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Factors That Lead to Premature Pipe Replacement

August 12th, 2019

pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-around-leakWhen you hear the term “plumbing replacement” you might think of various upgrades you can make in your home—such as installing low flow fixtures and faucets to cut down on your water usage and costs, or installing a new, fancier kitchen sink.

These are definitely important, and sometimes even fun, plumbing replacements. But the type of plumbing replacement you don’t want to make before it’s really necessary, is to your pipes. Whole-house repiping removes piping that is suffering corrosion and decay from general wear and tear. We’ll take a close look at when you should arrange for old pipe replacement, and how you can prevent premature repiping below.

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Before You Buy Your Next Cooling System, Consider This

July 29th, 2019

outside-unit-of-an-air-conditionerWith summer officially here (and really, did it ever leave?) it’s imperative that you make sure your air conditioning system is fully equipped to handle the excessive heat we get in our little piece of the country.

Of course, if you have an aging cooling system, that might mean it’s time to invest in a replacement. If that’s the case, your natural instinct is probably to assume “the bigger, the better” right?

This isn’t actually such a good idea. When it comes to your cooling system, size does matter, but in the sense that too large of a system can be just as detrimental to your home comfort as too small of a system. When the time comes to purchase a new AC system, be sure to work with pros who will help you find the system that’s the perfect match for your living space.

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Signs Your Tank Water Heater Needs Help

July 15th, 2019

residential-tank-water-heater-with-toolbox-nearbyThere is one appliance in your home that you probably very rarely think about. That same appliance, however, is one of the most likely to have something go wrong with it before you even notice any warning signs.

You use this appliance every day, multiple times a day, and as with most systems, the issues that can develop can cause a significant amount of subsequent damage to your home.

The answer to this bit of a riddle? Your tank-model water heater.

To ensure that your water heater remains in great condition, you’ll want to make sure you can recognize when the system is in trouble. After all, the quicker you have it repaired, the less damage you’ll see. That said, let’s take a look at 3 common signs that your tank water heater does need help.

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Are You Cooling Your Home As Efficiently As Possible?

July 1st, 2019

floor-ac-vent“How do I lower my cooling costs?”

This is a question just about any Tampa homeowner has asked, at least to themselves if not out loud. Considering how comfortably warm it gets in our area, this is a logical question. And the short answer is, “by improving the efficiency of your air conditioning system!”

But how exactly do you do this? Well…

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Plumbing Problem vs. Emergency: Should You Give Our Plumbers a Call?

June 17th, 2019

man-trying-to-repair-plumbing-emergencyIt’s easy to say “give us a call for absolutely any plumbing problem you have,” but the truth is, that isn’t always necessary. For instance, if your bathroom sink’s faucet seems to be clogged, removing your aerator and cleaning it out is usually a fairly simple solution. That said, you will want to get to the bottom of what caused that clog, which is likely a buildup of limescale. It could be a result of hard water, which can be resolved with the installation of a whole-house water softener.

But is that an emergency? Well, no, not in the general definition of the word. There are emergencies though, that happen in plumbing, which require a quick reaction. For those problems and more, we are here for you! Keep reading for some of the most common plumbing emergencies we get called out for.

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Which Water Heater Is Best for Your Home?

June 3rd, 2019

tankless-water-heater-being-servicedOne of the easiest appliances to take for granted in homes today is the water heater—even though they’re also one of the appliances we rely on most from day to day (could you imagine never taking a hot shower again?)

When it comes time to replace your water heater, you may think it’s a fairly straightforward process. You already have a storage tank model water heater, so why not stick with that now? And it’s electric powered, so you’ll buy another electric-powered system.

What if we told you there is another option, though, and it could save you considerable money? It’s not right for every home, but it’s the perfect choice for many—the tankless water heater.

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Which Water Heater Is Best for Your Home?

May 20th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterThere is one system in your home that you use on a daily basis that you might not think about very much, but it’s vital to modern living—your water heater. You may not know much about how the water heating process works or how that water makes its way to the point of use where it’s needed, but you do rely on it!

Water heaters are a standard feature of any home with modern plumbing, and they’re designed to last a very long time. You may likely still have the one that came with your home when you bought it. However, just like any other system in your home, eventually your water heater will wear out, and you’ll need to replace it.

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Are You Suffering from Hard Water?

May 6th, 2019

shower-head-spraying-waterMore importantly, what are the consequences of hard water, and how would your home benefit from a water softener?

These are questions we’ll answer below. In the meantime, it’d be helpful for you to know what exactly hard water is. This term describes water with a high presence of the minerals calcium and magnesium in it. These minerals are not harmful to ingest, so that’s not what you need to worry about. But hard water does impact your quality of life, in more ways than you’d probably imagine.

With hard water, you can suffer from:

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When Is a Good Time to Replace Your Ductwork?

April 22nd, 2019

ductwork-interiorOftentimes, the most overlooked portion of an HVAC system is the “V” part—the ventilation. We’re not talking about the registers you see on the walls throughout your home, but rather the ductwork behind those vents and registers. We understand why it’s not that popular to consider. After all, most of it is hidden behind walls, in your attic, or in a crawlspace.

But when you live as somewhere as warm as Tampa, you really can’t afford to have ductwork problems. Damaged ductwork hurts your system efficiency and therefore, hurts your wallet. Since it is mostly hidden though, how do you tell if it has damage and needs replacement?

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3 Signs You Need AC Service Soon

April 8th, 2019

woman-feeling-hot-in-her-homeWouldn’t it be nice if our most used appliances could last forever? Particularly our air conditioners, considering where we live. But alas, our cooling systems have a limited lifespan. When yours starts nearing the end of that lifespan, it may be a good idea to invest in a replacement. But, replacement isn’t always the answer. Sometimes, your air conditioner can get by another season or two with repairs, depending on how well it’s been taken care of over the years.

One thing is for sure—no matter how diligent you are about scheduling air conditioner maintenance and keeping up on repairs, you never want to ignore any signs of an air conditioner in distress. Nor do you want to try to diagnose an air conditioner problem on your own. That’s what we are here for. Our trained and experienced technicians know what to look for when your air conditioner is acting up, so if any of the 3 following signs describe your cooling system, be sure to give us a call!

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