Must Know Water Leak Prevention Tips

Precautions For Water Leaks

 

Boise PlumberIt can be frustrating discovering a new water leak in your home. Speaking from experience this is an issue only a licensed plumber should take care of as they can take care of the leak but any underlying problems that caused the leak.

New Leak Protocol

You are home and hear rain falling inside? This is not rain but a small leak that is rapidly getting bigger. What do you do?

Like most of us, you shut off the water main in hopes of fixing this yourself. I have learned the hard way to never try to fix plumbing issues yourself. If there is a leak it is most likely caused by an underlying issue. Keep the water off if possible and call the plumber to come in. Once the plumber arrives, they will not only check the leaking area but check surrounding areas to make sure there is no problem to any other structures.

What Can a Plumber Do?

Water LeakIn these situations the plumber will become your best friend. Make sure you have an open line of communication in regards to the water leak or any underlying issues. Your plumber is just like your doctor. Be sure to mention any past issues that you have had with your pipes, previous water leaks, or when the pipes were last replaced. Do not be alarmed if the plumber mentions replacing a section of pipe or a valve. Like most things pipes and valves can wear out with time and need to be replaced.

The Effects of a Leak

If you know that you have a small leak but are worried about the costs of a plumber don’t wait. Small leaks can cause huge problems such as: extensive water damage to ceilings, walls or foundations, or spreading black mold. Both of these issues would cost considerably more to repair than your small leak.

If you happen to have these issues, your plumber can help refer you to companies certified in water damage restoration or the removal of black mold. Again do not attempt to remove these things yourself especially black mold as removing mold without the proper protective gear can cause health issues.

Is there a pesky leak troubling you? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling today at (208) 466-9447 for quick and effective plumbing services in the Boise area.

 

Clogged Furnace? Time For Inspection

How Often Should My Furnace Be Tuned Up?

 

Boise HVACChanging the filter on your furnace is an important job that is often forgotten. It is literally out of sight and out of mind, until you become aware of smelling a stale aroma in the air of your home. The dust mites can be seen clearly as they float in the ray's of the sunbeam. The family is sneezing and coughing more than usual. These are the behaviors that alert the homeowner to check the furnace filter. We can help you with our furnace tune-up services.

How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

Some furnaces have a two fold purpose, they heat and cool off the home. The filters should be checked and changed from once a month or every ninety days, depending on your lifestyle. The filter will not be able to collect the dust, dirt, particles of bacteria and other allergens in the air if the filter is clogged. Pet dander will add to the collection of debris that has settled on the filter. If the home is located near or in the forest or a large population of plants, particles of pollen will be floating in the air. These particles settle on all the surfaces in the home. The furnace is blowing the loose dust and dirt from the filter into the air.

The electric bill is higher because the furnace is working harder and the energy is wasted. The dust and dirt can damage the internal workings of the furnace because of a clogged filter. This could result in buying a brand new furnace. Changing the filter with the recommendation of the manufacturer is the best solution to save money.

Furnace Repair Why Your Furnace Should Be Checked Each Year

The HVAC fellows are trained and have excellent skills and years of experience in checking the furnace for any problems.

If you have an oil, heat pump or gas furnace, having it checked yearly is a wise decision. Some furnaces work throughout the year. They can replace and repair any furnace components that are needed. The HVAC fellow has an extensive checklist to follow. They check the air filter to where the heat flows through the pipes and the vents. They can tell you different ways to clean the debris off the vents. Call the HVAC fellow, they are the experts in their field.

Serving your Boise community everyday. Give Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling a call at (208) 466-9447 for guaranteed quality furnace inspection services!

Remodeling Your Kitchen? We Can Help!

Why Do I Need a Plumber to Remodel My Kitchen?

Kitchen RemodelingWhy Do I Need a Plumber for This Job?

