This article and video will describe why it’s so important to have an air conditioning system check NOW.
It will also describe the types of air conditioning maintenance and system checks that are included in our air conditioning service.
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Air Conditioning System Check: Why it’s Important!
It’s the perfect time of year! We’ve been blessed with cool temperatures, but summer is quickly approaching. Most people don’t think about their air conditioner until something bad happens. In the worst case, it simply doesn’t start. Or, you hear the motor and fan running, but the unit is blowing warm air. You’re frustrated. You’re spending money for no return, and your family is uncomfortable and probably complaining. Regardless of the type of system break down, an air conditioning system check will get your system operating at peak proficiency. Not only does this ensure that your home is cooling properly, you are saving on you energy bills, and you have a happy family.
Furthermore. it protects you from the huge burdensome costs of replacing your entire system. Don’t be fooled by all these recent cool days when you can simply open the windows, use some window fans, breathe fresh air and be blessed by low energy costs. There will be a time, soon, that you are going to need your air conditioner to pump in cool air and keep your family cool in the pending hot summer months.
Please enjoy this short video! It will describe why an air conditioning system check is so important and cover the various services that will be performed to ensure that your cooling system is operation at peak proficiency.
Air Conditioning System Check: Services Performed
In our video, we explained all the detailed inspections and services our techs perform both inside and outside your home that are necessary to bring your air conditioning system to peak performance. These service checks are included in our air conditioning system check inspection. This is a basic preventative maintenance check-up and should be done every year. More importantly, it should be done now! …Before the outside Summer temperatures hit the high 90’s!
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A sewer line camera is now a powerful tool in the plumbing industry. We understand the value it offers our customers.
That is why we have invested in a sewer line camera to better meet our customer’s needs. Most homeowner’s do not understand that the sewer line buried underground on their property is their responsibility should it crack, break or no longer provide the service it’s intended to provide. As your home gets older, so does this sewer line. Your “sewer line” refers a pipe carrying water with human waste at atmospheric pressure.
Leaks and breaks are commonly caused by aging, corrosion, extreme temperatures, or settling or shifting of the ground. If this line fails, repair or replacement could cost thousands of dollars and most homeowners insurance policies or home warranty companies do not cover repairs. So, in these cases, we use our sewer line camera to inspect your sewer line. Here are some advantages:
Sewer Line Camera Inspection
It all starts with a sewer line inspection. An inspection allows our technicians to identify current or potential problems in your sewer line. Real time video image transmission allows our technicians to determine the condition of the inside of the pipe and understand any existing or potential problems. The images can also be saved for a permanent record. For example, you might not have a problem right now; but if and when you do, we have a record that enables us to quickly identify the problem the next time.
Value of a Sewer Line Camera Inspection
Here’s the value to you. Let’s say we identify a potential problem in your sewer line. For example, the ground has shifted and perhaps we have signs of aging. Yet, you may not have a break or major problem for another five years. This gives you ample time to perhaps find an inexpensive insurance solution to your problem. On the other hand, if your line is corroded or obstructed with sludge, dirt or other debris, we might be able to clean it with our sewer line jetter.
Here’s another major advantage of a sewer line camera inspection. We can often avoid or minimize the “dig.” The dig is an expensive and labor intensive process. Obviously, its much less expensive to the homeowner is we can clean the sewer line with out jetter.
Or perhaps we don’t have to completely replace the entire sewer line. With our inspection, we might be able to determine if the problem is localized. In that case, we can minimize damage to your property and simply replace a section of your sewer line.
In summary, we have added a sewer line camera to our plumbing services. With our camera we can better serve our customer’s needs. The sewer system is something most homeowners don’t think about until there’s a problem. With a sewer line camera inspection we can help our customers avoid much higher costs. While this article focused on residual homeowners, this service is also available to our commercial and municipal customers.
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This is a timely article on cooling tower refurbishment. We wanted to share this article with our audience in business, government, health care, education and with commercial property owners and managers. It’s timely because this article represents a great overview of the cooling tower refurbishment job we are doing at the Great Mills High School.
Cooling tower refurbishment is highly effective preventive maintenance.
