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A.S.A.P. annual maintenance programBad things come in threes. Have you ever heard that phrase? Can you imagine if this happened to three of your everyday appliances?  What if your hot water heater, air conditioner or furnace stop working right when the weather was terrible?  Not only can it be frustrating, but it could be very costly.

Annual Service Saves Money, Maintains Warranties and Extends the Life of Systems

What if there was a program that would cover the three major home appliances and save you money? Take heart, there is!  At Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric we’ve got you covered. The Anthony Service Agreement Program (A.S.A.P.) provides you the peace of mind knowing that your home’s major systems are tuned-up and maintained annually for optimal performance.

The A.S.A.P. comprehensive maintenance program is an investment in your heating, cooling, and plumbing system. Much like a smoke alarm, it helps prevent major problems by alerting you before costly repairs or safety hazards occur in your home.  Annual maintenance protects manufacturer warranties on your heating and cooling system and water heater.  Being an Anthony A.S.A.P. exclusive member also provides added advantages with front-of-the-line, same-day service, and no overtime charges on emergency repairs.

Every A.S.A.P. member receives:

  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Same-day emergency service
  • No overtime charges on service fees
  • No overtime charges on repairs
  • Discounted parts and service
  • 2-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs
  • Maintenance reminders and forward scheduling (schedule your tune-ups months in advance)

Heating/Cooling A.S.A.P. members receive:

  • 17-task heating tune-up including accessories
  • 16-task tune up including accessories

Plumbing A.S.A.P. members receive:

  • 10-task water heater tune-up
  • Whole-home plumbing inspection

A.S.A.P. memberships can be customized to your needs and convenience.  Call Anthony PHCE at:
(A-N-T-H-O-N-Y) 268-4669 KS or MO
to become an exclusive A.S.A.P. member.

 

 

hvac zoning system

You have 2 or more thermostats in your car, so why should you be content with only 1 thermostat in your home?  If you want it warmer in some areas of your home and cooler in others, then an HVAC zoning system is for you.  Or if you have rooms that are always too hot or too cold compared to the rest of your home and you want to even out the temperatures, you also can benefit from an HVAC zoning system.

Most homes have areas that suffer because a single thermostat located in one area controls the temperature in all parts of the home. The thermostat only knows the temperature where the thermostat is actually located. You simply cannot achieve whole home comfort with one thermostat, just like you can’t control all your lighting with one light switch.  Our Maestro Zoning system lets you control the temperature in all areas of your home by allowing you to send conditioned air when and where it is needed.  You will feel more air than you have ever felt before out of your system.

How Does an HVAC Zoning System Work?

An HVAC zoning system consists of 2 or more thermostats placed in problem areas in your home, and an electronic monitor which activates dampers in your ductwork to move conditioned air directly to those rooms where a greater supply is needed.  Anthony’s Maestro Zoning system can be installed quickly and easily in your home, to make every room a Goldilocks room, that is “just right” temperature wise.

By giving homeowners more control over how they heat and cool their home, Maestro Zoning enables the creation of comfort zones that are customizable, which keeps all family members happy while saving money on energy bills at the same time, by sending conditioned air only to the zones that need it and only when they need it.

Zoning is a simple, economical way to gain better air flow to problem areas without adding an additional heating and cooling system. Using automatic dampers (which are pneumatically activated so there are no motors that eventually fail) in your vent work, a zoning system allows you to control the temperature independently in separate areas of your home by opening some dampers and closing others.

The brain of the zoning system is an electronic monitor which activates the dampers as ordered by the individual thermostats in the areas served.  It can even be used with wireless thermostats that can be carried from room to room to ensure the desired temperature in that room.  You can also control thermostats with your cell phone.  Click here to view a video on how the zoning damper system works.

Is a Zoning System Right for My Home?

