Should You Hire a Professional for Your Plumbing Needs?

January 1st, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When it comes to household appliances or systems that get taken for granted, your plumbing system likely tops the list. It’s rare that we think much of the pipes running through our walls and under our property—until something goes wrong, anyway, and we find ourselves in need of a professional Espanola, NM plumber.

But do you really need a professional? Well, yes—and for more than just repairs. Whether you’re having a home built, adding on to your existing plumbing system, or want to explore your water treatment options, there are a number of plumbing installation jobs you need a pro for. But why? (more…)

Should You Hire a Plumber to Test Your Water?

December 4th, 2017

Closeup shot of a father helping his baby girl wash her hands at a tapMost homeowners trust that any water treated by the local municipal treatment system is safe to drink—and for the most part you can rely on that. After all, it goes through a rigorous process of testing, filtration, and treatment. However, there are still contaminants that can get in, especially when you consider how far the water has to travel from the municipal supply to your home.

Additionally, you may not like the fact that certain properties are added to the water during the purification process. Small percentages of lead and other pollutants may even be permissible when the city’s water is tested. So, how do you know when your water is safe to drink or if you should be contacting an Espanola, NM plumber for water testing? (more…)

Common Radiant Heating Repair Issues

November 7th, 2016

Radiant heating systems involve a series of metal tubes placed beneath the flooring of your home, surrounded by reflective tiles to better conduct heat. Hot water is run through the tubes, evenly heating the floor and sending warmth up through the furnishings and feet of any occupants in the home.

A big reason people love radiant heating systems is that they provide steady heating and they don’t cost an arm and a leg to run. They also aren’t prone to as many issues as perhaps a forced-air furnace would be. They are not indestructible, though. Keep reading to learn about the common radiant heating repair issues we often receive calls for. (more…)

Understanding Your Ductless System’s SEER Rating

October 3rd, 2016

If you already have a ductless heating and cooling system then you likely know how efficient it is at conditioning your home—particularly more so than a central air conditioning system that is prone to ductwork problems. We are of course strong advocates of these types of system and encourage having one installed if you don’t already.

But when choosing a ductless system—or exploring efficiency ratings of these systems—it’s important to be aware of its SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and it measures how well your ductless system makes use of the energy that it consumes as well as the overall power levels of your system. Keep reading to learn more. (more…)

The End of Summer Is Near: Watch for These Common AC Issues

August 29th, 2016

Though it may not feel like it quite yet, summer is just about coming to a close. The air conditioning system that has worked to keep your home cooled down all season continues to perform, so everything is fine, right? Actually, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your system during this time of year.

Even if you’ve had your system routinely maintained to prevent huge issues, the strain of the summer workload can turn into malfunctions for any type of air conditioning system. The sooner you are aware of these malfunctions, however, the less likely it is that you’ll have an AC breakdown before you’re done using the cooling system. But what are the air conditioner issues you should watch out for? (more…)

Take This One Inexpensive Step to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

July 18th, 2016

Do you have concerns about the biological contaminants that may be present in your indoor air? Things like mold, mildew, and other bio-hazards can wreak havoc on your health and the health of your family. The good news is, however, that there is one excellent tool that is used to fight these types of particles: the UV air purifier.

Also referred to as UV germicidal lights, these systems purify your air by destroying biological contaminants before they have the opportunity to develop and infiltrate your home. They work by emitting radiation in the form of UV-C rays. While completely harmless to humans and pets, they are deadly to biological contaminants. (more…)

Is Your Toilet Leaking? Tips to Follow

June 6th, 2016

It goes without saying that one of the biggest nuisances and messiest plumbing problems to deal with is that of a leaky toilet. However, the good news is that some toilet leaks can be an easy fix. We’ve shared some tips below to follow if you do discover a toilet leak, which includes how to shut off your water if needed. Should you find that your leak is a more serious matter and you need a professional plumber, our staff is standing by. (more…)

Troubleshooting Your Thermostat: Is It Time to Call a Professional?

May 2nd, 2016

When it comes to indoor air comfort, the last thing you want to deal with as summer approaches is a malfunctioning air conditioner. But what if your AC problems aren’t coming from the actual cooling system? The problem may actually lie in the thermostat itself, which is essentially the brain of the entire air conditioning system. Without this working properly, your AC cannot do its job. (more…)

You Really Need a Backflow Prevention Device: Here’s Why

March 28th, 2016

Have you ever been washing your hands, or taking a shower, and suddenly found a large amount of gross water bubbling up out of the drain? If so, you have a backflow problem. Backflow is a serious issue that affects millions of homes across the country. It’s such a problem that the majority of cities have made it mandatory for all homes to be equipped with a backflow prevention device. Even if you aren’t legally required to have a backflow prevention device installed in your home, you should do so anyway. Read on to find out why. (more…)