If You Want Good Pipes, Don’t Use This Plumbing Product

August 13th, 2018

water droplets on white backgroundLiquid, store-bought drain cleaners, that is.

“But wait,” you may be wondering, “they’re marketed and sold as the go-to solution to clean my drains!”

Well, yes they are. But that doesn’t mean that these chemical drain cleaners are the best solution for your clogged drains. Read on to learn more about the problem with these products and about the drain cleaning methods offered by professional Albuquerque, NM plumbers. Continue Reading

Tips for Detecting a Plumbing Leak

July 30th, 2018

white pipe with blue cloth tied around leakA plumbing leak is, without argument, one of the biggest enemies of pipes everywhere. What is it about a leak that makes it so frustrating? Well, for starters, even a seemingly “minor” leak like dripping faucets can waste a huge amount of water over time, resulting in higher than average water bills for you, for water you aren’t even using. These minor problems can trick you into thinking it’s no big deal, until you notice the cost of wasted water starting to add up.

More severe leaks can waste even more water, naturally, and do extensive damage to your property. And since most leaks develop in walls or beneath floors and above ceilings, they can go on for quite some time before becoming noticeable—after all, most of your plumbing system is hidden from view. Professional leak detection from a trained and experienced plumber in Santa Fe, NM is vital to pinpointing the exact location of your leak and repairing it. In the meantime, though, we’ve provided some tips below on how you can spot an issue on your own. Continue Reading

Unique Ductless Cooling Issues You Can’t Ignore

July 16th, 2018

technician-making-repairs-to-ductless-air-handlerWhen it comes to selecting a cooling system, or a heating system for that matter, that performs effectively and efficiently as possible, you could definitely do worse than a ductless system! Ductless heating and cooling systems have gained popularity in recent decades, and for good reason.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that they don’t come without problems. Even with routine maintenance, a ductless system can experience problems just like any other system, and there are some issues that are unique to ductless systems, which we’ll get to in a moment. First, we want to stress that when something does go wrong with your ductless system, that you only invest in professional air conditioning service in Albuquerque, NM, versus using a general handyman or attempting a repair on your own. Continue Reading

What to Do About a Running Toilet

July 2nd, 2018

toilet in bathroomWe’d say, “you better go catch it,” but clearly that is not a helpful tip.

Rather, a running toilet is an annoying problem. While it’s not necessarily a catastrophe, it is a nuisance to listen to and impedes the power of your toilet’s flush. Additionally, it will reflect on your monthly water bill that you are using more water—even though you aren’t.

As soon as you notice your toilet won’t stop running, it’s time to call for a plumber in Santa Fe, NM. In the meantime, we’ve shared a few reasons why this might be happening, below. Continue Reading

4 Causes of Low HVAC Airflow

June 18th, 2018

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverDoes it feel like your HVAC unit is taking a vacation? Air conditioners don’t get to take a break in the summer!

If your unit isn’t blowing cool air like it used to, it’s possible you have an airflow issue. There are many causes for low airflow, but you don’t want to waste any time making assumptions. If you’re running into airflow issues in the middle of the year, don’t hesitate to call an Albuquerque, NM, HVAC contractor.

Low airflow issues can be red flags for a bigger breakdown, and that’s the last thing you need at the start of summer. Below are four causes of low airflow that should be taken care of immediately. Continue Reading

How Faulty Ductwork Affects Your Air Conditioner

June 4th, 2018

technician's hand professionally sealing ductworkWhen you live in a climate such as ours, chances are high that you think about your air conditioner a good amount. Naturally, you want it to function effectively and efficiently. What most homeowners don’t think about, however, is the “V” part of HVAC—the ventilation system that connects your AC system to the outside, making the distribution of cooled air possible. This makes sense—after all, this ventilation system is mostly out of sight, hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or in your attic and crawlspace.

Unfortunately, this ventilation system can accumulate damage, particularly if it was installed by an amateur or if it’s decades old. And if your ductwork is affected by leaks, poor connections, or bad construction, then you may be experiencing issues that lead to poor HVAC efficiency and repair needs. One of the most common problems that leads to ductwork damage is a ventilation system that wasn’t properly sized for the home in which it’s installed. This is why it’s so important to hire a professional HVAC contractor in Los Alamos, NM for any of your AC and ductwork needs. Continue Reading

“What’s the Best Way to Clean My Drains?”

May 21st, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When it comes to drain cleaning, most homeowners, or even renters, are tempted to run out to the store for some of that cheap chemical liquid drain cleaner whenever they have a clog. But this has multiple problems. You know that phrase, “you get what you pay for”? That’s definitely true in this case!

These store-bought solutions are no solution at all. First off, they eat through a clog all right, but consistent use of these products also eats through your pipes, eventually leading to corrosion and leaks that make repiping necessary. Additionally, and relative to our prior point, this drain cleaning method is temporary at best, leaving you going out to buy another bottle in just a few months as the clog that never left builds back up.

For a truly effective resolution to drain cleaning, you want to hire a company that excels in professional plumbing in Los Alamos, NM. You have that with us. Ask us about our hydro-jetting service, and then give us a call to schedule your next drain cleaning appointment! Continue Reading

Got an Evaporative Cooler? Consider Going Ductless!

May 7th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.It’s that time of year again—summer is just on the horizon and we’re all ready to leave winter behind. Consider how hot our temperatures already are, that’s going to be pretty simple. If this is the year to replace your air conditioner, you have a number of factors to consider. First off, you don’t have to stick with the same system you already have. For instance, if you’re using an evaporative cooler, you could benefit from upgrading to a ductless system!

One of the biggest complaints about evaporative coolers is that when outdoor air quality is bad (for instance, after a bout of brush fires), the system sucks in the smoky, dirty air. This can lead you to avoid using your air conditioner, which as we know is a pretty unbearable solution in our parts. That’s not to say there aren’t benefits to evaporative coolers. In fact, there are benefits to just about any cooling solution you choose for your home.

Our trained professionals can assess your home for the right products and services that are right for your situation. In the meantime though, we encourage you to consider going ductless. Continue Reading

How Can a Maintenance Program Save You Money?

April 23rd, 2018

two outdoor ac units with tools on top of oneWe’re going to start by saying, not only can a Santa Fe, NM HVAC maintenance program save you money, but it will. And given how much we tend to use our cooling systems the majority of the year, that’s really good news! Your heater benefits from maintenance too, as a tune-up helps it perform more efficiently than it would have otherwise. After all, when temperatures drop in Santa Fe, you’ll be grateful for an effective heating system.

Obviously there are many differences between your heater and your cooling system, but one thing they have in common is that they require maintenance—once a year for each system. If you have a year-round heat pump system, then you should be scheduling maintenance twice a year for the same system. Continue Reading

It’s Time to Start Up Your Evaporative Cooler

April 9th, 2018

person's hands writing in daily plannerAre you already using a Santa Fe, NM evaporative cooler, otherwise known as a swamp cooler, for your home’s comfort needs during the spring and summer? There are a number of benefits to doing so. An evaporative cooler is a budget-friendly and effective way to cool your home, using moisture instead of refrigerant.

The way your evaporative cooler is set up, it requires a water hookup at the beginning of each cooling season. With spring already here and warmer temperatures well on their way, the time to start up your evaporative cooler is now. Our team is here to help! Continue Reading