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The Dangers of Chemical Drain Cleaners In The Home

Store bought drain cleaners are some of the most hazardous chemicals found in American households. They don’t just pose a risk to your family’s health, they can also damage your home’s plumbing system and bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Chemical drain cleaners are available in several forms; alkaline drain cleaners contain sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. Acidic drain cleaners contain concentrated sulfuric acid. Other chemicals typically found in household drain cleaning products include bleach and lye. While chemical drain cleaners can

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Hot Room, Cold Room – Tips For Achieving Even Temperature Throughout Your Home

In a typical house it’s not unusual for the temperature to vary several degrees from room to room. Attics, basements and additions usually have the greatest air temperature differences. When one room is uncomfortably hot or cold, here are several factors to consider. Inadequate Attic and Exterior Wall Insulation During Houston’s cold winter months and long, hot summers, proper insulation is a must. The recommended R-value for attics is 43, and an R-value of 21 is recommended for exterior walls.

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What Are Those Funny Noises My Furnace Is Making?

With older furnaces you will often hear a range of noises, especially as the system nears the end of it’s lifespan. If you have a newer furnace, built in the last 3 – 5 years, you not experience as many sounds, as they are engineered to operate more quietly than in the past. Here are some of the noises you may hear from your furnace and what they could indicate: Furnace making Screeching Noises Screeching noises often indicate a problem

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Maintaining Your Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are technologically advanced plumbing devices that deliver an endless supply of hot water. They can save save energy compared to traditional tank-style water heaters by heating water only when it’s needed. Because of their complexity, tankless water heaters require regular maintenance to ensure proper operation and maintain long term reliability. Removing Limescale From The Tankless Water Heater Like most plumbing devices tankless water heaters will accumulate mineral deposits, particularly inside the tank’s heating chamber. Mineral build up

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Preparing Your Home and Air Conditioner For The Spring and Summer Cooling Season

With hot weather fast approaching in the Houston area, now is the time to make sure your air conditioner is ready for the warm spring and summer months ahead. Proper AC maintenance, along with a few easy steps to keep your house cooler, will ensure that your air conditioner is operating at peak efficiency to keep your home comfortable, your utility bill lower, while limiting the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns and repairs. 1. Call Village Plumbing & Home Services for

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Old Air Conditioner?

Many Houston homeowners with older AC systems are hoping their old system can survive another year of tough weather, and they’re weighing the cost of continued repairs and maintenance of an older AC unit versus purchasing a new, more reliable cooling system. The old saying “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.” makes sense for many appliances around the home, but for energy intensive and critical systems like air conditioners, putting off a new system can end up costing you more

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3 Tips to Make Your Water Heater Last Longer and Work More Efficiently

Many people purchase a conventional tank water heater and simply forget about it until it stops working and it’s time to replace it. However, with a few simple water heater maintenance steps, you can increase the lifespan of the unit while also making it work more efficiently. If you are having problems getting your hot water to last longer while taking a shower, follow these tips. Here are three maintenance steps to take: Flush the water heater tank once a

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