Zoning is all about the comfort of the homeowner, and any home can benefit from zoning if the homeowner wants more control over the temperature in different areas of their home.  Homes with hard to cool or hard to heat areas, or with multiple levels that require more than one thermostat are perfect for zoning. These include homes with:

  • – multiple levels, like two stories or split levels
  • – rooms over the garage or added onto the back
  • – finished areas in the basement or attic
  • – expansive glass areas that let in ambient heat
  • – family members who prefer different temperatures than others
  • – home offices
  • – portions of the home built over a concrete slab floor
  • – wings extending off the main living area in multiple directions
  • – large, open areas such as vaulted ceilings or lofts

Zoning Beats the Heat in Two Story Homes or Bedrooms over the Garage

Since a thermostat only knows the temperature of the area it’s located in, your home can suffer from stark temperature variances in different rooms.  Because thermostats are normally located on a home’s first level, rooms on upper levels can be unbearably hot because of the “stack effect” of warm air rising.  Also, second floor areas have more heat gain because the ceiling is the hot attic. And if you are the unlucky one who’s bedroom is over the garage, you know that no matter how much the AC is cranked in the house your room is always hot in the summer.  Rooms over garages are always cold in the winter, too.

Maestro Zoning is a great option for homes with these configurations.  Rather than install window units in your upstairs bedrooms or keep your lower levels uncomfortably cool in an attempt to accommodate the upper levels, zoning has become a must-have solution for any two-story home.

Zoning Eliminates Arguments Over Temperature

No more arguments over temperature in the house – with Maestro Zoning you have control of the temperature in your room, and your family members have control over theirs.  The dampers in the ductwork are activated by the electronic monitor depending on the set temperature from individual thermostats in the areas served.  These dampers allow cooled air to be sent into warmer rooms while restricting air flow to other rooms.  Since each room, or “zone” has a different thermostat, one person can enjoy a warmer room while another luxuriates in their own much cooler zone.

Call our Maestro Zoning Experts for a Free Estimate

Call our Maestro Zoning experts today for a free estimate, and we will come to your house and explore the many options available to customize a zoning system to meet your needs. Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO or click here to submit your information and we will contact you at a time that is convenient for you.

battery back-up sump pumps save basementsYour regular sump pump is your first line of defense against indoor flooding, but only if it is working. To be protected against the devastating financial losses associated with indoor flooding, you need to do the following:

  • Test your sump pump now, before the torrential rains and power outages do it for you, AND
  • Invest in a Battery Back-Up Sump Pump if you do not already have one.

If your regular sump pump has received proper maintenance and has been tested recently, then you might be safe.  But if it stops working during a power outage or due to overwork because of heavy rains, a battery back-up sump pump is critical to protect your home from flooding.

How do I know if my Sump Pump is Working?

Sump pumps get a real workout during the rainy season, and they can stop working at any time. But sitting idle without regular use can also cause them to fail. You should test your sump pump frequently by taking these easy steps:

Step 1:  Test the Pump

Fill the pump pit with water and watch to see if the pump activates. If it does not, and you know you have power to the outlet, then the pump needs to be replaced.

Step 2:  Watch the Drain

Watch the pump drain water out of its basin. Make sure there are no leaks in the discharge pipe. Go outside to ensure that water is terminating where it is supposed to.

Step 3:  Test the Shut-off

Stay until the pump turns off, so you know its shut-off feature is working properly. A pump that will not shut off will eventually overheat and may stop functioning altogether.  If the pump does not shut off automatically, it will need to be repaired or replaced.

If my Sump Pump is Working, Do I Still Need an Additional Battery Back-up Sump Pump?

In order to fully defend against indoor flood damage, you need a battery back-up sump pump in addition to your regular sump pump. Sump pumps can fail at any time, and they do not warn you ahead of time when this has happened, so a back-up pump will provide just that – a second chance at stopping the flood if the primary pump fails. Also, battery back-up sump pumps work whether or not the electricity has been lost due to storm activity, and in the Midwest electrical outages are common during the stormy seasons.

A battery back-up sump pump will also pump along with your primary pump when there is more water than your primary pump can handle. A back-up pump will typically handle 1000 to 2200 gallons per hour. It also has a maintenance alarm to notify you when service is needed.

How Do I Test My Back-up Sump Pump?

A battery back-up sump pump should be tested in the same way as your regular pump. With the primary sump pump unplugged, run through steps 2 and 3 from above and make sure the pump drains the water and shuts off.

During the testing process, keep an eye on the battery indicator light. If it remains green, it is a good indication that your battery is strong. Fortunately, battery back-up sump pumps have alarms that alert homeowners when the battery is nearing the end of its life.

Does the Battery in my Back-up Sump Pump require Maintenance?

