Summer is here and that means your family vacation is just around the corner. Whether you’re leaving for a long weekend or going out of town for an extended trip, leaving your home protected is an essential step in your pre-vacation planning. Along with securing your valuables, securing the windows and locking the entry doors, you also need to make sure that your plumbing is ready to be left alone.
Toilets are among the busiest utilities in the home. On average, a person flushes the toilet about 5 times a day and utilize 3.5-7 gallons of water with every flush in a standard gravity toilet. A high-efficiency toilet can help minimize your total household water usage.
Advances in technology have created a wide range of toilet options for homeowners. If a strong flush and water efficiency are a priority, consider pressure-assisted toilets. Read on to find out more about this toilet model.
Water plays an essential role in your household. Homeowners rely on the water produced by taps and faucets to be safe and secure, but they rarely think about the impact their pipes have on water quality.
Outdated or damaged pipes can pose a real threat to your home. Minor plumbing repairs often involve the replacement of a small section of pipe, but replacing all of the pipes in your home may be a better option.
Fresh pipes are better equipped to meet the water demands of your family in the future. Take advantage of the plumbing benefits offered by new pipes, and invest in a plumbing upgrade today. Continue reading
Water is one of the elements that is essential for sustaining life. Your indoor plumbing system makes access to a fresh supply of water much easier, but the quality of the water pumped through your plumbing system might be lacking.
Many homes are affected by hard water. A hard water supply can have some benefits, like a lower sodium content and distinct taste. Unfortunately, these benefits do little to outweigh the negative aspects of having hard water flow through your home’s plumbing system. Continue reading
The first thing to determine is whether you will be living on- or off-the-grid in your tiny home; then plan the plumbing process. Depending on whether you are in a permanent, semi-permanent, or temporary living situation, your plumbing needs will vary.
Living on-the-grid occurs when you rely on and are connected to city utilities, like water and sewer, or when you are hooked up to lines in an RV park or campground. You may also be living in a semi-permanent situation, such as in a friend or family member’s yard, and temporarily utilizing their water and plumbing systems.
For many homeowners out there, spring is a welcome relief from the colder winter temperatures, but if you are one of the many homeowners who suffers from seasonal allergies, the transition from winter to spring can be a particularly trying time. Here at Mitchell Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning, we believe that your home should be a welcome sanctuary for you and your family, and that includes providing you with protections from allergens inside your house. If you or a member of your family are one of the many homeowners all over the country who suffer from severe seasonal allergies, this article is for you. In an effort to help our local customer breathe a little bit easier in their homes this coming spring, we have taken the time to put together this short list detailing a few of the more helpful indoor air quality tips that we have collected over our years of service to help alleviate springtime allergies this year.
Change Your Air Filters
Changing your air filters regularly is important not just for the overall safe function of your home’s heating and air conditioning systems, but also for the overall air quality inside your home. During the spring, outdoor allergens are going to be getting tracked into your home on a near-constant basis, and it’s the job of your air filters to pick these particles up and trap them so they aren’t being continuously cycled throughout your home. Changing these filters out regularly will help to ensure that these trapped particles are removed from your home, and don’t just sit there continuing to contaminate the air you and your family are breathing in.
Use A Humidifier To Balance Humidity Levels
Whether you realize it or not, the level of moisture in the air of your home can have a major effect on the overall quality of the air you and your family breathe in on a daily basis. High humidity can greatly contribute to the growth of mold and bacteria in the home, while low humidity can lead to dry, itchy skin, dry nasal passages and throat, and can actually make you more susceptible to airborne illnesses like colds or the flu. Maintaining the right balance of moisture in your home’s air is essential to helping stave off respiratory issues, and installing a humidifier can go a long way in giving you the options you need to either remove or add moisture to the air inside your home.
Install A Whole Home Air Cleaner
A whole home air cleaner functions a lot like your HVAC system’s air filters, but it works on a much larger scale. These air cleaners are incorporated directly into your HVAC system and help to remove airborne contaminants from your home at a much higher rate than your air filters could ever hope to do. With a whole home air cleaner, you can remove more of the irritating allergens that linger about the air in your home, as well as giving you better protection against dust, dirt, and many of the other harmful irritants that make spring such a troublesome time for so many.
