Filed under: Bathroom Repair, Efficiency Tips, Plumber Tip, Plumbing Repair, Unclog drain
The Need for Maintaining Toilet Plumbing
If you regularly maintain the toilet plumbing system of your Fort Collins home, you can actually prevent problems related to toilet plumbing. But you may not be aware of how to go about the maintenance. Here are a few pointers that can help you with toilet/plumbing repair.
Insulate the Plumbing
Most of the times, a frozen plumbing system leads to leaking toilets and roofs. To prevent this, you can get the plumbing of your toilets insulated. It is advised that you get professional help to insulate the plumbing of your toilets.
Avoid Using Toilet to Dispose Garbage
Most people throw garbage into the toilet occasionally. This will lead to the garbage blocking the toilet pipes and resulting in faulty toilets. Here lies the need for toilet/plumbing repair. Try not to throw waste into the toilet bowl and always keep the toilet bowl closed when not in use to prevent debris from falling into it.
Keeping a Lookout for Minor Problems
Minor problems are the ones that grow bigger over time and end up causing bigger issues. To prevent this, always keep an eye out for small problems. Even if the problem is insignificant, make sure that it is fixed just to be on the safer side. This will prevent the toilet plumbing problem from worsening.
Annual Toilet Tank Checks
There is a simple way in which you can check your toilet tank annually. Add a few drops of food color and let it stand for a couple of hours. If the color remains, it means that the tank is leak-free. If it reduces, then it implies that the tank has a leak. This calls for a visit from a professional plumber to fix the leak.
It is always better to let the repair jobs for toilets to the professionals as toilet repair, if not done properly, can get very ugly.
Filed under: Air Conditioner Maintenance, Air Conditioning, Efficiency Tips, Energy Saving Tips
Old Appliances Cost You More in the Long Run
The general mentality of the consumer population is that they would rather face small expenditures, even if it is wasted, for a longer period of time than invest at once and save money in the long run. This behavior is especially evident in the usage of electric appliances. Instead of investing money on more energy-efficient appliances and saving money in the long run, people tend to carry on with the old appliances. For example, instead of making the decision to install a new a/c unit in your Loveland home, you may want to stick to the old unit for as long as possible.
How an Old AC Costs You More
Imagine that you have a very old AC. The components of this AC would have become very old. Naturally, they need a lot more power than they would normally need. Also, since the performance of the AC would have reduced over time, you tend to keep it in the high mode rather than the low or normal mode to extract the maximum performance. The high mode usually consumes a lot of energy. Sometimes, you have to reinforce the old AC with a fan since the blower would not be powerful enough to cool the whole room. But if you install new a/c units, you would not have this problem.
How Can a New AC Save Money
If you have an old AC, you will see that there is a lot of unnecessary power being consumed. Also, the performance of the AC is not up to the mark. On the other hand, if you install new a/c units, you can not only save money from low power bills but also experience the full performance of the AC. Also, modern-day ACs come with improved technology that can consume less power compared to older models.
In case you decide to get a new AC installed, always hire the services of a professional to get it done for you.
Filed under: Drain Repairs, Kitchen Repair, Unclog drain
Clogged Kitchen Trains Can Be Worrisome
The problem of a clogged kitchen sink is something that you’d like to avoid at all costs. The consequences of this problem can be very difficult and unbearable at times. Although it is recommended that you get the help of a professional to unclog the blocked kitchen sink drain, sometimes, you just cannot wait till professional arrives to offer help. So, here are a few tips to unclog drains of the kitchen sink.
When you use the plunger, make sure that the rubber cup completely covers the sink’s drain hole. All the other outlets of the sink should be covered with wet rags. Make sure that no air enters the cup of the plunger while you plunge it on the hole. Use vigorous strokes and ensure that you do it around 10 times.
Soda and Vinegar Method
Take 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Slowly pour both of them into the drain, one after the other. Wait for a few minutes and pour boiling water. This will lead to an acidic reaction in the drain and will unclog drains. You might have to repeat this process a few times for complete unclogging.
The Wire Hanger Method
Take a wire hanger and unwind it to turn it into a long string with a curved end. This will be thin enough to insert into the drain. Insert the curved end into the drain and try to hook the things, which are blocking the drain, to the curved end of the wire hanger. Pull it out once they get hooked.
The aforementioned are only temporary solutions to sink clogging in your Fort Collins home. Make sure you look for professional help, just to ensure that the clog is completely removed.
