Posts Tagged ‘HVAC in High Point’

Grilling Safety

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

 

If you’re planning to fire up the grill on July 4th, Labor Day or any other day this summer, make sure you don’t see fire anywhere but the grill by following some simple safety tips.

First and foremost, if you have a gas grill, check for leaks by putting a soap/water solution to the hose with a spray bottle and turning the propane on to see if bubble form. No bubbles = good. Bubbles mean that you should turn it off and check the connections. Also, check the connection points.

If you smell gas, turn off the tank and burners and get the grill serviced before using it again. If the smell continues though, call the fire department.

For charcoal grills, if you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Do not use other flammable liquids. Keep charcoal fluid away from any other sources of heat.

For electric charcoal starters, you’ll likely need an extension cord as their cords are short. Keep in mind that metal parts will be very hot! Hang it up where nobody will bump into it and make sure it isn’t near anything flammable.

If the rain starts or you’re too hot, do not decide to move your grill indoors or anywhere near the house, deck or low-hanging branches.

Keep excited pets and children away from the space around the grill and always have someone watching the grill.

Always clean your grill after using it so that grease or buildup doesn’t stick.

Let coals cool completely after you are done grilling, and then dispose of them in a metal container.

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Deep Clean Those Carpets

Posted on: October 7th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

With the holidays approaching, everyone wants clean, beautiful carpets. However, more time inside during the fall and winter often means more accumulation of dirt in your carpets. So what are your options if you want your carpets clean? You can hire a professional, rent a heavy-duty carpet cleaner, or invest in a quality carpet cleaning system for a few hundred dollars, allowing you to clean as often as you like.download

If you decide to purchase your own system, look for one that has separate tanks for the cleaning solution and water. Since you have to refill the water more often, this will make refilling easier. Another feature to look for — especially if hauling it up and down stairs — is portability. It’s also a good idea to look for a cleaner that isn’t too big and heavy. Lastly, if you need to clean stairs, look for attachments that will make that easier.

Before setting out to deep clean your carpet, vacuum. You don’t want all the hair and dog fur clogging up your carpet cleaner. Next, spot treat any stains. There are many ways to go about this. One natural and commonly used method is using vinegar. Mix 2 tablespoons of borax with ½ cup of vinegar for most dark stains. For a spill that just happened, pour baking soda over the area, wait a few minutes, then wipe.

Next, carefully read the carpet cleaner’s instructions and within minutes you’ll be on your way to a cleaner carpet. When you’re finished, let the carpet dry thoroughly before using the room. If you want to speed up the process, a floor fan can help.

When you’re done, not only will your carpets look cleaner, but they will also make your home more hygienic overall and improve the quality of your air, making your home more comfortable for guests — especially allergy and asthma sufferers — this holiday season.

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Seal Those Basement Cracks

Posted on: October 5th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Sealing cracks in your concrete or masonry basement walls may be at the bottom of your home maintenance priority list, especially if you don’t use your basement very often. It’s not something to be ignored though, because fixing these problems can lower your energy bills and help prevent water damage and other serious issues.

But how do you fix them? Follow these simple steps:

1 – First youfoundation’ll want to buy a caulking gun and epoxy-based sealant. (Kits are available that contain all of the items you’ll need.) Clean any gaps with a wire brush and shop vacuum then make sure the area is dry and clear of debris.

2 – Mix the sealant according to the instructions. (Some may come in a pre-mixed tube.)

3 – Some cracks will only need one coat, but others will need more. If that’s the case, make sure the first coat dries before applying the second coat, then smooth the area with a putty knife. Know that epoxies strengthen and bond with the concrete to prevent cracks from expanding.

4 – If you are sealing an expansion joint, install the backer rod. This provides a filler that helps keep the sealant in the joint and also reduces the amount of sealant needed.

5 – Leave the area alone for 24 hours.

6 – Check to make sure the sealants have bonded, and you’re done.

That said, if you have a crack that horizontal or runs along the foundation, this is likely a more serious issue, so don’t try to tackle that on your own — call a professional. If there is moisture, mold, or water damage, this is also an issue that will likely need to be handled by a professional.

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!