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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 01:56

Preventing Drain Disasters During the Holidays

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The holidays can be particularly demanding on your home's plumbing system, and especially drains. With the extra demands brought on by holiday visitors and large meals, the risk of clogs increases significantly.

Here are some tips to avoid drain problems during the holidays.
1. Deep frying your turkey this year? Remember to never dispose of fryer grease down the drain! Even a floor drain. Instead, put it in a sealed container and freeze it if possible before putting it in the garbage.

2. Coffee ground should not be put down the drain or disposal.

3. Make sure your kitchen and bath drains have a grate or screen to prevent debris like hair and other waste from building up in the drain pipe.

4. Rinse the drain with hot water to prevent oil and grease from accumulating.

Have a clogged drain?

If all else fails to clear your clogged drain, Call ABC. We're here to help anytime.

It’s no secret that cooling your home accounts for a big chunk of your home’s energy consumption. With an investment between $99 and $469 you can save thousands by reducing wasted energy. Regardless of the system you have in your home, you can save money without sacrificing comfort simply by upgrading your equipment to a programmable thermostat. See the benefits of upgrading below:

Energy-Efficient

How would you like to save up to 33% on your energy bills without sacrificing comfort? A basic programmable thermostat comes with preset temperature settings for different times of the day. A lower temperature when nobody is home will use less energy which will lead to savings on your energy bill.

Hi-Tech Features

If you’re a technology buff or just like the thought of a high-def touchscreen, some of the latest models offer greater control, easy programming, and access via your computer or smartphone.

Temperature Control

A digital thermostat can be programmed to lower the temperature while you’re away from your home, which saves you money. Additionally, it can be set so it automatically raises the temperature when you return home.

The air conditioning experts at ABC will install your new thermostat, teach you how to program it and even show you other ways your thermostat can keep you comfortable while saving money. What are you waiting for? Start saving energy and money today!

Preparing Your Air Conditioner For The Spring and Summer Cooling Season

With hotter weather fast approaching in Southwest Florida, now is the time to ensure your air conditioner is ready for the hottest months ahead. Proper cooling system maintenance, along with a few additional steps to keep your house cool, will ensure that your air conditioner operates at peak efficiency to keep your utility bill in check and limit the chance of an unexpected AC breakdown and expensive repairs.

Here are a few home cooling tips:
  1. Call Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning to schedule an annual AC inspection and tune-up. Your technician will perform a comprehensive inspection to find any potential problems that could lead to a breakdown. A dirty, unmaintained can cost you hundreds of extra dollars in extra energy costs each season, while also shortening the lifespan of the unit, so a tune-up is cheap insurance.
  2. Replace your furnace filter at least once a month. Clean filters enable your HVAC system to operate more efficiently, causing less wear on the motors and parts. It will also keep the air in your home cleaner and healthier.
  3. Inspect your air ducts to ensure there are no leaks. Sealing gaps and holes in air ducts helps your heating and cooling system operate more efficiently.
  4. Replace or install weather stripping around doors, windows and baseboards. Cracked or worn weather stripping allows cool air to escape.
  5. Make sure that your home is well insulated. Fiberglass insulation is the easiest to install and the most effective. Insulation with an R factor between 30 and 49 is effective and can save up to 10 percent in energy costs.
  6. Optimize the temperature in your home with a programmable thermostat. Keep the temperature cool at night and warmer during the day when you're away from home. Programmable thermostats are an affordable way to control indoor temperatures for optimal comfort and efficiency.
  7. Block out direct sunlight with drapes or window shades.
  8. Use ceiling fans to help circulate cool air throughout the house.
  9. Plan heat generating activities for cooler morning and evening hours. Basic household functions such as washing, drying and ironing clothes, baking and cooking all make it harder for your home's cooling system to do its job.
  10. Fix the little problems before they lead to a breakdown. If your air conditioner is not effectively cooling all areas of your home, or you notice unusual noises coming from your air conditioner, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, our experienced technicians can help diagnose the problem and repair your cooling system so it provides reliable cooling throughout the warm months to come.
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 20:54

The Hazards of Chemical Drain Cleaners In The Home

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The Hazards of Chemical Drain Cleaners In The Home

Household drain cleaners are among the most dangerous chemicals found in American households. They can not only be dangerous to your family's health, but can also damage your home's plumbing system.

Chemical drain cleaners are available in several forms. Alkaline drain openers contain sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. Acidic drain cleaners contain concentrated sulphuric acid. Other chemicals found in drain cleaners include bleach and lye.

While drain cleaners can be effective at removing organic matter from the immediate area below the drain opening, they are not as effective on tougher clogs that form further down the drain pipe, particularly toilet and sewer line clogs.

Because most chemical drain cleaners will cause a chemical reaction when coming in contact with the organic matter clogging the drain, it's essential that they be added slowly and that you protect your face and skin from any potential contact with the chemicals. Contact with the chemicals can cause burns, blindness and inflammation to your respiratory system.

Chemical drain cleaners can also corrode pipes, and damage other materials in your kitchen or bathroom, such as wood, paint, aluminum and fiberglass.

The Advantages of Professional Drain Cleaning

The safest – and most effective - alternative to clearing clogged drains is to call a professional plumber. A plumber uses mechnical means to physically remove the toughest clogs that chemical drain cleaners either cannot reach or fully dissolve.

Best of all, you won't need to store hazardous chemicals in your home, risking your family's health and potential damage to your plumbing system.

The next time you have a clogged drain emergency, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We'll arrive in minutes not hours to clear your clogged drains, FAST.
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