Kitchen remodeling is an option for people looking to have a contemporary home without the rigors of a real estate sale and the logistics involved with moving a family. Remodeling can also be an option in buying a cheaper home in a high end neighborhood or to update a home for sale. All of these are options because remodeling for profit is not an easy task. In fact, most home renovations will not recoup the money that is put into them. However, kitchen remodels can sometimes recoup up to 90 percent of the renovation’s costs. This is the case when the remodels are done correctly both in design and construction. Good carpenters and finish people are obviously necessary for the proper design, but designers, architects and plumbers are also. In the planning process, architects and designers will consult with master plumbers and plumbing engineers to determine the capacity of the space to be modified. Plumbers can advise on the specifics and costs of relocating certain devices and components of the kitchen, as well as, requirements for certain appliances. This can save the designers and homeowners the expense of hiring inspectors without knowing of existing problems that can be addressed prior.

Boise PlumberWhat Are The Benefits?

In smaller or do it yourself renovations, plumbers can advise the homeowner and renovation team of any existing problems, as well as, new technology and local code issues that an inexperienced remodeler may encounter. In addition, plumbers can map the existing pipe structure. This will enable the contractors to avoid compromising any water or gas pipe. Because master certified plumbers in most cases are also certified for gas and gas appliances, they can be employed for those important renovations or updates. These jobs will have to be inspected by governmental authorities and must be supervised by a licensed master plumber. This is for the safety of the inhabitants of the domicile. Plumbers will also be qualified to advise the homeowners of the proper time to engage in a re piping circumstance. Recent technological advances can retrofit a home’s plumbing with plumbing systems that require very little maintenance. These systems also reduce the risk for breaks and leaks. Because a majority of plumbing is in kitchens and bathrooms, when renovating these areas, retrofitting can be more cost effective at this point. Kitchen renovations should never proceed without a consultation with a reputable licensed plumber.

Are you looking to turn your Boise kitchen into an exquisite space for culinary creations? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 for the plumbing help you need to make this dream come true.

Top 7 Heat Pump User Tips

7 Heat Pump User Tips

Boise HVACThe use of heat pumps is trending with homeowners today because it is a proven way to save on energy bills. In general, heating and cooling professionals explain a heat pump as proven devices to provide heating energy from the heat source to an area of a residential or commercial property for improving heating performance and to save money on electricity usage. The homeowners goal is “better heat flow” inside the house. Thus, the heat-pump transfers energy from the home’s heat source to cold spaces and other areas where the heat is needed.

In general, a heat pump is an HVAC unit used for heating or space cooling with a standard “refrigeration operation cycle” to help release heat into a set space rather than just dumping the heated area into the general inside home environment. A homeowner commented online about liking his new heat-pump because it helps draw heat from the cold outside air, and “that means less energy and cost savings.”Heat-pumps save owners money
According to home heating and cooling professionals, the 7 best heat-pump user tips include:
1. Request a home-heating evaluation from your heating and cooling company to determine how you can save money on energy bills by “reducing the load.” In turn, a heat-pump is viewed as both “green” and a time-tested energy saver.2. Because a properly working heat-pump features a control system that drops its output when the outside temperature drops, the use of a heat-pump is highly recommended.3. Posting an interior heat pump unit in a location around the home where a bit of noise from the unit will not bother anyone.

4. Professional heating and cooling experts think the installation of a heat-pump is a great idea, but they recommended thinking hard about protecting your heat-pump from the elements when the unit is placed outside.

5. Always have your heat-pump professionally installed by home heating and cooling experts to ensure there is plenty of piping to avoid the typical “noise transfer.”

6. Professional heating and cooling professionals often comment online about the need for all residential heat-pump owners to understand the “heating seasonal performance factor" because the HSPF helps the owner in best practices for saving energy on heating. For instance, homes located in colder regions of the country have a higher HSPF rating.

7. Decide why size heat-pump is best for your home. For example, a small house requires a smaller heat-pump; while advocates of mini-split heat pump use, say large does not always mean best when it comes to the size of a homeowner’s heat pump.

Heat PumpHeat pumps helps with space heating

In general, the advice from home heating and cooling professionals is to consider the use of this unit to accomplish the work of transferring energy from the heat source to various areas of the home.
Overall, the use of a heat-pump can save lots of money on home energy bills at a time when it is getting colder outside and utility rates are rising. The best advice is to call a home heating and cooling professional to sort you out with a heat-pump.

