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Many homeowners waste energy by taking steps they incorrectly believe are helping them save money on their cooling bill. Here are some common AC myths that could end up costing you more than you think.

1. Turning The AC Off When You're Away From Home For More Than a Couple of Hours Saves Money.

MYTH: While an air conditioner is obviously not using energy when it's turned off, turning the AC back on makes it run longer to remove the heat that has built up inside the home, which can use a lot of energy.

2. Ceiling Fans Should Be Run All the Time, Even When Rooms Are Unoccupied.

MYTH: Ceiling fans don't actually cool the air in your home, they simply move the conditioned air down into the living space and provide evaporative cooling on the skin, making you feel more comfortable. They provide little if any benefit in unoccupied rooms.

3. Turning the Thermostat Temperature Down Will Cool the House Faster

MYTH: Lowering the thermostat temperature will not affect how quickly your air conditioner cools down your home.

4. Air Conditioners Made Today are Hi Tech and More Reliable, So Annual Maintenance Is Less Important Than It Used To Be.

MYTH: Annual AC maintenance is just as important as ever. In fact, to fully benefit from the high efficiency features of your new air conditioner, it is essential that it be kept clean and well maintained.
If you're planning on remodeling your bathroom this year, there are a few bathroom trends that Houzz found in a survey of homeowners that you may find interesting.

Technology in the Master Bathroom

One in five new toilets and one in ten new showers in renovated master bathrooms are equipped with at least one high-tech feature, such as a self-cleaning system or mood lighting.

More than half of renovating homeowners use their mobile devices in their bathrooms for checking email and social media to listening to music and reading.

Why Are Homeowners Remodeling Their Bathroom?

Small size and outdated finishes are the most cited old-bathroom gripes. For nearly a third of homeowners the bathroom plumbing is malfunctioning or not working well enough anymore.

Less DIY and More Professional Remodeling

In 2016 90% of homeowners will hire a professional to help with their bathroom projects, compared to 78% in 2015.

At ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning we take pride in offering the highest level of customer service in the business. Read what our customers had to say about their experience this month.

"First time with abc and David and what a nice guy and explained everything .They were great to do business with and David explained to us why we need to have air checked twice a year so we signed up.Also e-mailed a picture of David prior to them coming out."
– David B., Yelp Review

"Very friendly and professional office staff. They took the extra effort to get someone right over to our office. The technician was excellent. Very professional, very polite and efficient and knowledgeable. Pricing was very fair, service was outstanding. Will definitely be calling again for future plumbing services. Thank You ABC SW and Jonathan!"
– Jonathan K., Google+

"Awesome and highly recommend."
– Henry C., Buzz Box

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Backflow is hazardous condition that can exist when there is a drop in pressure in a plumbing system that causes contaminated, non-potable water to be syphoned back into the fresh water supply.

One example of backflow contamination is a hose left in a pool or submerged in a garden. If the pressure changes, the dirty water can be drawn back up into the home's plumbing system. Without an anti-siphon hose bib, dirty water could enter the fresh water supply.

Backflow Prevention

To prevent backflow in a home's plumbing system it's important that outdoor faucets have working hose bibs to prevent contamination. In addition the plumbing system should be checked to ensure that sump pumps, toilets, faucets and other systems are properly installed to prevent crossflow contamination.

If you're concerned about backflow in your home's plumbing system, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can help answer all your questions.

 

RPZ , or Reduced Pressure Zone, is a plumbing safety device that is designed to protect your drinking water from contamination. RPZ valves are needed when a house has an irrigation system, fire suppression system, or other systems where there is an likelihood of contaminants entering the fresh water supply. In the event of a water leak in the house, city water main break, hydrant flushing, or hydrant use due to a fire, the water pressure in the house can drop lower than the water pressure in the supply. This can cause backflow into the drinking water supply.

When a drop in water pressure occurs, an RPZ valve will open up, diverting the waste water out instead of allowing to return to the fresh water supply. In most cases a RPZ or backflow prevention device is required by law to prevent contamination.

Have questions about backflow or RPZ backflow testing? Call ABC Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can help.

 

Backflow is hazardous condition that can exist when there is a drop in pressure in a plumbing system that causes contaminated, non-potable water to be syphoned back into the fresh water supply.

One example of backflow contamination is a hose left in a pool or submerged in a garden. If the pressure changes, the dirty water can be drawn back up into the home's plumbing system. Without an anti-siphon hose bib, dirty water could enter the fresh water supply.

Backflow Prevention

To prevent backflow in a home's plumbing system it's important that outdoor faucets have working hose bibs to prevent contamination. In addition the plumbing system should be checked to ensure that sump pumps, toilets, faucets and other systems are properly installed to prevent crossflow contamination.

