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Protect Your AC Unit From Water Damage

Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Have you accounted for all the things that need maintenance OUTSIDE of your home? The roof can often be forgotten during the hot months, as people are more focused on efficiency of their Air Conditioners and staying cool indoors. The roof should not be neglected, however, because damage during the summer months could cost quite a bit in repairs. Sometimes it’s necessary to call a professional, but in this case, there are a few ways that you can perform maintenance without needing additional help. If you do choose to inspect the roof yourself, take a couple precautions. Wear gloves and watch your foot placement carefully. We’ve provided a checklist below to inspect all aspects of your roof! 

  • First, you will want to check all the gutters to make sure they are clean and without blockage, this way water can flow through them.
  • Obvious signs to look for are any missing shingles or cracks in shingles that need to be replaced.
  • Check the metal strips. Roofs often have a metal strip lining the gutters, so check to see if these have come loose during any summer storms.
  • Any sealants should still be in tact – make sure to fill them if there are any gaps.
  • Water damage can be pricey to fix. Routine summer maintenance on your roof is important to catch any damage hopefully early on. The eaves and overhangs should be checked to make sure there is no water damage.
  • Check for any mold – if there are signs of mold damage, now is the time to call a professional to prevent any further damage.

 

Now that your roof has been checked for water damage, among other things, let’s make sure your air conditioning unit is protected from water damage as well! Your AC unit may start to accumulate water, which is why there’s a device created to store the extra water, called a drain pan. There’s a possibility that your drain pan could become clogged, or even the drain line. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can install a micro “float” switch that will automatically shut your unit off if the drain pain accumulates water past a certain point. You can have peace of mind that not only your home is protected, but also your unit from any possible water damage.

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

 

Beware of Energy Drainers in Your Home

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

You may not have heard of the term “standby power”, but you’re probably be very familiar with it.  Do you ever wonder why your electricity bill may be higher even though you are conscientious about turning the lights off before you leave your house? Well, standby power is anything that expends energy EVEN when its turned off, but plugged in.

Parents and children alike are spending more and more time on technology, whether it’s watching tv or playing games on an iPhone. These devices require charging, and often frequent charging with how much we use our devices. It’s a common habit to leave our chargers plugged in and other electronics or appliances. 

These are common devices and appliances that expend energy when they’re plugged in:  laptops, cell phones, game consoles, modems, printers, microwaves, toasters and coffee makers. It may not always be a convenient option to unplug a modem and repower every time. It may not even be possible to unplug your washer and dryer that could be blocking the area where they plug in. So we’ve created a list of alternative methods that will help you save energy on the appliances and devices draining power when they’re not used.

  • When it’s possible and not a huge hassle, unplug devices before you leave your home.
  • Consider using a power strip that will make it convenient to turn on off one switch for multiple devices, instead of having to turn off and on all those individual devices.
  • You can also consider getting a Kill-a-Watt meter to test your appliances to see how much electricity they are really using.
  • Invest in cell phone chargers that are automatic energy savers by “unplugging” when you aren’t using them.
  • Energy Star Appliances are the way to go for long term energy savings.

These are great ways to save energy and money, however, one the most significant money savings comes from your air conditioning unit. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can come out and check your unit to ensure that it’s running efficiently, and we can continue to provide routine maintenance. We can also clean out your air filters, which will improve the quality of air in your home and save you money as well!  Also we can help review your electrical outlets and usage to see how you can further save money!

 

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

 

 

Need To Replace a Ceiling Fan?

Posted on: July 10th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

If you’ve had a broken ceiling fan for a while, you probably feel the need to fix it during the heat waves of summer.  This is not a daunting task, if you have basic electrical skills, or can quickly learn basic electrical skills. Allow for some patience during this process, and plan on taking a couple breaks during the fan installment due to the heavy weight of the fans. It’s much easier if you have someone helping you!

Start by turning off all the switches to the ceiling fan, and then cut the power off at the circuit breaker box. (Make sure you have the proper switch, if you are going to control your fan with a wall switch. Depending on the brand of the fan, some may only be set to operate from a preset multi-speed switch).

