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…)

Which Water Heater Type Will Serve You Best?

September 14th, 2015

For many years, the only real option for having hot water at your beck and call was to have a tank water heater installed in your home. In recent decades, however, the rise of the tankless water heater has given people an alternative option. This has led to some confusion over which water heater would best serve a homeowner’s individual needs. The best thing to do, of course, is to consult with a professional before making a decision. In order to make things a bit easier, however, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each water heater type. (more…)

Lupercalia: The Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2015

Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

The Festival

The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.

The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day

The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Don’t consider a rinsed sponge clean. Once a week, toss sponges into the top rack of the dishwasher to get rid of food and bacteria.

January 12th, 2015

Are your sponges REALLY clean???

Don’t consider a rinsed sponge clean, even if you rinsed it with hot water. Especially if you are cleaning dishes, counters and sinks with them. After you are finished using it, toss sponges into the top rack of the dishwasher to get rid of food and bacteria. This way you know you are using clean sponges and not spreading around bacteria!! #roadrunner

Save on Energy Costs

January 9th, 2015

Save on Energy Costs

New Energy Standard Adopted for Central Air Conditioning Systems

As of January 2008, manufacturers can no longer produce residential central air conditioners with efficiencies less than 13 SEER. The minimum seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER is up to 10, which was in place since 1992. The higher the SEER ratio, the more energy efficient. You’ll pay hundreds of dollars more for an oversized unit.

Hiring the right people

Many people send mailers which advertise one low rate for a whole lot of stuff! Most of the time those offers don’t include fine print subjections, and you’ll end up paying more. Be sure the person you hire adheres to the standards. For more information visit which shows the NADCA standards and watch a podcast video on air duct cleaning, furnace cleaning, heat exchanger, blower motor, wheel and housing cage and evaporator coil.

Sizing Your System

January 9th, 2015

Sizing Up & Sizing Calculations

According to ‘Home Energy Magazine’, over 40 different load calculation methods were submitted by contractors. It was found that most contractors oversize. A lead calculation is important because it determines what proper size system is for your specific home. This is to make sure your system operates at maximum efficiency. Most homes have systems that are oversized,  meaning you end up paying more than you should to heat and cool. Systems which are oversized seem too cycle either to quick or too slow and that leads to maintenance problems, uneven temperatures, and inability to control humidity. Make sure your equipment is not sized by “Rule of Thumb.” Oversized systems will not remove adequate moisture from the indoor air due to short cycling. This will leave you feeling stuffy and uncomfortable, who knew??? An oversized furnace is similar to an oversized air conditioning system. The run time is short, creating uncomfortable air strati faction and less air filtration. Frequent cycling of the unit on and off can cause undue wear and tear on internal working components.

Refrigeration Fact

December 10th, 2014

“How Long Will Food Last if the Power Goes Out?”

According to the FDA, a refrigerator will only keep food “chilly” for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep food frozen for 48 hours. If it is half full, only 24 hours. You can add block ice or dry ice to your freezer.

Ice Machines…

December 10th, 2014

Ice Machine Cleaning Benefits:

-Sanitary ice production
-Health code compliance
-Promotes ice machine functionality
-Increases ice yield
-Extends life and increases performance
-Keeps producers safe from fines and health related incidents/lawsuits
-Promotes the health of the general public
-Ice Machine Cleaning Products from Technical Hot and Cold

*If not cleaned regularly, ice machines can accumulate biofilm, a mold/slime agent that will reduce the function of the ice machine and the health and safety of your ice.




December 10th, 2014

The Benefits Of UV Air Treatment System

* They eliminate up to 99.9% of mold spores and kill up to 87% of certain airborne bacteria passing through the air system.
* They help maintain system efficiency and airflow, which saves money by not having to have your system coils cleaned as often
* Some have SmartLamp(tm) technology, which optimizes efficiency of lamp run time. These lamps usually need replacing about
once a year.
* With SnapLamp(tm) replacement bulbs, the replacement process is quick and easy.
* The sealed unit design and multiple interlocks prevent accidental contact with UV rays making these systems safe.

Improving air quality in your home should be a concern for anyone from the very young to the elderly as well as allergy sufferers. UV Air Treatment Systems used in conjunction with HEPA filters can greatly reduce the allergens present in your home.

Plumbing Tips

December 10th, 2014

Plumbing Tips
Things to beware of:

UNUSUALLY LOW BIDS: If a contractor doesn’t provide the full cost, he/she may ask for money to complete the job.

NO CONTRACT: A contractor may try to inflate the price. Don’t sign a contract unless it specifies all key details, including how much will be paid and when.

SCARE TACTICS AND HIGH PRESSURE: Some contractors who try to rush you into costly action should be avoided. If faced with a high pressure pitch, take time to get another opinion.

USING LOW-QUALITY MATERIALS BUT CHARGING FOR BETTER: A contractor may promise to use the best parts and charge for it, but could be using lower quality parts. Ask for a parts list and compare brand types of materials on the invoice.

PLANTING EVIDENCE: To avoid this ask a technician to videotape/photograph something identifiable near your sewer cleanout. Hire only contractors with proven records of good customer satisfaction.