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How To Get Your Pipes Prepared For The Holidays

With the holidays approaching quickly and guests starting to visit, the last thing you want to deal with is a crisis in the plumbing department. Disposing of household waste incorrectly can lead to a bathroom or kitchen plumbing disaster. Follow our helpful tips below to help you avoid any embarrassing issues over the holidays! Don’t…

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How To Choose The Right Lighting For Your Home

Lighting is one of the most important and influential aspects in your home. Yes it has the obvious function of illuminating a room, but it helps to set the mood in your home – making it feel cosy and welcoming or lively and energetic. Lighting allows you to enjoy your home to its full potential…

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Cut Out Clutter With These Useful Bathroom Storage Solutions

Is your bathroom getting overwhelming with random shampoo bottles and hair-tangled hair brushes all over it? Maybe you don’t have enough storage in your bathroom, and you’ve run out of room to put all of your toiletries? Your bathroom should be an oasis of calm! Somewhere you can lock yourself away from the mayhem of…

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How Much Does An Ensuite Cost?

You’re tired of having to share the bathroom, we get it. There’s nothing worse than rushing to get ready in the morning and having to wait your turn for the mirror. So, you’re thinking of adding an ensuite to your bedroom but you’re wondering if it’s worth all the hassle and the money. An ensuite…

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7 Steps To Get Your Kitchen Ready For The Holidays

Worried your turkey won’t fit in the oven? Work tops too small for meal prep and your pantry is still painted an awful olive green? Does your kitchen look tired and old and make you feel embarrassed? If your kitchen sucks, it’s time to get it in shape before the holidays start (and family arrives).…

How To Make A Small Bathroom Look Bigger

Is your bathroom less ‘cozy' and more ‘cramped'? In an ideal world, we could all add a few sq. ft. to our homes and enjoy all that extra space to stroll around in a fluffy robe and sip an espresso. But, this isn't an ideal world and sometimes remodeling is out of the question. And…

Bathroom Remodels – What You Need To Know & How To Stay Sane During The Process

Remodeling can be an expensive and tough process to go through. There is a lot to get organized and a lot to get done. From tiling the walls to fitting the toilet, from color schemes to shower curtains, there is so much you have to take on board and figure out. But don’t worry! Here…

Troubleshooting Electrical Issues In Your Home

Freaking out because your lights are flickering? Don't worry, it's pretty unlikely your home is haunted – you probably just need an electrician. Troubleshooting electrical problems can be difficult, but here are a few tips that can help. So, before you call the local priest, read through our troubleshooting guide below and find out the…

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What makes an AC system high-efficiency?

When the summer heat rolls into town, you want the inside of your home to stay cool and comfortable. If you're researching the best high efficiency AC systems, there are more options available than ever before – which makes finding the best choice for your home more difficult. With people becoming more aware of the…

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Buyer Beware! What To Look For When Buying A Home

Pre-owned home buying checklist to help you know where to look for hidden gotchas. Most home buyers are searching for the pre-owned market and not building from scratch. When looking at houses you need to pay attention to more than the layout. Imagine buying what you think is your dream home, only to find out…

Top 5 Home Electrical Tips to Stay Safe and Worry Free

Unless you live in a shack up a mountain, electrical appliances play a huge role in day-to-day life. From TVs, tablets and toasters, to phones, vacuum cleaners and refrigerators, most of our home appliances require electricity to run. We tend to take electricity for granted, but it’s always important to keep in mind the danger…

Plumbing Advice for First Time Homeowners

Moving into your own home is an exciting time! There's a new sense of independence, the fun of getting to know your new neighbors, and the freedom of being able to make a space truly feel like your own. But for first-time homeowners, owning your own property can also be stressful. Having your own home…

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How To Protect Your Home From Flooding

Protecting your home from flooding probably isn't at the top of your to-do list – but it's an essential part of being a homeowner. Despite what you might think, most flood damage to properties is actually caused by plumbing failures and faulty appliances (not natural disasters!). Luckily, this type of flooding is completely preventable with…

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The Top 10 Causes of HVAC Airflow Problems

Airflow problems in your HVAC system can cause hot and cold spots in your home, weak or zero airflow from the vents and higher-than-average energy costs. Luckily, the underlying causes of HVAC airflow problems are pretty limited and can be easily figured out. Listed below are the top 10 things we regularly see causing airflow…

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Pet Owners! Get More Life Out Of Your HVAC Unit With These 6 Tips

