Ask an Electrician: Why Are My Lights Flickering?

April 9th, 2018

CFL-bulbIf you use old oil lamps in order to illuminate your home, hey—to each his or her own, we say. Considering the fact that you are reading this on the internet, however, we’re guessing that your lifestyle is a bit more modern. One of the greatest modern luxuries that we have in our homes is our indoor lighting systems. These days there are more options than ever before in terms of bulbs and fixtures available.

What there isn’t, unfortunately, is any guarantee your indoor lighting system is going to function properly at all times. One of the most common issues that homeowners reach out to our electricians in Chesapeake, VA about is flickering lights. If your lights are flickering, you may need a professional electrician to fix the problem. Before scheduling service, however, you should read the following post, as this is not always the case.

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Ask a Plumber: When to Replace Your Water Heater

March 26th, 2018

water-heater-serviceBuying a new water heater is not really the most exciting way to spend a decent amount of money. It is, however, something that you are going to have to do eventually. When that time comes, you’ll obviously want to be sure that you schedule your water heater replacement with a trained professional, and only after you’ve reviewed your replacement options carefully. Of course, this does also beg the question of when, exactly, you are supposed to be replacing your water heater.

There is no single concrete answer to this question, so we cannot tell you for certain if now is the right time—though there is a situation in which a water heater will definitely require replacement, which we will discuss a bit below. For now, suffice it to say that there are a lot of different factors to take into consideration. Keep the following information in mind, and do not hesitate to reach out to our professional plumbers in Chesapeake, VA if you have any further questions. Continue Reading

Have a Plumber Install Your Sump Pump

March 5th, 2018

sump-pumpVirginia is a beautiful place a lot of the time. However, all areas have patches of bad weather. Whether it’s torrential rains or a rapid snowmelt in the winter, we can wind up dealing with a lot of water quite suddenly in this geographic region. Sure, we may not get hurricanes like they do down in the southeast, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t face trouble associated with large amounts of water. That is precisely why you should have a sump pump installed in your home.

Sump pumps have one job to do, and one job only: to pump water out of the lowest level of a home. Flooding is a serious concern, and it can lead to a lot of different problems in a home. Be sure to contact a member of our team as soon as possible if you do not currently have a sump pump in place. When we install and service your sump pump in Chesapeake, VA, you can count on the device to function precisely they way it was designed.

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Do I Need to Replace My Air Ducts?

February 26th, 2018

duct-interiorBecause the air ducts that our central air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps use to distribute heated and cooled air through our homes are largely hidden from view, it can be easy to force them out of our minds. However, we recommend against doing so. After all, damaged ductwork is one of the most common causes of a number of heating and cooling issues. In some cases, your ductwork may be repaired. That is a fairly tough job.

In other cases, however, the job is even tougher. In these instances, it may be best or even completely necessary to replace your ductwork entirely. If this is the case, then you need to know you are working with skilled, trained professionals who will do the job right every step of the way. When you hire House Call Company to replace your air duct system, you’ll be working with some of the finest Chesapeake, VA HVAC pros around. Continue Reading

Run Your Ceiling Fans All Year

February 12th, 2018

ceiling-fanAre you looking for ways to boost energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort in your home? Would you like to do so without needing to replace your HVAC systems with new and expensive high-efficiency models? Well, scheduling routine maintenance is definitely the best way to keep your heating and air conditioning systems in peak operating condition. But there is one cost-cutting technique that can help to cut down on energy use that you may be overlooking. That is running your ceiling fans.

If you think of your ceiling fans as being purely decorative, or if you only think to run them in the summertime, then you are doing yourself a disservice. Keeping those fans running throughout the entire year can help you to live more comfortably, even as you see your energy bills drop. Read on to learn more about how your ceiling fans can benefit you over the course of the year, and be sure to schedule your ceiling fan services with a professional electrician in Chesapeake, VA.