Filed under: Air Conditioner Maintenance, Air Conditioning, Fort Collins Air Conditioning, Ventilation
Why Your Air Conditioner Might Need Repair
Air conditioner is one of those appliances that some people cannot live without, especially if the weather is at its extremes. If you feel that you should call the air conditioner repair guy only after it fails, you need to reconsider it. Here are a few signs that indicate it is time for you to consider an air condition inspection.
Ideally, modern day air-conditioners should operate without any noise. But some models do hum, albeit quietly. So, if you feel that your air conditioner is noisy or making previously unheard noises while it is running, it is a sign that there is something wrong with the appliance and you should get it examined.
When you sit near the air conditioner, you will feel a slight breeze flowing. This is because of the fan inside the air-conditioner which pumps out the regulated air. Over time or if there’s something wrong with your AC, this might reduce and it is a sign that your air conditioner needs maintenance.
Stale or Smelly Air
The air conditioner should pump out air that is clean and free of dust or odor. But if there is something wrong with the machine, the air coming out of it will smell stale or somewhat unusual. This is one of the most prominent signs that an air condition inspection is long overdue.
Air conditioners have a tendency to lead to short circuits if there’s something wrong internally. In such cases, the MCB (miniature circuit breakers), which is a safety feature in your Fort Collins residence, will trip when you turn on the AC and vary the speed or the temperature. This is a clear sign that you must get the air conditioner examined.
Filed under: Drain Repairs, Unclog drain
Why Drains Should Be Clean Especially in Rainy Season
Rainy season is the time during which you have to keep the drains of your house very clean. Due to rain, there will be a lot of rainwater around and if it doesn’t flow into the appropriate drains, the water might stagnate and spoil the wood or other surface on which it accumulates. Here are some drain cleaning tips that can help you in keeping the storm drains clean.
Clear Out the Debris Once Before the Rainy Season
Before the rainy season begins, it is always better to clean the drains once as a precautionary measure. Drains have tendency to retain the debris that gets accumulated in them. So, you will have to keep up a manual drain cleaning routine that involves removal of the accumulated debris.
Installing Perforated Covers
In case there are open drains that are exposed to falling leaves or any form of debris that can get carried in through air, it is always better to install perforated cover. This cover will keep the debris out of the drain while allowing water to drain out as planned. At the same time, it is always better to keep an eye on these covered drains as sometimes small debris can get through the perforated covers and accumulate in the drain.
Keeping a Close Eye on Exposed Surfaces
If there is any water accumulation, it tends to seep through the surface. So, keep an eye out for such seeps in your Fort Collins home. The earlier you identify these seeps and fix them, the better it is for you. If the seeps are left unattended for a long time, the surface (walls and roof) might get irreparably damaged.
It is always recommended that you get a professional to inspect the storm drains on an annual basis, just to ensure that everything is in order.
Filed under: Air Quality, Whole Home Humidifers
Do I need a humidifier?
If you live in Fort Collins, you have lived through the extremely warm, humid summer with afternoon thunderstorms and the severe cold spells in winter. With such weather, every house has their heating or cooling systems running throughout the year.
Do you have any idea how much damage the contrasting air inside and outside your house does to your body due to the change in humidity? It not only affects your respiratory system but also reduces your immunity.
Health benefits of whole house humidifiers
With a humidifier in place, the air will remain hydrated in the right amount which will be a blessing for your lungs. This will lubricate your nasal passage so that it will work great for those of you who are allergy-prone. Extremely cold weather can certainly make your nose bleed, which is not likely to happen if there is a humidifier installed in your house. Humidifiers also prevent dry throat while sleeping, so you can now enjoy a snore-free sleep. The moisture will also relieve you from dry skin.
Other importance of humidifiers
It will not only prevent your houseplants from drying out, but will also save your hardwood floors and wallpapers from excessive dryness. The painful, static shocks due to dry air also damages your computers, TV and other electronics. It will also conserve your energy usage.
What are whole home humidifiers?
Whole home humidifiers are systems designed to add moisture to the air inside your entire house as the air released from your heating or cooling system is distributed throughout. Rather than investing in different humidifiers, it would be best for you to invest in one that does it all.
Filed under: Air Conditioner Maintenance, Air Conditioning, Air Filtration, Air Quality, Ventilation
Ducts Are Common in Fort Collins Homes
You might have noticed that your house has more ducts than you can count. Ducts are a part of every building. They are used for ventilation, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, electric wiring, etc. If you are moving into a new home, or if it is a while since you got the ducts of your house cleaned, you must seriously consider duct cleaning.
Cleaning Ducts in a New House You Are Moving Into
If you are moving into a new house, you will not be aware of the lifestyle of the previous owners. They might have been smokers. They might have had a pet that shed a lot of hair and dander to which you are allergic to. The HVAC system of the air conditioning that they used might have got damaged. The filters to the ventilation system, the HVAC, or the air conditioning system might have got infected or moldy. All these can be eliminated using duct cleaning.