– Make sure the wires are disconnected before removing the old fixture.  Check the electrical box to make sure that the ceiling is properly suited to hold the weight of a ceiling fan. You will probably find a fan weight rating inside the electrical box that will indicate whether the ceiling can hold the weight of the new fan you wish to install. 

Next, follow the fan instructions for the particular ceiling fan you are about to install. Most ceiling fans come with the light fixtures pre-installed.

-Instructions may require you to cut and strip the fan wires to fit accordingly.                           

-Hang the fan on the hook, if your ceiling plate or mounting bracket comes with a hook to support the wiring.

-While still following the manual instructions, connect wires using a wire connector. There should be no visible wires after the connecting process, except for the green ground wire.

Follow the manual instructions to attach the fan blades, which may need to be screwed on, or clipped on, depending on the fan model.

-If the fan is too wobbly, you can either attach a balancing kit that may be included with your fan, or you can buy them separately.

-Finally, turn switch back on at the circuit breaker. 

If you don’t have time or the patience to install a ceiling fan, give Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical a call and we’d be happy to install it for you! While we’re out there, we can check your Air Conditioning Unit to make sure it’s running efficiently, so that not only your new ceiling fan but also your AC unit are providing the most comfortable atmosphere in your home!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

How About Hosting a 4th of July Party?

Posted on: June 28th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

The holiday that marks American Patriotism is around the corner, and often a time of gathering and celebration. If you’re hosting a celebration this year, don’t get overwhelmed just yet! We’re here to share some helpful tips that will make hosting an enjoyable experience! 

 

  • Prepare in advance. When it comes to the 4th of July, or any holiday, food is the primary staple that brings people together. Many delicious food options can be prepared days in advance. Consider frozen treats – perfect for summertime – or sauces that can be created in advance for BBQ and chicken.

 

  • Focus on drinks. In the heat of summer, one thing that everyone will be looking for is a good drink to keep them cool. Enhance any flavored beverage by adding strawberries, blueberries or raspberries to highlight the patriotic celebration.

 

  • Make the most of seasonal fruits. Not only are berries a great option for adding to drinks, but there are many seasonal fruits that can serve as decorative center displays or as fruit treys for people to snack on.

 

  • Keep it simple with prewrapped cutlery. Create an assortment of white, blue and red cutlery and a napkin stay consistent with the red, white and blue theme.

 

  • Add festive décor. Don’t break the bank to make your home look festive. Add a few patriotic flags, some red, white and blue balloons paired with some colorful streamers and your home will look like you’ve spent lots of time and money prepping for the big celebration!

 

Now that your home is decorated and food is prepped, do a final check to so that you’re ready to fully accommodate your guests. Make sure that your plumbing is properly working – including your toilets and sink faucets. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can perform dye tests on all your toilets to ensure that there are no water leaks, which equate to money wasting. If your toilets are connected to a septic tank and there’s a water leak, then you could be wasting even more money! We can also check all faucets in your home and all exposed hot and cold water lines to identify and repair any water leaks in your home.

 

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

 

DIY Tile Backsplash

Posted on: June 25th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

As we mentioned in previous posts, summertime is often the best season to take on home projects. The long daylight hours are perfect for outdoor and indoor projects alike. One of the indoor projects that adds instant value and appreciation to your home is kitchen tile backsplash. The kitchen and bathrooms are primary areas of the home that everyone looks at when considering buying a home. 

Adding tile to the kitchen is a different process than adding tile to the bathroom. The kitchen does not have any areas that are considered “wet areas” with backerboard. So it will be a simpler process from that perspective, yet still a tedious process that requires patience.  Follow these guidelines for a successful enhancement to your kitchen!

 

  • Turn off the power to your kitchen.
  • Wipe down and clean all wall areas that will be tiled. A mixture of water and liquid dish soap will remove any stubborn grease stains.
  • Cover your countertops with a drop cloth or some other protective material.
  • Take off all outlet covers and switch plates. Move all the appliances that are close to the areas you will be tiling.
  • Tape off the cabinets and the area where the counters meet the wall. Be sure to also tape off the outlets.

