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Has Your Plumbing System Experienced Hydro-Jetting?

June 3rd, 2019

“Out of sight, out of mind.” If ever there was a phrase that we, as professional plumbers, could strike from our language, it would probably be this. Why? Because it’s dangerous to apply that type of thinking to your plumbing in Newport News, that’s why! Unfortunately, too many homeowners adopt that attitude.

Eventually, of course, problems with your plumbing system will become impossible to ignore. By the time those problems get to that point, however, you should have already taken action. One suggestion that we have is to consider hydro-jetting for your plumbing system. It’s truly one of the best preventive measures that you can take.

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Don’t Accidentally Contribute to Clogs!

May 20th, 2019

One of the most common of all plumbing problems at home is the clogged drain. It is also one of those problems that is most commonly contributed to by homeowners themselves. We get it—you’re not always super aware of your drains even when you are using them. You should give them a bit more thought if you really want to avoid clogs in your plumbing system, though.

That’s why we’re going to cover some simple ways in which you can help to cut down on instances of clogged drains in your home. Keep these tips in mind, and enjoy the best performance possible from your plumbing in Hampton, VA. Don’t take for granted a system that works so hard for you day in and day out!

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What Is Your Toilet Telling You?

May 6th, 2019
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The toilet in your home is not the most complex piece of equipment that you own. You use it, you flush it, occasionally—maybe not as frequently as you should, but occasionally—you clean it. That’s about it, right? Well, sure. Until you run into problems with your toilet. Then it becomes quite clear, quite quickly, that this whole toilet situation can be a bit more complicated than you realized. Don’t worry, we’ve got some information to share with you.

While it is true that most scenarios will require professional plumbing services in Williamsburg, VA, there are actually a few toilet issues that you can handle on your own. At least, there are a few fixes you can investigate before you call in the professional plumbers on our team. The moment you suspect that there is no quick fix, however, you should pick up the phone. Don’t cause serious problems with your toilet or your plumbing system in general.

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AC Maintenance: The Time Has Come!

April 22nd, 2019

Let’s get the short version of this post out of the way, right off the bat. You need to schedule air conditioning maintenance. There is no getting around this. If you do not have your air conditioner tuned up each and every year, by trained professionals, then you are doing yourself and your system a major disservice. We mean it when we say that it will set you back, in a variety of ways.

Now, we have got some good news for you, too. You are reading this right now, and that means that you have already found the professionals that you can trust to do the job right when it comes to your AC maintenance in Chesapeake, VA. Remember, air conditioning maintenance is definitely not a DIY appropriate service. There are a few steps that you can take to protect your system and its performance, but the fact remains that most of the job requires professional skill and expertise.

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When Is It Time for Professional Plumbing Repair?

April 8th, 2019
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Are you one of those people with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality? Well, we understand the logic there, but let us ask you this—what if you don’t really realize that “it” is “broke”? Then what do you do? Because a lot of problems won’t cause immediately obvious issues, but can still pose a threat.

That is why we are going to talk about when you should schedule professional plumbing repair in Chesapeake, VA, in today’s post. If you ask us, it always pays to play it safe when it comes to your plumbing system. Remember, delaying to schedule plumbing repairs does not only put your plumbing system at risk. It puts your property at risk.

Are You Having Trouble with Water Pressure?

There are a lot of different signs that you may have a leak in your plumbing system. The most obvious, of course, is a visible leak. You don’t have to actually see water spilling out of pipes to realize that there is a problem, though. Nor do you have to step onto a soggy carpet to realize that there is an issue.

If you have low water pressure in your home, despite the fact that your water pressure used to be perfectly respectable, then it is definitely possible that you are dealing with a leak somewhere in the system. If it’s local to one area or fixture, then it may be in a single supply line. If it’s throughout the house, however, it could be a leak in your main water line. We’ll figure out what the situation is.

Do You Smell Strange or Unpleasant Odors?

What the heck would a bad smell have to do with a water leak? Well, damp conditions can lead to musty odors and mildew throughout the house. Mold may begin to develop and wood can rot, too. This can all lead to strange and unpleasant odors in the house. Then, of course, there is the fact that it may not be a water leak that you’re dealing with.

If you have a leak in a sewer line, or if you have backed up drains, then you’ll definitely be counting on your nose to alert you to problems. The, um, “good” news here is that at least the warning signs aren’t subtle. They’re also nothing you’ll want to just put up with, so give us a call if your nose gives it away!

What’s. That. Sound?!?

It’s maddening, isn’t it? You’re not using water. You’re not running the dishwasher or cleaning the linens. But still—still—you hear water running. What gives?!?

Don’t worry. This is not some Edgar Allan Poe tale of terror. You aren’t going mad. You may well be hearing water. However, it doesn’t mean it’s coming from a faucet you left on. You could have a leak in the system somewhere, even a slab leak (a terror in its own right!), that is sounding the alarm. We’re the pros that you want on the case to diagnose the problem accurately.

