraging everything from using vinegar and baking soda to wire hangers. If one of these solutions does manage to fix your drain, we’re happy that your drain clog wasn’t too severe.

However, cleaning your drains doesn’t always go so smoothly. A severe clog won’t go away that easily. The wrong thing to do at that point is to step up your game with drain cleaning chemicals, drain snakes, or any other more drastic methods. In this post, we’ll explain why you shouldn’t avoid calling a professional of drain cleaning in Plano, TX next time you have a clog.

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Why You Should Call a Professional Plumber Instead of DIY

July 2nd, 2018

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When it comes to misinformation on the internet, how-to guides and do-it-yourself articles are the worst—they make any project sound easy!

We don’t doubt that you’re handy and capable of handling a few DIY projects, but when it comes to plumbing projects, we want to warn you: Most DIY projects will have you spending far more time, money, and effort than you intended.

If you have a plumbing problem, skip the Google searching and call a professional plumber in Plano, TX. Below are a few reasons why your time is better spent somewhere else.

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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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