If you are looking for a plumbing, heating & cooling professional in the Greater Pittsburgh area, give us a call today or fill out our online request form.
Frozen water pipes are a common occurrence in some parts of the United States. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t take proper precautions to prevent pipes from freezing and are left with huge messes and potentially hundreds or thousands in repair bills.
You should know how to prevent frozen water wipes in your own residence and keep your home dry and secure. Below are four strategies that can help protect your pipes from freezing.
It’s finally fall in Pittsburgh, which means that we have some relief from the summer heat before the cold winter is in full swing. Fall might be the best time of year for this area, but comfortable weather and Steelers games aren’t the only things that we can look forward to during the fall. It’s also the perfect time to start getting your home ready for everything that it will need to endure throughout the colder parts of the year. One of the most important parts of your home during the winter is your heating system, and you need to know that it will be able to provide you and your family with comfort and warmth.
At Mitchell Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling, our Pittsburgh heating contractors recommend that you have your heating system inspected and tuned up at least once every year, and the best time to have that service performed is during the fall, before the winter months begin. Many homeowners, however, are unaware of how important heating tune-ups are, and it’s not uncommon for them to neglect to have regular heating maintenance performed.
If you’re unsure of whether or not you could benefit from a heating tune-up this fall, then take a look at some of these common questions that homeowners have about heating tune-ups:
Are Annual Heating Tune-Ups Really Necessary?
All furnace manufacturers recommend that homeowners have annual maintenance services performed by qualified technicians. Most of the time, if furnaces or other heating units don’t receive annual maintenance service, they won’t be covered under manufacturer warranties.
If you don’t have a tune-up and inspection of your Pittsburgh home’s heating system, it doesn’t mean that you’ll definitely see any major problems develop with the system. It does mean, however, that the chances of that damage occurring are higher—and it’s important to consider how much cheaper and less of a hassle it is to have preventative maintenance performed than emergency repairs.
What Do Technicians Actually Do During a Tune-Up?
Depending on the contractor that you’re working with, you’ll get different services during a heating tune-up. However, any qualified Pittsburgh heating contractors should know which services your heating unit needs every month. During our tune-ups, our professionals will provide these and other services:
- Clean or replace air filters*
- Clean ignition assembly
- Monitor flue draft
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Adjust operating pressures
- Measure temperature changes
- Check gas supply for leaks
- Clean and adjust burner assembly
- Clean heat exchanger and elements
This should be performed much more often than once per year.
Can I Do This On My Own??
While it’s possible for homeowners to perform some of these tasks on their own, it takes a trained and experienced heating contractor to be able to ensure that your heating unit is in the best condition possible. Remember: this is preventative maintenance. One of the biggest reasons heating tune-ups are important is that they’ll allow your contractor to catch problems early.
If you’re looking for heating tune-ups in Pittsburgh, call Mitchell Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling at 888-99-MITCH, or fill out our online request form.
Just because your air conditioning unit is tucked away in a space in your home, behind closed doors or up in your attic space, doesn’t mean it will run for years without needing any attention. Yet many homeowners forget about this important mechanical system because it’s existing away from our every day line of sight.
Many people don’t know exactly how an air conditioner operates, or what units belong to the heater and what belongs to the air conditioner, the names of they system parts, or how the unit effectively changes the temperature of the air in their homes. And that’s perfectly normal because only few people receive training and the information to know all about it. That’s why we have professional companies like ours who know each part of the system, how it should function, and when it needs care or attention.
Some homeowners may think that a professional company is just trying to find a way to get more business when they are offered a maintenance agreement, yet they misunderstand that the point of the maintenance agreement is to ensure their HVAC systems are operating at their best year round.
