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Heating System Performance Checkup


Now that we're about a month into winter, your heating system has probably been working its pants off trying to keep your home warm and comfortable.

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16 Safety Tips for Christmas Lights

Christmas Light Fire Safety Hazard

(Featured Image by Aaron Jacobs, via Flickr) For many, Christmas is all about the decorations and the process of turning a familiar-looking home into a magical winter wonderland. A home bedecked with festive tinsel, an impressive tree and strings of twinkling lights is a truly beautiful thing, but it is important to put the health […]

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6 Top Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

Thanksgiving Turkey Feast

(Featured Image by Community Table) With Thanksgiving upon us, many US residents have started to make preparations and getting ready for the upcoming holiday. But did you know that for residential plumbers, Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of the year? In fact, plumbing problems spike by 50 percent the day after Thanksgiving — and […]

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How to Avoid The Spookiest Halloween Plumbing Scares

Halloween Jack O Lantern

(Featured Image Credit: brazma via pixabay) 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 […]

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How to Avoid the 3 Main Causes of a Blocked Sewer Line

Plumbing Sewer Issues

A blocked sewage line is something that no one wants to experience. The inconvenience, expense and downright unpleasantness caused by such a blockage is going to have a major effect on your life, and not in a good way! So what are the most common causes of blocked sewer lines? And how can we put […]

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Your Guide on What to Do When the Power Goes Out


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 […]

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HVAC Mold Issues - Helpful Info and Tips

  We 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 […]

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How To Clean Your Central Air Conditioner Drain Tube

Central Air Conditioner Drain Tube

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 […]

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Home Maintenance Checklist and Schedule

home maintenance checklist John C. Flood

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 […]

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Cold Weather Tips for You and Your Home


With the temperatures in the Metro Washington, DC and Northern Virginia areas expected to drop to the single digits this evening and in the teens all day tomorrow many homes will be susceptible to issues in their homes due to the extreme cold weather. Here are some home heating and plumbing tips to follow to […]

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EPA Summer Cooling Tips

The EPA pulled together 7 tips to help keep you cool and your costs down during the summer months. 1. If you don't have a programmable thermostat, buy one. The savings tally to nearly $200.00 a year. This way, when you are out of the house, on vacation or sleeping, you can set your 'stat […]

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Heat Stroke - Real Danger for the Elderly

The risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion, increases with age, experts at the U.S. National Institute on Aging warn. As people get older they are less able to adapt to high temperatures, like those engulfing much of the Metro DC area now. As a result, the heat might exacerbate any […]

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What is a MERV rating and what does it mean?

What is a HVAC MERV rating and what does it mean? Minimum efficiency reporting value, commonly known as MERV rating is a measurement scale designed in 1987 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to rate the effectiveness of air filters. The scale "represents a quantum leap in the precision and […]

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Why you need to change your HVAC filter often and install it correctly.


Importance of changing your HVAC Filter Why should I change my HVAC Filter? Here is a perfect example of a homeowner not replacing their HVAC filter often enough and installing the filter incorrectly. As you can see this filter is almost entirely clogged with dust which makes your system run less efficiently and much harder. […]

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