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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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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.

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 »

Tips to Keep Stink Bugs out of your Home

Warm weather in October means the stink bugs are active. But when the temperatures drop from warm to cold, they’ll invade your home seeking out warm places to stay for the winter. Chances are you’ve seen these pests on your screens and windows. Use these tips to be sure they stay outside. Read more »

Keep the Bottom of Your Downspouts Free of Debris

Gutters are especially important in summer when thunderstorms bring torrential rain and heavy winds. Debris from plants, landscaping and trees can quickly blow into piles at the bottom of your downspouts. Read more »

The Right Landscaping Can Save Water

As you start thinking about new landscaping for your yard this spring, keep in mind that the plants you choose can affect your water usage.

Choosing plants that have low water requirements means your plants will stay healthy with normal amounts of rain, and if there are dry spells, you’ll water less often. Read more »

Stink Bugs Could be in Your Furnace/AC Vents

Stink bugs are a menace. And they could be an even bigger menace to you this spring if they’re in your heating system.

In cold weather stink bugs look for warm places to stay, and they love heating systems. Sometimes there are so many stink bugs they can block the ductwork. They also get trapped in the filters. If you have a service contract with Summers & Zim’s we’ll check for stink bugs as part of your contract maintenance. Read more »

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless gas that can cause severe health problems or even death. CO is produced by the process of combustion. Therefore, we can encounter CO in much of our everyday lives. You will find that CO is generated by items such as gas appliances, furnaces, water heaters, automobiles, charcoal grills, generators, yard equipment, fork lifts, fireplaces, wood stoves, etc. Anywhere there is combustion; there is Carbon Monoxide. Read more »

Has Your Home Been Tested for Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that’s produced naturally in soil due to decay of uranium found in most soils. It can get into your home through cracks or holes in your foundation or around pipes. Read more »

When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Dryer Vent?

Even though you clean your lint filter after every use of your dryer, there is always lint that will get through and travel into your dryer vent. Eventually lots of lint can get trapped in the vent, which can be a potential fire hazard. Read more »

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