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Electrical Safety Tips for the Fall

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

(Featured Image by Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC)

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…)

How To Clean Your Central Air Conditioner Drain Tube

Posted on: July 30th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Any home that has a central air conditioner unit installed has a condensate drain line.  Air conditioning units produce one natural by-product, Water!  The warmer air from your home, meets the colder surface of the evaporator coil and naturally, condensation occurs.  The water from your AC unit runs down the sides of the coil and collects inside the condensate pan, eventually reaching the condensate drain and flowing off to the drain method your installer chose during installation.  If the drain line becomes clogged, there is no place for the excess water to go. This leaves your home opened to water damage.   (more…)

Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional? Your Guide to HVAC Projects

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by christhompson No Comments

Do you have an HVAC problem in your home? Many handy homeowners often thrive in their own DIY projects. Doing fixes and repairs yourself can save you quite a bit of time waiting for repair technicians to show up to yourself. Fixing problems yourself can also save you lots of money in many cases. (more…)

How To Make Your Sink More Quiet

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by admin No Comments

The plumbing in your home is often the number one source of strange noises that plague your family. Whether it's eerie creeks or drumming that keeps your loved ones up at night, the reason these often irritating disturbances come about is usually a matter of either poor insulation or lazy installation. (more…)

Home Maintenance Checklist and Schedule

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

Just like your car, your home needs consistent maintenance and tune-ups to stay in tip-top shape. In addition to helping you keep everything clean and neatly organize, regular home maintenance prevents breakdowns and ensures that your exterior, plumbing, heating and cooling, security and electrical systems are all working correctly. As a plus, regular inspections allow you to identify problems and fix them quickly, thus saving money, time, and making your home a safe and comfortable place for your family.


Check pipes for freezing during the winter [VIDEO]

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by admin No Comments


Hi everyone, and welcome back to our video blog.

It's winter, and the temperature outside is dipping to below freezing. This can put a lot of strain on outdoor pipes -- if you have any plumbing outside of your home, be sure to check it for any signs of leaking.

If your pipes are dripping, call a plumber to fix them as soon as possible. If that water is allowed to freeze, you could be in for an expensive catastrophe -- the last thing you want to deal with in the bitter cold.

Thanks for watching, and be sure to keep checking back for more plumbing tips.

How you can save energy in your home this winter

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by admin No Comments

The United States is going through a cold snap, with many parts of the country experiencing subzero temperatures. This is bad news for homeowners, as it means an increased reliance on the heating system that already sees a rise in use throughout the winter. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can improve your household and make it as energy-efficient as possible to help you save money over the next few months. You don't want to be paying more than you need just to be comfortable in your residence.

The first thing you will need to do is inspect the windows and doors of your home to see if there are any leaks. You can lose up to half of your home's heating through small cracks that can often go unnoticed unless you are keeping an eye out for them. If you should see that there is a problem with air leaks in your house, you should to call in an Alexandria contractor to help plug up the holes and allow your home to retain its heat. As soon as you fix this issue, you will notice your energy bills begin to fall consistently.

You should also be sure to keep an eye on your home's HVAC system to see if it is running at its full efficiency. If there are clogs in any of the air ducts they will need to be repaired immediately, as this blockage will cause the system to run faster and cost you more money in the process. As long as you keep an eye out, you will be able to catch any problems before they become a disaster.

If you are looking to make improvements to your home, be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with John C. Flood, Inc.