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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Common Causes of Residential Water Pressure Problems

Owning your own home is a great accomplishment, but it is also a huge responsibility. There are a lot of potential problems that can develop with the various systems in your home, such as your HVAC, electrical or plumbing systems. One of the most common plumbing problems that homeowners encounter is poor water pressure. However, just because this is a common problem does not mean that it is not a serious one. Yes, low water pressure can be quite frustrating, but this is far from the only reason to consider scheduling prompt plumbing services to resolve the issue. The fact of the matter is that low water pressure is often a symptom of a less obvious problem with your plumbing. Only a licensed, professional plumber can get to the root of the problem with certainty, which is why you must enlist the help of a trained technician ASAP.

If the pipes in your home are old, and you have hard water without a water treatment system, then they may be subject to the accumulation of mineral deposits. Over time, such deposits can reduce water flow, and thus cause pressure issues. A professional plumber has the tools and training necessary to inspect your pipes thoroughly and to clear and clean them out as needed.

Another reason you may experience low water pressure in your home, and probably the most urgent, is the development of a leak in your plumbing system. There are a few reasons why leaks are such a serious issue. First of all, it does not take all that much water to do serious damage to your home. Keep an eye out for brown stains or other evidence of water loose in the house. Secondly, there are many water leaks that are not immediately obvious. You may have a slab leak, for instance, which occurs beneath the concrete slab that your home rests on. Hidden leaks can also occur behind walls and under floors, or in that corner of the basement that you never look at. The sooner that any water leaks are resolved, the better. Low water pressure is the symptom of a serious plumbing problem, not something designed to cause you grief (though it does that, too)

Not all causes of decreased water pressure are located in your home, of course. If there is nothing wrong with the plumbing in your home, problems with the municipal water system may be to blame. Their plumbing equipment is every bit as susceptible to operational and conditional problems as residential equipment is. If you cannot get to the bottom of your low water pressure, contact your municipal water department to inquire about any problems on their end which may be causing the pressure to drop in your home.

We hope that you have found this information helpful and that it helps you to better understand the urgency of resolving problems with your water pressure. Contact us if you wish to learn more about potential problems with your plumbing system. It is important that you have some working knowledge about the residential comfort systems upon which you rely each and every day.


Allergy Relief: How to Breathe Easier in Your Home

There are certain times of the year when it seems like those of us with allergies are just doomed to be miserable. As beautiful and comfortable as spring may be, it also brings on a deluge of allergens. This can really hinder your enjoyment of the season if you have allergic reactions to pollen and other substances that come with spring. All hope is not lost, though. There are plenty of allergy medicines on the market today that can help you go along your daily business. However, you don’t want to be constantly treating the symptoms, especially when you are at home. Attacking the root of the problem is a much more effective means of breathing easier in your house. Here are some ideas to help you reduce the effects of your allergy symptoms when at home.

First things first, a problem with seasonal allergies gives you great motivation for keeping up with housework. If you allow dust and dander to build up within your home, you can expect those pollutants to take a toll on your allergies. The longer you allow for these allergens to build up, the bigger the problem at hand. By maintaining a regular cleaning schedule, you can enjoy a more pleasant living environment while also keeping your home more presentable.

Another way to reduce the risk of aggravating allergy symptoms is to invest in a whole house air purifier. There is an air filter in your HVAC system, as you know, but the primary function of this air filter is to protect the inner components of your heating and cooling equipment. If you want to boost indoor air quality to alleviate your allergy symptoms, you may need a more efficient air filter or even an electronic air purifier. This is a very effective means by which to improve the quality of the air throughout your entire house so that you won’t suffer from severe allergy symptoms.

Also, while it may seem counterintuitive it is also important that your home be well ventilated if you want to maintain high indoor air quality. You may want to seal your home up to keep allergens out, but you also risk trapping allergens in your house by doing so, at which point they will just continuously make their way throughout your air distribution system. Plus, if you are running your heater or air conditioner, recycling that air over and over can lead to stale, low air quality. Proper ventilation is the key to comfortable living.

If you have any questions about the ways in which you can combat allergies by improving the quality of the air in your home, call an indoor air quality specialist. Some people are always going to have to medicate their allergies, especially if symptoms are severe. Supplementing such measures with these practices, however, is a great way to enjoy a cleaner, more healthful living environment. Give us a call today to get the products and services you need to breathe easier.