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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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Call a Heating Repair Service if Your Heat Exchanger Is Cracked

January 29th, 2018

heating-repair-serviceMost homes in the area use forced-air furnaces to stay warm. They are effective and cost-efficient means of heating the household: using gas-fed burners to heat the air, which can then be blown into your home with a fan.

The heat exchanger plays a vital role in that process, and while it’s intended to last for many years, older heat exchangers can develop cracks and fractures, which are a serious problem. If yours develops such issues, you need to call a heating repair service immediately. It’s all the more important to keep a close eye on your system now, since you’re likely using your furnace more often in January than you are any other time of the year.

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How Can a Plumber Improve on Over-the-Counter Drain Cleaners?

January 15th, 2018

professional-plumbing-serviceClogs are a part of life when you own a home. You pour the wrong food down the drain or the toilet backs up, or sometimes things just build up. Clogs are a pain because they can prevent you from using the affected outlet and create an unnecessary distraction from our busy lives. Most of us look for a quick fix solution, which usually involves buying a drain cleaner from the local grocery store, or perhaps a plumbing snake for the really tough clogs.

That, however, can usually be a mistake. Professional plumbers have the skills and equipment to take care of the clog the right way, while over-the-counter cleansers and other types of store-bought drain cleaners adopt half-measures at best. Simply put, plumbers just do the job better.

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Hydro Jetting Takes Care of Stubborn Clogs

January 1st, 2018

hydro-jetting-clogPlumbing clogs are a big issue during the holidays. The end of the year comes with some very big meals, and yet because we’re so busy, we don’t always have time to watch what we flush down the drain.

When you add Thanksgiving, Christmas and other get-togethers on top of each other — complete with natural clog-forming materials like hot fat from meat and potato peelings, and you might very easily fight yourself with a stubborn clog in your plumbing just when you need it the least. The same holds true for bathroom fixtures, which see a lot of extra use during big holiday parties and family get-togethers.

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How Does a Humidifier Help Your Home?

December 18th, 2017

whole-house-humidifierWinter means cooler temperatures, which also means dry air, and if you’ve ever felt the wind blow outside your home on a dry, blustery day, you can attest to what that dry air can do. During the colder months, we rightfully focus on our heating system and ensuring that the temperature in our homes is kept comfortable. But that’s not the only factor that goes into keeping our homes comfortable, and if you feel the sting of dry air this winter, it pays to look into a whole-house humidifier to treat it.

You’re likely accustomed to the concept of humidifiers already. Small units can be used to help treat people with respiratory illnesses, or to keep indoor plants healthy. A whole-house model simply applies the concept to the entire home: blowing moisture into the air from your furnace and raising the relative humidity levels in the process. How does that benefit your home? Read on for the answers.

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Furnace Service Plans Provide Numerous Benefits

December 4th, 2017

furnace-repair-servicesWinter is on its way, and we’re already experiencing the drop in temperature that comes with the season. Soon, you’ll be running your heating system every day. The last thing you want to deal with is an unexpected breakdown just when the weather takes a turn for the freezing. That’s why we recommend a furnace servicing session now, before the weather gets much colder. It can provide a number of benefits to your home, and help your system handle the winter much more easily.

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