Plumbing Emergency? What Would You Do?

Plumbing disasters can be a hassle to deal with and usually happen at the worst possible time.  

To make matters even worse, most  plumbing emergencies  involve water and waste materials openly flowing or leaking into common living areas and can cause severe damage, as well as severe discomfort.

While we all wish plumbing emergencies never happened, it is important to know the steps to take when they  do  happen.  Reacting properly to an emergency can save money and help restore peace of mind.

  • If there’s a leak or a break in the line, the first thing you need to do is shut off the main water line.
  • Your water main is typically located at the front or rear of your house.
  • Once you locate the controls, close off the line by turning the tap clockwise.
  • If the leak or break is at your toilet, turning off the cistern stop (usually located behind the toilet and connected to the wall) will properly isolate the problem.
  • After your leak or break is properly contained, the next step should be to call a trusted emergency plumbing service.
    • Be sure to properly explain the emergency to the specialist and make sure they know exactly what the problem is.

Unless you are an expert plumber, it is not a good idea to attempt to  fix the problem yourself  since you could potentially make it worse. If the above steps have been followed, then the best thing to do is to wait for the plumber to show up and fix your problem.

Estes Heating & Air  is proud to introduce  Estes Plumbing , our newest division; dedicated to the same high standards of quality we’ve held ourselves to for the last 60+ years.

How to Avoid Plumbing Disasters

When you own your own home, it’s important to be mindful of the steps you can take to avoid costly emergency repairs.  To avoid a plumbing disaster and the expense that goes along with an emergency plumbing repair , there are a few basic preventative steps you can take.

  1. First, make sure you and everyone in your household is ready for a broken pipe.  Broken pipes can quickly flood your home and cost thousands to repair the water damage after a plumbing emergency .  Just teaching everyone where the water shut off valve is located and how to use it, can prevent an expensive emergency plumbing repair as well as the expenses related to fixing water damage.
  2. Secondly, have a plunger on hand to tackle clogged toilets and drains.  Even better, have a plunger in each bathroom.  Having more than one plunger not only means one will always be handy, but also two plungers are necessary to unclog a bathtub drain or a double-well kitchen sink.
  3. Lastly, have a drain pan installed underneath you hot water heater.  Water heaters hold a surprising amount of water, and if yours should fail, you could easily find yourself with a huge, expensive mess on your hands.  However, with a drain pan installed under your water heater the water drains out of— not into—your home.

One final consideration: Check to see if your home has polybutylene pipes .  These pipes were installed in homes between 1978 and 1995, and at the time were seen as the pipes of the future.  Unfortunately, this piping ages quickly and when it gives out, you’re likely to have an expensive repair bill to deal with.  The best preventative measure you can make with this type of piping is to have your home re-piped.  Although this may seem an expensive preventative measure, it may end up saving you money in the long run.

Estes Heating & Air is proud to introduce Estes Plumbing , our newest division; dedicated to the same high standards of quality we’ve held ourselves to for the last 60+ years.

Ways to Save Money on Your Heating and Cooling Costs

In today’s economic times, we’re all looking for ways to save some money .  We’re also mindful of our impact on the environment.  By reducing how much power we use for our heating and cooling, we are able to satisfy both our pocketbook, as well as our desire to lessen our environmental impact. 

There are several steps you can take to reduce your heating and cooling costs.

  • Check your home for leaks that let air in and out.  Then use caulk, foam board, weather stripping, and expandable sealant to fill in whatever gaps and leaks you find.  Especially check the following areas:  
  1. Attic for any cracks or areas that have opened enough to let air through.
  2. Basement to check for leaks around ductwork and plumbing pipes.
  3. Windows and doorframes for open areas.
  • Next, check your insulation levels.  Remember that for fiberglass or rock wool insulation you should have a minimum of 11” of insulation.  For cellulose insulation be sure you have at least 8”.
  • Take a look at how well your ducts are sealed.  Any ducts that aren’t sealed or don’t have adequate insulation should be resealed and/or insulated properly.
  • For maximum efficiency have your heating and cooling systems checked annually and repaired as necessary.
  • Install an energy efficient water heater and insulate it to save you money every day.
  • Install ceiling fans and use them.  Just remember that fans do not cool the air but move air to make it feel cooler.  Therefore you’re only wasting energy if they’re on while you’re not around.
  • Replace your air filters regularly to keep your heating and cooling systems working as efficiently as possible.
  • Use curtains and or blinds to let in or keep out heat.

If you are looking for an air conditioner specialist in the Atlanta area, consider using  Estes Heating and Air Conditioning .  We specialize in air conditioning repair, air conditioning replacement, and all other air conditioning services.

Brr It’s Cold Outside! Spring Forward on Tips for De-Winterizing an Air Conditioner

De-winterizing an air conditioner for the spring includes removing the cover, spot-checking for debris and damage, and inspecting the wiring. Brush the cobwebs off of your central air conditioning unit with information in this free video on heating and cooling the home.

 If you are looking for air conditioner specialists in the Atlanta area, consider Estes Heating and Air Conditioning .  We offer a range of air conditioning services and repair, and work not only on residential A/Cs, but commercial ones as well.  If you are interested in learning more about how Estes can help you, check us out online.

Winterize Your Home With These Easy Tips

Getting the most out of your heater is important during the coldest seasons. Keeping electric bills down, and energy efficiency up is an important factor in maximizing your home’s furnace. Here’s another helpful tip from expertvillage on how to winterize your home. Check out the video below for an easy way to make sure your home is ready for the winter season.

If you experience any heating or air conditioning needs this season we want you to know that at Estes Heating & Air Conditioning , “We’ll be there when you need us”. That’s our motto, and we stand by it. 

 

HVAC Preventative Maintenance

Why is HVAC maintenance important? 

 

This video shows you why you should keep your HVAC clean.  Preventative maintenance includes clearing debris away from the equipment, using cleaners to clean your condensing coil, and ensuring everything is running in good order. 

 

Keeping your HVAC system properly maintained will prevent any serious problems from arising and keep your air conditioning unit running smoothly. 

 

If you are looking for an air conditioner specialist in the Atlanta area, consider using Estes Heating and Air Conditioning .  We specialize in air conditioning repair, air conditioning replacement, and all other air conditioning services.

Happy New Year!

Estes Heating and Air Conditioning would like to wish you a very Happy New Year!