Archive for the ‘DIY & How-To’ Category

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.

Plumbing home inspection tips for buyers [VIDEO]

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 by admin No Comments


Hey everybody and welcome back! This week, we'll be talking about what to do if you are looking to buy a home.

You will need to familiarize yourself with the household's plumbing system. To do so, you should first individually inspect each and every faucet and pipe in the home. That way, if there is a drip or leak somewhere, you will know to have it fixed before you make an offer.

Another thing you should do is flush every toilet in the home. While this might seem a little bit silly, the truth is that this will allow you to see if each one is able to empty out and fill back up completely. The last thing you want to be stuck with is a broken toilet!

As always, thanks for watching, and check back here for more household tips!

Keep your home safe this winter [VIDEO]

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by admin No Comments


Hey everybody and welcome back! This week, we'll be taking a look at the ways you can keep your home safe this winter if you won't be home over the holidays.

 One of the first things you should do is turn off the main water valve in your home. This will stop the water from flowing through your pipes, so you do not come back to any burst or frozen pipes that will need to be repaired or replaced. Simply go to the central valve and shut it off.

Another solution is to have a neighbor or friend check in on your house every other day or so, because a set of eyes on the ground will go a long way to making sure everything is in order. If there is a problem, your friend will be able to have it fixed right away to minimize any possible damage.

Thanks for checking out our blog, and be sure to visit us again for more winter protection tips!

How can you make home maintenance an easier process?

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Being a homeowner is not an easy task, especially during the winter. You will have to winterize your household before the snow hits to make sure that your pipes don't freeze over or your energy bills skyrocket. This can seem like an overwhelming process, especially if you have never actually owned a home before. Luckily there are certain guidelines you can follow that will help you maintain your home throughout the winter and into the next year. You don't have to fall behind on the chores you need to accomplish!

The first thing you should do is go around your house to try and identify any possible issues that might exist. Whether that means fixing the hole near a drafty window or tightening up some pipes to prevent a leak, you will want to get ahead of everything before they become bigger issues down the road. This is especially true of your home's plumbing system, as any leaks or other problems can actually end up resulting in damage not only to the pipes, but to the surrounding walls as well.

If you find that there is a task that you simply cannot handle on your own, do not hesitate to call for professional assistance. Contacting a DC plumber will save you time and frustration in the long run, particularly if the problem you are facing is with a sensitive area of your home. Trying to take on a major project yourself is often not the best idea, as you never know if your actions could actually end up contributing to what was wrong in the first place.

Before things get out of hand at your home, be sure to schedule an appointment with John C. Flood, Inc. today!

Do your home's windows need to be replaced?

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by admin No Comments

We've talked a lot lately about getting your home in shape for winter before the chilly outdoor conditions finally settle in for the next few months. But we haven't really gone into one of the most important aspects of your home when it comes to keeping yourself warm and your energy bills down—the windows. There is nothing more crucial to a comfortable household than windows that are properly sealed and working, as they can account for anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of your total energy costs. So what are the signs that your old windows need to be replaced?

When it comes to getting new windows, age will be one of the most important factors to take into consideration. Most high-quality windows can last from 10 to 15 years, so if your windows are getting up there in age, it is time for you to consider new ones. Old windows are harmful for the comfort of your home and your bank account, as a lot of the time the sealing will come loose or have holes in them, which will allow the hot air to escape your home and will let the cold winter air inside.

You should also keep an eye out on your thermostat. If you have to constantly turn the heat way up to ridiculous temperatures in order to get even a little bit of warmth in your house, this means that there is a draft or a leak that will need to be dealt with. While you will have to rely more heavily on your heat around this time of year, that doesn't mean you have to blast it at 85 degrees to get the temperature to rise to a measly 60.

If you are in need of Arlington heating repair services for your home, schedule an appointment today with John C. Flood, Inc.

How you can prevent a home disaster from happening this winter

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Winter is a wonderful part of year. Between the holidays and getting to spend time with loved ones, you are able to live in the moment and enjoy all that life has to offer. However, it can also be stressful for many homeowners, as winter weather can often wreak havoc on residences if people are not careful enough. If you would live to avoid something going wrong with your household this winter, there are plenty of preventative steps and measures that you can take, all without breaking the bank!

If you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time - or even just for a few hours - you should consider shutting off the main water valve in your home. This will help to prevent the pipes from freezing over in your absence when you will not be around to deal with the issue should it come up. However, if you do choose to do this, it is important that you leave at least one faucet open to help prevent any unused water or pressure from building up inside the plumbing system that you can't control.

Should you be in an area that has experienced very heavy snowfall, you should make sure that your roof and home are as free from the snow as possible. Using a long raKE or shovel will help, as you don't want to risk your roof caving in under the extreme amount of weight that the snow and ice can create.

If you experience any issues with your home this winter, be sure to schedule an appointment with a professional from John C. Flood, Inc. as soon as possible!