When an emergency strikes it’s human nature to panic and stress out; however, it’s much better to remain calm in order to remember what to do in that specific situation. When it comes to your plumbing things can get messy pretty fast! To avoid out of control mayhem it’s a great idea to know what to do in several common plumbing issue situations. For each of the below situations the first step is always REMAIN CALM!
Help! My toilet is clogged and overflowing!
Step 1: Grab the plunger! Check out our recent blog for the proper plunging technique. Step 2: Use a plumbing snake: to us it spin the long flexible wire into the drain to snag the clog & pull it out. Step 3: if the first two steps did not fix the problem, it may be time to perform major surgery! You may need to pull the toilet up which would require turning off the water supply.
Help! My pipes burst!
Step 1: find a bucket to collect water coming from the busted pipe, Step 2: shut off the water, Step 3: remove as much water you can with a sump pump or wet-dry vacuum, Step 4: cut out the damaged section of pipe and add a replacement section.
Help! My sump pump is not working!
Step 1: a common issue causing sump pumps to fail is an unplugged outlet or circuit breaker—check both before moving on to step 2, Step 2: check for debris clogging up the sump pit and remove any you find, Step 3: check the check valve to see if it is broken or nonexistent.
Help! I smell a horrible odor and see mold!
Step 1: do your best to find the source of the smell, Step 2: let odor reducing agents such as white vinegar and baking soda sit for 10 minutes in the source then rinse, Step 3: check if the cleaning agent reduced the odor and if not there may be an issue with a larger component of your plumbing.
Help! There’s sewage backing up!
Step 1: recognize that this can be a hazardous plumbing issue and should be controlled by a professionally trained plumber, Step 2: grab your phone to call your Metro East superhero, the BEL- O Man!
If in any situation you do not feel comfortable tackling the problem a hand yourself just call BELOMAN! We have been in business for over 50 years and have countless reviews from people in our very own community. Don’t just take our word for it! We have hundreds of reviews! “If Comfort Is Your Plan, Call The BELOMAN” (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here.
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Do you have a pet? Do you have an HVAC system in your house? If you answered yes to these two questions this blog IS FOR YOU! Check out this list of 10 HVAC Tips to save you energy and keep your HVAC from working double-time:
- Shut off fans: if you leave fans on in attempt for a pet to feel cool you could potentially be wasting your time. In order for a pet to actually feel and enjoy a fan through their fur it must be set pretty high. To avoid adding unnecessary kilowatt hours to your electric bill stop running these fans when you aren’t home.
- Use a programmable thermostat: By setting your thermostat at a temperature slightly different from what you do currently you can save money and energy. Pets have their special ways (panting if hot and fur if cold) of adjusting to a slight temperature adjustment so there’s no need to worry! The Alliance to Save Energy recommends pet owners to set their thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter; however, you should always check with your vet for recommendations for your specific breed.
- Check those doggy doors: while a doggy door can be convenient, it is extremely important to make sure your air or heat is not escaping. Always be sure the door is able to be sealed air tight. If air is escaping it may cause your system to work harder. You worked hard for your family and pet to enjoy an air conditioned house—don’t let your hard earned money slip through the cracks (literally)!
- Put reptile on a schedule: in order to manage your energy costs for reptiles it’s a good idea to purchase a timer for their heat lamp requirements. Keeping your reptile on a schedule will help you save money on your energy costs!
- Turn off TVs: although you may think your dog enjoys catching up on the latest Netflix series while you’re out, it is not exactly realistic. Turning off the TV you may leave on for your pet to enjoy sound can save you energy on your bill in the long run. Toys and bones are also a good option to entertain your pet while you are out AND they won’t cost you a dime on your power bill!
- Don’t let the water run: although your pet may enjoy lapping up water from a flowing tub or sink faucet it’s wasting your money! If you absolutely must allow your pet to enjoy this luxury do it in small intervals rather than leaving them to their own personal drinking fountain.
- Keep out of drafty area: we can’t forget about the birds! Always make sure to never sit your bird cage by a drafty area to keep your bird from ruffling any additional feathers. A quick fix to stop a drafty area is to install an insulation kit to your window. Stopping the drafty area will also allow your HVAC system to operate as it should rather than having to work double-time to keep up.
