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How Your AC Can Benefit From Better IAQ

May 20th, 2019

You may have heard all the hype surrounding indoor air quality, and it’s likely that you thought to yourself, “What’s the point?

We are here to tell you that there certainly is a point to having the right combination of indoor air quality systems in place. As you may have already guessed, improved indoor air quality equals improved health and easier breathing, especially for those with allergies and weakened immune systems. But what else do these systems offer?

If not for your health, consider improving your indoor air quality for your air conditioner. Yes, that’s right: your air conditioner. Your AC can benefit greatly from having the right indoor air quality systems installed, and below, we are going to tell you how (hint: it’ll save you money!). All you have to do is keep reading to find out more!

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Yep, You’ve Got Main Sewer Line Trouble If You Notice These Signs

May 6th, 2019

You likely don’t think about your main sewer line a whole lot–why would you? It’s buried deep underground, it’s hidden from sight, and if it’s working as it should, you shouldn’t even notice its existence. However, your main sewer line is one of the most important, if not THE most important aspect of your entire plumbing system, as its main function is to remove all the wastewater from your home. This should be reason enough to give it a thought every now and again.

A lot can go on underground, and when trouble with your main sewer line does arise, you are going to need to hire a professional equipped to handle your plumbing in Pearl, MS. But, how do you know when there is a problem with your main sewer line? You keep reading below, that’s how! We have listed some of the most common signs that suggest you’ve got a sewer line trouble on your hands! 

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Have You Considered Installing a Sump Pump?

April 22nd, 2019

Every homeowner dreads the idea of their home becoming submerged under water. Of course, the likelihood of your home transforming into a submarine isn’t that great. However, any amount of flooding is enough to cause serious water damage. Naturally, some areas of your home are more vulnerable than others: basements, crawlspaces, and any other area that’s below ground level are more susceptible to rain-induced flooding.

Installing a sump pump in your home is one of the best ways to protect it against water damage due to flooding. By installing this type of system in your plumbing in Brandon, MS, you won’t have to worry so much about rising water levels, and instead have the peace of mind knowing that your valuable belongings are safe. In case you are not yet convinced, we have listed just some of the many benefits of installing a sump pump below. Keep reading to find out more.

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Freon R22 Phase Out. The end game is here.

April 15th, 2019

 

In 1987 the Montreal Protocol, a global agreement to protect the Earth’s ozone layer, began the phase out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).  Freon R22, an HCFC, was the most popular refrigerant used in commercial air conditioners.  Because of its heavy use, lack of substitutes, and the fact that HCFCs such as R22 are less damaging to the Ozone than CFCs, R22 was given much more time to be retired.

Freon R22 phase out time line:

1998- The EPA restricts the amount of R22 that can be produced in a given year.

2010 –The manufacturing of products that require R22 is made illegal.

2013 – The EPA dramatically accelerates the phase out of R22 from 2030 to 2020.

2015 –The production limit is reduced by 57%. Refrigeration prices skyrocket.

2019 – Production is cut another 55 %, to only 4 million pounds.

2020 – The production of R22 will be illegal.

R22 from recycled sources and old stockpiles can still be used for repair of existing systems, however there is no guarantee on how long these reserves will last. Owners of R22 air conditioners (systems that are 10 or more years old) are faced with three choices.

  1. Just wait until your system breaks.
  2. Replace the R22 Freon with a newer blend of refrigerant.
  3. Replace your system proactively.

While option 1 is viable and legal, the dwindling supplies of R22 will cause repair prices to rise and will likely take much longer to complete.

In some instances retrofitting your system with a new refrigerant blend is possible, however this can cause your AC to operate at a lower capacity and less efficiently. But first, a professional will have to determine if this is even possible. If it is possible, ALL existing R22 must be drained before a new blend can be installed.  AT NO TIME IS IT OK TO DROP IN A DIFFERENT FREON WITHOUT REMOVING ALL OF THE EXISTING R22.

The last option, is what most businesses are trying to put off,  The system replacement. This seems like the scariest, and more importantly, the most expensive option. But this is actually the best course of action. With the current 179 tax breaks, business owners can save large amounts of money by switching now. Also a business owner will be able to plan for his or her system to be changed at a convenient time, rather than worry whether or not the current system will fail at the busiest – or worse, the hottest—time of the year.

