6 Steps for Winterizing Your Home’s Plumbing

September 13, 2022

During winter, temperature drops can cause pipes to freeze and burst. Winterizing prepares household plumbing for these freezing temperatures. As water freezes, it expands and becomes ice. This produces pressure within the pipes that could cause damage. 1. Shut off the Main Water Valve Shutoff valves are located near the main water meter in a home. Shutting off the main water valve is typically done if you are temporarily vacating the home and relocating to a warmer climate for the winter. 2. Drain Your Pipes If you are leaving your home

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Successfully Flushing a Water Heater’s Tank

August 15, 2022

Your hot water heater tank doesn’t get buildup in it often, but it’s wise to check it yearly and flush it every one to three years. Minerals and other things in clean water can build up in the tank, so flushing it will help purify your water even more. It will also help extend the life of the hot water heater. The following covers the steps of flushing a water heater tank. Checking the Water Heater Type and Setup The first thing to do is double check on the water heater you have. Gas and

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Flushable Wipes: Are They Safe for Your Plumbing?

July 20, 2022

Flushable wipes have become increasingly popular in recent years. They come in various sizes and have different uses. Some are for medicinal use, while others are for cosmetic use only. Most people assume they are flushable. But are they really? The answer is a definite no. Let us delve deeper and understand why this is so. Why Are Flushable Wipes an Issue? At Fix-A-Leak Plumbing and Heating, we have dealt with many plumbing issues caused by so-called flushable wipes. The main reason that these wipes are such a problem is due to the fact that

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3 Reasons Why PEX Plumbing Is Bad

June 13, 2022

The plumbing industry is constantly evolving, and new products are always being introduced to the market. One of the latest innovations in plumbing is PEX tubing. This product has become very popular in recent years, but many people are wary as to whether it is beneficial to use PEX tubing in their homes or not. PEX has several serious drawbacks that make it a poor choice for most homeowners. Below are some of those drawbacks. 1. Susceptible to UV Light Damage PEX plumbing is made of plastic that is susceptible to damage from ultraviolet (UV) light

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Unclog Your AC Drain Lines

May 19, 2022

Is your air conditioner emitting a musty odor? Are you noticing a lack of cool air? You may be experiencing issues because your AC’s drain line is clogged. This line is responsible for safely removing water from the system so it doesn’t leak into your home. Here’s how you can easily unclog your drain line. Removing Drain Line Clogs Start the process by turning off your air conditioner. The drain line should be a white PVC pipe that starts at your AC unit and leads outside. Ensure no dirt or clogs are stopping the water from

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Does It Matter Where You Place Your Thermostat?

April 19, 2022

You’re probably familiar with many of the things that affect your home’s climate. A few of the biggest factors are HVAC maintenance, cleaning habits, and how often you replace your air filters. However, one factor that many homeowners aren’t aware of is the placement of the thermostat. Believe it or not, where you choose to place it can have a significant impact on your household comfort. Why Does Thermostat Placement Matter? Your thermostat works by monitoring the temperature around it to determine if it’s too hot or too cold for your preferences. Then, it relays that

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3 Reasons That Buying a Used Furnace Isn’t a Great Idea

March 18, 2022

Whether you’re buying a new furnace because yours is old and inefficient or because the last one broke down beyond repair, the sticker shock of a new unit can be overwhelming. In this state, you may start looking at used models, hoping to save a few hundred bucks. In most cases, buying a used furnace simply isn’t a good idea, and here’s why. 1. No Warranty A warranty on your furnace helps pay for yearly maintenance appointments as well as any repairs. It also protects you in case of manufacturer defects for a certain

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Possible Causes of Low Water Pressure

February 15, 2022

Low water pressure in your home is a massive inconvenience. It can affect your comfort, hygiene, and ability to complete household chores. If you don’t know what’s causing the problem, it will be much harder for you to find a remedy. It’s wise to learn about low water pressure and the most common reasons it happens. Clogged Pipes If you don’t have a water-softening system, the water flowing through your home’s pipes will contain molecules of magnesium and calcium. When the water passes through, residues from those minerals can get left behind. Eventually, enough can

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Key Factors Influencing Water Quality

January 10, 2022

Access to clean water keeps you and your family away from any diseases. Moreover, drinking enough water will keep you and your family members healthy. However, many homeowners in Suffolk County don’t think about water quality until they receive a boil water notice or discover a change in their water. If you want to learn how to improve water quality in your home, read on to discover the most significant factors that influence water quality. Sedimentation and Runoff Although runoff and sedimentation are normal, extreme sedimentation and runoff can lower water quality. Water

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3 Ways You Can Determine the Energy Efficiency of Your Heater

December 20, 2021

The efficiency of your heater is not something that you should overlook. If you are using a lot of energy to heat your home, then it might be time for a change. At Fix-A-Leak Plumbing & Heating, we will help you find a better option by showing you how to determine the energy efficiency of your current heater and what types of options are available on the market. 1. Age of Your Heating System Heaters tend to be more efficient when they are newer. As your heater ages, it might start using up more energy than

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