There's nothing better than coming home to a loving pet. Whether a dog or a cat, big or small, pets are always happy to see you. They’re our best friends and our confidants. They give us unconditional love and keep us company. The only downside to having a pet is the mess they make. Dander…

Spring is here! Time to clean out your gutters and get ready for summer

Spring has sprung and that means we're all going to be outside enjoying the weather! Before getting to enjoy that though, the new season brings a new list of maintenance must-dos with it. You don't want to spring a leak during a family BBQ! In this month's blog post, we're going to look at the…

Easy Ways To Improve Your HVAC Efficiency

No, you're not imagining it – your HVAC is one of the most energy-hungry systems in your home! A recent study by the U.S. Energy Information Association found that heating and air conditioning accounts for 40% of the average home's energy consumption. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature and humidity doesn't have to cost…

5 Tips For Spring Cleaning Your HVAC System

Goodbye winter, hello sunny spring! With the seasons changing, it's time to get your home sparkling and fresh, letting you enjoy the sunshine with your nearest and dearest. While you're vacuuming, dusting and scrubbing, don't forget about your trusty HVAC system! Often overlooked in the spring clean, you'll want it running smoothly over the next…

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What is the Best Type of Water Heater to Use in Northern Virginia?

Despite 20% of the average household's expenses taken up by the cost of heating water, water heaters are usually ignored until they stop working. There are so many options, how do you know the best water heater to buy? It's safe to say the reason why you're reading this today is that your water heater…

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Gas Leaks and How to Prevent Them

If you think you have a leak it’s too late to stop it now – leave the house immediately and call the gas company. Gas leaks are no joke.  If you smell gas in your home right now – leave your home and CALL THE GAS COMPANY RIGHT NOW! Ok, now that’s out of the…

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How To Remove Humidity From Your Home

Not only do air conditioners cool your home during the hot summer months, but they can also dramatically reduce the humidity levels in your house. Controlling humidity levels in your home influences how comfortable you are and is directly related to energy reduction and AC/home maintenance costs. Too little or too much humidity causes problems…

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Plumbing Tricks and Insider Tips of the Trade

We've been around since the 70's and through our years in the business, we've seen a thing or two! Our expert team have quite a few secrets of the trade and we would like to pass on a few of these tips to you. Many plumbers want to horde their knowledge and keep it to…

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Plumbing Noises and What They Mean

Are your water pipes driving you crazy with banging, squealing and whistling noises? Not only are they a huge headache to listen to, but excessive or odd plumbing noises might also be an indication that something’s not quite right with your plumbing system. In general, pipes shouldn’t make any noise at all – so if…

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The 6 Fundamentals of Bathroom Remodeling

If you didn’t already realize it, your entire bathroom is built around a huge plumbing system. There aren’t many components in the bathroom that don’t rely on your home’s plumbing to work. Before you think about demolishing and remodeling your bathroom, you need to know a bit about plumbing. Here are our 6 fundamentals on…

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Signs of a Damaged Furnace Heat Exchanger

A heat exchanger is an integral part of your furnace – it keeps the combustion chamber and the breathing air separate within the furnace. Made of thin metal panels (and sometimes coils), a heat exchanger is designed to heat the air before it is distributed throughout the house. The metal panels or coils of the…

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Help! My Pipes are Frozen! How to Unfreeze Pipes

The best way to deal with freezing pipes is to prevent them in the first place, but the chances are if you're reading this it's probably already happened! When pipes freeze, the water inside expands, which can cause the pipe to burst and flood your home quickly – resulting in a major disaster and and…

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Warning Signs You Need To Repair or Replace Your Heating System

Those long, laidback summer nights are gone and winter's harsh cold snaps and icicles are on their way. Before the freezing weather takes hold, make sure you're not caught by surprise with a broken down heating system when you need it most. Check out our list below for signs your heating needs some TLC. 1.…

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How to unclog a blocked toilet

With the holiday season fast approaching, your toilets are going to be under added pressure to keep up with all your guests. There's an unspoken universal rule that toilets will clog at the most awkward time possible – so here's a quick and easy guide on how to unblock your toilet. Remember: your toilet could…

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Is a dense, expensive air filter the best choice?