With the end of R22 coming in less than a year, it is important for business owners to begin planning now for the future.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”- Chinese proverb

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Your AC Might Need These Repairs This Spring

April 8th, 2019

AC-repairSpring is officially here, which means that now is the perfect time to prep for summer! Enjoying the perfect summer means stocking up on sunscreen, digging out your change for the ice cream truck, and ensuring that your air conditioner is in good working condition. Of course, taking care of any AC repairs doesn’t quite sound as fun as going bathing suit shopping, but it is important nonetheless. You want to be sure that when you turn on your AC for the first time this year that it is ready to keep you cool and comfortable.

There are a number of issues that your AC may experience at the start of the summer season. It is important that you schedule your air conditioning repair in Madison, MS as soon as you are aware of a problem to avoid making matters worse. Below, we have listed some of the most common springtime AC repair needs. Keep reading to find out more! 

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How a Great Plumber Can Benefit You

March 25th, 2019

When you need an oil change, you bring your car to the mechanic, right? And when you have the flu, you visit your doctor, correct? So, why shouldn’t the same principle apply when it comes to your plumbing in Madison, MS? When you have a plumbing “uh oh,” the best thing you can do for your system is to contact a professional plumber right away. A professional plumber has everything from knowledge and experience to tools and training to properly diagnose and repair complex plumbing issues.

Your plumbing is much more intricate and complex than you might believe. The majority of your pipes are hidden behind walls and underneath floors, making clogs and leaks quite hard to reach. This is just one of the many reasons why hiring a professional is always the best move. And below, we have provided an even longer list of reasons as to why a great, professional plumber is the right choice for your plumbing repairs. Keep reading to learn more. 

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Hydro-Jetting? What’s That?

March 11th, 2019

When you have a dirty floor, you mop it. When you have a dusty bookshelf, you dust it. So, what do you do when your drain pipes are dirty? Do you vacuum them? Do you spray them down with a homemade vinegar cleaner? Well, no. When you have dirty drain pipes, you need to call in a professional plumber in Brandon, MS.

Today, plumbers carry the latest technology to clean out hard to reach clogs and blockages. One method that many plumbers use to scour the inside of drain pipes is hydro-jetting. In this week’s post, we will be discussing what hydro-jetting is and what the benefits this service has to offer. Keep reading below to learn more.

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Here’s Why We Use Video Pipe Inspection

February 25th, 2019

Considering just how large and complex your plumbing system is, locating the source of a leak or a clog can be quite a difficult task. However, the latest plumbing technologies have made it much easier for plumbers to locate and fix hard to reach leaks and clogs. If you find yourself dealing with a plumbing issue, your plumber in Madison, MS might use video pipe inspection to diagnose and repair your issue.

You see, back in prehistoric times, plumbers would have to diagnose plumbing issues through secondary symptoms and then dig around the general area until they found the right pipe. Of course, this worked, but it had the added side effect of causing a lot of unnecessary damage to the surrounding area. Now, many plumbers are equipped with video pipe inspection equipment (and the skill and training necessary to use it) in order to resolve complex issues. Keep reading below to learn more! 

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Should I Be Concerned About Slab Leaks?

February 11th, 2019

leakThe average leak is not usually grounds for a plumbing emergency. But then again, “slab leaks” are not your average leaks.

Slab leaks are no more than a leak that happens to occur beneath the foundation of your home, but the location is what makes all the difference. They’ll turn your average, annoying leak into a complete disaster.

Slab leaks can damage your plumbing in Clinton, MS in several ways, and you should definitely be concerned about them. Here’s why:

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Do You Need Whole-House Repiping

January 28th, 2019

drain-pipesIf you have found yourself in the constant cycle of repairing pipe after pipe, it might be time to consider whole-house repiping. Sure, a leak or a blockage from time to time is nothing to get overly concerned about, however, at some point, repairing or replacing one section of pipe at a time isn’t going to cut it. Instead, replacing the entirety of your plumbing system might be the best solution for your home.

Whole-house repiping is no small task and can certainly seem a bit daunting. However, it is a service only provided when absolutely necessary. It is highly important that you consult with a plumber who can thoroughly assess your plumbing in Brandon, MS to determine whether or not whole-house repiping is the best option for you. Below, we have outlined some of the signs that suggest it might be time for whole-house repiping in your home. 

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