Tips for Your Home

3 Signs Your Water Line Needs Help

Does your main water line need plumbing services in Cincinnati now or in the near future? Water supply lines in your home carry water under municipal pressure averaging around 50 pounds per square inch, 24/7/365. Depending on the age of the house, these pipes may be made of galvanized steel or some other material with a very finite lifespan. Once enough years have elapsed, problems begin to manife [...]

Preventing Drain Problems from Tree Roots

Your sewer drain system is vulnerable to invasion. Trees growing near the underground sewer line on your property send out long feeder roots in search of nutrients. Because a sewer pipe contains water and organic waste it’s a prime target for these small but powerful roots. Many older homes were built with sewer piping that is especially prone to the effects of tree root intrusion—clay pipes w [...]

Drain Clearing: When to Throw in the Towel & Call a Pro

A clogged or slow drain may require professional drain clearing and cleaning in Cincinnati — or not. What it takes to resolve common clogs differs greatly from house to house. Some will be cleared by basic DIY methods while others resist the do-it-yourself approach and require drain clearing and cleaning in Cincinnati. What are the factors that make the difference? The Clogged Trap If debris was [...]

Choosing the Right Garbage Disposal: Features & Benefits

The average garbage disposal is a sturdy beast and typically lasts at least 10 years before it needs replacement. So if you’re shopping for a new one now, it’s probably been some time since you’ve been up-to-date on the subject of garbage disposal technology. Features and benefits have changed quite a bit during that time and you have more choices to make. Here’s how to sort out what’s o [...]

Choosing the Right Temps to Set Your Programmable Thermostat

Knowing how to set your programmable thermostat means making seasonal adjustments at the appropriate times every year. Cold weather, shorter days and longer nights, as well as the different patterns of household occupation during winter, call for changes to programmed temperatures. System energy efficiency and monthly operating costs—as well as indoor comfort and convenience—all improve when [...]

Protecting Your Home: Understanding Placement of Downspouts

Downspouts form a connection between the roof and the basement of your house. That connection is rainwater shed by the roof that infiltrates basement walls, causing a chronically wet basement. Water seepage into basements is a major problem that deteriorates basement structure and can make the interior basement space unusable for many purposes, as well as a source of mold contamination and other m [...]

Boosting Home Comfort with Ceiling Fans

A ceiling fan installation in Cincinnati can help boost household comfort while lowering heating and cooling bills. Ceiling fans were actually the first electrical indoor comfort device, becoming common in residences during the 1920s. Efficient fans today sip energy and can cost as little as one cent per hour to operate. By supplementing air circulation in the proper direction for the season, a ce [...]

What You Need to Know about Using Power Strips

A recent news story reported two fires in New York City on the same day—one of which was fatal—linked to unsafe use of power strips. Just as the quantity of consumer electronics has skyrocketed in most homes, the use of strips is also much more common. Particularly in older residences, the number of wall outlets in each room is often insufficient to accommodate all the electricity-consuming de [...]

Early Signs of CO Poisoning

CO poisoning, caused by exposure to carbon monoxide gas, can be chronically debilitating at low levels and quickly fatal at higher levels. Carbon monoxide, a byproduct of combustion in gas-fired furnaces, stoves, motor vehicles and even wood-burning fireplaces, is odorless and colorless and may accumulate inside a home without occupants being aware of it. This is why it is so important to know the [...]

Air Conditioner Troubleshooting: When You Need a Pro

If things go wrong with your cooling system, how much air conditioning troubleshooting should you attempt yourself? Where’s the tipping point when it comes to when to call in a qualified professional, instead? The fact is, technology incorporated in today’s central air conditioners is complex and beyond the expertise of the average homeowner. For this reason—as well as valid safety conce [...]

Is Your Breaker Box Out of Date?

The electronics you’ve added to your household in recent years may be high technology, but is your home’s aging breaker box out of date? It may belong to a low tech era. If your house is more than 25 years old, chances are it’s still equipped with a main electrical service panel and circuit breakers that aren’t adequate for the electrical demands of today. Breaker Box Out of Date? The Sig [...]

Understanding Carbon Monoxide Red Flags in the Home

While carbon monoxide gas (CO) is itself undetectable to the senses, carbon monoxide red flags in your home are visible if you know what to look for. Colorless and odorless, CO is a byproduct of combustion ranging from a wood fire in the fireplace to the kitchen stove to a gas-fired furnace burner. It’s also in the exhaust of internal combustion vehicles and small engines like lawnmowers and ele [...]

Furnace Capacity: Understanding the Heating Power of Your Furnace

Does your furnace capacity have what it takes to keep you warm this winter? While indoor comfort in cold weather is dependent upon several factors including outdoor temperature, furnace capacity is the biggest key in determining whether your household will be warm and energy-efficient all winter long. The capacity of a furnace refers to the amount of heat it produces (measured in BTUs), varies by [...]

What to Know about Furnace Preventative Maintenance

Fall is the season to think about furnace preventative maintenance. Don’t risk a major heating outage during the worst cold spell later this winter — that’s the time when a poorly maintained furnace is most likely to fail completely. Furnace preventative maintenance lowers operating costs due to improved energy efficiency, as well as delivering more effective heating performance. Because a g [...]

Dirty Jobs: Tips to Avoid Sewer Clogs

If you need any more reasons to avoid sewer clogs, consider this fact: most standard homeowner’s insurance policies specifically exclude coverage for damage and cleanup if raw sewage backs up into your home due to a clog. The homeowner gets stuck with the entire bill. According to the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, sewage backups are increasing at a rate of 3 percent annually — mostly [...]

Closing Air Vents: Energy Saving Fact or Fiction?

Closing air vents in unoccupied rooms to save money sounds like a no-brainer. The theory is that simply shutting vents in empty rooms during winter makes your furnace run less and thus reduces monthly heating costs. Like many theories that sound too good to be true, however, the scientific facts say otherwise. Closing air vents can actually reduce energy efficiency as well as disrupt the proper di [...]

Cracked Toilet: Can it Be Saved?

Is there any hope for a cracked toilet? If there is, does it make financial sense to attempt to fix it versus upgrading to a new model? Toilets can crack for a variety of reasons — sometimes there’s not even an obvious cause. The degree to which a cracked toilet is repairable largely depends on where the crack is located and how much time and trouble you’re willing to expend getting it done. [...]

Installing Light Fixtures: When You Need a Pro

Are installing light fixtures a DIY project or something better left to a qualified pro? In certain circumstances, simply replacing an existing fixture with another of the exact same type and wiring is doable yourself if you’re handy and follow basic electrical safety rules. In other cases, however, a trained professional is the better choice for installing light fixtures when certain variables [...]

Preventing Damage to Your Electrical System from Rodents

One of the frequent calls we get for electrical services in Cincinnati is for problems stemming from rodent electrical damage. Rats, mice and squirrels like to munch on electrical wiring routed through attics and inside wall voids. Experiments to formulate wire insulation that was distasteful to rodents have been largely unsuccessful. Therefore, most experts believe it’s not because rodents like [...]

Is it Safe to Snake My Own Drain?

If you need drain clearing and cleaning in Cincinnati, maybe you’re considering doing it yourself, instead. Of course, utilizing caustic drain chemicals is a bad idea; while dissolving a clog, these corrosive substances can also permanently damage household plumbing. The common drain snake is another method of opening a clogged drain. Whether it’s right for you — or whether calling in profes [...]