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Simple Tips for Better HVAC Efficiency

January 29th, 2018

money-out-of-chimneyWe all want to live comfortably in our homes, right? Of course. That is why we have heating and air conditioning systems to begin with. What we don’t want, however,  is to have to spend more than we should in order to live in that level of comfort. Yes, heating and cooling your home is going to come at a cost. It should not be a cost so high, however, that you are doing a double take each and every time you open up the utility bills.

That is why we’re taking an opportunity to share with you some simple tips about how you can enjoy better HVAC efficiency all year long. Don’t worry, we’re not just going to tell you to replace your HVAC systems with more efficient models. That will, of course, result in better efficiency, but it is not necessarily an expense that every homeowner is going to be able to handle at any given time. No, these tips from our Chesapeake, VA HVAC pros are simpler and won’t drain your bank account.

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Don’t Hesitate to Schedule Emergency Plumbing Services

January 15th, 2018

thumbs-upBecause our plumbing systems are so ingrained in our day to day lives, it can be easy to take them for granted. It’s a lot more difficult to do so, however, when something goes wrong with these systems. It doesn’t even need to be a “major” problem. Any issues with your plumbing system can result in serious inconveniences, and those that are “major” can result in serious damage to your property. That is why you should not hesitate to schedule professional emergency plumbing services in Chesapeake.

We’ve talked before about what exactly constitutes a plumbing emergency. Today, we’re talking more about why you cannot wait when faced with a plumbing emergency. There are reasons why plumbers such as ourselves make themselves available all day, every day, after all. Reado on, and please feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you may have. We know how stressful it can be to be faced with a plumbing emergency, and we’re happy to help in any way that we can.

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What Does Generator Maintenance Entail?

January 1st, 2018

generatorThere are certain systems, such as your heater and your air conditioner, that you’ll be using pretty regularly on your property. Not only will they see some regular use for at least part of the year, but you’ll also be able to plan their servicing around the expected period of use. It’s not like you’ll be caught off-guard that you need your heater in the winter or your air conditioner in the summer, after all. Not every system is so consistent in its schedule, though.

This is certainly true of your whole-house generator. The whole point of having a generator that can keep your home up and running during an extended power outage is to be prepared for the unexpected. You don’t know when you are going to actually need your generator—but you know that you’ll need it to spring into action when the need does arise. This is why routine generator maintenance in Portsmouth, VA is so important.  Continue Reading

Plumbing FAQ: What’s That Smell?

December 18th, 2017

drainWe are not here to tell you just how important your plumbing system is in your day to day life. Assuming that you have indoor plumbing at all, then you are already well aware of how much more convenient, hygienic, and comfortable your life is than it otherwise could be in the absence of such a system. That being said, we will be using today’s post to highlight the fact that any problem with your plumbing system could seriously, and negatively, affect your life.

The “good” news here, if you can really call it that, is that many plumbing problems are going to present you with some pretty clear evidence that something is amiss. One such warning sign is a foul odor coming from your drains or around your property. As is the case with most problems in life, there is more than one potential cause of such odors. Here are a few reasons that you may have odorous plumbing in Williamsburg.

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What Constitutes a Plumbing Emergency?

December 4th, 2017

question-markSometimes there is just no telling when a problem with your plumbing system is going to arise. Yes, most problems will give you clues and hints that trouble is brewing. That does not mean, however, that you will always notice them, or that you can be expected to. In many instances, after all, problems with your plumbing system are only going to become symptomatic after they have already started to do some damage. So what do you do when a problem does pop up out of seemingly nowhere?

If your answer is “wait until the plumbing companies get going in the morning,” then you may not be exactly right. Yes, many problems with your plumbing system may be able to wait until morning, or even over a long weekend, before being resolved. However, there are others that are going to demand much more immediate attention. That is when you need to schedule emergency plumbing services in Chesapeake, VA. Contact a member of our team to do so. Continue Reading