TL;DR – In a rush? Here’s everything we cover in this article: Dense air filters can actually suffocate your AC system – If you look at the cross section of the thin, but dense (high MERV) AC filters, there’s a ton of filter material shoved in a one-inch frame. This pile up of filter material…

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How To Save Money On My Water Bill

Ever feel like you're pouring your money down the drain? Well, you just might be doing just that! Water bills can be an expensive part of running a home – but unlike property taxes and those big maintenance projects, you can easily save money on your water bill. Reduce your water bill by just $25…

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Warning signs pipe repairs are needed

Spotting pipe issues can be very difficult as they are usually located under floors and between walls, making it hard for anyone but a licensed plumber to assess if there is a problem and where the piping issue exists. Piping problems often worsen due to their hidden nature. Leaking pipes not only waste money but…

Help, I have a frozen AC system!

It is a hot summer’s day and your AC suddenly stops working. You walk outside and see ice all over your air-conditioner… you have a frozen AC system. All you need to do is turn it off and let it melt, that will fix it! Wrong. The real problem starts inside on your indoor coil.…

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Is it Time to Replace Your Toilet?

It may not be quite as much fun to think about replacing your toilet as it is to think about buying a new car or even upgrading your living room furniture. After all, as far as purchases go, toilets are all function and very little “fun.” Despite this, there comes a time when every toilet…

Myth: The Big Guys Do It Best

Choosing an HVAC contractor is a big decision. Your comfort system is a significant investment, and picking a contractor from the yellow pages is like choosing a name out of a hat. Perhaps you think that it is best to go with one of those big, nationwide or multi-state firms. They spend millions each year…

Pest Proofing Your HVAC System This Spring

When winter turns to spring, and eventually summer, pests come crawling out from hiding in search of food, moisture and shelter. Because your HVAC system keeps temperatures comfortable and you have food available in your pantry, your home is a great place for bugs and vermin to thrive. Unfortunately, even the tiniest of insects can cause irreparable…

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The Basics of Water Heater Maintenance

Think about all the things you use your water heater for on a daily basis: hot showers, washing dishes, cleaning and cooking are just a few of the reasons you need easy access to hot water. In addition to that, if your water heater broke, not only would you be inconvenienced, but you may have…

7 Spring HVAC Tips for Your Home

When winter turns to spring, and eventually summer, pests come crawling out from hiding in search of food, moisture and shelter. Because your HVAC system keeps temperatures comfortable and you have food available in your pantry, your home is a great place for bugs and vermin to thrive. Unfortunately, even the tiniest of insects can…

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The Water Heater Dilemma – Repair or Replace?

Your water heater is one piece of equipment that you seldom think about. As long as you have hot water for your shower and there are no leaks, there should be no reason to give the water heater a lot of thought. However, there will come a time when your water heater isn’t getting the…

Drain Maintenance 101: Causes & Prevention

It’s very easy to take your drains for granted. When you’re cleaning or doing the dishes, if an item slips down the drain or even gets caught in the drain plug, it’s easier to let the item fall down the drain and forget about it. That is until that item causes a clog in your…

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Dropped it Down the Drain… Now What?

Ever dropped something down your bathroom or kitchen drain? Talk about a sinking feeling. Most objects just aren’t worth the stress. Many objects are also caught within the sink’s trap, specially designed for these instances, and can be quickly retrieved. However, there are those instances where an irreplaceable item makes its way deep into your…

Why and When to Replace an HVAC Evaporator Coil

Why and When to Replace a Coil Evaporator coils are a hot topic when it comes to HVAC repairs. Sometimes a bad HVAC evaporator coil leads to people replacing their whole HVAC unit. So, today we will be touching on what the evaporator coil is, why it goes bad, and when you need to replace…

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Troubleshooting Disposal Leaks

A disposal leak may start as a minor annoyance but if left uncorrected it can lead to a huge mess. That’s why if you have a leak it is vital that you find the cause and repair or replace it immediately. We’ve put together some basic information to help you with the first steps in…

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Home efficiency vs. HVAC system efficiency

What can a homeowner do to improve energy efficiency and lower energy bills We have talked a lot about HVAC unit efficiency and indoor air quality. We have also touched on HVAC myths, fables, and hidden truths. One thing we have not discussed in depth is home efficiency vs. unit efficiency, so let’s do that…

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What do Sewer Odors Indicate?

