April 24th, 2017
It’s been a while since we’ve had an earthquake of truly catastrophic proportions, though rest assured that’ll happen at some point. It doesn’t take a shaker strong enough to topple buildings to damage your home’s plumbing system, though. Even if the rest of your home is in fairly good condition after a moderate earthquake, it could suffer not-insignificant damage to its plumbing system.
April 10th, 2017
We’re finally, finally getting into some consistently warm weather after the downpours of the last few months. This means that now is the time to make sure that your home is ready for the coming summer season, before the days get even hotter. That might mean making sure that your air conditioner gets preventive maintenance within the next few weeks, or it might mean replacing the system entirely. If you’re not sure whether or not you need to replace your air conditioner this year, read on.
March 27th, 2017
When you’re spending the rainy season dealing with a 40-hour workweek, doing your taxes, raising your kids, and fighting off a cold at the same time, maintaining your drain and sewer system is probably pretty low on the priorities list. Still, it is something that you need to give at least a little bit of thought to if you want to keep your home running smoothly. There are a lot of issues that can afflict your drain and sewer system, which will then have ripple effects throughout the rest of the home. You need to make sure that you maintain your drain and sewer pipes, and the best way to do that is with regular drain cleaning. Have a look at some of the problems that can crop up if you don’t schedule drain cleaning on a regular basis.
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.