Posts Tagged ‘Central Carolina Plumbing’

Prevent a Failing Water Heater

Posted on: July 24th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

It is a crucial part of your home and often completely forgotten about until a major issue comes up—the water heater. The main cause of water heater failure is age. The seam on the back of most water heaters rusts and deterioration happened generally between about 9 and 11 years.

What does this lead to? Typically, flooding. However it isn’t always a sudden burst—sometimes it is a slow leak that might be easy to miss if you’re out of town, not home much, or simply don’t go in the area where you water heater is very often (such as a basement.) It is a good rule of thumb to get a new water heater every 9 years or so.

While repairs and installations are best left to a professional, there are some steps you can take to help out this important piece in your house:

Get your water heater’s shut-off valve and all piping inspected once a year. Signs of broken valves as well as wet or loose joints and rust will be some signs that more severe damage is likely to come.

Getting your water heater flushed to remove the sediment once a year will help as well. Water heaters can be flushed by attaching a garden hose to the valve at the base of the water heater. Turn off the power and run hot water until it cools before flushing the tank since the heated water may be 140 degrees or more!

If you live in an area with hard water, installing a water softener can also extend the life of your water heater.

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Outdoor Kitchens

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

A great way to enjoy the outdoors is to step up your outdoor cooking game. What are some things to know before you undertake this big project?

An outdoor kitchen area can cost several thousand dollars, depending on what you want. A basic setup will typically include at least an island with counter and gas grill.

Some of the first things to think about are the weather and the weight of the appliances. For example, tile or marble flooring can get very slippery with rainwater or drink spills. You also want to make sure your flooring can hold up all of the weight.

Location is also crucial. Make sure smoke will not blow into your home from the grill. Look for an area that is easy to access, goes with the traffic flow in your yard, and isn’t near anything flammable. Also consider any future plans. Will you add a pool or a garden later on? These are all important things to consider.

Another consideration is how much room you’ll want. At the very least, you’ll need space on the sides of the grill for plates, etc. Will you want a sitting area or is there a separate table? Will more than one family member want to prepare food/cook at the same time?

Storage is also important. You’ll want enough space for all of the items you’ll regularly use. Keep in mind whether or not you’ll use the kitchen in the colder months or only in the summer. Waterproof, easy-to-clean materials such as concrete are best.

Appliances will also need to be made of weatherproof material such as stainless steel. When thinking about appliances, you’ll also need to consider water supply and electrical connections. An outdoor sink will need to be hooked up to a yard hose or the house’s water supply. It is best to have a plumber take on this work. An electrician should also make sure everything in your outdoor kitchen is up to code. A professional would also need to be called if you want a plumbed gas line for the grill.

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Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Fix Your Running Toilet

Posted on: July 2nd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

If you have a toilet that keeps running, this can waste quite a bit of water and money. Let’s take a look at how to troubleshoot this.

Problems with the flapper are the most common reason for a running toilet. Turn off the water and drain the toilet, then look at the flapper. Adjust the chain if it is too long or short. A chain that is too long can get caught under the flapper, while a chain that is too short can pull up on the valve when it should not. You can use wire cutters if it is too long.

You’ll also want to look for any problems with the actual flapper, or see if it needs to be cleaned to help it seal better. You can soak it in a bowl of vinegar for about half an hour and then scrub it.

If the flapper is not the issue, check the water level. If it is too high, water will constantly be draining into the overflow tube in the middle of the tank that connects the tank and bowl. Look at it with the water running and the tank full, and see if water keeps draining into the tube. If so, you can adjust the water level by lowering the float.

Lastly, if those are not the issues, check the fill valve. Turn off the water, flush the toilet, disconnect the supply line, and purchase a replacement for the old assembly. You’ll have to replace it entirely.

One of the best ways to prevent common toilet issues in the future such as a running toilet is to replace the insides of your toilet’s tank every 5 years. Think of it as regular maintenance, just as you would maintain other appliances in your home.

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Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Front Porch Improvements For This Summer

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical Front Porch ImprovementsIf you’re looking for an easy curb-appeal project this summer that doesn’t involve staying out in the hot sun, how about working on your front porch? This is one of the first areas potential buyers and guests notice, and changes don’t need to be expensive.

A fresh coat of paint on your door can really make it pop. Don’t be timid– try out yellow, red or turquoise! Make sure to check the weather before you get started. You don’t want a major storm blowing through while your paint is drying.