Want to install a heat pump in your Boise home? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 today for quick and reliable services.

Make the Best Decision For Your Home!

What Is Hydrojetting & What Are Its Benefits?

 

HydrojettingHydrojetting everyday pipes is a common job for the best professional plumbers available. Hydrojetting procedures force water streams into pipes reaching forces of nearly 4000 PSI. This is at the highest pressure threshold of most PVC and aged metal pipes. The purpose of hydrojetting is to completely dislodge and remove all obstructions from a sewer line. Sheer pressure is normally adequate to force clogs through any series of pipes, but it is always good to identify the type of clog being removed.

Hydrojetting Grease

Common household drain disposal includes many biologic materials that tend to “cake” in pipes when cooled. Hydrojetting high temperature water through these pipes liquifies and loosens greasy materials that clog pipes. If the grease is lodged deep enough, no amount of drain-side hot water treatment will do the trick. For businesses and households disposing of great amounts of pipe-clogging grease, only professional-grade hot hydrojetting will remove the build-up causing the problems.

Hydrojetting Roots

Sometimes pipes become inundated with the encroachment of roots from trees and shrubs occupying the ground above pipes. Certain stubborn roots can infiltrate piping systems in search of water sources, and choke the normal flow of water. A professional plumbing service will first treat the roots with a copper-based solution that kills and thins the roots blocking a pipe. After the roots have been rendered inactive, standard hydrojetting will flush away the root debris and help to extend the life of pipes.

Hydrojetting Debris

Boise PlumberEspecially in households where children are present, pipe clogs tend to happen when debris that shouldn't enter plumbing pipes..does! It's a rare case where something that fits down a drain or toilet cannot be dislodged using professional hydrojetting equipment. The normal pressure of a draining sink, or a flushing toilet will not always force material through pipes. This is especially true if the material is a plastic toy, the pages of a phone book, or general dirt and soil from a child's latest adventure. Quick, professional hydrojetting uses the integrity of plumbing pipes in combination with directed high pressure water streams to clear any pipes and return it to normal use.

Stop waiting for the perfect time to take care of your home's drains and call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 today for Hydrojetting services in the Boise area! 

Don't Hire Another HVAC Company Before Reading This

What To Look For When Hiring a Heating & Cooling Company

 

Boise HVACIt is always incredibly important to hire the right technicians when dealing with your home's heating and cooling. However, more often than not, homeowners overlook many things that could go wrong and simply settle for the cheapest price. We would like you to please take these into consideration next time you want a professional heating and cooling services for your home.

License

It's is important that a HVAC company acquire a license for their business. There are four steps that an individual takes to get a HVAC license. First, a person should have a high school diploma. After that, the person can move on to a HVAC training program; which is generally offered at a technical college and will take 6 months to 2 years to complete. The third step, an apprenticeship, is done during the HVAC college training and takes 3-5 years to finish. The last step before acquiring a HVAC license is the completion and passing of the HVAC exam. This exam varies by state but most states do require additional certification for a person that desires to work with refrigerants, which are used in AC units.

Experience

HVAC ServicesA good HVAC company is one that is long-standing and offers a fair price. A fair price is not always cheapest, as cheapest sometimes means cutting corners and not repairing or installing a piece of equipment properly. A good company knows their product, and knows that the big picture is the customer’s home or building. The equipment that is installed helps regulate the environment of the home, to the customer’s taste. Hence, proper understanding of heating and cooling equipment is needed. An experienced company knows that it should treat its customers with care; and an employee will ask a customer questions to effectively understand a their problem. A good HVAC company also treats their employees well, as these people will see their customers daily, and need to be adequately educated in their field to ensure that their customers receive the best possible service.

Insurance

A good insurance plan can save a business and its customers money, time and energy. The three most basic types of insurance for a HVAC business are: general liability, property, and workers compensation insurance. General liability insurance covers lawsuits filed against a company as well as investigations and settlements resulting from accidents at or outside a business. In this way, general liability insurance protects the business and its customers. Property insurance covers intentional and non-intentional damages to all business items, and also includes damages to a customer’s property. Workers compensation insurance covers any injury to an employee or business owner while on the job. Some companies also choose to have an umbrella policy, which covers any amount that was not covered by the original insurance plan.