Keeping your mechanical systems in top shape requires a lot more than most people realize. And back to what we were saying, that’s because few understand that the air handling system is a mechanical unit with thousands of parts that need to be checked regularly, oiled, greased, thoroughly cleaned, tuned-up, free of leaks, free of debris or faulty parts that tear other parts down, and more.
In fact, you’ll often hear that your air unit is much the same as your vehicle, needing tune ups, oil changes, engine cleaning, correct fluid levels, clean filters, etc. This couldn’t be more true.
A monthly agreement for maintenance differs from company to company. You’ll get a lot more benefits out of some service agreements, such as discounts on repairs, priority responses, no overtime charges for emergency calls, and more.
With most companies, you can get either a monthly maintenance plan or a regular tune-up. Even if only getting a tune up once a year, it will help your system run better and more reliably.
At Mitchell Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, we offer air conditioning tune-ups as well as a great maintenance plan agreement. Our agreement will help you get the most energy savings out of your air units, which is why we name our agreements an Energy Savings Agreement or ESA.
Homeowners who own one of our ESA’s enjoy precision tune-ups for air conditioners and all the other HVAC equipment in your home. Our ESA is unique in that it also covers your entire Plumbing System Maintenance as well. Your biggest savings will come from this plan because you’ll receive a 10% discount on all repairs and more.
You’ll get priority response when you’re on our plan. This means when you do have an emergency, you will be at the top of our list and receive the quickest response. You’ll save plenty on your energy costs when your system is running great. In fact, you could be saving up to 40% or more depending on the condition and model of your air system.
You’ll enjoy fewer breakdowns and be able to count on your air system year round to function at its best. Plus you’ll have the added benefit of never paying overtime charges for emergency repairs no matter if it’s a holiday or weekend.
You’ll never go wrong with our tune-ups. And it truly is a service that you need to consider. Don’t let your air conditioning run another year without attention! Save energy, keep your mechanical systems lasting for years longer, and do your most to avoid those miserable hot days with no cool air!
If you’re interested in a regular Air Conditioning Tune Up or also want to know more about our ESA, just call 888-996-4824 or complete our online request form.
If your Braddock air conditioning unit begins to malfunction, it may be time to have it professionally serviced. Among the common problems encountered by most Braddock homeowners is that the air coming out of the air conditioning unit does not feel as cold as they want it to be. In some cases, the refrigerant may need recharging. In addition, air conditioning problems may cause electricity bills to shoot up which should alert you that you may have a problem and need to call an air conditioning contractor to come look at the issues.
Shelling out a few bucks for the system recharge can be worth it. The trained Braddock professional will not only be able to check the refrigerant but also test for leakage, belts for tightness, and service the motor.
While the Braddock homeowner can care for his/her air conditioning unit by keeping it covered/protected from debris and the elements (and minimizing dirt from getting near the condenser unit), basic maintenance checks by a trained technician are essential.
It also pays to get a quality brand of room air conditioning unit, and to choose one with a capability suited to the size of the room where it will be installed. Consider also how many heat-generating appliances there are in the room.
A reputable Braddock air conditioning contractor can help do the math and recommend the right system for your needs. A contractor can also suggest measures to help improve insulation. The homeowner, for his/her part, can opt for an energy-efficient air conditioning unit and make sure that the flow of air emanating from the aircon unit is not obstructed by furniture, drapes, and other home items.
Inadequate maintenance will lead to poor functioning or other air conditioning problems. The ducts need to be airtight. Detecting and rectifying duct leaks can best be done by a competent professional service technician with test equipment. The service technician will also be able to handle the task of cleaning dirty filters and checking if the evaporator coils are clogged.
Draw up a list of possible contractors and zero in on one who will not only help you size up the most suitable air conditioning unit for your needs but also render proper maintenance checks. You wouldn’t want to get an inferior quality air conditioning unit that costs very cheap but will entail huge repair costs.
Moreover, choosing a technician that doesn’t have adequate training or takes shortcuts can entail added costs. Indeed, it’s very important to keep your air conditioning unit humming nicely and operating optimally. Getting a reliable contractor can help prevent Braddock air conditioning problems that may surface.