Let’s face it, replacing a school’s cooling unit can be very expensive. It only makes good business sense to understand that there are more cost-effective alternatives. As this article points out, these large cooling units normally last for about 15-20 years. There are many factors that lead to corrosion and deterioration of these units; humidity, high winds, icing… to name a few. If these cooling units are left unattended, they can eventually collapse. But, there is good news! As the authors says, “Refurbishment or upgrades can bring a cooling tower’s components up to original factory specifications, extending the system’s lifespan for another 15 to 20 years.” We highly recommend that you take a few minutes to read this article. It dives deep into the many functions performed in cooling tower refurbishment. Read why cooling tower refurbishment is a highly effective preventive maintenance alternative!
A commercial cooling tower’s life expectancy is between 15 and 25 years, yet it is not always necessary to install a completely new system; old cooling towers can be refurbished or upgraded at a fraction of the cost. Refurbishment or upgrades can bring a cooling tower’s components up to original factory specifications, extending the system’s lifespan for another 15 to 20 years. Over time, the humid environment of a cooling tower naturally leads to the build-up of contaminants resulting in clogging of the heat transfer medium and corrosion of metallic components. This build-up diminishes the efficiency of the cooling system and in severe cases can result in the collapse of the cooling tower structure. Plastic components gradually deteriorate over the operating life of the cooling tower becoming brittle and are therefore easily damaged due to maintenance activities or exposure to high winds and icing during winter. Cooling tower refurbishment is achieved by cleaning the inside of the cooling tower and all metal parts, using sandblasting to remove corrosion. Once sandblasting is completed, an epoxy coating is applied to the metal, with a flexible epoxy stripping applied to the joints to allow flexibility and prevent leaking. Once […]
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Do I really need a furnace maintenance tune-up every year? Can’t I do it myself? Do I really need to pay $80-150 every year to have a professional perform furnace maintenance? These are great questions.
A recent blog post about fall maintenance mentioned having your furnace inspected/tuned up by a qualified heating contractor annually. One reader sent an email asking if this was really necessary. We would like to share that post and response with you. It appeared on the Fox Business website. You can read the post or article in its entirety below.
It’s an excellent article and it represents the questions we get from our own customers. First and foremost, this article points out that furnace manufacturers have language in their warranties stating that annual inspections by a qualified technician are recommended. And, that some HVAC contractors recommend getting newer furnaces checked every other year, but once they’re more than 10 years old, have them checked annually. Secondly, it addresses the procedures technicians perform to actually perform furnace maintenance or a “tune-up.”
What procedures are performed in furnace maintenance or tune up:
You’ll learn that the procedures can vary greatly. There is no industry standard for providing this furnace (or boiler) maintenance. But, it does provide a generic list that should be performed. For example, the vent system needs to be checked for blockage and/or leakage, combustion gases must be analyzed and compared to specification, the blower and access door need to be checked, the burners need to be checked for proper ignition, etc. These are all safety as well as system issues. Plus, this article describes other procedures that need to be performed.
Could the homeowner perform proper furnace maintenance?
Of course, but the only homeowners who are knowledgeable enough to do all the tasks listed above also happen to be heating contractors. Contractors also perform static air pressure checks, gas pressure testing and temperature rise checks. If the only thing your furnace maintenance tech does is stick a vacuum nozzle into the furnace and suck a little dust out, sure, do it yourself. If your furnace tech does half the stuff on the list above, they’re earning their keep. Before you hire a company to do a tune-up on your furnace, ask what’s included. The company doing the work should be able to quickly rattle off a long list of stuff they’ll be checking.
What a fair price for furnace maintenance?
This article also addresses this issue very well. $80 barely covers the trip charge. Keep in mind, this is about safety; it’s also about preventive maintenance, and it’s about having the proper equipment and certified tools to perform an inspection. It’s also about catching a problem before your furnace quits working in the middle of the night, or on a weekend when service can be hard to find and much more expensive. When you have to hire a heating contractor to show up on a Sunday evening or a holiday because the furnace stopped working, you’re probably going to end up paying emergency rates.
