Plumbing Tip: Detecting Gas Leaks

October 9th, 2017

gas-range-burnersNatural gas is one of the most commonly used and highly regarded fuel sources available here in the United States. This should really come as no surprise when you consider that natural gas is quite affordable and extremely convenient. It burns efficiently, and the fact that it is largely a domestic product means that it is not as subject to the volatility of the marketplace the way that foreign oil can be. However, there are still concerns to keep in mind.

As is the case with any combustible fuel source, natural gas does have the potential to create a hazardous situation on your property. When you leave your gas piping services to qualified professionals, such as the Williamsburg, VA plumbing experts on our staff, the risk of any such problems is minimized. Because your safety is among our very top priorities, we want to use this post today to help you understand how you can spot potential gas leaks in your home and on your property. Continue Reading

Plumbing FAQ: Is a Tankless Water Heater Worth It?

September 25th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterThere are a lot of different systems and appliances we use in our homes to live comfortably and conveniently. Few of these systems and appliances work quite as hard as the water heater. Whenever you shower, do the laundry, run the dishwasher, or simply wash your hands, you are counting on your water heater to provide you with the hot water needed. For precisely this reason, it is vital that you have the right water heater installed in your home.

There are more options than you may realize when it comes to water heaters. One system we recommend in certain situations is the tankless water heater. While tankless water heaters are not for everyone or every situation, they can benefit some homeowners greatly. Our Chesapeake, VA plumbing professionals have some information to share with you to help determine if a tankless water heater is the right system for your needs. Continue Reading

Ask a Plumber: How Do I Avoid Clogs?

September 11th, 2017

clearing-blocked-drainHomeowners always have questions they’d like to ask professional plumbers. But they don’t always have access to professional plumbers! While we are always happy to hear from our clients–existing and potential alike–we are also very busy. We don’t want to leave you in the lurch, though, which is why we like to provide some answers to questions common enough to anticipate. This week, we’ll be talking about how you can avoid clogged drains in your home.

There are a lot of reasons why drains may clog, and not all of them can be easily avoided, if avoided at all. However, there are also plenty of situations in which clogs can be avoided, but are not due to human error. Keep the following tips in mind, and always remember to call a professional plumber in Chesapeake, VA if you are having trouble with your drains. We are more than happy to keep your system functioning properly.

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Plumbing Problems: Toilet Leaks

August 28th, 2017

toiletThere is no denying that the bathroom is one of the most important areas in any home. Kids can share a single bedroom, you can forgo the dining room for a smaller eating nook, but you absolutely need to have a bathroom in your home. Considering just how important the bathroom is in your day to day life, it should be obvious that any problems with your bathroom plumbing system are cause for concern. Among the most concerning of these problems is a leaking toilet.

The good news is that a toilet leak may not necessarily be as bad as you think it is. The bad news is that it can be as bad as you think it is. We have some tips to help you deal with a leaking toilet, including some common misconceptions and advice about when to call a plumber. When you need bathroom plumbing services in Williamsburg, VA, remember to call on us.

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When to Hire a Professional Plumber

August 14th, 2017

woman-with-plungerWe know, we know. In this day and age, everyone has an internet connection and everyone can watch everyone else’s “how to” videos online. We know something else too, though. We know that, in most cases, DIY efforts simply cannot match the competence and results of professional plumbing services. While there are certainly exceptions to the rule, and different homeowners will have different backgrounds and skill sets, the fact remains that most plumbing services in Chesapeake, VA are best left to the pros.

Today we want to talk a little bit about situations in which you should really skip the online tutorials, bypass the old toolbox, and pick up the phone to schedule professional plumbing service. We suspect that some homeowners may balk at these suggestions — but those are exactly the homeowners that wind up calling us once the problem has worsened! At the very least, keep these tips in mind, and be sure to contact us with any questions that you may have.

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3 Air Conditioning Problems You Need to Watch for This Summer

July 31st, 2017

air-conditioning-repairAir conditioning systems are more likely to develop problems during the summer than at any other time of the year. You don’t want to have your AC break down on you in the middle of a heat wave. So it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the signs that your air conditioner is in need of repairs. The faster you can tell that your air conditioner is in trouble, the faster you can get it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Let’s have a look at three common air conditioning problems to watch for this summer and their symptoms. Continue Reading

Dealing with High Humidity This Summer

July 17th, 2017

family-with-dogWe would be willing to bet that you have, at some point in your life, heard someone say that it is “not the heat, but the humidity,” making you feel uncomfortable when it is hot outside. Of course, the fact is that very high temperatures are going to be uncomfortable regardless of how humid the air is. That being said, a dry heat can definitely feel a lot more bearable than muggy, humid heat. There are a few reasons for this, but there is only one ideal solution to the problem.

That is the whole-house dehumidifier. You’ve no doubt seen a portable dehumidifier before, and maybe you’ve even run one in your home—likely in the basement. If you are serious about eliminating the discomfort and other issues that can stem from very high humidity, though, we strongly urge you to consider a whole-house system. With professionally installed and serviced whole-house dehumidifier in Virginia Beach, you will really see results.

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AC FAQ: Why Is It Leaking Water?

July 3rd, 2017

woman-and-technicianThere are a lot of different problems that may develop with even the best air conditioning systems on the market. One of the most perplexing that homeowners may encounter is water surrounding the unit. What makes this so perplexing? Well, mainly the fact that an air conditioner does not actually use water in its operation! So if there is not actually any water in the system, then that means it can’t be leaking, right? Well, not exactly.

If you see water surrounding your air conditioner in Virginia Beach, you should not just dismiss it or jump to the conclusion that it came from somewhere else. That water very well may be coming from the air conditioner. It is just not the type of “leak” that you’d normally associate with this type of system. Read on, keep calm, and contact a member of our team if you notice that your AC is taking a bath.

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You Need a Clean Air Filter in Your AC!

June 19th, 2017

filterBy and large, air conditioning maintenance is something you really need to leave to trained professionals. Routine AC maintenance is a very involved process, requiring a number of different checks, tests, and cleanings. However, there is one vital task that you should complete on your own as recommended and required. That is changing the air filter that comes standard in your air conditioning system.

Now, we know that it may not sound like the biggest priority, and yes, your AC technician is going to change your air filter when he or she completes your system tune-up each year. However, you need to change your air filter much more than once a year. Typically, these filters should be changed every 1 to 3 months. This means that, assuming you want the best that your air conditioner in Portsmouth, VA has to offer, you need to be doing the filter changes yourself.

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Do You Treat Your AC as Well As Your Car?

June 5th, 2017

AC service technicianWhen you are driving your car, you probably see a little sticker somewhere on your windshield reminding you to schedule your next oil change when you hit a certain number of miles. Typically, the average number of running hours on a car engine between oil changes is about 100 to 150 hours. Typically in the ballpark of 2,000 hours!

You don’t let your oil changes slip by, and you’d best give your AC maintenance in Norfolk, VA the same type of attention. The air conditioner is doing a whole lot of work each and every summer season, and it is only getting tuned up once a year. Make it count by scheduling your air conditioning tune-up with the pros on our team. We’ll make sure that your system is ready for the challenges of summer, every summer.

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