March 13th, 2017
Sump pumps are one of those things that are quite common in other parts of the country, but which aren’t widely seen in California. Still, there are times when it might be a good idea to have one in your home. With the last few months seeing record rainfall, now is one of those times. If you aren’t sure whether or not your home could do with a sump pump, read on to find out.
February 27th, 2017
If you’ve had your furnace for a while, and you’re familiar with how it operates, it can be tempting to freak out if it suddenly begins to do something unusual. While there are certainly times when an unusual furnace behavior can indicate a serious problem, there are a number of different times when it’s not an emergency. You may still need to have the problem fixed (if it is a problem) but at least you’ll know that your system isn’t going to blow up any time soon.
February 13th, 2017
We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that you don’t change your furnace air filter very often. If you did, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog about how to do it. If that assumption is correct, you should know that it is very important to change your furnace air filter every few months. If you don’t do this, you are actually making it easier for a fairly destructive set of problems to occur. Better to know how to change the air filter, and why you’re doing it.
January 30th, 2017
Okay, so you probably don’t spend all that much time thinking about your water heater. Yeah, it’s an important system, and you would really miss it if it stopped working, but most people don’t devote a lot of attention to it unless something is wrong with it. Still, if you’re looking for a new one you’d better be paying close attention to certain factors. Installing a water heater that doesn’t quite fit your needs has the potential to do quite a bit more harm than good.
January 16th, 2017
Even in California, the demand on furnaces during the winter can cause a lot of problems. You probably don’t want your furnace to break down on you in the middle of one of the coldest months of the year, so it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your system for any problems that may develop. You should know the warning signs of some of the most common furnace issues, so that you can respond to them as quickly as possible.
January 9th, 2017
Leaks are among the most common, and damaging, plumbing issues in the average home. Further complicating the problem is that leaks are often quite subtle. It can be quite difficult to detect a leak in the system before it does quite a bit of damage. If you know what to look for, though, you can still detect plumbing leaks before they can cause too much damage.
January 2nd, 2017
Chances are that when you think of a water heater, you think of the storage tank variety. That was the only kind available to residential users for many decades. However, you might be surprised to learn that modern water heaters offer a variety of different methods for meeting your hot water needs. If you’re in the market for a new water heater, have a look at some of the options available.
December 27th, 2016
When a plumbing pipe in your home needs to be replaced, it’s not that difficult to exhume and replace it. Some plumbing pipes, though, are less easy to remove and replace. Your water and sewer lines, two of the most important pipes in your system, connect your home to the city water and sewer mains. Though these pipes are designed to last quite a while, they will eventually need to be replaced. When that happens, it’s a good idea to make sure that you schedule trenchless pipe replacement.
December 19th, 2016
Water heaters are solid systems, and can last quite a while under the right circumstances. Eventually, though, it will wear down to the point that it needs to be replaced. If you’re not sure whether or not your water heater can get you through another winter, read on to find out.
December 12th, 2016
If your boiler makes a deep rumbling noise while it’s operating, don’t ignore it. That noise is a symptom of a problem called kettling, which is a serious threat to the system. If the problem isn’t dealt with quickly, it can cause quite a bit of damage to the boiler. Read on to find out what causes this issue, and how to deal with it.