We have your safety and convenience in mind! That’s why we are offering a limited time 10-Point Safety and Maintenance Check on your furnace and boilers. Please go to our Fall Furnace Maintenance Special offer to take advantage of this offer.
Here’s the full article on furnace maintenance on the Fox Business website...
A recent blog post about fall maintenance mentioned having your furnace inspected/tuned up by a qualified heating contractor annually. One reader sent an email asking if this was really necessary – here’s his original question: “I have a question about furnace tune-ups. You say get one every year – is that really necessary? What do the HVAC guys actually do to the furnace to ‘tune’ it up? There’s no spark plugs to replace like a car tune-up, and my understanding is they basically vacuum out dust and inspect it. Couldn’t the homeowner do this himself? Or do I really need to pay $80-$150 every year for a professional to do it?” These are great questions worthy of a post all on their own. Are annual furnace inspections really necessary? Furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance by a qualified technician. They also have language in their warranties saying that damage to the units caused by improper maintenance is not covered under the warranty. Does this mean that an annual furnace checkup is really required, or the warranty is voided? Probably not, but it’s recommended. The best analogy is going to the dentist every six months for a checkup […]
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Air conditioner maintenance is important. While maintenance can be as simple as replacing the filter every three months, it is sometimes very complicated
The purpose of this article is to share an excellent and very timely article on cleaning and maintenance of air conditioning units. According to its author, air conditioner maintenance involves a lot of steps, which is why many homeowners choose to hire professionals. Dirty and clogged filters need to be replaced or cleaned since they block normal airflow and significantly reduce the unit’s efficiency. Cleaning or replacing the filter can reduce the unit’s energy consumption by up to 15%.
This article also talks about other components like evaporator and condenser coils which collect dirt, even with clean filters. This causes a decrease in airflow and will also insulate the coil, minimizing its ability to absorb heat. Other parts of the air conditioning unit that need maintenance include coil fins, condensate drains and window seals.
With the summer months coming up, HRC Climate Services encourages air conditioner maintenance to insure optimum cooling performance. Utah air conditioning services. ( Newswire.net — June 13, 2016) Spanish Fork , Utah
HRC Climate Services is encouraging homeowners to have their air conditioners checked and maintained now that the warmer months are here. Maintenance on air conditioners is extremely advantageous to homeowners because of the benefits it can offer, especially in the summer. Unless it is brand new, an air conditioner may not be running as efficiently as it is supposed to. Air conditioning units require regular maintenance, and if not maintained, may work less efficiently with time. They may not cool a room as they used to, giving homeowners an uncomfortably hot home during the summer. When they can no longer cool a room with the original amount of energy it used to require, they will work harder to achieve their usual standard. This results in utilizing more energy and can cause a higher utility bill. Even as energy usage increases, the unit will not be able to cool a room the way it used to. Cleaning and maintenance on air conditioning units involve a lot of […]
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We also recommend you read our article titled Air Conditioning Repair Services in Southern Maryland. In this article we provide recommendations on what to look for and how to choose a professional air conditioning repair contractor..
Finally, you might want to check out this timely article on Air Conditioner Repair and Replacement. In this article, we describe some of the many technical changes that have occurred in air conditioning repair. For example, as of 2010, manufacturers must use a new kind of refrigerant that’s not an ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon. Plus, we explain some cost/benefit solutions when making a decision to either repair or replace your air conditioning system.
Backflow protection and prevention are essential to our community in order to provide the safe drinking water we have come to expect.
People in developed countries turn on the tap and safe drinking water flows, a dramatic health benefit they tend to take for granted.
Crumbling water infrastructure is a daunting challenge. This article originally appeared at Ensia . People in developed countries turn on the tap and safe drinking water flows, a dramatic health benefit they tend to take for granted. That complacency dramatically was disrupted last year when children in Flint, Michigan, […]
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While the above article provides the big picture overview of the problems and challenges in protecting our drinking water, the purpose of this article is to provide a smaller scale, local look at backflow protection. Backflow protection is an integral part of protecting our drinking water locally.
What is Backflow?