Next, add some flowers. Choose a type that matches the color and style of your house, as well as the size of your porch. When it comes to picking flowers, the options are endless. You can install a flower box underneath your windows, hang baskets of flowers on the sides of the porch, or hang pots from hooks on the ceiling. You can also decorate the porch steps by putting flower pots on each ascending step.

You can also ways to draw attention to your newly painted door by putting tall plants on each side of it or hanging up a summery wreath. You can make your own or buy one that displays flowers, fruits, or leaves to match the rest of your porch.

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Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Get A Bathroom Upgrade With New Toilet Seats

Posted on: June 16th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

It might be the last piece in your home that you even think about, let alone care to upgrade… but the latest and greatest toilet seats can make your bathroom seem like it’s part of a five-star hotel. What are some of the trendy items for an easy bathroom upgrade?

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Heating, Electrical, and Plumbing bathroom upgrade tips.

Heated toilet seats can start as low as about $80. You know the drill—you go to the bathroom in the middle of a cold night and it can be quite a rude awakening. If that’s ever the case at your house, this might be the perfect toilet for you. Simpler models have only one heating setting, but more expensive models can have several options. Some also have a glow to act as an extra light for your restroom. These seats are easy to install, but you’ll need an electrical outlet nearby.

Bidet toilet seats start at about $250 and give you a cleaning with a stream of fresh water. They are very common in many places outside of the U.S. Not only does it seem very clean, but also think about how much money you can save in toilet paper costs! They do need a water source, so they are a bit harder to install than the heated seats.

Lastly, you already have a smart phone and possibly other smart technology… so how about a smart toilet seat? These can start around $600, but are worth the cost! This type of toilet seat often includes a bidet and a heating element, and you can customize it. Some allow you to make changes per person. Some spray air freshener into the air and cleaner into the bowl before and after each use. Some can raise and lower. Some even spray warm air!! Of course, don’t forget the music, temperature and white noise machine—all part of some models. Professional installation is recommended.

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Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Pressure Washing Around Your Home

Posted on: June 16th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Perhaps your deck is looking pretty dirty or you’re getting ready paint your siding. It’s a great time of year to start pressure washing around your home. Here’s how to get started.Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Heating, Electrical, and Plumbing pressure washing tips.

Spraying power ranges from 1,200 to 3,000 pounds per square inch (psi).  To keep from damaging your painted soft-grain wood siding, or other soft materials, use a 1,200 to 1,500 psi model. It is also a good idea to look for a wide spray nozzle to disperse water pressure more evenly. The stronger non-painted surfaces can withstand 2,500 to 3,000 psi models, which will work the fastest.

Before getting started with the pressure washing, cover lights, shrubs, plants, or anything else that you want to protect with plastic or drop cloths and make sure they are secure with duct tape or weights. Also, take a brush and scrub visible mildew that you can easily reach.

Next, connect a garden hose to the pressure washer and turn on the water. Do not skip out on testing the pressure! Hold the pressure washer nozzle with both hands about 3 feet from the wall, then move closer to the wall until you are sure you won’t cause any damage but feel the spray is strong enough to remove dirt as needed.

Begin by spraying towards the top of the house and then work your way down. Don’t forget the overhangs and gutters (spray these at about a 45-degree angle.)

Leave the siding to dry for at least a few days before you begin painting. If you’d like, you can use the same pressure washer for your driveway, porch, sidewalk and deck. Keep in mind though, that these areas typically need a stronger psi, so you may not be able to get quite as much dirt and grime off as you would with another model.

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Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Keep Your Crawl Space Dry

Posted on: June 11th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Its one of the last places you might think about—or want to deal with—in your house. However, as you may know from house hunting or your own bad experiences in your home, this is an area you should not overlook. How do you keep your crawl space dry?Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing, and Electric keeping your crawl space dry

Outside sources such as roof gutters and downspouts are the most common causes of crawl space water entry or high moisture. Inspect around the outside of your home to see where sources of water need to be directed away from the house. This is commonly a problem for homes located at the bottom of a hill. Check your gutters to make sure they are in good shape and free of debris. If you need to test your gutters and downspouts, run the house through them. (Grab a friend or family member to help.)

Your last step outdoors may be to install a drainage system and sump pump inside or exterior waterproofing and foundation drainage.

As far as inside water sources go, you’ll want to look for sources of leaks and moisture as well as improper venting. In addition to water, look for condensation on pipes, under flooring and on foundation walls, foundation wall stains, and mold. Look below bathrooms and kitchens.

