House Call Company Blog: Archive for December, 2015

What Are the Benefits of an Automatic Shut-Off Valve?

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Plumbing problems tend to be more of an issue in the winter months than in the summer months. Freezing pipes, increased use of the kitchen, and the presence of family or friends in your home over the holidays can all contribute to plumbing problems, leading to leaks or worse problems just when you least expect them. Every home comes with a manual shut-off valve designed to turn the water in your plumbing off when you spot a problem. But some problems can’t always be detected right away, such as leaks that occur inside the crawlspace to your walls. An automatic shut-off valve can be just the solution to handle the issue the right way. Here’s a quick breakdown on its benefits and how it works.

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When Is Duct Sealing Necessary?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

If your air ducts are leaking, then you are going to encounter a number of different potential problems in your home. By having your air ducts effectively sealed by a qualified professional, you can ensure that you are not wasting the energy that you’ve used to heat or cool that air, in addition to avoiding other issues. All that being said, though, you must first recognize that duct sealing in Suffolk, VA may be necessary to begin with. Read the following post for a few tips regarding how to do so. If you believe that duct sealing may be needed in your home, be sure to hire the pros at House Call Company to get the job done right.

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Top Plumbing Problems During the Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

The day after Christmas, plumbers can see business grow between 20% and 40% over a normal day!! plumber fixing central heating system

Given the increase of pipe usage with holiday guests, we want homeowners to prepare for common plumbing issues before it’s too late. One thing residents do not want this winter is a plumbing problem – luckily the experts (aka House Call Company) can help! 🙂

  1. No Hot Water – Properly functioning water heaters are necessary during the holidays. To ensure yours is not overwhelmed, turn up the heat to maximize its capability, 120 degrees F, to help the hot water last longer.
  2. Garbage Disposal – Rather than instructing guests to put left over food in the garbage disposal and risk clogs, we recommend disposing of table scraps in the trash.
  3. Toilet Clogs – It seems like common sense, but you don’t want to take the chance that someone flushes down the wrong thing. Have a waste basket handy for guests to throw away trash. Still have concerns? A funny reminder on the countertop may do just the trick (and serve as interesting reading material).
  4. Frozen Pipes – While the temperature in Hampton Roads doesn’t typically get below freezing until January, it’s a good preventive measure to fit your pipes with insulation or foam the walls and slabs where they reside. In severe cold weather, let uninsulated faucets drip to prevent bursting.

“This holiday season, we don’t want homeowners to deal with plumbing problems while entertaining,” said Raymond Walsh, general manager of House Call Company. “A little preemptive maintenance can go a long way to help prevent water damage and save thousands of dollars in repairs!”

If you know your plumbing system isn’t in good condition, don’t wait for a sign of trouble. Call the professionals immediately. Our plumbers carry leak detection equipment, which can help track down the problem’s source. Give us a call today!

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Choosing the Right Furnace for Your Home

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Because there are so many heating systems available to homeowners today, simply choosing which is the right fit for your home can be a project in and of itself. If you have reviewed your options and decided that using a furnace in Portsmouth, VA is right for you, there are still more considerations to make. You must be certain not only that your furnace is of a high quality and that it was built by a trusted manufacturer, but also that it suits your needs well. Below you’ll find a few tips to help ensure that you choose the right furnace for your needs. Contact House Call Company for more details. 

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Why Heat My Home with a Heat Pump?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

We may only be in the early stages of the heating season, but we most definitely are in the heating season. Hopefully you are not just now considering your options for a new heating system. If you are due to the need for an unexpected heating replacement, though, or if you’re thinking ahead to a planned replacement once this season is past, then the heat pump is definitely an option to consider. More and more homeowners are turning to heat pumps in Newport News, VA, and this is not at all surprising to those with an understanding of how these systems work. We encourage you to read the following information, and to contact House Call Company with any questions that you may have regarding the use of a heat pump in your home.

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