Backflow is a plumbing term for an undesired and unsafe flow of water in the reverse direction. This creates a potentially serious health risk because it leads to the contamination of potable or safe drinking water. In other words, backflow is anywhere “bad water” has the chance to mix with “good water”.
What is Backflow Protection?
Backflow protection is managed by any number of devices designed to prevent backflow or back siphoning of possible bad or contaminated water into a potable/drinking water system. These devices are installed in commercial and some residential water systems depending on the degree of danger that has been established by each State or County health department. All backflow devices are required to be tested and certified annually. These tests can only be performed by specially trained and certified technicians licensed in the state of operation.
Why is Backflow Testing Necessary?
State regulations require some residential, but all commercial and industrial customers served by a public water system to protect the public water system from potential contamination. The water from private plumbing can flow into the public water distribution system (or backflow). In order to prevent potential backflow, these customers are required to install and maintain backflow prevention devices on the main water service lines. Furthermore, these commercial establishments are required to have their backflow protection devices tested once a year.
To be certified to perform a backflow test in our area, our plumbers have to take a class on backflow prevention. In other words, they must complete the Maryland Cross Connection/Backflow Prevention Certification Training Program. The plumber must complete 32 hours of training, then pass a a comprehensive written examination. Also, like any small business, testers must comply with state, county, and local regulations.
Jerry’s Plumbing has a team of certified and experienced backflow technicians ready to perform all aspects of backflow protection to include device testing, certification, repair and installation. Just call our office and set up an appointment.
Water Line Repair is expensive! The purpose of this article is to help our readers understand the cause and effect of water line problems, and to help you identify the most common signs of water line damage.
As a homeowner, you do everything you can to keep your homes and your loved ones safe. It’s a constant battle. You may have a warranty for appliances, health insurance for your pets, and take other preventative measures. However, most of us don’t think about our water and sewage lines, which when damaged can cause serious property damage, an increase in water and sewer bills and costly repairs. Water line repair often involves digging up your yard. This is a major expense.
You may think that this may not happen to you, but the truth is – many homeowners will suffer through this dilemma this year. In fact, based on information from the “Water is Your Business” campaign – every day there are 650 water main breaks in America, a loss of 7 billion gallons of water.
What’s more? Your local water utility or municipality is not responsible for the pipes that run through your property – you are. In other words, you are financially responsible for any necessary repairs. It may also surprise you to know that most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover the repair costs of your water lines, which leaves your biggest investment vulnerable and your pockets empty.
Water Line Repair: Cause & Effect
Having fresh water piped into your home is essential to a comfortable daily life. And when something upsets that water flow, it’s nearly impossible to relax. This isn’t something that just happens out of the blue, the truth is there are a number of factors that make your pipes susceptible to damage over time. They include:
- The age of your pipes: The majority of the water pipes in America were installed after World War II and are in serious need of replacement. Having an idea of the age of your pipes will help you determine whether they need to be repaired or replaced – 50 is typically the magic number.
- The presence of mature trees: The tree roots of mature trees can grow into the pipes and cause blockages and clogs. Invasive tree roots often seek out pipelines because they provide vital nutrients (like water and oxygen) that the trees need to grow.
- Poor soil conditions: If you live in an area where the soil may have a high chloride content or low soil resistivity, it can cause your pipes to corrode faster than normal. If this happens, it can lead to contamination and leaks.
Water Line Repair: 3 Signs of a Damaged Water Line
There are several warning signs that can help you stop your water line damage in its path before things get worse – and more expensive. Some of them include:
- Soggy spots in your yard: If the skies in your area have been clear for a while but there are still damp spots on your lawn, this may indicate that your water line is cracked and leaking water.
- Low water pressure: If you notice that the water pressure in your home has decreased, your water line may have a leak. While there are other reasons for low water pressure, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Consult a professional to determine the cause.
- Water discoloration: Does your tap water have a rust colored tint? This type of discoloration typically happens if your pipes are rusted or even due to soil and dirt entering the cracks.
Because water line repair and replacement is not typically covered by homeowner’s insurance, these types of issues can cost thousands of dollars to fix. Furthermore, most homeowners do not even think about their water lines. You can’t see them, so you don’t worry about them. Thus, it’s important that you take preventative measures to keep your home protected from water damage to keep more of your money in your pocket. Pay attention to any slight changes that may affect your water lines and consult a professional for regular inspection and maintenance to avoid water line repair.