Some do. Maintenance-free batteries are aptly named and should not need maintenance as long as they are being charged. Some back-up sump pump batteries are not maintenance-free however, these batteries need to have the water levels checked in their cells every 6 months. If your battery has removable caps on the top of its cells, then you will need to keep the water level up. The batteries used for this application are special standby batteries and not car batteries or deep cycle marine batteries. Standby batteries last approximately 5 years.

How Often Should I Replace My Sump Pump?

The average sump pump lasts for about 7 to 9 years. You should replace or repair the pump if it fails any of the tests above.

Here some warning signs that your sump pump might be failing:

  • Makes strange noises
  • Vibrates excessively
  • Infrequent pump usage
  • Runs all the time
  • Irregular cycling
  • Visible rust
  • Seven years or older
  • Motor sometimes gets stuck
  • Motor failure
  • Installed by the builder
  • Frequent power outages

Check Homeowner’s Insurance

Not all insurance adequately covers damaged valuables or the costly repairs necessary to undo water damage and the mold growth that occurs afterward. Flood insurance riders may not cover damage caused by malfunctioning sump pumps unless you have a sump pump rider, and it still may not cover sump pump failures unless you can prove regular maintenance was done on the unit.

Call Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric

A qualified plumbing professional can best make the assessment of whether a sump pump system needs to be repaired or replaced and when, and our plumbers are trained to do just that. Anthony PHCE stocks both sump pumps and battery back-up sump pumps on all trucks to be available whenever you need them. So don’t hesitate to contact us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO or click here to schedule a visit.

how to kill viruses in my home

The Air Scrubber by Aerus® utilizes state-of-the-art technology developed by NASA to create a safe environment for the astronauts in the international space station.  This proprietary technology is called ActivePure®, and is the only air cleaning technology awarded the prestigious Certified Space Technology seal of approval by the Space Foundation which was created in cooperation with NASA.

ActivePure®  utilizes a proprietary photocatalyst system which creates powerful oxidizing molecules which are safe to humans and pets but which kill viruses and bacteria in the air and on surfaces.  Water and oxygen particles enter the ActivePure® honeycomb matrix.  While inside, the molecules are transformed into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) vapor which permeates all exposed areas of your home.  These molecules destroy viruses, bacteria, fungi and mold not only in the air but on surfaces such as counter tops, light switches, cell phones, toys and door knobs, preventing cross contamination.

Air Scrubber by Aerus® ActivePure® Technology Benefits

The Air Scrubber by Aerus® utilizes 3 different technologies: ActivePure® to kill viruses, plus ionization to prevent dust, and ozone (optional) to eliminate odors.

ActivePure® virus killing technology has the following benefits:

Ionized negative ions have the following benefits:

  • Purify air, remove VOCs, and significantly reduce dust particles and odor causing bacteria without using ozone.
  • Protect against allergy and asthma triggering contaminants and respiratory issues which may lead to health problems.
  • Improved productivity from healthier, cleaner air and surfaces.
  • Reduced dust collection on surfaces so you don’t have to dust as often.

Ozone (optional) has the following benefits:

  • Eliminates even the toughest odors from your home, including pet and cooking odors.

 

active pure photocatalyst system

How is Air Scrubber by Aerus® different from Ionizers, UV Lamps and Ozone Machines?

There are many indoor air quality options on the market, but none work like Air Scrubber by Aerus®, nor kill viruses as well as Air Scrubber by Aerus®:

Are You Ready to Reduce the Flu Viruses, Bacteria and Allergens in Your Home?

Contact us today at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO to learn your options for installing the Air Scrubber by Aerus® in your home.  Or fill out the form below and we will contact you soon.



 

 

 

new toiletToilets are a luxury we take for granted until they start causing us problems.  Here are some common issues that indicate it may be time to replace your toilet, and how to choose the best replacement for your home.

Should I Replace My Toilet?

Your toilet is a molded porcelain fixture.  There is little you can do to repair a toilet once it becomes cracked or clogged with mineral deposits.  Age, repairs, inefficiency and height are other reasons why replacing may be the best choice.  Here are some signs that it may be time to replace your toilet.

Cracks

If you notice puddles of water around your toilet you may have cracks in the porcelain of your bowl or tank.  Sometimes these are hard to see as water may migrate behind the bowl onto the floor.  Toilet cracks can be a costly problem in more than just your water bill; water leaking can damage your floor and result in mold and mildew growth.  If your toilet is cracked replace it right away.  To diagnose a toilet crack, put dye in the tank and bowl.  If the dye makes its way to your toilet bowl or floor then you probably have a crack.

