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Water Heater Tank Sizing In Avon, OH

Water Heater Tank Sizing In Avon, OH

Hot water heaters are designed to deliver and maintain hot water to your home. Hot water is defined by the Ohio Residential Code as water greater then or equal to 110º.

When your water heater doesn’t deliver sufficient hot water it can be frustrating. Insufficient hot water can come in many forms. Maybe you have to wait ten or twenty minutes between showers or you are afraid to start that load of laundry for the fear there will be no hot water left for a shower. Continue reading “Water Heater Tank Sizing In Avon, OH”

Waterproofing a Basement in Rocky River, OH

Waterproofing a Basement in Rocky River, OH

I got a call from a client in Rocky River in the fall who was having some issues with water coming into her basement when it rains. After initial diagnosis of the home’s foundation and storm drains it was determined the foundation was in need of waterproofing.

After my client received a couple of quotes she decided to go with the lowest bidder. The lowest bidder performed the basement waterproofing, wrapped up the job and left. The very next rain fall my client had water in her basement again. Continue reading “Waterproofing a Basement in Rocky River, OH”

Hot Water Heater Repair In North Olmsted, OH

Hot Water Heater Repair In North Olmsted, OH

One of the most common mistakes I see during hot water heater repair service calls is the lack of combustion air. Combustion air is required for the burner and the chimney ( Exhaust ) to operate efficiently. With out proper combustion air the chimney can’t draw properly and the burner can began to starve for oxygen causing flame roll out, tripping safety switches, rusting out vent pipes and possibly allowing carbon monoxide to enter the home. Continue reading “Hot Water Heater Repair In North Olmsted, OH”

Drain Line Camera & Sewer Video Inspection in North Olmsted, OH

Drain Line Camera & Sewer Video Inspection in North Olmsted, OH

Drain lines are designed to convey storm and sanitary water away from your home. These lines sometimes break, shift or crack causing the system to come to screeching halt. The result can be raw sewage or storm water in your basement. In order to locate this problem spot in the system a drain line camera is used to pin point the exact location and depth. This lets the plumber know exactly where to make the repair with minimal damage to the property. Continue reading “Drain Line Camera & Sewer Video Inspection in North Olmsted, OH”

Backup Sump Pumps in Avon, Ohio

Backup Sump Pumps in Avon, Ohio

Having a sump pump doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking. Sump pumps are your best line of defense against storm flooding during a major rain storm.

Many things can stop your sump pump from protecting your basement. Loss of power, under-sized pumps, air bound discharge systems and age, all come into play when these machines are trying to do their job. Having a backup sump pump system can mitigate most of these issues and help keep you dry. Continue reading “Backup Sump Pumps in Avon, Ohio”

Boiler Repairs in Avon Lake, OH

Boiler Repairs in Avon Lake, OH

Boilers provide some of the most efficient heat for your home. In fact hot water heat at its worst is still about 14 to 18 % more efficient then forced air systems. The heat is quiet and shouldn’t dry the air out in the winter time. In order to reap the benefits of your boiler whether it be steam or hot water, the system has to be installed correctly.

Boiler installation, boiler repairs and boiler maintenance should be performed to manufacturer specifications to help ensure the boiler runs at its peak efficiency. Continue reading “Boiler Repairs in Avon Lake, OH”

Sump Pump Maintenance in Avon, OH

Sump Pump Maintenance in Avon, OH

Owning a sump doesn’t have to be stressful. Although these machines are the most neglected item in the home, they are your number one defense against a flooded basement. Maintaining a sump pump requires a lot more than just dumping a five gallon bucket of water in the sump crock to see if the pump turns on.

Electric driven sump pumps should be inspected and cleaned by a qualified professional plumber annually. Performing annual sump pump maintenance can dramatically increase the life expectancy of your sump pump. Continue reading “Sump Pump Maintenance in Avon, OH”

Drain Line Repair & Installation in Avon Lake, OH

Drain Line Repair & Installation in Avon Lake, OH

I got a call from a client this week looking to have a drain line installed for a washer machine. The home, located in Avon lake, Ohio already has an existing washer machine in the basement. My client wanted to move the washer machine location from the basement to the first floor. After meeting with my client on the job and looking at some different options, I quickly realized this was not a standard drain line repair or installation. Continue reading “Drain Line Repair & Installation in Avon Lake, OH”

Hot Water Heater Problems in Avon, OH

Hot Water Heater Problems in Avon, OH

Many things can go wrong with your hot water heater. One of the most common complaints we recieve from clients is inconsistent hot water during usage.

Symptoms of inconsistent hot water are:

  • Hot water seems to run out quickly
  • Hot water has pockets of cold water during usage
  • No hot water at certain faucets throughout the home or commercial kitchen

If you have any of these symptoms and your hot water heater seems to be working fine you could be experiencing a cross connection in the system. Continue reading “Hot Water Heater Problems in Avon, OH”