DIY Tips to Maintain Your Plumbing and HVAC System

Your plumbing and HVAC systems are one of the most important aspects of maintaining your home. In order to preserve your home’s structure, it is recommended that you have a licensed professional come out and do these checks at least every six months. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize how important it is to check their pipes and drain fittings and air conditioning units until they encounter serious problems. This can either be because of ignorance, laziness or even because of lack of money. 

We should all know that plumbing and AC maintenance will help us save money, time and effort. For example, a running toilet or an overflowing sink can waste gallons of water and cause your water meter to spin out of control thereby causing your water bill to be outrageously high. When you own a home, treat it as an investment. Timely repair and replacement can actually reduce any further damage to your real estate property and as a result a loss of your investment.

Let’s assume that you do not have the money to pay a professional to come out to do your maintenance work. With that in mind, let us dive into some DIY maintenance tips Continue reading

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Winter Plumbing Maintenance Can Save You Time and Money

It can get pretty expensive every year for a homeowner who has to spend money on plumbing related costs. Experts estimate that it costs anywhere from $400 to $500 per year when you factor in hiring a licensed plumber and paying for parts and supplies. It can get downright pricey if you have to pay for emergency services.  This does not have to be with regularly scheduled maintenance.

Winter is not as bad in South Florida as it is up in the northeast. However, those sometime week long cold snaps that can dip temperatures to below freezing, even for a few hours can wreak havoc on adults, children, roads, vehicles and homes. Just a four to five hour time span below freezing can cause numerous problems for your home, including the plumbing components. Whether it’s water freezing or a cracked pipe, any tiny problem, if not remedied, will lead to significant issues in your home.

Most licensed professionals will encourage homeowners to have regularly scheduled maintenance to check up on the pipes, water hoses, water tanks, hot water heater, and much more. By doing so, homeowners can avoid having to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars because your home Continue reading

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Protecting Your Pipes from Freezing

The cold snap that we have had in Florida has brought some frigid temperatures, mainly to north Florida. Freezing temperatures for even a couple of hours can cause serious problems for homeowners. Here’s what you should do to prevent that from happening.

As a general rule, temperatures outside must drop to at least 20 degrees or lower to cause pipes to freeze. In southern states such as Florida, the pipes in many Florida homes can freeze when the temperature drops to below 30 degrees. Places from Ocala northward have been experiencing these types of temperatures. Also, where in northern counties, where the temperatures can fall below freezing during cold snaps, modern homes tend not to be well insulated as in the northeast to provide for extra protection.

Freezing pipes come with a hefty price tag, according to Robert Yoder of Romark AC & Plumbing. Yoder says the best way to combat this is when the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – can help prevent pipes from freezing. Also, keep the thermostat inside the house set to the same temperature both during the Continue reading

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