DC Cheek Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Woodstock’

Drain Cleaning Tips from the Pros

Monday, June 15th, 2020
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The number one tip we will always share when it comes to drain cleaning is, “don’t use chemical store-bought drain cleaner!” It’s never a good idea.

Look, we get it, a clogged drain is one of those problems that you expect you can resolve easily. Just pour some liquid down there and voila! The clog is gone. But that’s not quite how it works. Clogs can be insidious in the sense that even though you can get rid of them for a while, they just come back. That is, if you aren’t using the right drain cleaning practices.

When you hear the term “plumbing problem” you probably think of water flooding the floors, or a persistent drip coming from one of your faucets that you just can’t seem to repair. These are, of course, certainly worth a call to a plumber in their own right, but so too is a clogged or backed up drain.

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Questions to Ask Your HVAC Contractor

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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When you need to replace your HVAC system, or even schedule a tune-up or small repair, you have a decision to make on who to call. It may seem like a minor decision, but it can make a major difference to your HVAC system’s efficiency and longevity!

It’s a good idea to establish a relationship with an HVAC contractor before you trust them to do work in your home. Fortunately, we’ve provided a bit of a guideline below on the questions that you may want to ask your HVAC contractor before inviting them to install or service your climate control system.

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Don’t Ignore These 3 Sounds from Your AC System

Monday, April 6th, 2020
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While homeowners in some parts of the country are still using their heaters for the foreseeable future, here in the Woodstock area we’re just about ready to turn them off for the season and turn our attention to our air conditioners. Since this is the case, we hope you’ve already had maintenance done on your cooling system. Professional maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect your air conditioner. We’ll adjust and clean components that need it, then make recommendations for repairs as needed.

Maintenance helps slow the accumulation of wear and tear and ultimately helps your air conditioner last longer. You also can rest assured knowing you’ll rarely be surprised by unexpected repair needs.

All that said, it’s always a good idea to know the signs that your AC is in disrepair, even if you have had maintenance done already. There are various symptoms a malfunctioning cooling system can display, but there are 3 ominous sounds in particular you should be particularly aware of:

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Is Your Sump Pump in Good Shape?

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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There are some parts of the country where homeowners have never even heard the term “sump pump” let alone do they know what it is. They don’t need to know, after all—their home may be in a position where flooding is just not a concern.

Unfortunately, we’re not in that part of the country! Sump pumps are common in our area, and very often necessary. Winter and spring are times for heavy rains, and then as we get later in the year we also have tropical storm conditions to contend with—that can send floodwaters right into your home.

The question is, is your sump pump in good condition to handle this?

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Are Frozen Pipes a Risk?

Monday, October 7th, 2019
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“Wait,” you may be wondering, “it was in the 90’s still last week, why are we talking about this?”

We get it, fall has barely started, and it’s rather rare that temperatures in the Woodstock area drop below 30°F in the winter anyway. But, rare doesn’t mean never, and it’s far better to be prepared for the possibility than not. How can you do this? Read on!

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