Make House Call Company your plumber of choice. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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Why Might a Furnace Blow Out Cool Air?

March 25th, 2019
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We may be closing out the heating season now that April is nearly upon us, but that doesn’t mean that it is time to push your heater out of your mind entirely. Particularly not if that heater failed to live up to your high expectations this past heating season. It may be late in the game, but you don’t want to put any necessary furnace repairs in Chesapeake, VA, on the backburner.

A relatively common issue that some homeowners encounter with their furnaces is the blowing out of cool air. This air does not have to be as cold as the air outside to indicate that there is a problem. It just has to be cooler than the air that should be coming out of the furnace. If you’ve identified this problem in your home, then the obvious next question is—what gives? Today, we’ll explore some potential causes.

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The Sewer Line: Little Leaks, Big Problems

March 11th, 2019
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Why is it so important that you schedule prompt, professional drain and sewer services in Chesapeake, VA, when any signs of problems manifest? Because there is no such thing as a “minor” sewer leak. Worse yet, those symptoms that do seem relatively minor may be masking a problem that is, in actuality, anything but. Throw in that your sewer line is hidden from view beneath the ground on your property, and you’ll really start to understand the issue.

There is some good news here, though. Sure, sewer line problems can get serious very quickly. However, they can also be resolved with the skill and expertise the problem demands just as quickly—provided that you’re working with plumbers of the highest caliber. That is certain to be the case when you schedule service with the pros on our team. So let’s take a closer look at the situation, some signs that it’s time to schedule drain and sewer services, and what may need to be done to alleviate the situation.

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Heater Installation Tip: Size Matters

February 25th, 2019
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Investing in a new heating system is not just a major expense. It is also a decision that will have major implications for your comfort moving forward. Hopefully, this heater is going to be serving you and your home for many years to come. It’s a long-term investment, and one that you want to get the greatest return possible on.

That is why you need to take a number of different factors into serious consideration when investing in a new heater. The size of that heater is one such factor. Now, nobody expects you to properly size the heater on your own. That is why you must work with trained professionals. Schedule your heating installation in Chesapeake, VA with us, and that will be the case.

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Malfunctioning Heaters Burn—Through Money!

February 11th, 2019

Essentially, your heater is a machine that allows you to convert dollars into heated air. “Burning money” is more than just an expression in this context.

While you may not like to think of it that way, it does help illustrate why efficiency is so important. The higher your efficiency, the less money you have to burn.

Lowered efficiency means you need to spend more money to get the same level of heating. One of the biggest drags on efficiency is a malfunctioning heater or HVAC system. Here’s why:

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Why Do I Keep Tripping Circuit Breakers?

January 28th, 2019
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There are a lot of opinions that are arguable out there. If you’ve ever stumbled into the comments section on a popular website, this is probably obvious to you. That being said, there are certain opinions that no one can or would really argue against. The fact that electricity is an incredible resource in our homes, for instance. Unless you’re entirely off the grid, which relatively few people are, you depend upon the electric utility in your area for access to the electricity that you use.

Unfortunately, while your utility may be quite reliable, there are still plenty of ways in which you may run into trouble when using electricity in your house. Because electricity can be dangerous when it is not being used correctly, any such problems really do demand your immediate attention—and that of a professional electrician in Norfolk, VA. Today, we’ll look at the common problem of tripped circuits. Resetting a tripped breaker isn’t hard, but it’s not something you should be doing regularly.

What Causes Tripped Breakers?

Your breaker box is there in place of an old fashioned fuse box in order to make resetting circuits easier and more convenient. You should expect to have to reset circuit breakers occasionally. Any number of issues may lead to tripped breakers, including the following:

  • Circuit Overloads
  • Short Circuits
  • Ground Faults

A circuit overload occurs when you are trying to draw more current from a circuit than it is meant to carry. A lot of homeowners wind up doing this because they buy strip outlets and load them up with a lot of different electronics or appliances. If this is the case, cut back on your draw, relocate some items to different outlets, and see if that helps. Any major appliances should also be running on their own circuits.

A short circuit occurs when your hot wire touches another hot wire or a neutral wire in an outlet. That causes a surge in current flow, overloading the circuit. You may hear a pop or even see sparks if this happens. Faulty wiring, including wiring that was incorrectly completed, is a serious fire risk. Do not ignore such problems. 

You may also be running into a ground fault, meaning that a hot wire is touching either a ground wire or the surface of a metal box. This is of particular concern in areas where moisture is present. Installing GFCI outlets in such areas is advisable.

Schedule Your Electrical Services with Our Team

When you need electrical services of any kind, you need licensed, experienced electricians to do the job. That means working with our team. We’ll make sure that your wiring is in great shape, that the wires themselves are not compromised, and that your electrical system is set up to meet your demands.

You need to be able to use electricity reliably in your home, but safety is always the number one priority. Do not make any compromises with your electrical system or its breaker box.

House Call Company is here for your electrical service needs. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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