Clogging

Unclogging a toilet is tricky because of the way the inside of a toilet is shaped.  The first tool to try is a plunger and this may dislodge the clog. Unclogging a toilet with an auger is possible in some cases but should be done with an auger that will not scratch the finish on your bowl.  Constant clogging is the first sign that a toilet needs to be replaced.

Built Up Mineral Deposits

Mineral deposits commonly collect in the holes under the rim of your bowl.  Clogged inlet tubes will reduce the efficiency of your toilet making flushing waste difficult.  Mineral deposits can also clog the syphon tube in your tank causing the same problem.  Removing mineral deposits is possible but not easy.

Age or Plentiful Repairs

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If your toilet is older, needs repairs, or perhaps you would prefer a designer color or style, it is time to consider replacement.  Newer toilets flush more effectively with less water and are a better solution than making ongoing repairs on an older toilet.  Older toilet bowls may have worn surfaces as well, making them unsightly and more difficult to keep clean.

To see inside your toilet and learn how it works, watch our video:  https://www.anthonyphc.com/how-you-do-it-thursdays/

What Toilet Should I Buy?

What is the best toilet?  Although that depends on your personal requirements, here are features to consider when choosing a toilet.

Height

Tall, or “comfort height” toilets are a popular choice for homeowners these days.  Even an extra 2 to 3 inches in the height of a toilet can make a big difference in comfort and ease of use.  Some homeowners have commented that the extra 2 to 3 inches of taller toilets seems like 12 inches, and they really like the taller toilets.  Standard height toilets measure 15 to 16 inches from floor to seat top and are not as comfortable as taller toilets.  Tall toilets measure 17 to 19 inches from floor to seat top and are considered ADA compliant.

Bowl Shape

Elongated bowls can also add to comfort and ease of use.  For a toilet to be considered ADA compliant, it must have an elongated bowl.  Round bowls may be better in tightly spaced bathrooms, and there are even designer toilets with square bowls.

Water Economy

Most newer toilets use less water than older models, but some are considerably more efficient which can save you money in the long run.  High efficiency toilets (HET) flush with no more than 1.28 gallons per flush.  Older toilets may use over 3 gallons per flush.

Flushing Systems

Over the years, new and more effective flush options have been invented to drive up effectiveness and performance to the max with minimal water consumption.  Dual flush systems give you the choice of using small amounts of water for liquid waste or larger amounts of water for solid waste.  Power flush or pressure assist toilets rely on air pressure technology instead of a water reservoir and gravity.  Touchless flushing systems allow you to flush without touching the toilet, reducing the spread of germs.

One Piece and Wall Mount Toilets

Some toilets have tanks which are molded as part of the bowl making them one-piece as opposed to two-piece.  One-piece toilets are often easier to clean and more fashionable than traditional two-piece toilets.  Some toilets can be mounted on the wall, allowing for easy cleaning of the floor.

Consider the Seat First

The number of toilet seats types available is staggering.  Soft close seats are a great option as they do not bang when you drop them, so you don’t have to bend over to close them.  Lighted and heated seats are very popular, too.  Raised seats are great if your joints are achy.  And if fashion is your thing, seats come in all types of fun materials and colors.  And you may want to invest in the luxury of a bidet toilet seat system.  Not all seats come in all bowl shapes, so if you are in the market for a new toilet, you may want to consider your toilet seat first.

Call our Expert Plumbers Today to Help you Decide

Our expert plumbers are available to help you through the process of choosing your next toilet.  We can also help you repair your current toilet if that is the option you choose.  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y, KS or MO (913-268-4669), submit a form here:  https://www.anthonyphc.com/schedule-service/, or chat with us at www.AnthonyPHC.com.

 

angie's list super service award 2019

Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is proud to announce that we have earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA) for 2019.  This is the 13th year in a row Anthony PHC has earned this award, which honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List.

“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best  in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

As an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner, Anthony PHCE has met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

Click here to see all the great reviews we have received from our Angie’s List members, and claim one of our Deals while you are there.

pipe bursting sewer replacementYou hear those dreaded words – “replace your sewer line.”  And then the next words, “dig up your yard,” make your heart sink.  You implore your plumber… are you sure I have to tear up my yard to replace my sewer line?  Are there alternatives to digging up my yard?  The answer we can now give our homeowners is “yes!”  There is finally an alternative to digging up your yard, with the innovative process known as pipe-bursting.

