How to Find a Water Leak

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Water leaks are more common than you might think. In fact, a lot of homes have leaks that you will never find unless you go looking for them. Here are some ways to make sure that you find your leaks early so you can get them fixed before you spend a lot of extra money on water bills or your home sustains water damage.

Check Your Water Bill

Is your water bill going up even though you’re using the same amount of water you always have? Then you might have a slow leak. Even tiny leaks can use a significant amount of water over the course of a year and that will show up on your bill.

Keep an Eye on Your Water Meter

Turn off the main water valve in your house or choose a time when you won’t use any water. Look at your water meter and note the numbers you see. Wait an hour – without using any water – and check the meter again. If the numbers have changed, then there’s a leak somewhere in your home.

Watch and Listen for Clues

There are a few common signs that you have a water leak. These include:

  • Dripping or running water sounds when all is turned off
  • Wet or overgrown patches in your yard
  • Musty smells or persistent mold/mildew growth

If you think you might have a water leak but you’re not sure where it is, contact us at Larry & Sons today. We can send out an experienced plumber to find your leak and fix it fast so you won’t waste any more water.

When Should I Clean My Ducts?

tech performing air duct cleaningAt Larry & Sons, we are always happy to answer any and all of your questions about your home. Lately, we’ve had quite a few of you ask us about air duct cleaning and, specifically, how often to clean air ducts. Here’s what you need to know.

How Often Should I Clean My Ducts?

Most professionals recommend cleaning your air ducts once a year. This is a good rule of thumb, but it’s not true in all cases. We recommend air duct cleaning in the following situations, regardless of when your last duct cleaning took place.

  • You live near a construction zone or you’ve just finished a remodeling project. Construction produces all sorts of dust and debris that can end up in your ductwork.
  • You or someone in your family struggles with asthma or allergies inside your home. You may want to talk to your doctor first, but duct cleaning could help them breathe better.
  • You can see visible dust and debris through your vent or air intake registers. There’s always more than what you can see from outside the system.
  • You’ve found mold or mildew in your HVAC system. If it’s anywhere in the system, it is also in your ducts because all of the air in your home flows through those.

If you have questions about duct cleaning or it’s time to schedule the service, contact us at Larry & Sons today. We’ll send out a skilled HVAC professional to clean your ducts and treat them so they stay clean as long as possible.

Do I Need a New Electrical Panel?

electrical panel upgradeAre you considering replacing your electrical panel? Maybe you have been told that you should do it but you’re not entirely sure.

At Larry & Sons, we understand your confusion. Here are some times when investing in a new electrical panel is worth every penny.

Your Electrical Panel is Outdated

Most panels last about 30 years. If yours is older than this or if it does not provide the amperage that you need to power your home, it’s time to replace it.

You’ve Had a Water Leak Near Your Panel

If there’s been a water leak that has gotten into your electrical panel, call us right away. We’ll work with you to test it and, if necessary get you a new panel soon.

You Need More Circuits

If you have maxed out the number of circuits that you can install on your current electrical panel and you need to add more, you’ll either want to replace the panel or add a new one. Either way, our team can help you find the panel you need so you can expand your home the way you want to.

You’re Installing New Appliances

If you’re adding a large appliance that will draw a lot of power, like a washer or dryer, you may need to upgrade your panel so it can handle the additional power draw. Our experts can help you keep your home’s electrical system safe.

If you have questions about getting a new electrical panel or you’d like to schedule installation soon, contact us at Larry & Sons today!

Extreme Cold and Your Home Appliances

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For the most part, your home’s appliances are designed to withstand both hot and cold temperatures. However, extreme cold can still damage your home, especially when you have appliances up against outside walls or in your garage or basement. Here’s what you need to know to keep everything running this winter.

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Your outdoor unit is designed to handle even extreme cold, but it can get covered in ice, which will cause an emergency shut-off. If that happens, you will need to remove the ice in order to get your heater running again. Avoid this by keeping that area clear or even building a fence around the outdoor unit if snow tends to accumulate there.

Washing Machine

Your washing machine should be fine but your water lines can freeze if they are connected to an outside wall. Disconnect them when you’re not using them or wrap them in pipe insulation for the duration of the winter. If you choose to insulate them, make sure you check it each winter before extreme cold temperatures arrie.

Refrigerator

Your fridge in your house should be fine, but any refrigerators or freezers in your basement or garage may need some extra care. You can use a space heater to keep things warmer on the coldest days or disconnect any water hoses that you don’t need. If you do need to use them regularly, insulate them when you insulate your pipes.

If you have questions about getting any of your appliances through the winter or you need help getting them prepped, contact us at Larry & Sons today!

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