 

Having a dedicated laundry room in your home is a great convenience. Whether your redesigning your current laundry room or designing a new space, here are some tips to ensure everything goes smoothly and that the room fully meets your needs.

Where Should a Laundry Room Be Located?

Traditionally, laundry rooms were located in the basement of a home. A basement offers a number of advantages. There will be a floor drain to handle overflow if a hose breaks. Noise and vibration will also be better isolated on a basement floor. However, it's not always convenient on a multi-level home to have the laundry room located far from the upstairs bedrooms.

The main level of the home off a garage or back door is a popular location. Combining a laundry room with a mud room you have the advantage of utility sinks and a washer where it they are most convenient.

If the laundry room is going to be added to an upper level of the home, it's important to ensure that the washer is placed on a drain pan to prevent water damage. In addition, strong, stainless steel braided hoses should also be used for extra protection against leaks.

If the laundry room is near bedrooms look for a washer and dryer that is insulated and has lower decibal rating.

Gas and Electric Hookups

In addition to hot and cold water supply and drains, you will need 120-volt circuits for the washer and, if you have a gas dryer, a gas supply line and ventilation line. These hookups should be left to a licensed plumber and electrician.

Lighting and Ventilation

Laundry rooms will generate a significant amount of heat and humidity. If the washer and dryer are in a large space, such as a basement, a ventilation duct that vents the dryer outside may be sufficient. On upper levels or smaller spaces, an exhaust fan should be installed to prevent mildew growth and unhealthy air.

Having good lighting is also important. Consider recessed LED lighting directly over the washer and dryer and sinks.

Need help installing or upgrading your laundry room? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We'll make the process simple and worry free.

 

"Awesome and highly recommend."

– Henry C. BuzzBox 05/03/17

 

"First time with abc and David and what a nice guy and explained everything .They were great to do business with and David explained to us why we need to have air checked twice a year so we signed up. Also e-mailed a picture of David prior to them coming out."

– David B. Yelp 04/26/17

 

"Called 4 other plumbers. All were rude and very unhelpful. Called your company on the recommendation of our employee, Linda Hughes. Cancelled appointment with other plumber because of your office staff. Jonathan was very polite and professional. Will definitely recommend you."

BuzzBox 04/10/17

 

"Very friendly and professional office staff. They took the extra effort to get someone right over to our office. The technician was excellent. Very professional, very polite and efficient and knowledgeable. Pricing was very fair, service was outstanding. Will definitely be calling again for future plumbing services. Thank You ABC SW and Jonathan!"

Google+ – Jonathan K. 04/08/17

 

"Excellent service; excellent representative (Henry); reasonable fee. Would recommend highly."

– Henry C. BBB 04/01/17

Are your pipes, rattling, banging, squeaking or otherwise driving you crazy? Noisy pipes are not just annoying, they can be a sign of a plumbing problem. If severe enough, loose pipes can disconnect from mounting brackets stressing the pipe and causing a leak.

If a banging noise is heard when turning the water on and off, water hammer is the likely cause. Water hammer occurs when the water chamber that normally cushions the water pressure becomes filled with water. The condition can usually be fixed by draining the pipes in the home to restore the chambers with air.

Rattling Sounds

If you hear rattling noises from your plumbing system, check that the pipes are securely anchored to wood joists. Loose anchoring brackets should be tightened or replaced.

Vibration Noises

As pipes pass through holes in joists they can come in contact with the wood framing. Teh pipes can be cushioned with pieces of foam insulation to dampen the movement.

Squeaking Pipes

As metal hot water pipes expand and contract they can rub against the metal mounting straps as the water runs through. Adding foam of rubber cushioning to the mounting anchors will quiet the noise.

Have questions about solving plumbing noises in your home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning any time.
There are several conditions that can cause a central air conditioner's evaporator coil to drop below freezing, causing the air conditioner to freeze up. When this happens the air conditioner will not only stop cooling properly, it can cause damage to the unit. Here's what to check if the AC unit is freezing.
  1. Lack of air flow. An air conditioner works by taking the heat from inside the home and blowing it over the evaporator coil located outside the home. This split-system enables the heat exchange performed by the refrigerant to take place. Without the exchange of warm air the temperature of the coil will continue dropping, increasing the likelihood of a freeze up.
  2. Low refrigerant levels. As the level of refrigerant drops, so does the pressure inside the system. When a smaller amount of refrigerant is forced to expand the same amount, it lowers the temperature.
  3. Low outside temperature. If an air conditioner is run when the outside air is too cool, the pressure inside the unit can drop, causing a freeze up. This can occur at temperatures of around 62 degrees.
  4. Malfunctioning mechanical systems. A damaged refrigerant line, broken fan, even a clogged up air filter, all can cause the evaporator coil to freeze up.
Have a freezing air conditioner? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and air conditioning. We can help.
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