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Please take a moment to read our FAQ’s to find answers to common issues & questions, or contact us today to speak with a trained professional.

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How Often Should I Have Furnace Maintenance Performed?

Most manufacturers recommend annual check ups of your furnace by trained technicians. This helps to insure that the system is running at peak efficiency and that all components are functioning properly. This type of routine maintenance helps extend the life of your furnace and air conditioner.

How Do I Know If My Furnace Should Be Replaced?

The average furnace lifespan is 10-15 years. The older the unit, the less efficient it operates at, causing it to run more often which will increase your utility bill. Even if your heating system is working fine, it may still be worth making the transition to a new model for increased energy efficiency or home value. You also may qualify for focus on energy tax credits.

Is There Really a Difference Between Hard & Soft Water?

Yes, and the difference can be damaging to your home and your health. If you have experienced damaged clothing from the laundry, excessive soap consumption, faucet or fixture staining or deterioration, skin conditions, pipe scale, or funny tasting or smelling water, you may want to consider a water conditioning system.  A water softener system could solve all these issues.

What Causes My Faucet to Drip?

When a faucet is dripping, a new faucet is not always the best answer. Replacing internal mechanisms may be all that needs to be done to stop the drip.

My Water Heater is Leaking. Can This Be Fixed?

Leaking water heaters usually indicate that the bottom of the tank has rusted. There is no repair for this problem. You most likely need a new water heater when this problem occurs.

What Can Roots Do To My Sewer Line?

Whether you are on a city sewer, or have a septic system, roots can be a headache. Roots from trees and shrubs can completely fill a pipe with hair like masses. These masses can quickly clog from toilet tissue, grease, and other debris, resulting in restricted flow and possible backing up in your basement or even plumbing fixtures. If left untreated, they could expand causing popes to crack or collapse, which requires repairs or replacement. Root treatments can assist in preventing these issues.

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