During the summer, your sprinklers are running constantly to keep your lawn looking pristine. But what happens when something goes wrong? Believe it or not, sprinkler problems are incredibly common this time of year. Here are a few typical issues you might encounter:
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Are you noticing that your house feels uncomfortably warm, even with the AC on? Your windows might be the culprit. According to the Department of Energy, about 76% of the sunlight that falls on your windows during the summer will enter your home as heat. If your windows don’t protect well against heat, your HVAC unit may struggle to keep your home cool and drive up your air conditioning bill. Luckily, there’s an easy solution – installing heat efficiency windows and solar control film.
Heat efficiency windows are specifically designed to block sunlight and prevent heat gain. When selecting heat efficiency windows, the Department of Energy recommends windows with ENERGY STAR labels, low-emissivity coatings and a low solar heat gain coefficient. While you’re shopping, it’s important to keep in mind that heat efficiency windows are typically more expensive than standard windows.
If you don’t have the budget for heat efficiency windows, installing solar control film is a more affordable option. Solar control film will protect your windows against heat from sunlight and ultraviolet rays. There are many different types of film, but most are transparent and can be applied in half an hour or less. You can purchase solar control film online or at your local hardware store.
Have you noticed lately that your shower is slowly draining excess water, or that the drain is completely clogged? We’ve all dealt with shower drain issues before, but it shouldn’t be a regular occurrence. Before attempting to fix the problem on your own, it’s important to diagnose the underlying cause. Here are a few common reasons why your shower drain might be clogged:
No matter the cause, there are a few simple home remedies that you can try. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to break up any debris. If that doesn’t work, try pouring equal parts of baking soda and vinegar into the drain, let the mixture sit for 15-30 minutes and then rinse with boiling water. You can also manually remove the clog with a drain snake, pliers or your own hands (don’t forget to wear gloves). If these remedies don’t do the trick, it might be time to call a professional. Luckily, the plumbing team at Gilman is here to help! Give us a call at (804)-329-1800 or use our online scheduling tool today.
Now that spring is here and the weather is starting to turn, you’re probably thinking about turning on your air conditioning. But what happens if your air conditioner isn’t working? This is where regular HVAC maintenance comes in handy.
Typically, you should have your HVAC system serviced at least once a year to check for any issues. It’s best to do this during the spring time before you need to use your air conditioning. Regular service can help prolong the life of your system by addressing any issues before they get worse. You’re also more likely to avoid any sudden (and costly) repairs, which saves you money in the long-term.
It can be easy to forget about servicing your HVAC system every year – but our Comfort Plan program can take care of that for you. We’ll perform maintenance on both your heating and air conditioning systems in one visit. We also offer discounts on repairs to all Comfort Plan members. If your system needs servicing or you’d like to sign up for our Comfort Plan, give us a call at 804-329-1800 or schedule an appointment online!
Did you know that a leaky faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year? With every drip, your money is slowly going down the drain. Here are a few common problems that can cause a leaky faucet: