Monday, 7 September 2015

Maintaining your Commercial Plumbing System to Avoid Serious Issues

Compared to a homeowner’s plumbing system, a commercial building’s plumbing is harder to maintain, and develops issues that may be harder to solve and may affect more people. Though it’s an inevitable part of operating a building, this does not mean that you have to wait until plumbing issues manifest itself on your property and wreak havoc among occupants. No one wants to deal with a faulty plumbing, so take it upon yourself to ensure that your property’s plumbing system is working well, lest you suffer from its devastating effects. Whatever business you may be in, be it a hotel, a restaurant, or an apartment building, you shouldn’t ignore your property’s plumbing system. Not only will you need plumbing professionals to solve your plumbing woes, but you’ll also need them for preventive maintenance to ensure that your commercial plumbing system is working properly.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Home Backup Generator: A Sound Investment amid Blackouts in Detroit

Last June saw over 19,000 DTE Energy customers literally powerless after a blackout that lasted for days due to heavy rains and gusty winds that swept through Detroit and other areas in southeast Michigan. Though customers have been assured that the company did everything they could to restore power as soon as possible, it still took them almost three to four days to fully restore their services to every homeowner in the area. Even a few hours of power outages can cause a degree of inconvenience among homeowners, and families have to stumble in the dark looking for ways to get by when they don’t have electricity. No one knows when an area’s electricity supply will be shut down and when it will be restored, but you can rely on a backup generator to help your family get by a blackout. Avoid instances of uncharged cellphones or spoiling food when you can have a home backup generator to avoid inconveniences caused by power outages.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Buying Heaters and Other Tips on How to Ready Your Office for Winter

If you’ve got offices in Warren, Michigan, winter may not exactly be at the top of your mind right now. However, with the harsh Michigan winters, purchasing the best heaters on the market and prepping your office for the coming cold is a reasonable and cost-efficient thing to do. Heating your office during the winter months is a special concern because a business’ energy bills are often its biggest expense during the colder parts of the year. Proper heating and preparation can help a lot in reducing this expense. Here are some of the things you can do. Have the Right Equipment One of the best things you can do is have the best possible heating system installed that is within your budget. Local heating experts like Flame Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical can offer you a wide array of choices on how to heat your office. If you own the building, having an efficient HVAC system installed should be easy to do.

Friday, 4 September 2015

When Boiler Repair is No Longer Enough

The water heater is integral to a household’s comings and goings. From showers to cleaning, we depend on consistent access to hot water. As such, keeping the water heater maintained and functioning smoothly should be a priority. Unfortunately, even with constant care, there will come a time when you’ll need to replace the unit altogether. When do you stop mending and start replacing? Here are some signs to indicate that it’s time to retire your old unit.

A leaking tank

Your average water heater holds 40-80 gallons of water at any given time, and it’s a bad idea to risk an accident once you notice the main tank is springing some leaks. This means that the rubber lining is already worn away, and it’s probably time to spring for a new unit. The constant pressure that builds with all that hot water is just a disaster waiting to happen!

A lingering stink

All water heaters have an anode rod that leeches ions which cause rust—which, as you’d imagine, is quite important to a machine that processes water. The anode rod essentially takes the corrosion that’s meant for the rest of the device onto itself. While the rods are replaceable, the rest of the machine will get corroded more and more over time, resulting in a distinct smell that’s a definite sign that replacing the anode rod isn’t doing the trick anymore.

Something wrong with the water

This one should be a no-brainer—if the water has a definite odor, or if it’s brackish, or if the water takes too long to heat up, there might be something wrong that a quick fix can’t handle. Make a thorough inspection of the unit and determine the problem ASAP. Some locations’ water supplies contain larger traces of harmful minerals which can be tough on water heaters, and can lead to them breaking down far sooner than expected.

When it comes to the water you use, take no risks with boiler repair. Call Flame Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical for expert assistance on your water heater.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Air Duct Cleaning and Other HVAC Services Ensure Efficient Operation

Michigan homeowners may not be so concerned about their heating systems for now since it’s the height of summer, but it’s actually the ideal time to do all of the maintenance requirements for your furnace and HVAC system. Ranging from air duct cleaning to your furnace’s annual inspection, having these done during the part of the year when you don’t need them that much is a good choice. Here are a few of the things you can do to ensure that your HVAC system is in top shape when winter rolls around. Air Duct Cleaning Air duct cleaning is necessary if you want to have the hot air produced by your furnace delivered to all parts of your home efficiently. Dirt in the ducts can make it difficult for the air to travel in them; additionally, heat loss is a serious problem making your furnace work harder for the same results. Heating isn’t the only thing that dirt air ducts can affect.

Saving on Energy Costs with Your Home’s Heating and Cooling Systems

Your heating and cooling systems are among the most important additions in your home, but these may also be the cause of your high energy bills. Believe it or not, the amount of energy your home uses is easily dictated by how you use your home’s heating and cooling system. Sometimes, high energy bills may be caused by your system’s current condition, especially if it is not properly maintained. To save on energy costs, the first step you should take is to ensure that you’re using your heating and cooling systems as efficiently as possible. You can make things easier by treating both your heating and cooling systems as one big system. Heating and cooling professionals suggest doing these simple tips to ensure that your systems work efficiently, both in terms of performance and cost.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Plumbing Tips: Clogged Drain Pipe? Here’s What You Can Do to Fix It

It can happen to each and every Michigan homeowner at some point: you run water in the sink, or take a shower, or flush a toilet, and suddenly, it happens—the water doesn’t drain. Instead, it backs up and begins to accumulate, then eventually it overflows. By that point, it’s quite obvious that you have a seriously clogged drain in your hands. There a few basic repairs you can try to do that may solve the problem. Don’t try to tackle the problem yourself if it extends beyond your ability to repair—it may only lead to more repairs and added expenses in the end. Also, it’s important that you don’t ignore the problem too long as drainage problems tend to escalate the more you leave them alone.