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Learn why S traps stink and what to do about it.
Have you noticed that some of your sink drains have a bad sewer-like odor? Does the smell seem worse after you drain a full sink of water or when you haven’t used the sink for a long time? The culprit could very well be a stinky S trap.
What is an S Trap?
All types of drains need some kind of “trap” to hold water in the pipe and prevent sewer gasses from traveling up the pipe, out the drain, and into your home. In the case of an S trap, the pipe below the drain has…
Sealing air leaks around windows and doors isn’t actually a very good way to save on your heating bill.
Every winter, homeowners look for ways to save on their heating bills. One common piece of advice they might receive is to seal up air leaks that are allowing cold air to enter the home and heat to escape.
While sealing air leaks is of course an excellent idea, unfortunately many homeowners don’t go about it in the most effective way. For example, they tend to focus on caulking windows and putting weather stripping on doors.
Here’s the problem:
These potential sources of air…
Selecting the wrong size furnace can make comfort problems worse.
Are you having problems keeping your home nice and toasty as temperatures start to dip? Your first instinct might be to buy a bigger and better furnace. While you may be right in assuming you need to replace your furnace, you must remember this one key fact:
Bigger isn’t always better for a new furnace.
In fact, buying a furnace that is too big (ie designed for a bigger space than you have) can actually make your heating problems worse.
When a furnace has a lot more capacity than you need, it will produce…
Learn what causes common plumbing problems with various types of pipe
Are you having trouble with leaks or blockages in your plumbing? The type of pipe material you have may help explain what’s causing your troubles. Here are the most common types of pipes along with their weaknesses.
Galvanized Iron: This type of piping, which consists of a steel pipe coated with a protective layer of zinc, is rarely seen these days, because it was popular before the 1960s and typically lasts only about 25 years. The main problem with galvanized iron is that over time the zinc coating on the pipe will erode. This leads to corrosion….
Learn why you should choose US Comfort to put the finishing touches on your project.
If you are handy, building your own new garage, workshop, or extension can be a fun and rewarding project. However, as the project goes along you will likely discover that it is helpful or even necessary to contract with skilled professionals to ensure certain aspects of the job are done properly and in compliance with the latest code requirements. For example, you would likely need the assistance of a plumber to at least stub in the pipes for your fixtures, the help of an electrician to install all…
Learn how US Comfort can help improve your water pressure with expert plumbing repairs.
Do you have water pressure problems in your home? Whether you are tired of it taking forever to fill your big pasta pot at the kitchen sink or sick of showering under a pitiful trickle, US Comfort can help. Our expert plumbers can come troubleshoot your water pressure problem and recommend an appropriate and affordable solution.
Here are 4 possible examples of what could be causing your low water pressure and how we could fix it.
Problem: Dirty Aerators. Most kitchen and bathroom faucets, as well as showerheads, include an aerator screen to…
Learn what causes annoying water heater sounds and how US Comfort can help eliminate them.
Water heater noises can be quite annoying, especially if you can hear them in the stillness of the night when you’re trying to sleep. Worse still, some noises can be a sign of problems with your water heater. It is a good idea to get any water heater sounds investigated and corrected by a professional plumber.
Common Water Heater Noises
Knocking: Pounding or knocking noises in your plumbing are caused by shock waves. This may be caused by a water hammer effect in the pipes leading to the unit,…
Where to look for your C-wire and what to do if you can’t find it.
If you are even moderately handy, you might scoff at the idea of hiring an electrician to help install a new thermostat. And you would be right—in most cases. However, if you are planning to install a new “smart” thermostat requiring a continuous power supply, and you do not already have a C-wire, you could very well need professional help to install your new device correctly.
What is a C-Wire?
In older thermostats that didn’t have all kinds of electronic components like WiFi connectivity, backlit screens, etc., only one wire…
Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to clogged pipes and drains.
