Now Is the Time to Maintain Your Sump Pump
The beginning of the spring is the time to make sure the sump pump in your house is ready to do its job in case of flooding. Spring rains, snowmelt, and more water saturated into the ground bring the danger of water seeping—or flooding—into your basement. The entire purpose of the sump pump is to […]
Getting Less HVAC Noise in Your Work Space
The new modern work space encourages the “open office” layout. Instead of hallways and doors leading to shut-in smaller spaces, offices now are wide open—a more natural feeling that also permits the office to “breathe.” It’s also a layout that’s more conducive to teams working together and feeling connected to the other people in the […]
Why Is My Furnace Leaking Water?
If you’re asking this question, you’re probably a bit confused. After all, furnaces don’t use water to run, do they? A boiler uses water, but a furnace heats up air with either gas burners or electric heating elements, and then sends the air into the ducts. And yet, there is it: water leaking out of the furnace […]
Do You Know Where the Shut-Off Valve Is?
Updated May 2022 This isn’t a topic you want to think about often, but what happens if your house experiences a massive plumbing leak that threatens water damage and flooding? You may have seen this happen in movies, usually for comedy, but it’s a real issue and not funny at all when it happens to […]
How a DIY Plumbing Job Can Go Terribly Wrong
We thought about calling these “DIY plumbing horror stories” in the title, but that feels a bit gruesome. But make no mistake, the ways a botched do-it-yourself plumbing job can fail may make you feel like you’re living in your own little horror story. No scary monsters, but high bills, water damage, and sewage aren’t big […]
Ways You May Be Wasting Water
When you look at your monthly bills and see how much water your household has been using, do you feel a bit faint, or do you start seeing red? How can we be using this much water? you may be thinking. Unfortunately, there are many ways a house can waste water and send water bills skyrocketing. Some […]
Causes of a Drop in Household Water Pressure
When you first notice water coming from a faucet at lower pressure than normal, you may think of it as a nuisance that will go away. Then you’ll find out how aggravating an issue low water pressure in a house really is. It takes forever to fill up the bath, taking a shower turns into […]
Is a Ductless System Effective for Home Heating?
If you think of a central heating system for a home that doesn’t use any ducts, you might first think of a hydronic boiler system. It’s true that boilers don’t need any ductwork because they send heat into rooms by circulating hot water into terminal points, such as radiators. These objects radiate heat off in […]
The Way Furnace Energy Efficiency Is Measured
Energy efficiency is a major concern homeowners have when they are shopping for new appliances. Because furnaces are vital for home comfort and consume large amounts of energy during the winter, their efficiency ratings are important to consider when the time comes for a new system installation. If you are currently in the process of […]
Common Toilet Repair Problems
There are a number of important plumbing fixtures in your home that demand fast attention when something goes wrong with them. The bathroom toilet is probably the most prominent—when a toilet won’t work, or is leaking or overflowing, it’s something you’ll want to have repaired immediately. Unless the issue is a simple one (and we’ll […]