This summer it is a good idea to insulate cold water pipes in the crawl space to stop dripping of condensation that forms on the cold water lines in humid weather. (Do this is the basement too.) You may consider using a dehumidifier on a regular basis to help keep things dry.

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Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Summer Roof Maintenance

Posted on: June 4th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Summer Roof Maintenance from Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electrical in North CarolinaThis is a great time of year to get outside and inspect your roof and do any summer roof maintenance projects that are needed. Not only is it warm, but also maintenance now will help you get ready for the tumultuous fall and winter months.

First, look from the ground for damage such as loose shingles, moss, algae, and also any debris.

Use a ladder to get up on the roof and clean up moss or algae with soap and water and a scrub brush. A cloudy day is the best time to do this not only to protect your own skin, but so the solution doesn’t dry out quickly. It is not recommended to use a strong pressure washer as it can damage the shingles.

Again, up on the ladder, check the flashing (metal stripping) around the chimney, vents, or ridge. These areas are where the majority of water damage comes from as water can seep through if they are damaged or worn.

Clean out the gutters. This should be done twice a year. Leaves braches and all kinds of debris can get stuck in there—and its the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes! Be aware of any stinging insects while doing this. If you see that the gutters have become loose, you can tighten them up with a wrench.

Trim back any tree branches hanging over the roof to prevent them from damaging it, and to prevent animals from damaging your roof as well.

Lastly, it is not a great idea to put heavy decorative items on your roof. If you have these items you may consider taking them down to extend the life of your roof.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

 

 

 

Setup Your Outdoor Furniture & Dining Area

Posted on: June 4th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Setup Outdoor Furniture Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing, and Electrical in North CarolinaIt is that time of year when we all want to sit outdoors and eat and enjoy each other’s company. How do you set up outdoor furniture to allow for guests? Where do you begin? Here are some simple tips to help you get started before you hit the stores.

  • Think about the flow of traffic. Where will people need to walk? Where are the stairs, gates and tool shed? What items will be movable and what items will be permanent or semi-permanent fixtures?
  • Pick something you want to focus on, such as a table, fire pit or pool. This will help give you a sense of direction and a starting point.
  • Don’t forget to add pieces on which people can put things such as small side tables or ottomans. Often there are plenty of chairs but everything else is lacking.
  • Look at your lighting situation. You don’t want to put all of your furniture in an area where lighting is lacking, unless you’re planning on adding more. Porch lights, decorative string lights, and fixtures along walkways are all great additions.
  • If you have an outdoor kitchen, keep it away from your sitting area, for both safety and aesthetic reasons. If you don’t have an outdoor kitchen yet but are planning to have one it’s best to contact the necessary professionals such as a plumber and an electrician to address your needs.
  • Don’t forget accessories! Pops of color such as pillows and different textures add a lot of character to your outdoor sitting and dining area. Enjoy!

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Get a Mosquito-Proof Backyard For The Summer

Posted on: June 4th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Mosquito-Proof Backyard from Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Heating , Plumbing, and Electrical in North Carolina

You’ve likely already seen a mosquito or two this season—and it’s only the beginning. Not only are bites annoying and unsightly, but they can transfer disease. How can you get a mosquito-proof backyard for the summer?

First off, get rid of standing water (a.k.a. mosquito breeding sites)! You’d be surprised where water can accumulate. Clean out your gutters, turn over buckets and baby pools, and store old tires, tools, unused flower pots and wheelbarrows. Remove water from in-ground pool drains if possible. If it isn’t possible, treat those areas.

Adult mosquitoes hang out in overgrowth and brush—so clean up your land. Take some time to pull the weeds, trim the hedges, pick up branches, mow the grass, etc. You can then spray an insecticide or natural repellent. Homemade sprays can use water and garlic or onion, citronella oil, or lavender oil.

If you’re a gardener, you can also plant some mosquito-repelling plants, such as citronella, feverfew, catnip and lavender.

If you’re having people over this summer, add some stalks of rosemary to the hot coals on your grill to repel mosquitoes.

Lastly, spray yourself! If you don’t want to use a DEET product, try one of these two homemade sprays:

-4 teaspoons of distilled or boiled water, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, 3 drops of lavender oil (this has to be stored in the fridge)

-1 cup of water, 5 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops of geranium oil, 10 drops of citronella oil

 

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!