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Prevent Wear and Tear on Your AC with these Tips

May 18th, 2015

Air conditioning components tend to experience some level of wear and tear over time. But you can reduce the amount of damage that occurs over the years by following these AC tips. Some of the most common and costly repair issues that occur with air conditioners are preventable, so you should try to do everything you can to maintain your AC and keep it around for longer. Continue Reading

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

May 11th, 2015

A sump pump is a device which can keep your basement from flooding, an event that can happen in any area at any time. Sump pumps are particularly important in areas prone to floods or homes in areas with high water tables. But many homes can benefit from a sump pump, as flooding can damage the foundation of your home, lead to mold development, and ruin valuable items. Continue Reading

Is It Time for an Air Conditioning Replacement?

May 4th, 2015

The weather is heating up fast, and it’s just about time to start switching on the AC, if you haven’t done so already. But if your air conditioning system is old and worn down, it takes a lot longer for your home to get comfortable. So is it time for a replacement? Of course, you want to keep a costly piece of equipment like an AC around for as long as possible—but not if this is going to end up costing you even more in the event of a sudden breakdown. Continue Reading

Now Is the Best Time for an AC Tune Up!

April 27th, 2015

If you’ve ever had to deal with an air conditioning breakdown right in the middle of a hot summer day, you know just how much of a hassle it can be. You have to take time away from your busy day to wait for repairs, and you are stuck with an unexpected cost on top of it all. Have you considered scheduling air conditioning maintenance today to prevent such breakdowns from occurring later on? Continue Reading

Could You Have a Clog in Your Main Sewer Line?

April 20th, 2015

The plunger is a trusted tool to use during any minor drain clog. If the blockage is near enough to the opening of the drain, the plunger should allow the blockage to become loose enough to move into the sewer line. Some drain clogs, however, are not so simple to deal with. If the clog is far down in the sewer line, there is very little you can do to fix the issue on your own. Calling a professional plumber is your best choice, as this can lead to some unwelcome sewage backup later on. Here’s how you can tell if you have a clog in the main line. Continue Reading

How Hydro Jetting Helps Your Drains

April 13th, 2015

For most homeowners, it’s not a matter of whether they will encounter a drain clog at some point in their homeownership: it’s when. Drain clogs are a near inevitability in plumbing systems, and most people have already dealt with one at some point in time. In many cases, you can dislodge the blockage with a simple home plunger (and perhaps a little bit of strength and skill). But this is only really possible for drain clogs close to the opening of the drain. Continue Reading

3 Water Treatment Systems to Consider

April 6th, 2015

Many homeowners use water pitchers with built-in filtration systems so that their drinking water is clear and fresh. But what about the water you use for other purposes around the house? Every time you shower, cook, rinse dishes, wash vegetables, or brush your teeth, you most likely use the water straight from the tap. Shouldn’t you filter this water as well?

Before water reaches your home, it goes through a municipal water treatment process, which includes thorough treatment processes including coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, and chlorination. These processes are meant to target the water contaminants most common to your area, but water may continue to pick up pollutants on the way to your home. Furthermore, some homeowners object to the use of chemicals in the water treatment process, and there is likely some amount of sediment in your water that could affect your pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances.

The best way to be sure that none of these contaminants harm your family is by installing a whole-home water filter. These are installed right where the water supply reaches your home, so you can feel confident turning on a tap anywhere in your house.

  • Absorption Filter – This is the filter you probably think about when you think about water filtration systems. An absorbent medium such as charcoal allows water to pass through but traps many of the most common contaminants that affect water supplies.
  • Reverse Osmosis System – A reverse osmosis system is capable of eliminating the contaminants that most water treatment systems miss. While a whole-home filter can target some specific contaminants, it’s likely to miss some bacteria and viruses, as well as any chemicals used in the municipal water treatment process. A reverse osmosis system contains a semi-permeable membrane through which only water can pass.
  • Water Softener – Water softeners remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium. As these move through the pipes, mineral deposits collect inside, and may begin to block the pipes or cause trouble for your fixtures and appliances like dishwashers.

Call the friendly technicians at Advanced Home Services to discuss your water treatment options on Idaho Falls, ID.

Common Sprinkler System Repairs

April 3rd, 2015

When the hot weather arrives in the late spring and summer, your home’s sprinkler system will become invaluable. An effective sprinkler system for your property lowers the amount of work you have to do to maintain an attractive lawn and garden and allow you to head off on a vacation with the confidence that the regular watering will still get done.

Even with the most advanced sprinkler system installed, you may still encounter malfunctions that will require professionals to fix them. Advanced Home Services can deliver the quality repairs for your sprinkler system in Pocatello, ID that you may need this spring and summer. We also install new sprinkler systems and upgrade aging and out of date equipment so that your lawn and property receive the best care possible through the hot months. Call us today for fast and reliable service.

Some of the more common repairs for sprinkler systems

Replacing damaged or broken piping is a frequent repair, although it is more common with older sprinklers that have aging and outdated piping material. Tree roots tend to burrow toward the moisture and warmth around sprinkler pipes, and they can infiltrate and break the piping, leading to leaking. If you notice water pooling on your yard in places where it shouldn’t be, you might need to have a broken sprinkler pipe replaced.