Stayed tuned for our follow up article on: 3 Factors That Impact Water Line Installation and Cost
This is the third in our series of three articles on sewer line jetting. In this article, we will describe how sewer line jetting is enhanced by cameras. We will also make some recommendations on why and when you might need a video inspection.
Sewer jetting is a pipe cleaning process that uses pressurized water to remove blockages from sewer pipe systems. At the right pressure, water can dissolve blockages, cut roots and emulsify grease. It also washes away all of the debris in your pipe leaving it looking virtually brand new. In fact, with the exclusion of a collapsed pipe, it can handle almost any blockage issue. Plus, if you continue to maintain your pipe systems regularly, it will help prevent future problems that could result in extensive damage to your property and expensive repairs.
Before a sewer line jetting service is performed, it is recommended that the plumbing professional use a sewer line jetting camera to help quickly and accurately assess the situation. But, what does this camera really do? Keep reading for more information.
Sewer Line Jetting Camera: Description
A sewer line jetting camera is one of the most important pieces of equipment that a plumber has in his or her toolbox. These waterproof cameras are waterproof and help plumbers identify the obstructions and/or damage that are preventing proper drain flow. They can also detect what may be creating repeated or occasional backups.
How Does a Sewer Line Jetting Camera Work?
This device is essentially a flexible fiber optic cable with a high-resolution camera on the end. The flexible cable helps the camera move through the pipes easily. The camera provides a real-time video image transmission that helps the technician pinpoint the specific problem. It also gives him or her an accurate picture of the condition of the pipe’s interior. Sewer line jetting cameras also have radio transmitters that provide a record of the physical location and the depth of the obstruction.
Why Should You Get a Video Inspection?
The simplest explanation of why video inspections are important is that there’s no guesswork involved. It gives the technician the accurate information needed to solve your plumbing problems quickly. But, this camera is also important because, removing an obstruction doesn’t mean that you’ve identified its cause. That is to say, cleaning your sewer line system may remove the immediate cause of a blockage, but this may only be symptom management.
Video line inspections save you time and money by helping plumbers visually identify and located problem areas quickly. They help technicians troubleshoot the real cause of:
- Built-up debris
- Grease accumulations
- Broken pipe(s)
- Root infestations
- Drainage and sewer problems
When Should I Get a Video Inspection?
A video inspection is necessary if you are constantly dealing with clogs, slow drains, and/or drain line backups. Other times to get an inspection performed include:
- After the sewer line jetting service is completed: This will provide you with the peace of mind that your sewer line has been thoroughly cleaned.
- Before you buy your new home: This will make sure that the sewer lines are problems free so you won’t have to deal with any expensive repairs and other headaches after you move in.
Please Refer to the other two articles in this series for more great information:
Sewer Line Jetting: A Beginner’s Guide
Sewer Line Cleaning: What You Need to Know
Frozen water pipes create huge problems for homeowners. When outdoor temperatures drop below freezing, the water pipes inside your home can easily freeze. Freezing water expands. This expansion causes the pressure inside the pipes to increase, leading to bursting water pipes in your home. During the cold winter months, you are probably not going to experience any problems because these now broken pipes will most likely remain frozen. However, when Spring hits, these broken water pipes will thaw as temperatures warm. That’s when these leaks cause huge problems. These leaks can be extremely hard to find, but they have to be found to keep water from spoiling your home. This creates an expense that you need to avoid.
High winds add to the problem. As we write this article, we are expecting a significant snow and wind blizzard in the DC and Maryland area tomorrow through Sunday. When these freezing winds, expecting to gust up to 55 miles per hour, hit your home, they threaten your inside water pipes. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are most vulnerable to freezing. There are ways to prevent frozen water pipes. We want to give you some quick and easy tips to use throughout these winter months.