Avoid the Costs Associated with Sewer Digs

What does it cost to replace your sewer line?  Some of the costs associated with a sewer dig are incurred after the job is done, in repairing your yard, driveway and landscaping destroyed in the process.  Sewer digs can also destroy older trees which cannot be replaced at any price.

By utilizing state-of-the-art pipe bursting technology, we can now avoid the destruction that comes from the traditional digging process.  If you hear the words “dig up your yard,” just say no, and call Anthony PHC right away.

How Does Pipe Bursting Work?

What is a pipe bursting machine and how does it work?  Pipe bursting is a no-dig method sometimes referred to as in-line expansion.  It utilizes a machine that pulls a new pipe through the existing pipe, causing the old pipe to be pushed apart and replaced by the new pipe.

To start the pipe bursting process, we first run a camera through your existing sewer line to inspect it.  We then create a new pipe above ground to precisely fit the existing pipe bed.  A pipe bursting machine is placed in a hole at one end of your sewer line.  It pulls the brand new pipe through the existing pipe, bursting the old pipe it in the process, leaving the new pipe in its place.

What are the Advantages of Pipe Bursting over a Traditional Dig?

Pipe bursting is a trenchless technology, which means it avoids digging a trench down to the sewer line along the entire length of the sewer.  This is a tremendous advantage because it limits the excavation and construction that disrupts homeowners and their yards.

Other advantages of pipe bursting include:

  • avoidance of major excavations
  • minimum of environmental disturbance
  • increase in pipe flow capacity (as opposed to some trenchless processes which limit capacity)
  • long lifespan of new piping of 50 to 100 years

How is Pipe Bursting Different than Slip Lining?

Many contractors implement slip lining as a trenchless process to avoid sewer digs.  Slip lining involves slipping narrower pipe into the existing pipe to patch damaged piping.  Slip lining decreases your pipe flow due to the insertion of the narrow pipe.  The repairs also do not last as long as a sewer that has received a whole new pipe through the pipe bursting process.

Pipe bursting is only done by contractors with the ability to invest in training and in the initial purchase of a pipe bursting machine.  Anthony PHC has invested in both to be able to provide our homeowners with the best possible alternative to invasive trench dig sewer replacements.

What is the Best Sewer Company Near Me?

Our sewer specialists are highly trained in this new pipe bursting technology, and we are happy to come to your home to determine if our pipe bursting is a good sewer replacement option for you.  We are committed to providing you with the most convenient and long lasting repair possible, guaranteed.  Call us anytime at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO to schedule a consultation.

girl prepping her lawn for fallWeather can change quickly, so it’s best to be prepared for season changes before they arrive.  Fall marks the dawn of the heating season, and your home requires special attention to maintain a safe and healthy indoor environment when you turn on your furnace.  Your plumbing needs special preparation for cold weather, too.  By preparing for fall early, it can save you time, trouble and money.

Your Air Conditioning Still Needs Attention

Fall doesn’t mean the end of hot weather – you may still need your air conditioning well into the season.  If you haven’t had your cooling system tuned up this year, then it is smart to get it done before the season ends.

As the fall weeds grow and leaves fall, keep an eye on your outside air conditioner to keep the coil clean and unobstructed so it will be ready to go for next season.  When you no longer need cooling, you may consider covering your air conditioner to protect it from yard and tree debris.  Air conditioners do not require covers to protect them from winter precipitation however, and heat pumps should never be covered.

Did you know that fall is a great time to purchase a new air conditioner?  Prices for cooling systems are lowest in the fall and spring when HVAC contractors are not as busy.  Look for good deals on air conditioners, and on furnaces, too.  Consider replacing these items in the slow fall and spring seasons to take advantage of lower prices.

Furnace Safety Checks are Critical for Health and Safety

Fire, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and indoor air pollution are potential hazards of heating your home.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 170 Americans die every year from accidental CO poisoning alone.  Furnace safety checks, CO detectors and smoke detectors are your main defense against heating system hazards.