So, you've noticed unpleasant sewer odors coming from your bathroom or kitchen. There are few things more frustrating than a stinky, smelly sewer odor emitting from your home. This smell could prevent you from having company over or even disrupt your day to day routine.In many cases, it is easy to remedy a sewer odor and…

EFFICIENCY RATINGS FOR HEAT PUMPS

Efficiency Ratings for Heat Pumps

What you need to know about Heat pump efficiency ratings (SEER, EER, and HSPF) I’m hoping I can clear up a lot of confusion on this one. One thing I see all too often is people selling heat pumps based off SEER efficiency only, that takes off the cooling but does not tell you how…

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Three Simple Ways to Spot Furnace Problems in the Winter

If your family is anything like mine, winter is hands down the busiest time of year. Between all the holiday celebrations, the kids’ winter activities, work, and making huge plans for the New Year, the season flies by at a surprising speed. In all the hustle and bustle that this season brings, you probably don’t…

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How to fix a leaky faucet?

There are few things more frustrating than a leaky faucet. The dripping can be aggravating and even lead to damage of your sink area. However, fixing this piece is a job that can often be completed on your own, with just a few simple tools. Find the Leak With the different types of faucets available…

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Planning a bathroom remodel?

Remodeling your bathroom is exciting. You have probably spent hours imagining what your space will look like with an update. You have picked out colors, surface materials and you have some idea of what layout you desire. You may have even spent some time browsing ideas on Pinterest planning your bathroom remodel. However, Pinterest expertise…

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Your HVAC System Efficiency Begins with Proper Installation

“I want to buy a new HVAC system today” … said no one ever. There is a silver lining when the time comes to replace your air conditioning and heating system. In the past 10-12 years, there have been a lot of efficiency improvements in the design of home comfort systems. With these improvements comes…

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5 Smart Solutions for Uneven Home Heating Issues

Does your home suffer from hot spots? If your house has uneven temperatures, you are not alone. With a central air and heating system investment, you’d expect equal heating or cooling throughout your home. Unfortunately hot and cold spots are common for many reasons, leaky ducts, inadequate size or layout of ducts, not enough returns…

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To Flush or NOT to Flush?

We all think we know what to flush, like toilet paper, it is made to be flushed. But what about other items that are labeled “flushable”, are they ok to flush? Are tissues, baby wipes, tampon applicators, tampons or paper towels ok to flush? Today, we’re covering exactly what you can and cannot flush down…

Making sure your plumbing has a happy holiday season

Ah, the holidays. It’s a time for togetherness, good food, good memories… and plumbing problems. All is merry and bright until Uncle Gary clogs the upstairs toilet, the twins have flushed their new Christmas socks in the downstairs toilet, and your husband lovingly poured the turkey grease into the garbage disposal. Oh, and if that’s…

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Gas-Fired Heating Equipment, CO Poisoning, and Why Maintenance Matters

Due to their efficiency gas-fired heating equipment are still very popular, electric appliances are often cheaper on the front end but are more expensive to run. Two things all gas-fired heating equipment has in common: a heat exchanger and a flue. Some are negative pressure, some are static, some are gravity fed, but one thing…

Are Indoor Air Quality Products a Scam?

Indoor Air Quality products (IAQ) seem to be more and more talked about in our industry year over year. As a customer, you’re probably wondering which products are necessary, which ones are just good suggestions, and which ones are a complete scam. You may be surprised to find out that a great majority of the indoor…

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Not All Plumbing Repairs are DIY

DIY plumbing repair. Should you do it yourself or should you hire a professional? Here are a 5 major plumbing task that requires an experienced plumber. 1. Working with Gas Gas is inherently dangerous. It isn’t healthy to breathe, and a simple spark can cause a fire and even an explosion. Gas should be respected. If…

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Which Heating & Air Conditioning Brand is Right for Me?

Common Questions about HVAC Brands What is the difference between brands and why does the price vary so much? How do I decide which is the best HVAC system for my home? How can I compare systems, brands, and prices to make a smart purchase? A lot of people ask these questions because there are…

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Snaking the toilet drain

Should I call a plumber or DIY the job? Many plumbing tasks are DIY, some are not. While swapping out a sink faucet or unclogging a toilet might be within most homeowners’ abilities, there are many plumbing-related projects that can be costly, irresponsible, and even unsafe to do without professional intervention. Snaking the toilet drain is…

To Repair or Replace… that is the question

The major systems that run your home (specifically the electrical, plumbing and HVAC), as well as the components that comprise these systems, are not usually at the forefront of your thoughts. However, there will come a time that you face a major plumbing leak, or your air conditioning doesn't cool down or some other issue…

Is re-piping my home necessary?

Your plumber may have mentioned that “re-piping” your home would be a good idea or perhaps you're worried about the quality of the pipes yourself. Are you asking yourself “Is re-piping my home really necessary?” Possibly. If you have an older home, it could be that your pipes have come to the end of their…