Here are some tips to help prevent frozen water pipes:
- Ensure that critical areas are adequately heated. Every home is different and their location is different. Based on forecasts, it seems that these freezing winds will come from the Northeast. You may or may not know exactly where your home sits and how this may impact you. With high winds come drifts. If the drifting snow is piling up in the front of your house, ensure that the front of your house is adequately heated. That should be your primary focus during a storm or major cold weather event.
- Maximize the heat you’re already generating. Here’s an example. Let’s say you are using your oven to bake or cook your dinner. Your oven generates excess local heat in your kitchen. If you have water pipes in your kitchen, as most people do, open your cabinet doors to allow this excess heat to warm your pipes.
- Keep the temperature in your home consistent. A lot of homeowners moderate or control their heating system depending on whether they are home, not at home or in bed under cozy and warm covers. You may pay a little more in energy costs, but certainly a lot less if you have frozen water pipes eventually streaming unwanted water into your home. Keep the temperature set at the same levels during these events. You may even want to overheat your home by a few degrees.
- Use space heaters to heat your most vulnerable areas. Grant it, you are not going to run to Walmart to purchase portable heaters. Most homeowners in our area have already done their shopping and have prepared their families for this blizzard. However, if you have some portable heaters, use them to protect the most vulnerable areas in your home.
Proper insulation in select areas of your home can help prevent a costly unwanted expense associated with frozen water pipes. But, the purpose of this article is simply to provide some quick tips to help you during this impending blizzard and upcoming winter months. If you need help or advice, we are here for you; just give us a call for more information.
Let’s face it, most of us know nothing about sewer line cleaning. If you are included in this group, don’t fret, your questions will be answered today in this follow up article to sewer line jetting. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding sewer lines. Here they are:
What exactly is a sewer line? What does it do?
Sewer lines are the system of plumbing pipes in each home. They move waste water from the home to the sewer mains. Each homeowner is responsible for sewer line pipe that connects the pipes in their home to the main sewer line, which is usually in a street. Because the pipes that connect their home are buried and out of sight, homeowners usually don’t have any clue to potential problems until it’s too late. And, when it’s too late it creates a very expensive job.
When should I clean my sewer line?
Generally, sewer lines should be cleaned as needed. But, it is important to note that neglected sewer lines can lead to a clogged system. A clog will eventually cause a backup of the line and raw sewage to spill into your home. A backup can cause a lot of damage and you will have to repair the sewer line or replace it. To prevent any issues, it’s important to have your sewer lines inspected by a professional about once a year.
When should my sewer line be inspected?
Your sewer line should be inspected if it’s over forty years old. But, this may need to be done sooner if any of the following factors apply to you:
- You suspect tree roots may have penetrated your underground sewer lines
- Your plumbing lines are draining slowly
According to Pain in the Drain:
Mature trees add beauty and shade to landscapes, but their roots can cause extensive damage to sewer pipes. Roots grow into the pipes because they like it there! Sewer pipes contain water, nutrients and oxygen-the essential elements for trees to grow.
How can I tell if my sewer line is clogged?
Before a clogged sewer lines back up, it provides clues that alert the homeowner that something is wrong. In this way, it is possible to get help before disaster occurs. Some of these clues include:
- A raw sewage smell coming from your drains
- Your toilets and drains start to make gurgling/percolating sounds
- Water pooling around or backing out of toilets or drains.
I’ve heard so much about high-pressure cleanings. What is it and how does it work?
One of the best ways to clean your sewer line is with with high-press water jetters. This method is more effective than a drain auger, also known as a snake or cable, because it cleans the lines instead of just removing blockages. In fact, when a high pressure cleaning is performed by an extensively trained plumbing professional, it will remove food, hair, mineral, deposits, grease, and other blockages.
How can I keep my lines clear and avoid plumbing problems?
You can keep your lines clear without using harsh chemical-based drain cleaners. Simply, fill your sinks with water once or twice a month and drain them. The water pressure will remove any waste that’s in the line and will make sure that water can flow through your pipes properly.
If you decide to get your sewers cleaned professionally, call two companies, at the very least, to help you find the best deal for your needs. Also, do a little bit of research to make sure that the plumber that you hire is insured, has a good reputation, and has the proper license to work in your area. And, if you have any questions, we are here to help. Just give us a call.