Health & Safety Issues

Fall Home Maintenance Can Prevent Costly Repairs

Fall Home Maintenance Can Prevent Costly Repairs - HELP

The best way to prevent plumbing, HVAC, and electric problems and make your home safer and more efficient is by scheduling professional heating, plumbing, and electrical maintenance in the fall, and air conditioning maintenance in the spring. Make sure your service provider cleans your system components and inspects the entire home. Committing to regular preventative…

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Water Treatment Systems for Well Water Homes

Water Treatment Systems for Well Water Homes - HELP Plumbing

Private water wells supply water to over 13 million U.S. households that are far removed from municipal water supplies (U.S. EPA). Unfortunately, water from private wells or cisterns is not regulated by the federal or state government and has a higher risk of waterborne contaminants. If you have a private well, you are responsible for…

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3 Frequent Causes of Furnace Fires

3 Frequent Causes of Furnace Fires - HELP

Furnace maintenance is a top priority for any wise homeowner. Getting your HVAC system serviced promotes better efficiency and ensures that your heating bills remain as low as possible. Also, basic furnace maintenance can improve the safety of your system by reducing the risk of fire. Unfortunately, few homeowners recognize all of the ways in…

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Dangers and Signs of Refrigerant Leaks

Heating and air conditioning are some of the most essential parts of the home, keeping you comfortable during the changing outdoor temperatures. The refrigerant is one of the most overlooked parts of your air conditioning system, even though refrigerant is one of the most imperative parts of an AC unit’s function. This chemical blend is…

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Mold Spores, Your HVAC System, and Your Home

You may know someone whose home has been overrun by excessive mold growth after a flood or a burst pipe. This type of mold growth often requires professional remediation and can be very dangerous. What is more common, however, is minor mold growth that goes largely unnoticed. As an average homeowner, it’s important for you…

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A Quick Home Safety Checklist to Complete Each Spring

Spring is the season when most people are focused on cleaning around the home, but as temperatures rise, it is also a great time to think about home safety. Complete the following six safety-related tasks each spring so your home will remain a safe, low-risk environment for you and your family.

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Preparing for a New Baby? Don’t Forget These HVAC Tips

The joys of parenthood are numerous, and the tasks involved with baby-prepping a home are equally plentiful. Do you have a section on your list for HVAC tasks? From leak inspections to comfort system upgrades, expectant parents should do several things around the house before the baby arrives. Water Leak Inspection Inspect your home for…

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A Short Guide to Anode Rods in Water Heaters

Your tank-style water heater relies on an anode rod to keep working reliably. The anode rod screws into the top of the tank and protrudes into the water below. An anode rod measures up to 40 inches long, depending on the size of your appliance. Sacrificial anode rods should be replaced on a routine basis.…

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The Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

When your heat turns on, do you notice an odd chemical odor that reminds you of formaldehyde or preservatives? You may assume that something near your furnace just got too warm or that someone in your home spilled a cleaning solution, but the problem is likely much more serious. Chemical odors coming from your furnace…

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Are VOCs Lowering Your Air Quality and Putting Your Health at Risk?

There are numerous factors that influence indoor air quality, from humidity levels to the presence of dust mites. One class of compounds that can lower your air quality, yet often goes overlooked, is volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs are a group of chemicals that are released into the air by everything from building materials…

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