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How to Keep Your Sump Pump in Good Condition

It was a wet winter, and so far it’s been a wet spring. To be sure your basement stays dry this spring, be sure your sump pump is in good working condition. Read more »

We Install the New Kohler Radio Shower Head

If you’ve seen the TV commercials for the Kohler Moxie shower head, and you want something to sing about, give us a call.  Our plumbers can obtain and install it for you. Read more »

Which Heating Systems Have the Highest Fuel Costs?

With snow in tomorrow’s forecast it seems like this winter just won’t end. When you look at your heating bills you realize just how expensive this long winter has been. If it has you thinking about replacing your existing heating system before next winter, here are the average energy costs of the four most common heating fuels based on usage in the northeastern part U.S. Read more »

Get Ducts Cleaned before Spring Pollen Season

Did you know that just .04 of an inch of dust on your heating coil can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system by 21%? And, if that amount of dust builds up on your fan the loss of efficiency is almost 50%. Heating systems have been working harder than ever this past winter, which makes it even more important to get them checked and have new, clean filters put in now. Read more »

Are You Prepared for a Plumbing Emergency?

When an appliance failure causes a toilet, washing machine, or dishwasher to overflow, are you ready for a plumbing emergency? It’s important to get the water flow stopped immediately then clean any water on the floor before it causes major damage. Here are a few tips. Read more »

How to Avoid Water Damage to Your Home

The good news is that the snow is melting and we’re seeing some 50-degree temperatures! But when rain comes with the snowmelt, be sure all the water has some place to go instead of inside your home. Read more »

Time to Check Your Sump Pump

When temperatures get above freezing and the snow melts, there will be a lot of moisture in the ground. If we have a rainy spring along with the snow melt, there are sure to be a lot of wet basements. Read more »

A Service Contract Reminder

The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is right on target when it comes to having a service contract for your plumbing and HVAC. At Summers & Zim’s a service contract means that all your equipment gets checked and routine maintenance is done so you don’t have to worry about breakdowns. But the most important part of a service contract is that when you have an emergency, you go to the top of the list for service. With the severe winter we’ve just experienced, our technicians were busy 100% of the time taking care of service contract customers. We simply were not able to get to the non-service contract requests quickly because demand was so high. Now is the time to make sure you are always a priority. If you don’t have a service contract, call us at 610-593-5129 and we’ll set one up. Spring will be here soon and it’s a good time to get a post-winter, pre-summer service done to be sure all your equipment is in great condition. And, it gets you at the top of the list for any weather emergencies.

Check Downspouts, Gutters, and Drains to Avoid Water Backup and Damage

With the heavy amounts of snow this winter, we already know we’re in for a soggy spring. As all the snow melts the ground gets over-saturated. Water from melting snow on the roof will run through downspouts and can pool along the foundation of your home where it can seep into your walls and cause mildew, molds, and structural damage. Read more »

After a Long, Cold Winter, An Air Scrubber May be Essential

For months your home has had no fresh air. Sub zero temperatures and heavy snowfalls have had us all keeping windows and doors tightly closed. During that time odors from cooking, dander from pets, and everyday dust and dirt have all been affecting the quality of your indoor air. It may be many more weeks before outdoor temperatures are high enough to allow fresh air inside. Read more »

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