31 Aug 2021

california wildfire smoke
It's not as much keeping the smoke out, as dealing with the smoke itself. The smoke is going to permeate nearly everything, but there are steps you can take to better your air quality. First, let's take a look at what smoke does to our health. How bad is wildfire smoke for your health? According to the EPA, the largest threat from smoke is the particulates. The microscopic debris accum...

31 Aug 2021

program your thermostat for maximum comfort and savings
Summer in Sacramento always comes with an annual debate. The debate over whether or not it saves money and energy turning off your air conditioner during the day when you are not at home. We always hear three answers, “no,” “yes,” and, “it depends.” Really, though, the best person to ask is your friendly, neighborhood HVAC provider. Let’s examine those answers, shall we? #1: It Depends ...

12 Aug 2021

the anatomy of a window
Windows are made up of many parts. Familiarize yourself with the correct terminology before you go shopping for new windows so you'll know the individual parts of the window and can easily communicate what you want. 1. Stiles These are the major vertical supports of the frame of the window sash. They are positioned on the sides of the window. 2. Sash The sash is the frame that consis...

12 Aug 2021

when should you replace your windows?
Windows are an important part of your home. They protect your home from the elements, let in natural light and play a big role in your home’s curb appeal. Even if you’ve been properly maintaining your windows, they will suffer wear and tear over time. Plus, new technology and advancements in window manufacturing has produced higher quality, more energy efficient windows. A window replace...

28 Jun 2021

sewer line offset - clarke & rush
Many of the problems in sewer systems can be linked to pipes and joints that are offset. When joints shift or sink, they lose their alignment with the rest of the sewer piping and drainage problems result. In this article, you’ll learn the different causes, problems, and remedies of sewer line offsets. Use this information to take the appropriate steps to prevent this problem, or to get ...

17 Jun 2021

plumbing odors got you down?
Kitchen or Bathroom Sink Smells: If you observe plumbing odors coming from wither bathroom or kitchen sinks, you should check for leaks in the “s” traps found under the sinks. Sometimes these are also called “u” bends or “s” bends. This section of your plumbing system is designed to hold a small amount of water to act as a seal between your home and the sewer system the pipes drain in...

01 Jun 2021

types of residential water heaters
There are three distinct types of water heaters, each with its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. 1. Storage Water Heater The most common water heater type is a storage, or tank water heater. These store a set amount of heated water in a holding tank. The tank water heater can be powered by electricity or gas, and the supply of hot water is limited by the tank size. One ma...

21 May 2021

drain cleaning
Clogging a drain is inevitable. It happens to everyone from time to time, even in brand new homes. If you or others in your family have long hair, you may deal with this nagging occurrence more frequently than others. Before reaching for the liquid drain cleaner the next time you have a clogged sink or shower drain, consider some of the short and long term dangers of using these harmful ...

05 May 2021

16 simple ways to a greener home
Making Your Home Energy Efficient is Easy Whether you are considering making a few small changes, or doing a complete “green” makeover (like installing solar panels, or a geothermal heat pump), we have put together a list of some small changes you can make to save money and earth’s resources on your journey to a greener home. The mere idea of turning your home into a green, eco-friendly...

18 Mar 2021

garbage disposals
Sacramento Plumbing Tips: Which Foods to Avoid Putting in the Garbage Disposal The piping system in every home is complicated and connects to a central water treatment plant. Putting the wrong foods down the drain can contribute to clogs that may affect a single home or the community at large. If you need any plumbing needs, make sure to speak to a trained plumber in Sacramento to help ...