We want to make sure our Boise customers are happy, so leave the heating and cooling projects up to Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling. Don’t delay and call (208) 466-9447 today!

Don't Do The DIY Mistake

Reasons to Keep Away From DIY Plumbing Projects

Boise PlumberWhen it comes to DIY plumbing projects, some things are just better left to the professionals. While many homeowners feel they can save some money by taking on these projects themselves, the end result is they go over budget and cost significantly more money in the end. While saving money is one of the reasons to consider the professionals, here are the best three reasons why you shouldn't try DIY plumbing projects.

Warranty on All Work Completed
When you tackle a plumbing project on your own, you accept all the responsibility during and after the work has been completed. This means that if you accidentally cause damage to existing plumbing components, you have to pay for the repair. If after the job is complete and it causes damage to your home, you have to pay for the repair. When you hire your local plumbing professional to take on this project, they offer a warranty on all the services they provide, ensuring you will not be out any money if there is trouble down the road.

Boise PlumbingProtecting Yourself from Danger
One of the biggest unknowns when it comes to any DIY project is that of safety. Because you do not have extensive experience in these types of repairs, you can not possibly be aware of all the potential problems that could happen. Working with water and electricity is extremely dangerous, one wrong move and you risk severe injury or worse. This can all be eliminated when you hire a plumbing contractor to take this project to completion. They will implement all the safety practices needed to protect themselves, your home, and your family from any problems. With years of training, they can easily spot a potential safety issue long before it becomes an problem.

Saving Money in the End
When you take on a DIY plumbing project, you assume all the costs in the event you damage something or forget to order the appropriate amount of supplies. Every time you need more supplies or need to replace parts, the cost of the project continues to rise. Because of inexperience, you could spend double your budget after a few mistakes. The biggest benefit to having a professional complete the job is you understand what the cost is at the beginning. When you hire a professional for a plumbing project, the agreed upon price will not change, saving you money in the end.

Hire a professional plumber in the Boise area today! Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 for our top-notch services. 

7 Recommended Pre-winter Heating & Cooling Tune-up Services

How Should I Prepare For the Winter?

Pre-Winter TuneupsHVAC service plan is crucial to maintaining a warm and cozy home throughout the winter months, as well as cool and calm all through the summer. The extreme variations of temperatures during these two seasons can cause your heating and cooling equipment to function improperly. However, a professional HVAC maintenance plan will save you money. Repairs and replacements can be costly --- maintaining your unit will help prevent these added costs from occurring.

A pre-winter maintenance performed by an expert HVAC technician will ensure that your heating unit is prepared for the upcoming season and safe for your family to use.

The HVAC technician will perform the following checks on your system:

1. Exterior Furnace Cleaning
Dirt and debris accumulation is typical on and around your outside unit. Dust and insects, as well as all other debris will be removed by the technician.

2. Leakage Inspection
The technician will verify that there are no gas leaks and may suggest that you purchase a co2 detector to alert you of any possible leakages.

3. Install New Air Filters
New air filters will ensure that the heating system is working efficiently. A new filter should be replaced every three months and a professional will install a quality air filter for you before the winter.

Boise HVAC4. Clean the Burners
Furnace burners that are coated with dust, soot and debris will reduce the effectiveness of the unit, and will shorten the life of the system. A technician will remove all burners and inspect and clean them for you.

5. Verify Clear Vent Lines
The professional will ensure that all vent lines are clear and unclogged and safe to use. Carbon monoxide poisoning is life threatening when your heating system / furnace vent lines are clogged. The technician will inspect all lines and eliminate any blockages. They will have the proper equipment to safely remove and obstructions.

6. Tighten & Secure all Electrical Components
It is imperative that a professional verify that all electrical connections and components are tightly secured in regards to your heating system. They will check for and replace any frayed or burned wires to ensure safety for you and your family.

7. HVAC Repair & Replacement
Even a professionally maintained HVAC system may need repair or replacement. A new system may be needed to ensure you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The newer system will also use much less energy and cut your cost tremendously.

