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Gilman Plumbing 1You may think a dripping faucet is not really a big deal, or a small leaky pipe won't cause a problem. But, you are wrong. Just because a plumbing problem looks small, does not mean it cannot create massive damage.

Here are 4 reasons small leaks can become big problems:

1. Mold. Mold is one of those issues that you cannot see right away. It has a slow and steady growth, but once it's there, it is tough to remove. Little pipe leaks can cause massive mold issues.

2. Pests. Bugs and other creatures love moisture. By allowing that faucet to keep leaking, your drain stays wet. That creates a perfect breeding ground for insects. Not something you want in your home.

3. Ceiling and Wall Damage. Water can damage your ceilings and walls. Once water starts to get into these spaces it can cause dark spots that left, untreated, will break and tear open leave ceilings and walls exposed. Leaving water to sit in these spaces can leave stains in these areas as well.

4. Electrical Risk. Everyone knows water and electricity do not mix. If small leaks continue in your home, you risk them reaching any number of eletrical outlets or sources in your home. This is a dangerous situtation for you and your family.

If you are worried about your plumbing, give us a call today (804) 277-4241, or visit our plumbing page.

Spring HouseBefore you know it the warm weather will be here and you will be turing on your air conditioning to cool your home. As you get ready spring, the G-Man has a few tips"

1. Turn your AC on now. You will want to make sure it works before you actually need it. If you AC is blowing hot air, get it checked immediately.

2. Check the filters. This is an easy fix. Even when your air conditioning isn't running, the filters can still collect dust and other debris. Assess your filter before you turn on your AC. You may need to replace it.

3. Schedule a maintenance check. Doing this now will save you time and stress. Don't wait until it's hot and everyone else is also calling. Scheduling it now will leave you room to fix any issues before you need to crank the AC.

With these simple tips you can roll into spring knowing you and your family will be cool and comfortable.

Gathered around fireplace eating pizza iStock 846735214 800pxHave you noticed it takes longer for your home to warm up? Does your system seem to run all the time? It might be time for an upgrade to your HVAC system.

The G-Man shares 5 signs it's time:

1. Your HVAC system was installed before anyone knew what an iPhone was. In general, heating and cooling systems should be replaced every 10 to 15 years. 

2. Your energy bill is huge. If your HVAC is not running efficiently that can drive up the cost of your energy bill. An inefficient system can cost you.

3. Your HVAC technician has been to your house in the past year more than your best friend. If your HVAC unit constantly needs repairs, that is a sign it's time for a replacement. Spending money on repairs adds up, it's time to invest in a new unit.

4. Even though your unit runs constantly, everyone in your home is still cold. An under performing unit that is not working at full capacity is a sign it's time for a replacement. 

5. Your HVAC unit is noisy. If you notice excessive noise coming from your unit or the ducts, it's time to have a professional look at it.

Purchasing a new HVAC is an investment, but the right unit can save you money in the long run. Not only that, but your family will be more comfortable. If you are in the market for a new heating and cooling unit, don't forget about our Centennial Sale!

patrick perkins 340017 1Thinking about heading for warmer weather as winter bears down on Richmond? We don't blame you! But you do need to do a little prep work on your home before you go. 

1. Set your thermostat no lower than 50 degrees. Dominion Energy recommends settings between 60 and 50 degrees. The higher setting is if you have pets or indoor plants that need to stay a little warmer.

2. Turn on your faucets (just a trickle is fine) to keep water moving. You may be worried about wasting water, but a slow trickle won't waste much and it will certainly be better than flooding from burst pipes.

3. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow the warm air to reach those pipes.

4. Unplug all unneccessary appliances. Things like phone chargers and coffee makers can suck a lot of energy from your home while you are away.

5. Ask a friend or neighbor to check on your house. Having someone come by is the best way to make sure your home is okay while you are away. Leave them with a key so they can solve any problems that may arise.

If you do run into plumbing problems, call the G-Man! 

rawpixel com 445793 1Brrrr it's getting cold in Richmond! As we crank the heat in our homes it is important to keep a few safety tips in mind:

1. Keep flamable objects away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, furnaces, etc. 

2. Teach children about heat safety. Give them a 3 foot rule for the fire, oven and anything else that can burn them.

3. Do not use your oven to heat your home. As tempting as that may be when the power goes out, it is extremely dangerous.

4. Turn off space heaters when you are not in the room. 

5. Test your smoke alarms to be sure they work.

6. Finally, make sure to have a professional check all heating equipment. 

Give the Gilman professionals a call if you need your heating system serviced. If you are in need of new system, don't forget about our Centennial Sale to get 10-year financing, a 10-year warranty and a 10-year comfort plan. 

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