Furnace safety checks should be done by highly-trained heating technicians like those at Anthony PHC. A partial list of tasks that should be performed during a safety inspection include:

  • Examine the heat exchanger for cracks with state-of-the-art inspection cameras
  • Test for any dangerous gas leaks such as CO
  • Test and clean the ignition system for safe and proper operation
  • Test the safety and control circuits
  • Ensure the exhaust is venting properly

CO and smoke detectors only work if they are functioning correctly.  Change the batteries in your CO and smoke alarms at the start of every fall, and make sure there is at least one of each on every level of your home.  Also consider installing the new WiFi smart alarm systems that will alert you to trouble via your phone when you are away from home.

Furnace Tune Ups Done Annually Save Energy and Satisfy Warranties

Safety comes first, but saving money and optimizing the life of your heating system is important, too.  While your Anthony PHC technician is performing your furnace safety inspection, have them perform your annual furnace tune up.  It is important to know that many air conditioning and heating components require annual maintenance to keep their warranties in effect.  And before you turn on your furnace, check your filter and replace it if needed.

Humidifiers Need Annual Maintenance, Too

Heating system humidifiers require annual maintenance, too.  Have your Anthony PHC technician clean and check your humidifier and replace the water panel.  Before turning on your furnace, make sure your humidifier is turned on, then turn your humidistat to 35% relative humidity, or the #4 setting, for optimal humidity.  Proper humidity levels can prevent the growth of viruses and bacteria and keep your nasal passages healthy.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions Could Save Your Life

Indoor air is up to 100% more polluted than outdoor air, which becomes a real concern as we close windows up for the winter.  Luckily there are several solutions available to vastly improve the quality of your indoor air.  Air scrubbers are a popular option.  UV lamps placed in your heating system can cut down on mold and allergens significantly.  Mechanical and electronic filters which replace your standard 1” filter are a great option, too.  Polluted indoor air has been linked to lung, cardiovascular and allergy problems.  Discuss the best solution for your family’s unique health needs with your Anthony PHC technician.

Don’t Forget the Fireplace

At some point you may decide to have a nice cozy fire in your fireplace.  But before the weather gets too cold or inclement, have your fireplace, flue and chimney checked for fire and gas hazards.

Protect Against Frozen Pipes with a Plumbing Inspection

Avoid broken pipes due to frozen water caused by garden hoses left attached to outside faucets.  Remove all hoses from outside faucets, drain them, and place them in storage.  Or even better, replace your outside hose faucets with frost-free versions, and you will never have to worry about forgetting your hose, because they will not freeze even with the hose attached.

Before freezing temperatures settle in, take a good look at your plumbing to determine where frozen pipes might happen, and insulate them where possible.  Any pipes in a wall adjacent to the outside or garage are at risk for freezing.  Fall is an excellent time for a plumbing inspection and safety check.  Your Anthony PHC plumber will be able to advise you on plumbing insulation tips while making sure your water heater is ready for the increased demand for hot water due to cold weather.

Natural Gas Infrared Garage Heaters Are a Great Winter Defense

One way to protect against frozen pipes is to install a natural gas infrared garage heater.  Garage heaters that run on natural gas can heat your garage for pennies a day, and warm up adjacent rooms at the same time.  Because they use no electricity, they are a great back up if your furnace stops working due to electricity outages caused by winter ice or windstorms.

Garage heaters are a wonderful way to extend your usable living space during the winter when the outdoor areas become unusable.  They help extend the life of your vehicles, too.

Your Fall Prep Checklist

In summary, to make your transition into fall easier, perform these fall preparation tasks as soon as possible in the season:

Cooling System Prep

  • Check and clean your outside air conditioner coil
  • Get a cooling system tune up
  • Consider purchasing a new air conditioner (with ozone friendly refrigerant) or furnace during the fall

Heating System Prep

  • Check your furnace filter
  • Test your CO and smoke detectors and replace the batteries
  • Get a furnace tune-up and safety inspection
  • Turn duct system dampers to the winter position
  • Schedule a fireplace, flue and chimney inspection

Humidifier

  • Turn the bypass air humidifier damper to the on position and turn thermostat on
  • Schedule to have the humidifier cleaned and checked

Indoor Air Purification

  • Install an air purification system to protect against indoor pollutants and allergens

Plumbing

  • Remove garden hoses and consider purchase of frost-free outdoor faucets
  • Insulate pipes against freezing in suspect areas
  • Consider purchasing a natural gas infrared garage heater to keep pipes from freezing

Call Us Today to Schedule a Fall Prep Visit

Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has highly trained technicians and plumbers available to come to your home and answer all your questions about preparing your home for the coming fall and winter seasons.  Call us any time of the night or day at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO to schedule fall prep service.