Another component of a sprinkler system that sometimes needs replacement is the sprinkler head. The sprinkler heads can pick up dirt and stones that will block them, although this is usually easy to clean. But if a sprinkler head becomes cracked or begins to spray water in bizarre directions, you will probably need a repair technician to replace it.

Advanced modern sprinkler systems use a control panel to operate and regulate them, and sometimes the trouble with a malfunctioning set of sprinklers originates in malfunctions in the control panel, such as dirty or corroded wiring. A repair technician will find out if the issues you are experiencing come from control panel malfunctions, and then provide the necessary repairs to restore the system.

We suggest that you schedule routine inspections to help maintain your sprinkler system before it starts working each year. Our technicians at Advanced Home Services are glad to help you start off the watering season with some simple checks that will help prevent damage from occurring. Give us a call today and we’ll see that your sprinkler system in Pocatello, ID stays in excellent shape for the rest of the year.

Prepare Your Sprinkler System after Winter

March 25th, 2015

Before the winter starts, it’s important that you properly prepare your home’s sprinkler system to make it through the icy weather. Just a bit of winterization goes a long way toward preventing serious damage to the fittings, valves, pipes, and the sprinklers themselves.

But when spring comes around again, don’t just run to turn the sprinklers right back on: the irrigation system for your home shouldn’t be woken up abruptly after a long winter hibernation—it may be a bit grumpy! You need to take a few steps to see that the system won’t damage itself after a few months of inaction, and that you won’t run into repair problems in the near future.

If you do encounter trouble with your sprinklers this spring, call up Advanced Home Services. We provide comprehensive repair and maintenance for sprinkler systems in Idaho Falls, ID and the surrounding areas. With our help, your sprinklers should keep working for many years with few problems.

Steps to ready your sprinklers for spring

The biggest danger to your sprinkler system if your turn all the zones on abruptly after a long period of inaction is a spike in air pressure. This occurs because water rushes into an empty pipe and the air inside has no chance to escape. The result is often a burst pipe or a sprinkler that gets blown right out of grass, leaving water to geyser all over the lawn. You may have encountered a minor version of this with your indoor plumbing: a knocking sound from the pipes whenever you shut off a tap that’s known as water hammer.

If your sprinkler system has pressure relief valves, you need to open them up and remove the air from the pipes. If the system lacks these valves, the best approach is to remove the sprinkler heads. You don’t have to remove every one, only the ones located at the highest points of each of the zones.

Now that you’ve removed water pressure along the lines, begin to fill the system slowly. Fill the main line first, then go to other zones and fill them one at a time. If you have an automated system, don’t use it yet: do all these steps with the manual valves so you can open them slowly. It can take around a half hour to fill up each of the zones, so don’t attempt to rush.

Once you have filled up the entire sprinkler system with water, give each of the separate zones a test run for a few minutes to see if the spray comes out evenly from each sprinkler head and that they are clearing the ground. This is the time to check if there are any blockages in the fixtures or leaks around the sprinkler heads. If you notice issues like this, it’s best to call for a repair technician to take care of them.

When you are done with the above precautions, you should have a sprinkler system ready to care for your property through spring and summer. Advanced Home Services is here whenever you need additional help with sprinkler systems in Idaho Falls, ID. You can reach us any time for emergency services.

Things You Shouldn’t Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

March 20th, 2015

Garbage disposals seem like tough devices that can take anything you might be able to dish out (literally dish out!) and grind it down to fit into the wastewater system. But although garbage disposal manufacturers like InSinkErator make their products with durability uppermost in mind, these appliances are still susceptible to damage if the wrong items go down into them.

Advanced Home Services provides excellent garbage disposal repair for home plumbing in Rigby, ID. But we would also like to help you avoid unnecessary issues with the disposal that serves your kitchen. Here are a few items which you should not put down your garbage disposal:

  • Your hand: We hope this would be obvious, but just in case, never stick your hand down into the disposal in an attempt to dislodge something that has become stuck inside it. Call on a professional plumber to fix the problem instead.
  • Solid food waste: This covers such things as bones and un-popped popcorn kernels. A good rule of thumb to use when considering what food waste should or shouldn’t go into a garbage disposal is to never put any food product into one that your teeth can’t chew. If you teeth can’t handle it, the disposal can’t either.
  • Liquid fat, oil, and grease: These items are the general enemy of all kitchen drains, not exclusively the disposal. Although seemingly innocuous in liquid form, they solidify as they cool, and can jam up the mechanical parts of the disposal, leading to its motor burning out.
  • Rice and pasta: These items may seem surprising to people, since they look innocent enough as food items that a disposal could handle easily. However, both pasta and rice soak up water and enlarge; should they become caught inside a disposal, they can create major problems as they swell up.

If you take good care of your garbage disposal and keep these items out of it (most you can remove to a separate trash receptacle), it should take good care of you for many years.

However, some repair services will probably be inevitable. When you require repairs for your kitchen plumbing in Rigby, ID, you only need to give Advanced Home Services a call to have it remedied fast and accurately. We have 24-hour emergency service available for when those disposal repairs cannot wait.