 

At this point, you’ve prepped your walls and are ready for measuring and the tile installation! Read our next post for how to finish DIY kitchen tile installation! Cosmetic upgrades add great value to your home – however, you can also add value by making sure your home is operating efficiently as well. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical to check on your water heater, drain pipes, exposed hot and cold water lines, faucets for leaks and ventilation systems!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

 

Prepare Your Outdoor Living Space

Posted on: June 21st, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

In our previous post, we went over some considerations if you’re thinking of adding a hard scape to your backyard. Now that you’ve gotten ideas of how to beautify your yard, let’s talk about outdoor seating so you can enjoy those nice hard scapes this summer! Perhaps you’re looking for a backyard setting that lends itself toward entertainment. Or maybe you want to spend this summer hunkered down with just your family? Either way, there are many accommodations when it comes to your backyard and how you can set-up the ideal outdoor living space.  Keep these factors in mind when choosing your outdoor furniture.

 

  • Choose aesthetics AND function. Make sure that the seating you choose will not only be bearable, but also enjoyable for those long summer evenings you’ll spend in the back.

    Beautiful hardscape with water feature

  • Consider hammocks or swinging chairs. These swinging chairs, both relaxing and therapeutic, have become especially on trend with multiple variations in size and shape.
  • Pick a color scheme. Is there a certain palate that will go with the overall look
  • Invest in weather proof cushions. After all the work that goes into creating a beautiful outdoor living area, you certainly don’t want one good rain to ruin it.
  • Define the outdoor seating area. You can accomplish this a few different ways. Either get an umbrella that covers the table and defines that section, or arrange the outdoor sofas and chairs in such a way that it creates a “box” look, which defines the area.

 

No outdoor living area is complete without some source of water – whether it’s a water sprinkler, hose or running decorative fountain. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical to  check all emergency water shut-offs for proper performance and tag main emergency shut-offs. If your emergency shut-off does not work when you need it, there could be big problems.

We can also check all your lawn faucets for any leaks that could be wasting your money.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Central Carolina Air Conditioning Plumbing & Electrical for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day at 800-461-3010.

 

Considering HardScaping? Central Carolina Air Conditioning Plumbing & Electric can help!

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Anything in your yard that is technically non-living can be considered a hardscape. The definition is quite broad and can include anything from rocks and pavers to bricks and stones. If you’re considering adding some beauty to your backyard this summer, we’ll share a few things to know before starting. These tips will make the overall process smooth, successful and more cost effective. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric can even help with your water and electric installation!

  • Always plan out the whole hardscape project. We know this can become a costly endeavor – so if you choose to do it in phases, still plan out the whole project to save you time down the road when you start the other phases.
  • Maintain a balance. You’ll want to create a harmonious balance between hard and soft cape – (i.e. rocks and stones for the hardscapes and plants and trees for the soft capes).  
  • Hardscapes can increase your home value. Get an appraiser to provide an appraisal for what your home would cost by basing it off your budgeted hardscape plans.
  • Consider the functionality. How will you be utilizing the space in your backyard/the hardscapes? While the hardscape you create should and can be beautiful, it should also work with how you are going to use your backyard. Consider the layout of furniture you may place in the backyard.
  • Don’t forget topography! If your backyard has other challenges such as drainage, make sure that you keep this in consideration and plan around it. If topography challenges are beyond your comfort level, it may be best to hire a professional for some guidance to make sure that your time and investment in hardscaping pays off in the end.

 

Whether it’s plants or also a water fountain hardscape you’re installing, your backyard will require some amount of water and possibly electric as well. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can check all emergency water shut-offs for proper performance and tag main emergency shut-offs. If your emergency shut-off does not work when you need it, there could be big problems.

We can also check all your lawn faucets for any leaks that could be wasting your money.

 

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

What Flowers to Plant During Summer

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Summer is the season that yields the quickest growth for plants and flowers, which is probably not surprising considering the amount of sun and warmth they receive. The amount of water a flower or plant receives plays a critical role in its overall growth. Although some flowers may not get enough water, there is equally a concern that some flowers receive too much water. Look for signs as you tend to your own garden and its needs. If your flowers have brown petals that are starting to curl, they most likely need more water. If the petals are starting to droop, however, this sign shows that they are receiving too much water.  Consider an irrigation system in your yard and garden and allow us to help!

