House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Portsmouth’

Plumbing Tips for Holiday Hosting

Monday, December 31st, 2018
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Of all the different topics that you may cover at your holiday dinner table, we’re betting that your plumbing system and its overall performance won’t make the cut. That is totally understandable. It is, after all, not really dinner conversation to begin with—let alone dinner conversation for entertaining family and friends.

But it is really going to benefit your plumbing system to give it a bit of extra attention over the course of the holiday season. If you are hosting guests, whether just for meals or for an extended stay, then your plumbing system is going to be operating under some added stress during this stretch of the year. Remember to call our number when you need a plumber in Portsmouth, VA.

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Did You Know Our Plumbers Are Here 24/7?

Monday, December 17th, 2018

24-hourWe’ve all been there. It’s well past closing time, and you notice that you have a plumbing problem on your hands. Oh well, you think, I guess I’ll just have to wait until morning to have this taken care of. Well, if that’s your way of thinking, your thinking is way off! We offer 24-hour plumbing in Portsmouth, VA, and our plumbers are ready to go whenever you may need them—no matter how “inconvenient” that timing may be.

Now, we know what you’re thinking. Oh, sure, they’ll come out and take a look—and then I’ll be left looking at an empty wallet! Don’t worry about that, either. Of course, our plumbers must be compensated for their time, and after hours services are subject to after hours charges. That being said, we’re not looking to gouge you the way that some plumbers—not true 24-hour plumbers!—might. And, when you enroll in our Peace of Mind Priority Membership Club, you can actually do away with those charges altogether.

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Is DIY Drain Cleaning Effective?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

drainThe answer to that question is simple: no. Do-it-yourself drain cleaning methods are never as effective as having a professional plumber perform a cleaning. Sure, there are a lot of online tips and tricks, we don’t recommended them—not if you want the job done right. Some things you can fix yourself, but others should be left to the pros.

Of course, some problems do not require a professional. You can certainly use a plunger to clear out minor clogs. However, when it comes to a true cleaning, plungers and household chemical cleaners simply won’t do. Certified plumbers carry equipment meant to clean your plumbing system better than anything you can buy in a store. In fact, many of the items used at home only get a fraction of the job done or, worse, cause even more damage! Keep reading to see our comparison between at-home-solutions and professional drain cleaning in Portsmouth, VA.

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Explore Your Air Conditioning Options

Monday, June 18th, 2018

working-on-ACTemperatures are rising, and yet you still don’t have an air conditioning system. Or worse, you already have air conditioning, but the recent utility bills are putting you under strain. A bigger, more powerful, and more efficient AC system might seem like the best way to go. But before making any quick decisions—whether it’s to install a new system or to replace your current one—let’s go through the best options for air conditioning in Portsmouth, VA.

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What Does Generator Maintenance Entail?

Monday, 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. 

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Why Is Generator Maintenance Necessary?

Monday, November 6th, 2017

installing-whole-house-generatorTemperatures are dropping, slowly but surely: particularly at night. It is not going to be long before the coldest time of the year is upon us. While we may not get the heaviest snowfalls in the country, the combination of the cold and the issues that winter storms can create makes the prospect of going without electricity for any amount of time during the winter deeply unsettling. It is for precisely this reason that you should consider the installation of a whole-house generator in Portsmouth, VA.

A whole-house generator allows for a level of protection and convenience that smaller, portable generators simply cannot match. Now, don’t get us wrong. Some level of coverage is better than none in the event of a power outage. But why not go the whole hog? Work with a member of our team to find the right generator for your needs. We’ll install it properly from the first step to last. We also offer the generator maintenance service that your system needs to excel in its operation. 

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You Need a Clean Air Filter in Your AC!

Monday, 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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Don’t Forget to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, March 27th, 2017

thermostat-is-risingYou certainly are not going to be running your air conditioner to cool your home down in the next few days. Why, then, are we reminding you about how important it is to schedule professional air conditioning maintenance already? The simple answer is so that your air conditioner is there for you and ready for action as soon as you need it. You don’t want to wait until the last minute, only to find that summer’s heat arrived a bit earlier than you expected.

When you are ready to schedule your annual air conditioning maintenance for the year, remember that only trained, experienced professionals can do the job. It requires much more than simply changing out your air filters and clearing your outdoor unit of debris. When you work with us, you can count on a thorough AC tune-up in Portsmouth, VA.

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Problems Caused by Low Humidity

Monday, January 16th, 2017

During the summer, humidity outdoors can be oppressive. Running your air conditioner around the clock can actually dry out the air in your home too much, though. Your heater is not going to dry out the air in your living space the same way that your air conditioner might, but it is important to remember that there is less humidity in the air in the winter season to begin with.

It is for this reason that you may want to use a whole-house humidifier in Portsmouth, VA. Chances are that you’ve come across the small, portable humidifiers available to homeowners at some point. These have their uses, but they are not ideal for raising humidity throughout the house. 

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What Benefits Does Ductless Heating Offer?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Some homeowners seem to think that they are still limited to the classics when it comes to heating their homes, such as the furnace or the boiler. These systems are classics for a reason, and are definitely the best option for many homeowners out there. Others may find that a newer type of system is what they’re after, however.

If you are looking for a different kind of technology when heating your home, we strongly recommend that you consider the use of a ductless heating system in Portsmouth, VA. Doing so will open up a number of different benefits for you. Just consider the following, and call our number if you think that you are ready to take air ducts out of your home heating equation.

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