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Unfiltered water?  You’ve got that covered with your reverse osmosis (RO) system with the expensive filters that you have to change, and the mineral drops that you add back into the water, ugh.  Hard water?  You’ve got that covered with your water softener and its heavy and expensive bags of salt, yikes.  Stop!  These are old technology.

New Catalytic Water Conditioning Technology Removes Hardness without Removing Minerals

There is now an easier and healthier way to take the hardness and contaminants out of the water in every faucet and appliance in your home, with a whole home water conditioning plus filtration system.  Water conditioning softens your water not by removing the minerals that your body needs, but by changing their molecular structure through catalytic treatment.  This new catalytic treatment technology requires no maintenance, no electricity, no bags of salt and no expenses, and can be installed in your home quickly.

Water Conditioning plus Non-RO Filtration Makes the Healthiest Drinking Water

Water conditioning alone does not filter contaminants out of your water.  That is where whole home water conditioning plus water filtration systems come in.  Unlike RO systems that filter only the water that comes to your sink or refrigerator, whole home water filtration filters all of your home’s water, including the water you shower in and spray on your vegetable garden.  And unlike RO systems, they leave in the important minerals that your body needs.  While whole home RO systems do exist, they are expensive to maintain and waste a lot of water.

Catalytic Water Conditioning Plus Filtration offers Many Benefits over Reverse Osmosis

The NaturalSof water conditioner plus filtration system is a great example of a water conditioning plus water filtration system that installs easily at your home’s water source and softens and filters your water all in one.  It also offers the following benefits over water softening and RO:

  • requires no maintenance, no salt, no filter replacement
  • requires no electricity like traditional water softeners do
  • doesn’t leave your hands feeling oily or soapy like traditional water softening
  • removes the hardness from water without removing the health benefit of the minerals
  • filters all of your home’s water, not just the water going to your RO tap
  • wastes no water
  • adds no sodium to your water

The NaturalSof 6L removes the following contaminants from your drinking water:

  • chlorine
  • ammonia
  • sediment
  • chloramines
  • chemicals
  • disinfectant byproducts
  • metals
  • trace pharmaceuticals
  • bacteria

Removing Hard Water Keeps Your Plumbing and Appliances Healthy

We all know that water filtration is important for the water you drink.  But did you know that removing the hardness from your water is just as important to your home and appliances?  The mineral scale build up from hard water does damage to your home in the following ways:

  • clogs your home’s plumbing and appliances like dishwashers and washing machines
  • leaves scale on heating elements in tankless water heaters, coffee pots and vaporizers
  • increases maintenance needed on whole home and stand-alone humidifiers
  • damages and clogs plumping fixtures
  • leaves spots on shower doors and glassware
  • causes you to use more detergent and soap

No home or family should be without a whole home water conditioning system and a drinking water filtration strategy.  Traditional water softeners and RO systems are still right for some, but there are many options available to suit the needs of every home and family’s particular needs.  Call our plumbing experts at Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to analyze your options at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where Does your Responsibility End, and the Local Water Authority’s Begin?  Your Plumber Must Determine

Maintenance of your sewer main is shared by you and your local water authority.  If a back up occurs on your part of the sewer main, or “on-property,” it is your responsibility to fix it and to pay for it.  If it happens on your local water authority’s part of the system, or “off-property,” it is their responsibility to fix it and to pay for it.

It is up to the homeowner’s plumber to make the determination on whose part of the sewer main the back up is located and to let the local water authority know if there is a problem with their part of the sewer system.  So it is important to make sure you hire a plumber who specializes in diagnosing sewer backups.

How Can You Tell if Your Back Up is “On-Property” or “Off-Property?”

The place where your responsibility ends and the local water authority’s begins is in your lateral sewer main.  The lateral is the sewer main that runs from your house and connects to the local water authority’s sewer main.

Every home on your block has a lateral sewer main that connects to the sewer main of the local water authority, which is also called a sewer main, so differentiating between the two in conversation can be confusing.