A professional HVAC service company uses certified technicians to guarantee the highest quality of service. It can be unsafe for homeowners to tackles a pre-winter checkup alone. Save time and money with a maintenance plan and be safe.

It is time to prepare your HVAC system for the winter! Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling today at (208) 466-9447 for our professional services in the Boise area. 

5 Ways to Save Money With Water Heater Tricks

Learn How Water Heater Maintenance Can Help You Save Money

 

Water Heater MaintenanceWater heaters eat up as much as 20% of total home energy consumption. In keeping your house as energy-efficient as possible, do not overlook this power-guzzling piece of equipment when trying to conserve. Here are a few tips on cutting back the energy use of water heaters.

1. Go Tankless

Storing hot water for later use, is the number one reason for high electric bills from storage tank hot water heaters. Compare this to leaving a pan of water, simmering on your stove, just in case you need it. Tankless, or on-demand units, provide the same hot water, only when it is needed, and at a fraction of the cost.

2. Solar Hot Water Systems

Solar hot water heaters use an alternative means of power to heat the water in a water heater tank. If you have ever thought about trying solar power as a way to conserve energy, start with having a solar-powered water heater system installed. Not only will your energy consumption be reduced, but this could help to familiarize you with the benefits of solar power, extending to a whole house unit.

Water Heater3. Heat Pump Water Heaters

A heat pump water heater works by moving heat from one place to another. This prevents storing large quantities of hot water for later use. By pulling heat from the air, your water heater can be up to three times more efficient than a conventional storage water heater.

4. Proper Sizing of Tank Water Heaters

If you are single and have a 90-gallon hot water heater, you might as well leave a window open during the winter. You are paying to store hot water that will never be used. A 45 to 60-gallon sized water heater is more than sufficient for one or two people living in a household.

5. Pipe Inspection 

Many people are using even more hot water by being unaware of a leaky pipe. Pipes may also be exposed to drafts, forcing hot water to travel through freezing pipes. While you may think that it just takes a long time for the hot water to make the journey, they could be warming up your pipes along the way.

Conservation and energy-savings are on everyone's mind. Take steps to make your home more energy efficient with no absence of comfort, starting with your water heater.

Looking for water heater services in the Boise area? Call (208) 466-9447 today for quick and effective services from Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling professionals. 

Is the Air in Your Home Suitable to Breathe?

Importance of Changing Your Air Filter

AC Filter InstallationThe single most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your HVAC unit is change your air filter in a timely manner. A large amount of HVAC service calls are the result of a clogged air filter. This is because a dirty air filter causes dirt and dust to build up on important parts of your Air Conditioning or Heating Unit. When these parts become clogged with dust, dirt and grime a number of problems result; including system failure.

The cost of a service call and repair and replacement of a heating or cooling unit can be very high. The cost and time involved in changing a filter regularly is minimal in comparison.

Keeping the filters in your HVAC units clean is about more than the cost or inconvenience of a broken unit, however. Dirty air filters block the air flow in the unit. This causes the unit to work harder and longer to keep your home at a comfortable temperature; resulting in higher heating and cooling costs.

The dust build up will start to make its way back into the home. All of the mold, pollen, dust mites and other dirt and allergens will have no other place to go than back into the home. If someone in the home has allergies, this is especially worrisome.

The average life of an air filter is 30-90 days. While leaving a filter in longer than three months is a bad idea regardless of the situation; it should be changed more frequently if pets, allergies or tobacco are factors in the household.

AC Filter Replacement in BoiseIf allergies are present in the home, it is recommended that the type of filter be upgraded and changed every 6-7 weeks. If there are pets occupying the home, especially if more than one pet is present; filters should be checked every 4 weeks and changed a minimum of every 8 weeks. Other factors that should be taken into consideration are tobacco use, air pollution around the home, and construction or remodeling projects inside or outside the home.

Changing air filters in a timely fashion will prolong the life of your HVAC unit, lesson the amount of repairs needed, and improve the air quality in your home.

Are you in need of an AC filter change? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 466-9447 today for top-notch services in the Boise area.