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Think Again About Using a Liquid Drain Cleaner for your Clogged Drain

You’ve got a clogged drain. Of all the terrible things that could go wrong with your home’s plumbing, a clogged drain seems simple enough for a DIY (do-it-yourself). “Bypassing the plumber for a bottle of drain cleaner can do more harm than good,” says Chicago plumbing professional Tyler Diciolla. First, Do No Harm Angie’s List [...]

What Are the Different Parts of a Gas Furnace?

There are four types of furnaces: electric, dual fuel, gas, and oil; however, all of the most efficient types of furnaces recognized by EnergyStar® are gas. Today’s gas furnaces can achieve as much as 98% fuel efficiency using fresh air from the outside. How a gas furnace works depends on the type; it can be [...]

January 21st, 2017|Furnace|

Don’t Ignore Water Pressure Problems

If you’ve noticed water pressure problems, then you need to act before your water goes from a stream to a trickle, an even greater problem. Low water pressure can be caused by a variety of things. Common causes of water pressure problems include: Corrosion inside pipes Leaks Mineral build-up in pipes Municipal water problems What [...]

January 14th, 2017|Plumbing Tips|

HVAC Fall/Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

December 2016 saw Houston temperatures dipping into the thirties only to get colder in 2017. That means it’s winter in Texas! Most of us enjoy winter because it brings the kind of weather we don’t see much of here in Southeast Texas. Our friends at HouseLogic.com have a checklist for homeowners to complete every fall/winter, [...]

5 Tips to Help You Save Water All Over Your House

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. -Lao Tzu Water, water, everywhere! Seventy-one percent of our planet Earth is covered by water, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we are only able to use 1%. Our population continues to grow, and there are more people depending on [...]

Signs of a Bad Capacitor on a Gas Furnace Blower and What to Do

You’re going to use your home’s gas furnace this winter. And many people have gas fireplaces. They add a beautiful ambiance to any get-together. All of us want to cut heating costs, but with gas prices lowered, you may use your gas furnace or fireplaces more often this year without a guilty conscience! What is [...]

January 7th, 2017|Furnace|