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What to Look Out for to Avoid Hiring Scammy or Unlicensed Contractors

Hiring an unlicensed contractor, or one who might scam you when seeking out plumbing or HVAC services in Pennsylvania, can be disastrous. When you need plumbing services, you want to be sure you’re hiring a certified, licensed plumber in Lancaster, PA or wherever you need service.

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The Benefits of Home Performance Testing

Of all the services that you engage for your home, one of the most neglected may be home performance testing. There are numerous benefits of home performance testing, and if you haven’t considered home performance testing in Westchester, PA, Coatesville, or homes throughout Lancaster and Chester County, you are missing out on an important opportunity.

Here’s a brief breakdown of the benefits of home efficiency testing in Lancaster, PA and beyond.

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How to Stop a Plumbing Problem Before It Becomes a Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing problems can be annoying, but plumbing emergencies can be disastrous. While plumbing emergencies can’t always be avoided, there are some signs to watch for that can help you stop a plumbing problem before it becomes a plumbing emergency.

Here’s an overview of some of the most common plumbing problems.

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What to Expect From a Trustworthy HVAC Technician

You’d prefer to never have need of an HVAC technician, but when you do need one, you want to know you’re getting one you can trust. You want an HVAC technician who is licensed and certified to work on your system and one you know will provide the service they promise at a fair price.

An unlicensed, untrustworthy HVAC technician is certainly not going to announce that fact to you, but you’ll find out when that technician reneges on any heating system service guarantees they offer when their work fails to fix your system, if they offer any guarantee at all.

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The Many Different Heating Systems Available to Homeowners

You rely on your heating system to get you through the tough cold spells of winter. But how well do you understand the type of heating system you have? Are you aware that there’s a wide variety of options when it comes to heating systems?

Here’s a brief breakdown of the many different types of heating systems available to homeowners and how they work.

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What to Expect From a Trustworthy Plumber

If you need plumbing services, it’s very important that those services come from a trustworthy plumber. Why is a trustworthy plumber so important? Because many plumbers can deceive you as to their level of expertise, licensure or certification. You may think you’re getting a certified, licensed plumber in Lancaster, PA, for example, when in fact you’re getting someone who wants to represent themselves as one but who lacks the requirements to be certified or licensed.

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Toilet Repairs May be Needed due to In-Tank Cleaners

Given the dirty nature of bathrooms, and toilets in particular, all homeowners want to find fast and easy ways to clean in these spaces. That’s why many choose to use the drop-in toilet cleaners that often come in the form of bleach-chlorine tablets. These tablets may seem like simple solutions, but they are often more trouble — and damage-causing — than they are worth.

If you use drop-in toilet cleaner tablets, we recommend you change to a different method for keeping your toilet bowl clean. You may like the fresh blue look of the water when using in-tank tablets, but you are actually damaging your toilet — and the long-term cost of repairs and replacements to your toilet far outweigh the short-term ease of dropping in a cleaning solution.

Here’s a look at how these drop-in tablets came to be, why they are harmful and what you can choose to do as an alternative:

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How to Know if the Air in Your House is Too Dry

In winter, we keep the windows and doors shut, run the furnace all the time, use our fireplaces and create really dry air inside our homes. That warm and toasty home feels good when it’s cold outside. But here are some signs the air in your home is too dry:

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Staff Spotlight: JoAnn McElhany

JoAnn McElhany is the friendly voice that our customers enjoy speaking with when calling our office. In addition to filling her responsibilities as Service Manager, where she handles technician scheduling, orders, parts, deals, warranties and customer relations. JoAnn also ensures that employees and their families are well-informed and taken care of. She often acts as a second mother to our staff when we have injuries or need advice. Read more »

Is Duct Cleaning a Requirement or a Myth?

The answer? It depends on your situation.

Systems made of duct board, flex duct or lined metal duct cannot be cleaned effectively without dismantling the duct and cleaning them by hand.  For homeowners with metal ducts, quality contractors have machines similar to enormous vacuum cleaners that are attached to the supply and returns. The process involves forcing compressed air through the duct system that flows towards a vacuum at the bottom, taking dirt with it as it goes. Read more »

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