So at what spot in your lateral sewer main does your responsibility ends and the local authority’s responsibility begin?  It is different in every home, and it is up to your plumber to determine whose portion of the lateral main the back up resides on, yours or the local water authority’s.  That is why it is important to choose a plumber who specializes in diagnosing sewer backups.

A Sewer Back Up is an Expensive Problem, Unless it is Not Your Problem…

Your plumber should be able to tell you which main is affected, your lateral main or the local authority’s sewer main.  And if the back up is in the lateral main, your plumber needs to be able to tell you if the back up is in the “on-property” portion of the lateral, or in the “off-property” portion.

Your local water authority relies on the plumbers hired by homeowners to let them know when there are off-property backups so they can send the proper teams out to correct the problems.

Camera and Diagnostic Equipment are Critical to Determine where the Back Up is Located

Luckily Anthony’s plumbers have cameras to make the job of diagnosing and repairing sewer backups easier.  If your plumber finds that your back up is off-property, they will be able to take pictures to prove where the blockage is.  These cameras also have receivers and digital location systems which identify the location and depth of pipes.

In some cases, it may cost extra for a plumber to use this diagnostic equipment, but it is well worth the money for homeowners if it can determine that backups are off-property.  Cameras allow plumbers to make better and faster repairs to your pipes which can also save you money in labor.

They can quickly tell you where the blockage is, and determine if there are sewer pipe repairs are needed as well, and where, to minimize digging.

The Benefits of Opening vs. Cleaning

There is a difference between opening a sewer main to temporarily resolve a backup, and cleaning a sewer main completely, especially in price.  Many plumbers will advise homeowners to opt for opening a pipe, which involves punching a hole in the back up with a snake, leaving only a partial opening, rather than completely cleaning the pipe.

It is much easier and more affordable to open a pipe than clean it out completely, and homeowners appreciate the cost savings.  To avoid the need for repeated drain openings and to provide a more permanent fix, a sewer main needs to be thoroughly cleaned, not just opened.

When Your Plumber Fixes Off-Property Back Ups, They Need to Tell the Local Water Authority

If your plumber determines that your back up is “off-property,” they will still fix the back up for you and have the local water authority reimburse you for the work.  Even if your plumber is able to correct a back up that is off-property, the local water authority still wants to be informed by your plumber so they can keep an eye on it and make further repairs if necessary.

A sewer main backup can cause devastating damage to multiple homeowners if left unchecked, even so as to require a house to be condemned if waste backs up and ruins electrical and HVAC equipment.  Water levels can rise quickly during a sewer main break before there is time to intercede.  So the role of the plumber in diagnosing and reporting sewer main problems is a critical one.

How Do I Know if My Back Up is in the Sewer Main Lateral or Just the Floor Drain?

Sewer main backups require much heavier snakes to open your 3 to 4 inch lateral than snakes that can negotiate a 2-inch branch line to your floor drain, so it is important to know where your back up resides, so you can call the right plumber.  The easiest test is to check to see if toilet paper or human waste is present in the standing water.  If no waste is present, have a spotter watch the floor drain while you run cold water into a bathtub somewhere else in the house for several minutes.

If the spotter never sees any water rise, then the back up is in the floor drain.  If water does rise, then the back up is in the sewer main lateral or local authority’s sewer main.  Sometimes sewer main backups can cause water to back up in your toilet or bathtub instead of your floor drain, even though the floor drain is lower.

How Do You Clear a Back Up in the Lateral Sewer Main?

You can never clear a lateral sewer main back up through the floor drain, so if the plumber you call attempts to do so you have not chosen the right plumber.  Lateral backups can only be cleared through your home’s main inside clean out which is located on the lower level and capped by a screw on plug.

Occasionally homeowners make the mistake covering up access to clean outs during remodeling; if that is the case, laterals backups must be cleared by removing a toilet and snaking from there.  If worst comes to worst a lateral back up can also be cleared from the stack which extends above the roof where the sewer gases escape, but the cost of hoisting equipment to the roof can be great.

Choose Wisely, and Seek Professional Advice

Sewer backups put your life on hold, but don’t get in a hurry and hire the first plumber available or the cheapest one you can find.  Be patient and qualify plumbers carefully; you will save a lot of money and time and aggravation.  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO and we will help you through this process.  For more information on fixing and preventing different drain issues, click here to read our blog on “Easing Drain Pain.