If you’re looking for a beautiful array of color in your garden, there are many flowers that you can plant during summer to provide that pop of color! We’ve listed just a few of our favorites:

  • Marigolds – it’s hard not to feel instantly better when looking at these vibrant warm orange and yellow flowers. Be sure to plant them in a place that receives lots of sunshine.
  • Lantanas – If you’re looking for a flower than comes in more colors than just orange and yellow, you may want to consider Lantanas. Their low-maintenance nature makes them appealing to many, and their array of colors comes in purple, pink, red, orange and yellow.
  • Verbenas – Need a flower that will spread and provide a sweeping effect? The Verbena is perfect for planting on retaining walls or in flower boxes or pots.
  • Gloriosa Daisy – Let’s not forget the Gloriosa Daisy, also known as the Black-Eyed Susan. They can reach up to 3 ½ feet tall and are ideal for planting at the back of garden beds so they don’t block the view of their smaller counterpart plants. With their orange petals and black center, the Black-Eyed Susans require full sun to reach their potential growth.

While you’re making your yard beautiful, don’t forget about the inside of your home as well.  The intense amount of heat during summer months is less than ideal for your air conditioner, if it’s not maintained for optimum efficiency. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can install a Power Ventilator in your home to save you money and provide cooling relief from the heat!  There may be heat trapped in your attic, forcing your air conditioning unit to work double time. The Power Ventilator will replace this hot air with the cooler air outside, saving you money and allowing your unit to run more efficiently!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

 

 

Standard vs Comfort Height Toilets

Posted on: June 8th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Whether you’re in a new home or used home, the kind of toilet you use is an important decision. Although it’s a needed appliance, the choices used to be almost non-existent. Today, there are now options on the market as more research has been released showing the importance of finding the right toilet for your needs.

There are benefits and draw backs for each one. Keep in mind a couple things when considering your choices – whichever toilet you choose should allow you to be able to easily rest both feet on the ground. You should also be able to easily get up and sit down.  A significant amount of research concludes that the ideal position for use of a toilet should be a squat position with the hips below the knees. 

 Standard Height Toilets:

  • These are typically the best option for shorter people, as they are only 15 inches above the ground.
  • Standard height toilets come in multiple colors and styles.
  • Depending on the brand, they usually cost more.

Comfort Height Toilets:

  • Because they are 16-19 inches above the ground, this option is ideal for taller people.
  • The extra 2 inches of height is not only beneficial for tall people, but often the choice for elderly and disabled.
  • Comfort height toilets also are available in a variety of colors and styles.
  • They are recognized as ADA (adults with disabilities) compliant.
  • Generally, comfort height toilets are a less expensive option, although the cost difference is marginal.

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can help you determine which height works for your family and can also perform dye tests on all your toilets to ensure that there are no water leaks, which equate to money wasting. If your toilets are connected to a septic tank and there’s a water leak, then you could be wasting even more money! Not only can we provide dye tests, but we can also check all faucets in your home and all exposed hot and cold water lines to identify and repair any water leaks in your home.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

Keeping Your Home Safe During Summer Storms

Posted on: June 8th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

In our previous post, we discussed how to keep your home safe during summer vacation. But have you given thought to how you will keep your home safe during the summer storms? Spring and summer bring the highest rate of storms, which can cause some serious property damage. Rest easy knowing that your home is protected and ready for any storms that may come your way, by following these suggested preventative measures! 

 

  • Know where your shelter is – find the safest place in your home to hide out, during the event that there is a storm.
  • Create an emergency kit with necessities – and store it in the safe place where your family will hide out during a storm. A few of the items you should keep in the kit are non-perishable foods, a flashlight, water and extra clothes.
  • Keep routine maintenance on your roof and foundation.
  • Remove any trees or branches within close range of your home. These are major causes for property damage from high mile winds during the storms.
  • Avoid all metal – it’s also important to stay away from your phone, computer, and any electronics, if possible.
  • Close and secure all doors and windows.

 

Now that most of your home is protected, let’s make sure your air conditioning unit is also protected from flooding! Your AC unit may start to accumulate water, which is why there’s a device created to store the extra water, called a drain pan. There’s a possibility that your drain pan could become clogged, or even the drain line. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can install a micro “float” switch that will automatically shut your unit off if the drain pain accumulates water past a certain point. You can have peace of mind that not only your home is protected, but also your unit from any possible water damage.

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.