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Is Your Plumbing Burping? Find Out Why!

Is Your Plumbing Burping? Find Out Why!Your plumbing should breathe, not burp. The water flowing through your drain pipes often changes the pressure inside your plumbing system. This is why household plumbing incorporates air vents. These pipes extend from your drain system through your attic. Properly functioning vents allow the pressure inside your drain pipes to equalize as waste water travels through the system.

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How to Drain Pipes and Prevent Freezing This Winter

How to Drain Pipes and Prevent Freezing This WinterWith winter approaching you should be aware of the damage the cold can have on your home’s pipes. If your pipes freeze it can cause a water back up, resulting in flooding or even pipes bursting. If this happens, you could be without water for a substantial amount of time and repairing the damage is quite expensive. Here are steps you can take to guide you on how to drain pipes and prevent freezing.

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Protect Your Michigan Home From Severe Weather This Winter

Protect Your Michigan Home From Severe Weather This WinterIt’s no secret that Michigan winters can be harsh. The winter of 2013 was one of the coldest winters in many years and many Michiganians got a much needed reminder that it is essential to prepare for winter weather. Don’t be caught unaware if this winter is another tough one: take steps now to protect your home from severe weather.

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Avoid a Plumbing Service Call With This Troubleshooting Guide

Avoid a Plumbing Service Call With This Troubleshooting GuideWe are in the midst of the sticky summer months here in Grand Traverse County and the hot and humid weather can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing if you aren’t careful. We’ve prepared a handy troubleshooting guide to help you avoid damage and survive the summer months without any plumbing problems. A little preventive maintenance goes a long way!

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Readying Your Home For Winter: Have You Checked Out The Plumbing?

Readying Your Home For Winter: Have You Checked Out The Plumbing?As you begin readying your home for winter, what things are you checking off your list? Plugging up air leaks in your home’s outer envelope and scheduling preventative maintenance for your heating equipment should certainly be on your list, but don’t forget to check out your plumbing as well!

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Tankless Water Heaters Take Efficiency To A Whole New Level — Calculate How Many You’ll Need

Are you looking for ways to cut your energy usage and lower your utility bills? It sounds counter-intuitive but, because of how tankless water heaters work, you may want to replace your single water heater with two or more tankless units. 

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Water Heater Efficiency Affected By Insulation

Water Heater Efficiency Affected By InsulationTouch your water heater. Is it warm? Then you need insulation for the best possible water heater efficiency. It’s not expensive to add insulation to your water heater and doing so will save you money in water heating costs. Depending on your usage of hot water, insulation for your water heater might result in savings amounting to about 4 to 9 percent.

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Selecting An HVAC Contractor? Ask Good Questions, Get Good Answers

Searching for an HVAC contractor can be a bewildering experience, with more than 100 to choose from in Grand Traverse County alone. A simple way to narrow your search is to ask friends and family members for recommendations. Once you have a few suggestions, contact each company and schedule a home visit. During each visit, you will want to ask the following questions that will guide you in comparing companies and prices so you can determine which HVAC contractor suits your project best.

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Degree Days: Your HVAC Contactor Uses Them, And You Can Too

Degree days give you a way to better estimate your energy bills and learn more about how you use energy throughout the year. By using degree days, you can also figure out exactly where your energy costs are going.

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Energy Evaluations Provide Steps To Improve Efficiency

With energy prices continuing to rise, you might be looking for ways to cut back on your utility bills. An energy evaluation, conducted by a professional, will provide you with ways that you can increase the energy-efficiency of your home. These energy evaluations can provide a ton of energy savings and will end up paying for themselves very quickly.

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