- Don’t leave lights on: truth be told, animals only rely on natural light and darkness for their internal schedules and do not require artificial light. Your animal does not need a reading light to read the next few chapters in their novel or to finish a late night puzzle! By leaving the lights turned off while you are away you’ll save energy. Your pets won’t notice a difference, but your electricity bill will!
- Recycle aquarium water: a good way to clean your aquarium is to remove only 1/3 of the water and use the water removed to water indoor and outdoor plants. By doing this you’ll save energy and water! Your fish, plants, and wallet will thank you!
- Wash dog blanket & beds in cold water: by washing these items in cold water instead of hot you’ll use up to 90% less energy. Blankets and beds will come out just as clean and your fluffy tailed-wet nosed friend won’t be able to tell the difference!
BELOMAN is a heating, cooling, plumbing and pest solution company serving Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair County –especially clients WITH a pet! We want to keep your family comfortable all season long including your pet. Don’t forget the importance of keeping your indoor air clean from pet dander and hair! If you’re needing service call or want to clean the air in your home call (618) BEL-O MAN or visit our website here.
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Is there something about your HVAC system that is concerning you but you’re afraid to ask? Fear no more…the BELOMAN is always here to help. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most frequently asked questions when it comes to your A/C and furnace. Check out the questions below to see which category your concern falls into.
- Is this sound I’m hearing an issue?: you may hear alarming sounds come from your system; however, in most cases there isn’t anything to worry about. Check out one of our previous blogs to see if the sound you’re hearing made the list for most common sounds: “What Do These Funny HVAC Sounds Mean?”
- What is a Precision Tune-Up?: a Precision Tune-Up includes a total maintenance cleaning of the equipment components. By having a professional perform a precision tune-up you’ll gain confidence that your unit is prepped for the upcoming heating or cooling season as well as help prolong the life cycle of your unit.
- Why is it important to have regular maintenance on my system?: it’s important to have regular maintenance performed because just like a new car purchase your HVAC also needs checked out to ensure everything is working correctly. Maintaining big investments is always a wise decision and keeping your system properly maintained will help keep it running more efficiently.
- Why is my AC system freezing up?: there could be numerous reasons why your HVAC system froze up. To determine the correct issue it would be best to call an experienced technician. The issue could have to do with the need for your air filter to be replaced, a leak in the refrigerant lines, a dirty coil, or a defective motor. In order to have a professional work on the issue it must first be thawed.
- What is a Zoning System?: zoning systems separate ductwork into different zones so that you have the ability to control the different temperatures in the independent areas. Zoning can be done in offices as well to maximize a more diverse temperature liking.
- Are all HVAC filters the same?: air filters are not in fact all the same. There are actually a few options to choose from depending on how much debris and air pollutants you want to trap. Check out one of our previous blogs to learn more about the different types: “Pros & Cons of Different Types of Filters“
- Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?: ab-sol-utely! In fact, the air in your home could be more polluted than the outdoor air. With the amount of time we spend indoors, it is very important to have an IAQ (indoor air quality) expert perform an analysis of the air in your home.
- How healthy is my indoor air?: in order to determine the quality of the air in your home contact an IAQ expert to perform an analysis of your home. Want to know how the test is actually performed and the benefits? Check out one of our previous blogs: “10 Shocking Facts of IAQ” for more information.
- How much does a humidifier or dehumidifier help?: there is actually a long list of reasons why you should make an investment to control the level of humidity in your space. Common reasons to invest include: family members present who suffer from allergies, dry cracking skin, and even as a way to keep your hardwood floor warranty intact!
- How can I better control my home energy costs?: to begin controlling the costs of the energy used in your home contact a professional to perform an energy audit. It’s also a good idea to schedule proper routine maintenance on your HVAC, always greatly consider all high-efficiency options as it will save you more in the long run, and install a programmable thermostat to help better regulate the likelihood of saving energy.
We hope that after reading through 10 of the most frequently asked questions for your HVAC system you have a better understanding of the kind of problem you’re facing. For any additional help contact the BELOMAN at (618) BEL-OMAN or visit our website here.
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