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Piping Material for Your House—Time to Replace It?

August 6th, 2018

pipe-decayStaten Island has a long history of habitation, and there are buildings here that stretch back centuries. The Billiou-Stillwell-Perine House, for example, was built in 1662!

You probably don’t live in a pre-Colonial house, but you may live in a house with a long history—and perhaps plumbing that’s a bit, uhm, historical as well. And not in the “history that must be preserved” kind of way. Unless you think your house can be registered as a National Historical Landmark, we strongly recommend you update its “vintage” water piping.

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When Repairs Can No Longer Save Your Air Conditioner

July 23rd, 2018

old-air-conditionerHow long can a home air conditioning system last? Nobody can provide a definite number, but here’s one answer that’s certain: it won’t last forever. As much as we would all love to have an air conditioner that will never need to be replaced—“the last air conditioner you’ll ever need to buy!”—it doesn’t exist. Like any other mechanical system, an air conditioner will eventually wear down to the point where repairs won’t rescue it and it’s time to get a new one.

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How to Treat Your Garbage Disposal Better

July 9th, 2018

plumber-at-kitchen-sinkThe garbage disposal in the kitchen sink makes life easier, doesn’t it? If you’ve ever had to work in a kitchen without a disposal, you’ll know how difficult it is to handle food waste and clean dishes when you have to scrape off leftover food into a composting container and take it to the trash. Not only does a garbage disposal save you time and labor, it helps keep organic waste out of the landfill, instead sending it into the municipal sewer system.

You want your garbage disposal to keep working for you for many years. The best way to see that it lasts is to know how best to treat it. Below are tips for helping your garbage disposal keep at its useful job for a long time to come.

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3 Major Repairs Your AC May Need (And How to Avoid Them)

June 25th, 2018

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedUgh, repairs. Nobody wants to face repairs because they mean something has gone wrong. In the summer, even thinking of “AC repairs” immediately makes people start to break out in a sweat because they imagine their home turning into a combination of an oven and greenhouse—at least until they’ve gotten certified HVAC technicians to fix the problem.

It’s our job to help restore home air conditioners to working order, but we understand that most people would rather not have a reason to call us in the first place. Below are three of the major repairs your air conditioning system may need this summer—as well as how you can prevent them from happening.

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Old Pipes, More Problems: You May Need a Plumber for Water Repiping

June 11th, 2018

PVC-pipesHow old is the plumbing in your house? Well, first let’s ask you a different question: How old is your house? If it was built before 1970, it may have pipes made from an outdated material that will start to give you problems in the not-too-distant future (if they haven’t already). And if the house was built before World War II, then it almost ­certainly needs replacements for its old pipes, probably whole-house repiping.

Repiping at any scale, from redoing a few drains in the bathroom to repiping an entire house, requires a professional plumber in East Brunswick, NJ. If you have reason to believe your home’s plumbing is in decline because of leaks, drops in water pressure, signs of corrosion, and constant clogs, speak to a licensed plumber to find out the repiping work you need done.

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Help, I’m Not Getting Cold Air from the AC!

May 28th, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeHave you turned on your home’s air conditioning system yet this year? If you have, we hope you soon felt cool, relaxing air coming from the room vents (or the wall units if you have a ductless mini split system). If you don’t feel the cool air you expect, something is wrong. It may be a minor problem you can correct quickly, or it might be a major malfunction that will require the help of our air conditioning professionals. We offer excellent AC repair in East Brunswick, NJ and we can diagnose whatever is ailing your AC and have it corrected fast.

First, let’s take a closer look at why your AC isn’t giving you the cooling you want.

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You Need a Professional Plumber to Find Those Leaks

May 14th, 2018

leaking-pipeLeaking pipes are among the most common type of home plumbing trouble that plumbers deal with. (Only clogged drains occur more frequently.) If an exposed pipe, such as a drainpipe, starts to leak, it’s easy for a homeowner to see something is wrong and know that it’s time to call on a professional plumber.

But think about the extent of the piping in the average home. Where is most of it located? That’s right, it’s behind walls and down in the floors or up in the ceiling. It’s this fact that explains why you need to have licensed plumbers handle all types of leaks—because simply finding the leaks is a huge part of the job.

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5 Ways to Cut Down on Cooling Costs This Year

April 30th, 2018

thermometer-going-redAnother hot summer in New York is on the way. Are you already worried about the first electrical bills of the season because you know how much it costs to run the AC? We understand, but we also know ways you can lower that summer utility bill sticker shock. Below are five ways you can make those cooling bills much more manageable this summer.

ONE: Install a new air conditioner

We’ll start with the most drastic step, but the one that can potentially save you the most—scrapping an old, inefficient AC for a new one. If your cooling system is more than 15 years old, or it was in your house when you moved in and you have no idea how long it’s been working away, you’re probably ready for an upgrade. Let an HVAC expert take a look at the system during maintenance (see below) and give you an informed opinion on whether it’s time to replace the cooling system. The pro can also give you advice for a new system.

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Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance and How It Helps Each Summer

April 16th, 2018

technician-examines-gas-furnaceWe recommend you make air conditioning maintenance a regular part of your spring cleaning routine. In fact, it may be the most important springtime job to get done for your house. It isn’t something you can do on your own, however. It’s a job for HVAC professionals with special tools who will inspect your AC and provide it the cleaning, adjustments, and tune-ups necessary for the best performance in the summer.

But we’d like to break down the benefits of how spring maintenance helps your air conditioner beyond JUST “it makes it run better.” There are many ways the investment in annual AC maintenance pays you back each summer.

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Now Is the Time to Check Your Sump Pump

April 2nd, 2018

flooded-houseWhen you think of spring, what comes to mind first? Warmer weather is one, but you probably think of rain as well. Spring is the rainiest of the seasons, and this can sometimes mean flooding danger that can create damage to homes. Having a sump pump installed in the basement of a house is one of the best ways to stop flooding damage.

If your home has a sump pump, the start of spring is the right time to check on it to make sure it will work. Because a sump pump only comes on occasionally during an emergency, it’s important to know if it can do its job. We’re going to help you give your sump pump a short inspection and test. You’ll find out ahead of time if you need repairs for the sump pump or if it’s time to replace an old one.

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