Yuck! Rusty Tap Water

Rusty water in your Birmingham home? Find the cause… With a little detective work, you can find out why your water looks rusty. One likely problem: Your public water supply may have corroded pipes, which produce the ionized rust. Do your neighbors have the same problem? If so, this is a job for the [...]

By |November 1st, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Yuck! Rusty Tap Water

Heat Pump Technology Improvements

Heat Pumps Keep Improving Technological advances make heat pumps more and more attractive to homeowners. They’re quieter than their predecessors and they are becoming more and more efficient, increasing comfort and reducing utility bills. Achrnews.com recently posted some of the latest progress being made by heat pumps: York’s Affinity Heat Pumps can adjust capacity [...]

By |October 25th, 2018|Blog, Heating Systems|Comments Off on Heat Pump Technology Improvements

How To Tell If Your Sewer Drain Is Clogged

Sewer drain clogged? Here’s how to tell Don’t delay action if your sewer drain is clogged. Otherwise, the clog can lead to health problems for you and your family. North Alabama has a variety of sewer systems, but there’s a quick way to learn if your problem is coming from the utility that [...]

By |October 18th, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on How To Tell If Your Sewer Drain Is Clogged

Home Plumbing Technology Trends

New Tech Can Improve Your New & Old Birmingham Home Plumbing, like every other field, is constantly evolving to meet customers’ demand and make new technology that adds to the quality of life for homeowners. Environmental concerns are just one area where plumbing has adapted to modern times. A new dishwasher can save you hundreds [...]

By |September 25th, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Home Plumbing Technology Trends

Home Plumbing Pipes

How To Pick The Best Pipes for Plumbing Ask a plumber which pipe is best and chances are he will answer: “It depends.” That’s true. The best pipe for your home’s plumbing will depend on its use, the homeowner’s budget and other factors. Here’s a basic primer on plumbing pipes common in the Birmingham, [...]

By |September 19th, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Home Plumbing Pipes

Indoor Air Quality & Your Bathroom Fan

A Bathroom Fan Can Help Your Entire Home's Indoor Air Quality Too many homeowners underrate the value of the trusty bathroom fan. It may be small but it can do a lot of good for your home's indoor air quality so don’t be afraid to run it often and long. A fan is great for [...]

By |September 5th, 2018|Blog, Indoor Air Quality|Comments Off on Indoor Air Quality & Your Bathroom Fan

Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Home Improvement

Redoing Bathroom, Kitchen Makes $en$e Looking to renovate your kitchen or bathroom? You’re not alone. A Houzz & Home survey found that kitchens are the top target for homeowners remodeling – 31 percent. Guest bathrooms were second – 27 percent – and master bathrooms were third, at 24 percent. And the renovations make sense. Most [...]

By |August 29th, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Home Improvement

Clogged Drains and Hard Water

"Hard" Water: Soap Wars – Liquid vs. Bar Is soap scum clogging your drain? Maybe you want to consider liquid soap, especially if you have “hard” water. A New York Times science writer, C. Claiborne Ray, explains: Chemicals can create “hard” water, which may combine with bar soap to clog the drain. Liquid soap, which [...]

By |August 20th, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Clogged Drains and Hard Water

Harvard Study – Improving Your Home Office Indoor Air Quality

Improve air in your home office & you work smarter.  Alabama politics may not be the only thing that’s muddying your brain. A new study shows that poor indoor air quality hurts the way people make decisions. The study examined air quality’s impact on workers in offices, but its findings also could apply to [...]

By |August 15th, 2018|Blog, Indoor Air Quality|Comments Off on Harvard Study – Improving Your Home Office Indoor Air Quality

Worldwide Demand For AC Is Growing

Here’s something to consider if you’re upgrading your home and planning for your children and grandchildren to enjoy it in the not-too-distant future. Alabamians will be competing in this global economy for cool air as warming temperatures and the growing middle class in huge countries like China and India also push for more air-conditioning [...]

By |August 12th, 2018|Blog, HVAC Energy Standards|Comments Off on Worldwide Demand For AC Is Growing

Cut Water & Heating Bills in Birmingham, AL

Want to save money and cut your water and heating bills near Birmingham, AL? Save water, electricity and money by trading your old shower head for a new WaterSense shower head and you may notice little, if any, change in the flow of water in the shower. The new shower head will pump out two gallons of water [...]

By |August 5th, 2018|Blog, Energy Savings|Comments Off on Cut Water & Heating Bills in Birmingham, AL

How Long Do Water Heaters Last

Is My Birmingham, AL Water Heater Dying? There are several signs that your water heater is nearing the end of its life: Is it taking longer to deliver hot water and is it running out of hot water sooner than normal? Do you have “hard water?” This is water that contains lots of minerals [...]

