Roots Could be the Root of Sewage Problems

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According to the US Department of Agriculture, tree roots cause more than 50% of all sewer blockages, costing money for both the root removal and pipe repair. Continue reading to learn more about this issue, what to do about it, and how to prevent it.

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How to Protect Your Air Conditioner from Storm Damage

These past few weeks have brought a lot of rain and storms to the area. In addition to all of these storms, the temperatures have also been climbing. You have likely been running your air conditioning system to keep your home comfortable. Unfortunately, thunderstorms can pose a serious risk to your ACFollow these handy tips when a strong storm hits and help protect your
Air Conditioner from the elements.

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-Turn Off Your AC During Thunderstorms 

Whenever possible turn off your air conditioner before a storm hits. Strong storms typically mean lightning. Electrical surges are common when lightning hits and you don’t want your AC’s electrical components destroyed, or risk a fire! If the weather is particularly hot, you can usually run your AC until the sky darkens. Keep in mind, however; lightning might be flashing before the rain comes so don’t wait that long, to turn off your unit. 

-Cover Your AC Before A Storm

Covering your air conditioning unit can be a great option to help protect it during a strong storm. Fast winds, hail and flying debris can cause some serious damage to the exposed components on your unit. You can use a tarp or even a board to cover your AC, to help protect it when severe weather hits.

*Make sure your cover is secure so it doesn’t turn into debris itself to cause damage elsewhere, and after the storm passes, remove the covering before starting up your unit again.

-Clean Up Your Yard

Speaking of flying debris, cleaning up your yard is a great way to help reduce the amount of debris that can be tossed around. Well before a storm hits, pack away outdoor furniture, toys, your barbecue pit and anything else that’s not tied down. Clean up branches that might have fallen and remove anything else that could puncture your AC equipment. Collaborate with neighbors to clean up their yards as well. Storms have no respect for property lines!

*If the storm is already rolling in or you see lightning, it is best to skip this step. Your own safety is more important. 

-Inspect and Clean Your AC Before Start-up

Once the storm has passed and it is safe to go outside, it is a good idea to do a thorough inspection of your AC unit and refrigerant piping to check for damage. Be sure to clear any debris that might be covering your air conditioning unit. As long as you’re certain that the unit is free from damage and debris, turn it on and monitor to make sure it’s working as it should.

-Get Professional Help

If despite your best efforts, your unit or piping has been damaged, call us right away at (866)844-3770We can also help you prepare for the storms ahead and reduce your equipments risk of being damaged.

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Spring Rain and Your Plumbing: How April Showers Can Damage Your Pipes

Spring is here! Goodbye, yucky winter weather and short days. Say hello to budding leaves, blooming flowers and rain, lots and lots of rain. While spring brings the excitement of warming weather, it also brings hazards like heavy April rain showers, basement flooding and damaged pipes.pipes

Here are some ways your pipes can be affected by April rain showers:

1. Moving water can erode soil where a pipe is buried; exposing it.

Heavy rain can create rushing water that becomes a powerful force. This force can erode the soil around buried pipes, exposing them to damage. This is particularly concerning for the plumbing lines coming to your house from the city’s system.

Make sure you know where your pipes are buried and take extra care during and after flooding to avoid those areas. Once the rainwater has subsided, do a thorough check to make sure they are still buried. If the soil has been eroded, inspect the pipes for damage or have one of our plumbing experts come out and inspect them for you.

2. Pipes can burst. 

Flooding brings debris as well as lots of water. This debris can easily gather in a storm/drain pipes causing them to back up. If the pressure is high enough from the water draining, this can lead to bursting. You can minimize the risk of bursting by keeping your yard clean so there is less debris to back up your drainage system.

3. Pipes can corrode faster.

Depending on the material of your piping, exposure to flood waters and any changes in water chemistry can cause it to rust faster. This most often happens over a number of seasons of flooding and heavy rains. Inspect any visible piping for signs of rust, particularly if you have old cast iron piping in your home. Copper also corrodes and gets pinhole leaks so you still have to inspect those pipes as well.

4. Dirt and debris in the water supply can erode pipes internally.

Erosion is another way pipes can be damaged. Floodwaters carry sediment that destroys the
internal wall of drainpipes. While you cannot inspect the inside of pipes, you can call in one of our plumbing experts if you are concerned that you might be at risk for damaged piping from dirt and sediment erosion.


5. Prevention and cure.

Let us inspect your home’s plumbing to make sure it can withstand this April’s showers. When the floodwaters subside, we can help you find and repair any damage you may have incurred. Give us a call and we will keep your piping in shape for many more years of spring weather!

 

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Should I Shut My AC Off During Thunderstorms?

Thunderstorms and rocky weather are a way of life here in the Metro-East Area and we are all aware that there are some safety precautions we should follow when severe weather starts. Head indoors or take cover, do not sit near windows, roll up your car windows if driving, etc. but many people may not be aware of the risks that come from running their AC Units during thunderstorms.

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The extremely hot, sticky, humid conditions that make you want to run your AC are the same conditions that thunderstorms thrive in. Unfortunately, running your AC during a storm can cause some serious and expensive damage to the unit. So, it is a good idea to shut your AC off when a storm rolls in.

Why Are Thunderstorms and AC Units A Bad Combination?

One of the most dangerous elements of any storm is the possibility of lightning, and AC’s are not immune to the damage that comes with a lightning strike. The good news is that lightning striking homes are rare, but they are possible. And if lightning strikes the spot were your utility lines connect to your roof, five billion joules of electricity will surg10426_image7 copye throughout your home’s electrical system and wiring. This power can surge through your home before the breakers have a chance to be triggered to trip, leaving your electrical devices and appliances vulnerable.

Your AC can be rendered completely unusable by the damage caused by a lightning strike. If your AC is running when lightning hits your home, the delicate electrical circuitry of your AC Unit can be completely fried and the plug for your unit can be melted. Your AC could require expensive repairs or need to be replaced outright. 

In order to protect your AC Unit, it is best to turn it off when Thunderstorms or lightning begins rolling in.

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Warning Signs that Your Home Needs A Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can be extremely helpful during the hot summer months. Humidity is on the rise here in the Midwest and many of us turn to the comfort of our Air Conditioned homes to escape the sticky weather. However, sometimes an air conditioner is not enough to beat summer’s humidity. Your home may also need the aid of a dehumidifier.

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Signs You Need A Dehumidifier:

1. You see mold and mildew spots on your ceiling or walls.

Mold loves moisture and during the warmer months the added humidity can raise the moisture levels in your home. This makes it easier for mold spores to take root and grow. Bathrooms and kitchens are especially vulnerable, since cooking and bathing only help to increase the moisture levels; but during the more humid months, you may see mold growth in other areas of your home. Be sure to inspect areas with little to no ventilation: basements, attics, closets, etc.

2. You have water marks on your walls, floors or ceiling.

Not as worrisome as mold but just as unsightly, water marks can be a sign that you have an excess of humidity in your home.

3. You or your guests notice a musty odor when entering your home.

Musty odors can be a dead giveaway that the humidity levels in your home are way to high. These odors can also be a sign that mold and mildew growth is present.

4. You notice condensation on your windows.winter-1169046_960_720

High humidity levels in your home can cause condensation to form on your windows and sometimes other glass surfaces as well.

5. Your home just feels sticky and uncomfortable.

There is no bigger sign that you need a dehumidifier than a sticky home. Living in the Midwest, we all know what high humidity levels feels like. Keep this icky feeling outdoors in the summer, where it belongs!

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