Why is it that plumbing emergencies seem to happen at the worst possible moment? Like when the only toilet in your home clogs during a party, your kitchen sink backs up right when you’re in the middle of making dinner, or you discover your shower won’t drain 5 minutes before you have to leave for work?
Well, it’s not that your plumbing is intelligent and out to get you. But by clogging, your pipes and drains may be taking revenge on you in way. In other words, though the timing of the problem…
4 ways to feel cooler without cranking up the AC
Experts agree: America is over air conditioned. Architects, engineers, building owners, and energy experts all bemoan this fact, as do individuals who are tired of the absurdity of putting on a sweater to go shopping for a bathing suit at the local mall.
Unfortunately, despite the amount of discomfort excessive air conditioning causes—not to mention the wasted money and energy or the impact on our planet—it is not likely to stop any time soon. According to researchers who study indoor air quality, cold has cachet, especially for businesses. The ability to keep the…
Electrical work is complicated. Why risk a dangerous mistake when you can hire an expert from US Comfort?
Are you remodeling your home, adding a room, or building a new garage or outbuilding? Think twice before you do your own electrical work. Electrical codes and best practices for wiring are complicated and ever-evolving, so it is very difficult for a do-it-yourselfer or even a professional carpenter to keep everything straight. To ensure your new wiring is done correctly, you absolutely need an expert electrician on the job.
At US Comfort, we employ highly experienced electricians who have dedicated their lives to learning everything there…
Tips to conceal and protect outdoor air conditioner units.
Central air conditioning systems require both an indoor and an outdoor unit in order to generate cooled air for your home. While the indoor unit can be safely hidden away in a utility closet, the outdoor unit doesn’t enjoy this kind of protection. It’s going to be outside, exposed to the elements and the eyes of your neighbors.
Here are some tips that will help you protect your outdoor unit from damage while also preventing it from being an eyesore in your yard.
Leave Space Around the Unit
It can be tempting to try to squeeze your outdoor…
6 reasons to call US Comfort when you need help with your air conditioner.
There may be many companies out there that will offer fix your air conditioner when it breaks down, but there’s only one US Comfort! Here are the most important things you need to know about our air conditioner repair service.
We Offer Emergency Service
It’s not always convenient to wait for regular business hours to get your air conditioner fixed. Maybe you live alone and you can’t afford to take off work to stay home to meet the air conditioner repair guy, or maybe you run a business and you need your…
Ductless air conditioning offers many excellent benefits in a simple and affordable package.
Ductless air conditioning has been popular in Europe for many years, but here in America many people are just now getting introduced to this technology. Ductless systems work just like a regular central air conditioner, except there is no need for a system of ductwork to deliver the cooled air. Instead, the air comes straight out of an air handler mounted in the wall or ceiling of the room. Multiple air handlers can be connected to one outdoor unit to cool multiple rooms.
Ductless air conditioning can deliver some excellent benefits, whether you’ve…
US Comfort can provide expert plumbing repairs to correct water hammer problems.
Have you ever heard of the water hammer effect? Many homeowners haven’t—until it is too late! Fortunately, the expert plumbers at US Comfort can provide fast and effective plumbing repairs in the event of a water hammer problem, as well as services to help protect your pipes and fixtures from experiencing the water hammer effect again in the future.
What’s So Bad About Water Hammer?
The water hammer effect is the result of a pressure spike that can occur inside of a pipe when a water valve is closed suddenly. Basically, what happens is the water…
Get the best performance from your chiller with help from US Comfort.
For many commercial businesses, chillers play a key role in helping to maximize heat exchange efficiency. Considering the huge volumes of water and the high operating costs involved in any kind of industrial chiller application, naturally it is important to make sure you are getting the best possible performance from your unit.
Here are three key tasks that will help you accomplish this goal.
Replace Outdated Equipment
You may feel perfectly happy with your chiller’s performance so long as it is up and running as usual. However, if you are using old, outdated equipment,…
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