Cleaning Ducts in a House That You Have Stayed in for a Period of Time
Even if you have stayed in the same house since it was constructed, the ducts will get obstructed with dust, debris, seeds from pollinating plants, etc. These obstructions will not only limit the ventilation but also increase the operating costs of the air conditioning and the HVAC units.
Hiring Professional Duct Cleaning Services
Duct cleaning professionals will use special tools to ensure that your duct is 100% clean and all the debris and dust are cleared out. They also use special chemicals in case there are some elements that do not come off via the equipment they use. Don’t worry about chemical allergies, as the duct cleaning professionals will ensure that all the traces of chemicals are removed after the duct cleaning is completed.
Filed under: Air Filtration, Air Quality
Importance of Getting Your Indoor Air Quality Tested
The air quality in your home can have a telling effect on your health and well-being. Clean and fresh air facilitates a positive mood in your home. It also ensures that illnesses are kept at bay. Unclean surroundings can be very harmful, especially for those whose immune systems aren’t the strongest! Maintaining good air quality through air purification will eliminate all the disease-causing elements and ensure that your Fort Collins home is a happy place.
Common Culprits of Poor Air Quality
Your home is constantly exposed to various pollutants. While some are formed in your home, other pollutants enter your home from the outside. The most common culprits that reduce the quality of air in your home include pet dander, mold, carbon monoxide, bacteria, dust mutes, viruses, volatile organic compounds, and particles. Having your air quality tested by a professional company will help in detecting these problems and effectively eliminating them.
Why Air Purification is Your Best Option
When you check your air quality and find pollutants, there are several ways through which you can purify the air in your home. The best option is to use an air purification system that uses advanced technologies that can counter problems caused by multiple pollutants. Whether there is an excess of bacteria, particles, or chemicals in your Fort Collins home, air purification systems easily eliminate all of them and inject a much-needed breath of fresh air.
Filed under: Energy Saving Tips, Solar, Water Heater Service
Reduce Your Electricity Bills with Solar Power
Solar water heating installation can help in significantly lowering the amount of money you spend on electricity consumption. Solar water heating uses free energy obtained from the sun and caters to the hot water needs of your Fort Collins home. Although these systems are mainly used in the summer, some of the modern options available at your disposal can be used throughout the year, whether it is the spring or the winter. Solar water heating systems, work along with your conventional water heater to reduce water heating bills as well as the carbon footprint of your home.
The Provisions of Solar Water Heating
During the summer, solar water heating systems can provide a good amount of hot/warm water, which is enough for the average Fort Collins homeowner to use for cleaning and washing purposes. During the spring, you can combine your traditional water heater and the solar heating system to obtain hot water. While the solar heater will produce enough hot water on sunny days, it will require extra energy to do so on the not-so-sunny days. However, combining your conventional heater with the solar one will considerably reduce energy consumption.
How Solar Heating Works
Domestic solar heaters have three major components which are crucial to its operations. Solar panels are fitted on the roof of your home to collect solar energy. The heat transfer system undertakes the heating of water by using the heat collected by the panels. A cylinder is the final part of the jigsaw – storing the hot water and supplying it when required, making solar water heating installation a great option for every Fort Collins home.
Filed under: Bathroom Repair
Need for Bathroom Remodel
The fixtures in your bathroom get old over time and hamper the looks of your bathing area. If they’re still in great condition, there’s a good chance they’re out of fashion as trends are always changing. A bathroom remodel in your Fort Collins home can add to its overall value.
Updating Shower Heads
Shower head fixture installation has been rising in popularity. Some of the most advanced technologies enable your shower head to completely change your bathroom into a spa-like rainforest based on the water flow and design. In addition, you can also find eco-friendly shower heads that help in effectively saving money as well as water.
Sinks and Faucets
Bathroom sinks can be a fine way to flaunt your personal style. Based on the availability of space, the layout of your bathroom, the style, and storage options, bathroom sinks have the ability to easily transform your guests’ perception of your bathing area. Some of the latest sinks you can install include drop-in sinks, vessel sinks, undermount sinks, wall-hung sinks, and pedestal sinks.
Faucets are beginning to use more advanced technology than ever as the newer models are now water-efficient as well as integrated with other devices so as to reduce leaks. There are several designs, and regardless of whether you prefer the sleek, traditional, or modern style, you will surely find the faucet that best suits your bathroom.
You can also change your toilet valves. So, there are some great options out there that will make your Fort Collins home even more beautiful on the inside!