Archive for the ‘DIY & How-To’ Category

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts Around the Home

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016 by christhompson No Comments

Attention spouses, significant others (SOs), lovers, and secret admirers! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Even if you don’t buy into the whole ‘commercialization’ of the holiday, your sweetheart will certainly appreciate some token of your love and devotion on this special day! (more…)

Bathroom Safety Tips for Kids

Posted on: January 20th, 2016 by christhompson No Comments

Whether they’re bathing in the sink or splashing around in the tub, kids love to be in the water. However, the bathroom can be a very dangerous place for children, so taking a few essential safety measures is critical to keeping your little one safe. Here, we’re discussing the best bathroom safety tips for kids. (more…)

Winter Heat Pump Tips - Infographic

Posted on: January 19th, 2016 by christhompson No Comments
  • Heat Pump Winter TipsKeep snow, ice, and leaves away from the outdoor unit. This includes the top, sides, and bottom.
  • Make it a habit to look at the outdoor heat pump during the winter months for signs of excessive ice or snow build-up on or around the heat pump. Especially after bad weather.
  • If the unit is covered in snow or ice, it must be removed for it to work properly. Turn the thermostat to Emergency heat or the Off position while removing the snow and ice. You can pour warm water over the unit to melt the snow and ice. Even cold water from a hose will help.
  • Don't use any sharp objects to pick or knock the ice off the coils of the heat pump. This could cause severe damage and personal injury. Once the unit is clear of snow and ice turn the thermostat back to normal heating. If the unit ices up again, call for service.
  • Don't let the outdoor unit sit underneath a leaking gutter. In the winter months, water will drip on the top of the unit and freeze solid. This will restrict the air flow and cause the whole unit to freeze-up.
  • Heat Pumps should be elevated 4 to 8 inches above ground level to keep coils clear of snow and ice and to allow for proper drainage.

Water Heater Problem Solving

Posted on: December 23rd, 2015 by christhompson No Comments

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Picture this scenario: you’re finally getting ready to wind down, relax and enjoy a nice, hot shower. As soon as you turn on your shower, you notice a problem: no hot water! (more…)

16 Safety Tips for Christmas Lights

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by christhompson No Comments

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For many, Christmas is all about the decorations and the process of turning a familiar-looking home into a magical winter wonderland. A home bedecked with festive tinsel, an impressive tree and strings of twinkling lights is a truly beautiful thing, but it is important to put the health and safety of you and your family first. (more…)

6 Top Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by christhompson No Comments

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With Thanksgiving upon us, many US residents have started to make preparations and getting ready for the upcoming holiday. But did you know that for residential plumbers, Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of the year? In fact, plumbing problems spike by 50 percent the day after Thanksgiving — and it’s no doubt why. Just think about it — you’ll be delighting in turkey and sweet potatoes, and soon your wayward and greasy dishes will be clogging your drains. (more…)

Electrical Safety Tips for the Winter

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by christhompson No Comments

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With the change in seasons and upcoming holidays, homeowners should make sure to keep electrical safety in mind when prepping their homes for the cold months of December. With a little planning, you can easily avoid property loss and injuries due to electrical accidents. We’ve put together this guide to help you stay safe this fall—and make your holidays as risk-free as possible. (more…)

Protect Your Home From the Deep Winter Freeze

Posted on: November 5th, 2015 by admin No Comments

The United States has often experienced a deep freeze, which means that all 50 states are dealing with temperatures that are well below freezing. This is not entirely welcome news
for anybody, as most people can remember the last arctic freeze that engulfed the country. The chilly atmosphere means that homeowners will be relying more heavily on their heating systems and other ways to keep their residences warm and safe. (more…)

How to Avoid The Spookiest Halloween Plumbing Scares

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by christhompson No Comments

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The air is getting chilly. The wind is kicking up – creating moonlit shadows and other spooky imagery. Pumpkins, corn stalks and multicolored leaves are all around us. That’s right – it’s officially Halloween season! And we love to get into the spirit and enjoy a few frights to celebrate. (more…)

Winter Plumbing and Heating Tips

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by christhompson No Comments

Hey everybody, and welcome back! This week, we'll be looking at ways for you to save money on your energy bills this winter.

One of the easiest ways you can reduce how much you spend on energy this winter is by making sure that any air leaks around your doors or windows are sealed. Check each of these areas before the cold weather sets in and plug up the holes that could become problematic later on.

You will also want to make sure that your home's HVAC system is working properly. If there is a blockage in any part of the machinery, it will end up working harder to keep your home warm, which will result in your utility bills skyrocketing! Inspect the HVAC system to ensure it is fully functional.

Thanks for watching, and come back to this blog to learn more ways to get your home winter ready!

Winter Plumbing & Heating Tips Infographic

Is Your Sump Pump Ready for Hurricane Joaquin?

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by admin No Comments

Guide to Inspecting Sump Pumps

With Hurricane Joaquin only days from slamming into the Washington DC Metro area one of the major issues will be intense steady rain, flash flooding and yes, basement flooding. (more…)

Your Guide on What to Do When the Power Goes Out

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 by christhompson No Comments

Picture this scenario: you’re sitting at home with your family watching television and enjoying an otherwise run-of-the-mill evening. Then, all of a sudden, *poof*! Your power goes out, leaving you in the dark.

Here’s a quick question: do you know what to do when this happens?

Have a look at our guide to understand your best course of action after an outage. That way, you can keep you and your family safe no matter the situation. (more…)

HVAC Mold Issues - Helpful Info and Tips

Posted on: August 27th, 2015 by christhompson No Comments


HVAC MoldWe recently serviced a client's HVAC system and when we checked the evaporator coil we learned a lot (see image below).

Now this customer has complained of feeling ill often, but did not consider the possibility the large amount of mold and mildew that had collected on the coil could be the culprit. Air crossing over a coil with this much mold and mildew will definitely carry mold and mold spores throughout your home via your air ducts and vents. (more…)

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas: The Good, The Better, and the Truly Ugly

Posted on: August 7th, 2015 by christhompson No Comments

It would be nice to approach a bathroom – ripe for remodeling – as a blank canvas. The problem is, it isn’t: it’s a bathroom, probably a fully functioning, working bathroom, complete with all the things working bathrooms contain – baths, sinks, toilets etc. (more…)