By |July 31st, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on How Long Do Water Heaters Last

How To Keep Your Birmingham Home Cool

Why won’t my house cool? Nothing will ruin a North Alabama summer like an air-conditioning system that runs all the time yet never gets your house cool enough. This is a sign that your system is low on refrigerant. One likely problem is a leak-– not something your average do-it-yourselfer can fix. Call Freedom [...]

By |July 23rd, 2018|Blog, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on How To Keep Your Birmingham Home Cool

Tariffs & Rising Cost HVAC Systems

Thinking about a new heating and air conditioning system? Now may be the time to avoid rising costs An economic dispute far from North Alabama may mean this is a smart time for Birmingham residents to consider buy new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. The international trade war is getting hotter, with many manufacturers raising [...]

By |July 15th, 2018|Blog, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Tariffs & Rising Cost HVAC Systems

Summer Plumbing Tips Birmingham

Hot Weather Not Kind to North Alabama Plumbing Summertime means an extra workout for the plumbing in homes in the Birmingham, AL area. We tend to use more water in warm weather –- watering lawns, taking more showers and baths – and having cookouts that tax disposal systems, so keep an eye on potential [...]

By |July 12th, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Summer Plumbing Tips Birmingham

HVAC Home Renovation

Renovating Your Birmingham Home? Ask these 3 questions: Here are some important questions to consider when you renovate a home or decide to upgrade your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system: (1) Which room is the most uncomfortable? Possible solutions include more insulation and upgraded ducts to reduce leaks and improve airflow. (2) How can [...]

By |July 2nd, 2018|Blog, Buying Tips|Comments Off on HVAC Home Renovation

Hydro Jetting Blocked Sewer Lines

One Good Way to Clean Pipes Hydro-jetting may be the solution if you have frequent blockage in your sewer lines or plumbing system. With hydro-jetting, a trained plumber scours the interior surface of the pipes with a high-power jet of water. This method removes grease, hair, scaly material and other debris that can clog [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Hydro Jetting Blocked Sewer Lines

Ductwork Allergens, Mold & Other Indoor Air Quality Problems

Mold & Allergens Can Hide in Your Ductwork Ducts are of sight in most homes but don’t forget about them. They’re vital to your family’s health and the quality of your indoor air. Ducts are the lungs of your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, breathing air in and out of your home –- with [...]

By |June 23rd, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Ductwork Allergens, Mold & Other Indoor Air Quality Problems

Noisy Plumbing

Hush those noisy water pipes Noisy water pipes aren’t just irritating. They’re sending you a signal of a problem that often can be fixed easily before it gets worse. Maybe you hear a valve whistling when you turn on a faucet or water valve. This very likely means a screw is loose or a [...]

By |May 23rd, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Noisy Plumbing

Water Heaters in Your Birmingham Home

What’s in a Water Heater? Some important components keep your water heater humming, ready to quickly provide hot water at your command. The typical water heater has a cold-water intake, a hot water outlet and a drain valve. The water comes from a holding tank that holds 30 or 60 gallons. The heating element is [...]

By |May 16th, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Water Heaters in Your Birmingham Home

Plumbing Myths

Fake News About Plumbing Actually, this is not about fake news but more about misconceptions some people have about various aspects of plumbing in their homes. Let us set the record straight and give you some ideas about how to make your plumbing system work for you: A faucet leak is no big deal. Wrong! Left [...]

By |May 10th, 2018|Myths and Misconceptions, Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Plumbing Myths

Air Conditioner Freezing

Ice on Your A/C? When there’s ice on your air conditioner or heat pump in summer, you have a problem. It’s important that you turn off the system at once. There could be many causes for the problem; some are simple to fix while others are complicated. Let’s start with the quick fixes, which you [...]

By |May 3rd, 2018|AC Repair, Blog|Comments Off on Air Conditioner Freezing

Reasons Why Your Water Heater Won’t Start

It’s 6 p.m. Saturday and you’re looking forward to a hot shower before going out with your sweetheart. But there’s no hot water. Brrr! And the water heater button won’t work. What is going on? Here are some possible reasons for all this cold water raining on your plans: The controller is worn out and [...]

By |April 30th, 2018|Blog, Plumbing|Comments Off on Reasons Why Your Water Heater Won’t Start

What HVAC System Is Right For Your Home

HVAC shopping?  Are you building or renovating a home? Or are you buying a new system to heat, ventilate and air-condition your home? Before you get far down the path, stop and think about what size of HVAC system is best for your home and needs. It varies from home to home, depending on [...]

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