Earthwise Home Services Blog

Is This a Plumbing Emergency?

July 9th, 2018

emergency-plumbing-situationNot every problem presents itself as an emergency. You might be watching a problem unfold and thinking to yourself, “Is this really an emergency? Maybe I should wait.”

So you can wait for the problem to get worse until it becomes undeniably a full-blown emergency, or you can feel like you’re being extra cautious and call before it gets to that point. Regardless, we understand where you’re coming from, and we want to help you feel comfortable about calling a plumber in Plano, TX when you need to.

In this post, we’ll go over which plumbing problems you shouldn’t be afraid to classify as an emergency.

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How to Spot a Slab Leak

June 25th, 2018

water-leakingNormally, when you experience a leak, you’re not looking at a catastrophe. If you call a plumber in time, the most you’ll have to deal with is an annoying “drip drop” and a little bit of clean up.

However, a leak underneath the foundation of your home is called a slab leak, and it won’t clean up as easily as a normal leak. Slab leaks are serious problems that need the immediate attention of a professional plumber.

Below are just a few signs that you’ve got a slab leak problem.

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Why You Might Need a New AC

June 11th, 2018

ac-replacementYou’re afraid it’s time to replace your AC, but you are not 100% sure. Nobody wants to do this any sooner than necessary—a new air conditioning system can run up high costs—but you don’t want to wait until the old one goes out in the middle of a Texas summer. How do you know when it’s the right time for replacing your old air conditioner? What are the warning signs you should look for? We’ll go over the three most common reasons indicating you could need a new AC system.

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Common Water Heater Problems and What to Do About Them

May 28th, 2018

water-heater-repairBe honest: How often do you think about your water heater? If the answer is seldom to never, you’re like almost everyone else in the world. After all, who has time to worry about things that are not causing problems? When water heater issues do happen, however, they can be significant. Unexpectedly being without hot water is always a hassle. But you also don’t want 30 to 60 gallons of standing water suddenly appearing in your house. Keep an eye out for these problems below to keep the hot water flowing and the rest of your house dry.

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Look for Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak

May 14th, 2018

plumbing-repair-servicesPlumbing leaks rank among the most common issues any household can face. Plumbing pipes are sturdy and protected in most cases, since the bulk of them are usually hidden behind walls and under floors. But nothing lasts forever, and sooner or later, a leak is bound to occur in your home.

When that happens, your best bet is always to call in a professional plumber rather than try to fix the problem yourself. Professionals have the tools and experience to treat the problem swiftly, and effectively. When it comes to water leaking into your home, that’s worth its weight in gold.

But before the plumber can come, you need to spot the signs that there’s a problem. And while it’s one thing when water is spilling out across your kitchen floor, many leaks take place in hidden portions of the pipe, such as behind the walls. They can go undetected for weeks or even months before you notice them. By the time you do, the damage can be considerable.

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How to Detect Air Conditioning Repair Issues

May 9th, 2018

air-conditioner-servicingSpring is here, and that means that homes in the area are going to be running their air conditioners with increasing frequency as the weeks and months go on. If your air conditioner is experiencing problems and needs a repair service, now is the ideal time to detect such problems. It gives you an early jump on repairs, which usually means they cost less (since the damage hasn’t had as much time to spread) and you can deal with them at a time of your choosing (since temperatures aren’t as high is they will be in just a few weeks).

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Short Cycling Demands Air Conditioning Repair

April 30th, 2018

short-cycling-acSummers in Texas are as hot as they come, and homes in the area need reliable air conditioners to function day in and day out. In that sense, your AC system is as important to your home as the electricity or the plumbing, and if your air conditioner is having problems, now is the time to spot them. Checking your system as it runs for any unusual signs lets you get an early jump on possible repair issues before you need your system to perform without fail.

Among the symptoms to watch for this spring is a process known as short cycling: turning on and running for a short amount of time, then turning off again, only to start the process anew a few minutes later as the heat of the day warms up the air in your home. It may not sound like anything too terrible—but short cycling can cause a huge amount of damage. Here’s a breakdown of how and why that happens.

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Call in a Plumbing Service for Clogged Drains

April 10th, 2018

plumbing-clogs.repairClogged drains are a common problem in any household, and sooner or later, you’re likely going to have to deal with them. Ideally, you should be very careful about what you toss down the drain, and avoid sending down foods such as hot grease or fibrous vegetables, which may result in a clog.

When a clog does emerge, you may be tempted to address if with a store-bought cleanser, or perhaps a snake form the local hardware store. Such measures rarely do the job the right way. Instead, you should always call in a trained plumber to get the measure dealt with properly.

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How Does Refrigerant Work in an Air Conditioner?

April 2nd, 2018

Spring is here, and among the other duties and tasks you need to perform for your home (such as spring cleaning and changing the batteries in the smoke alarms) comes the need to give your air conditioner a close look. You may not be using it often now, but in just a few weeks, it will likely see daily use and more. Now is a good time to schedule a maintenance session for your air conditioner: allowing a trained technician to take a close look and fix any problems before they get out of hand

Among the issues the technician checks for is the refrigerant levels in your system, and whether any refrigerant has leaked out of the system. There are a lot of misconceptions about refrigerant in your air conditioning system, and how it works to keep your home cool. Understanding that is key to understanding just how your system keeps your home cool.

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Check Your AC for Signs of Trouble

March 13th, 2018

air-conditioning-maintenanceWith spring on the way, the time has come to dust off your air conditioner and get it ready for summer. And the last thing you want to happen is to have a breakdown in the middle of one of those 105°F days when the sidewalks themselves seem to be melting. You never want to let problems with air conditioners take you by surprise. The time to check is now, before the weather gets hot.

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