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3 Punk Rock Plumbing Tips

February 10th, 2020

While homeowners in our area might be living semi-charmed lives themselves, their plumbing systems could be in much worse condition than they’re lead to believe. Since our plumbing is hidden behind walls and cabinets, it can be hard to tell when it’s in bad shape or when you’re leaking gallons of water a year!

Since we get to see a lot of plumbing in Chesapeake, VA, we know just how neglected some homes really are. It’s not anyone’s fault, plumbing is a complicated science and whether it’s due to chemical drain cleaners or amateur repairs, many homes have plumbing systems that are seriously mistreated.

So, we’ve got some sweet plumbing tips that could save you money, extend the lifespan of your plumbing, and keep you from needing the inevitable plumbing repairs that homeowners so desperately avoid.

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How a Smart Thermostat Can Help Your Furnace

January 27th, 2020

For those of you out there with an unreliable furnace, it’s true that your heating system can use all the help it can get! While sometimes we might talk about efficiency tips, routine maintenance, or other ways to keep your furnace running smoothly, today we’re going to talk about smart thermostats.

That’s mainly because when it comes to furnace service in Suffolk, VA there are few things that can mitigate inefficiency problems more than a smart thermostat. These posts are all about informing homeowners of the subtle ways that they can help their heating systems on their own, and a smart thermostat is the perfect way to keep your furnace happy without needing technical expertise.

So, if you’re the kind of homeowner that still wants to help your furnace even though you’ve already had a professional perform maintenance and repairs, then consider investing in a smart thermostat.

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Heater FAQ: Know the Major Differences

January 13th, 2020

From furnaces to boilers, there is no shortage of options when it comes to heating systems that can work for your home. The problem isn’t choosing a bad heater, since all of these heaters can work in the roles that are right for them, the issue is more figuring out which heater is right for your particular home.

If you’ve been looking into having a furnace, boiler, or heat pump professionally installed in your home, then we understand the obnoxious amount of work that goes into researching each one. Not only is the research a hassle, but you’re often taking the advice from someone who is trying to sell you that service. A heat pump specialist is going to try and tell you that a heat pump is right for you, and a furnace manufacturer will tell you that a furnace is right for you.

If you’re trying to lower the chances of heating repair in Portsmouth, VA by having the perfect system installed in your home—keep reading and we’ll fill you in without the bias you’re used to.

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Signs You Could Use a Furnace Replacement

December 30th, 2019

No, we’re not just talking about replacing your furnace for fun. Furnaces have a set lifespan that they really aren’t supposed to keep working past. If your system is 20 years old or older, you could be plagued with high fuel bills, inefficiency, poor home heating quality, and even safety concerns.

We like talking about replacements because there’s a constant misconception with heating systems that you should use it until it breaks down on its absolute last day. However, what homeowners don’t like to think about is that furnaces are not people. We don’t want to keep them around as long as we can, because soon they start doing more harm than good. A family that uses a gas furnace, constantly paying for furnace repair in Chesapeake, VA 10 years longer than they should be, means a higher net cost that can sometimes be too much to handle.

Don’t ruin your budget with a heater that’s barely working. Get a replacement today.

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Gas or Electric: Which Furnace Is Right for You?

December 16th, 2019

While this might be an easy choice for some people in our area, the question isn’t always as simple as it seems for others. We get it, if you’ve got the natural gas pipelines already installed in your house then it’s quite easy and affordable to have a gas furnace installed as a next step.

However, for those that are looking to save every penny they can, what are the exact differences in costs between gas and electric? How much does a natural gas furnace cost compared to an electric furnace in energy costs? What about initial costs?

If you’re wondering these questions then you’re not alone. Hopefully, we can shed some light on the intricate differences between these two types of heaters. If you’re looking to forego heating repair in Chesapeake, VA and you’re thinking about upgrading to a furnace that’s right for your home—keep reading and we’ll give you some tips.

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Dire, Dire Drain Repair

December 2nd, 2019

Drains don’t last forever, but with good maintenance and care, they should last a preferably long time. The problem with drains and pipes that are breaking down, is that they often cause problems in places that are hard to see. Noticing and addressing a plumbing problem is more of an art than people realize.

That’s where we come in! As your neighborhood plumbers, we’re always there to provide expert plumbing in Portsmouth, VA. The problem with that, is that homeowners need to call us when they notice a problem, and many don’t notice a problem until it’s way too late! So, let us give you a little bit of our plumbing insight, and bestow some tips to find out if you’re suffering from a drain problem that could use our expert repair.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Drains

November 18th, 2019

Cleaning your drain is often more of a hassle than it should be. If you’re a homeowner, then you’re very well aware that there are tons of different ways to deal with a drain clog out there. However, one thing we’d like to talk about is that not all drain solutions are equal. From hydro-jetting, to using a drain snake, quality plumbing in Chesapeake, VA can provide the exact solution that your drains need.

Don’t believe us? Then perhaps you’ve never dealt with the frustrating aftermath of a broken pipe or a reoccurring clog because the wrong solution was applied to the wrong situation. Buying a plastic drain snake might not work every single time, but that doesn’t mean you should give up and accept your drain clog as being a fact of life from here on out.

After this post, we’re sure you’ll have the tools necessary to know exactly what to do with your drains.

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Maintaining Your AC for the Winter

November 4th, 2019

While every homeowner would like to think that they can leave their AC alone until next spring, what they usually don’t know is that there are a few things that should be done to keep your AC stored properly for the cold months ahead. Central air conditioners need to be covered and maintained correctly through the winter, otherwise, you’ll be dealing with possible repairs when next spring rolls around.

While this wouldn’t be considered AC maintenance in Suffolk, VA air conditioners still need to be looked after when they’re not in use. Animals can make nests in the grills and vents, impeding the ability of your system to work as the seasons change. That’s why we’d like to tell you what you can do to mitigate this damage and keep your central air conditioner happy as you ride out the winter months.

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Electrical Safety 101

October 21st, 2019

As electricians, some of the most important information we can give to homeowners are electrical safety tips. Not everyone knows about the dangers and safety concerns with inspecting and handling electrical systems. Some simple electrical fixes can be done by homeowners without the help of an electrician (like replacing batteries, lightbulbs, some switches, and fuses) but without the right proper safety precautions being taken, these can situations can be quite dangerous.

So, today we’re going to be listing some handy tips to remain safe when handling anything electrical. While ideally, we’d like you to contact one of the many electricians in Portsmouth, VA for every electrical problem you encounter, we know that all homeowners will call an electrician until the last possible second. That’s why we’d rather make sure when you are replacing a lightbulb or are inspecting your fuses, to follow the right procedures to ensure your safety.

So, pay attention class, this information could come in handy!

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Do You Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

October 7th, 2019
shot of a carbon monoxide

The carbon monoxide detector is one of the most underrated electrical appliances in our industry. So many homes in our area use gas furnaces because they’re the most reliable and affordable heater in America, that it goes without saying a carbon monoxide detector should be in every home with a furnace.

The truth of the matter is, however, not nearly enough carbon monoxide detectors are in homes that use natural gas. Unfortunately, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention states that 430 people die in the US each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, and a more staggering 50,000 people visit the emergency room due to the same symptoms. Since our industry sees many gas-powered heating devices, it’s not surprising that most electricians in Chesapeake, VA will tell you just how important these devices can be.

So, if you didn’t think you needed a carbon monoxide detector before, we hope you reconsider and keep reading.

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