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The Advantage of a Service Contract in an Emergency Situation

As I write this, the outside temperature is 9 degrees. Our colder-than-usual winter has created a tremendous demand for emergency services as older furnaces breakdown due to the increased energy demands and pipes freeze and burst. Our service technicians at Summers & Zim’s are working around the clock to do repairs or replace heating systems. Read more »

Mark Your Water Shutoff Valves to be Ready for Emergencies

In water emergencies, such as burst pipes, the first thing you should do is shut off the water. Does everyone in your house know where the water shutoff valves are for outside faucets, water to bathrooms and kitchen sink/fridge, water connections at the washing machine, at any water filtration systems, and the main water flow into the house? Read more »

Be Careful with Candles at New Year’s Eve Parties

New Year’s eve is a big party time, and at this time of year people often have candles burning to add to the festive atmosphere. Over the last 10 years, fires caused by candles have tripled, so here are some tips to keep you safe. Read more »

Christmas Tree Lights Can be a Hazard

Christmas trees are an important part of our holiday traditions. But they can also be a source of holiday disaster. Christmas tree fires are still common. The leading cause of Christmas tree fires is the lights, cords, and plugs. Read more »

Happy Holidays to All Our Customers & Employees

We hope you and your family have a joyous holiday this year. As you celebrate, entertain, and enjoy the season with family and friends, remember that we at Summers and Zim’s are available, even on Christmas Day, if you have any kind of heating or plumbing emergency. Read more »

Have a Safe Holiday Season

December is the start of the peak season for house fires. More house fires happen in December through February than other months of the year. Heating equipment is the leading cause – mostly from portable or fixed space heaters. Read more »

Keep Outside Vents Clear of Snow

The outside vents for your furnace are most often placed either on your roof or on the side of your home above the exposed foundation wall. Both places have the potential for getting snowed-in during heavy winter snows. It’s important to keep them clear of snow so they can vent properly. Read more »

Planning a Bathroom Remodel? Call Your Plumber First

Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular home makeover projects. With the average cost of a remodel at $18,000, and many costs topping $35,000, it is easy to get caught up in the fun decisions such as colors, countertops, flooring, tub/shower space, etc. But it is important to know how your remodel ideas work with your existing plumbing. Read more »

Trends in Bathroom Makeovers

In a recent survey conducted by the online decorating website, Houzz, readers chose the bathroom as the room in the house where they would most want to add another TV. That’s just one of the many trends in bathroom makeovers. Read more »

Windy Days Expose Your Energy Leaks

Windy winter days are when you really notice where your energy leaks are. If your curtains and blinds billow or your shutters rattle on windy days it’s a sure-sign that you are losing a lot of heat. Read more »

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