Making Wise Plumbing Decisions

2 Services Your Central AC System May Need If It Is Blowing Hot Air

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Central air conditioning is a standard system found in many homes, and its purpose is to cool off a house during the summer. When you turn your central AC on, cold air should soon begin blowing out of your register vents. If the air that is coming out is not cold, your system might be low on Freon, or the Freon might need to be replaced. A repair technician could determine what is preventing the system from cooling off your house, and here are two of the most common services that may need to be completed to fix the problem. Read More»

3 Obstructions That Send Toilet Water Flowing Out Of Your Tub Or Shower Drain

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All of the drain lines running through your house are completely interconnected. In the bathroom, the lines running from the tub or shower and toilet attach to a common drain line using a Y-shaped tee or U-shaped trap joint. If a clog occurs just below this joint, the wastewater will come shooting out of the attached drain. In many cases, this results in toilet water coming out of the tub or shower drain at an alarming rate. Read More»

Check The Condensate Pipe When Purchasing A Home With A High-Efficiency Furnace

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When purchasing a new home that has a high-efficiency furnace, it is important to inspect the heater’s condensate pipe. The drain line rarely causes issues in spring and summer, which are the busiest home-selling seasons according to Economists’ Outlook’s data, but it can freeze in winter and cause the home’s heater to malfunction. If you’re about to buy a home that has a high-efficiency furnace, here’s how to check its condensate pipe so that you don’t have a frozen drain and failed heater next winter. Read More»

Slow Drain In An Old Home? It Is Most Likely One Of These Three Problems

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If you have recently moved into an older house, you may notice that you have multiple drains that drain slowly. You may be tempted to believe that a slow drain is not a big problem. You might credit your still water to old pipes and you may even look on the bright side, telling yourself, “At least these drains are teaching me patience!” But slow drains are usually a sign of a bigger plumbing issue. Read More»

An Alternative To Downpipes: Enhance Your Home With Rain Chains

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Ever since the 1998 Winter Olympics was hosted in Nagano, Japan, Americans have an aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient alternative to downpipes — rain chains. Rain chains incorporate links and pots that are linked up in a chain to redirect water from the roof to a rain barrel, cistern, into a rain garden, or just about anywhere of your choice. You just want to make sure that the rain does not get redirected to an area where it will pool and remain stagnant, as this attracts pests, like mosquitoes. Read More»