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Estimating Hot Water Needs
First Aid For The Homeowner
Keep The Comfort In Your Home
Take The Plunge - Tip Of The Month



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Estimating Hot Water Needs: What Size Should You Get?
In general, your hot water needs can be measured by the number of bathrooms in your house. The smallest size unit for a one-bathroom house should be 30 or 40 gallons, in either gas or electric. For a 1 1/2-bath house, 40 gallons is minimum. For a 2- to 3 1/2-bath house, choose a 50-gallon gas heater or a 66- to 80-gallon electric one.
Keep The Comfort Inside Your Home

When the cold weather strikes, you don't hesitate to grab all the appropriate gear to protect your body from the cold air when you go outside. So why not do the same for your home?

Keeping cold, winter air out of your home is not as simple as closing all the windows and doors. Every crack, open space and anything connected from the outside of your home can let in cold air, making your energy bill higher than it needs to be.

First Aid For The Homeowner
All of us in the home service business know that there's no such thing as a non-emergency call. To a homeowner with no heat in winter, no air conditioning in summer, a plugged toilet, broken pipes, no hot water or an unwanted wading pool in the basement, it is always an emergency. Especially when the breakdown occurs at exactly the wrong time. As it always does.
Take The Plunge - Tip Of The Month:

We ask of our plumbing two simple things - water in and water out. Sometimes that's not always the case. A frequent problem, kitchen clogs, are most often caused by fats that have been liquefied by hot water from the sink or dishwasher to flow down the drain. As the water cools, however, and before it reaches the main sewer, the fatty deposits cool and solidify along the walls of your pipes. Over time, these deposits trap debris and before long, the pipe is clogged shut.

Best tip: Don't let grease go down the drain! Scrape fats away into a tin can, and throw it into the wastebasket. Always run your garbage disposal with plenty of cold water.

If your drain does get clogged, try a plunger. If you are working in a kitchen with a double sink, seal the drain on the other side with a small towel. Seal the mouth of the plunger over the clogged drain, and pump vigorously several times.

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