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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 16:54

The Advantages of Hydrojetting Drain Lines

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The advnatages of hydrojetting drain lines

Over time the pipes inside your home can begin to accumulate limescale, grease and other debris that can harden and gradually obstruct the flow of waste water, eventually causing drains to empty too slowly or backup completely. While snaking, rodding and other methods are effective in many situations for quickly clearing the line, they can leave residue that will eventually start the clog process all over again. The safest and most effective way to clear stubborn clogs while also thoroughly cleaning out your pipes throughout your home's plumbing system is to use hydrojetting.

How Does Hydrojetting Work?

Hydrojetting is a technique that plumbers use to scour the inside surface of pipes with high-pressure water. The process involves inserting a hose to the plumbing system's cleanout, an access point to the inside of a pipe. A hose is connected to a specialized pressure washer that controls the amount of water that is injected into the pipe.

A plumber must know the right water pressure to use depending on the condition of the pipes, so before beginning a small video camera is used to assess the condition of the interior of the pipe and determine the extent of the buildup so the pressure can be adjusted accordingly. The pressure required to do the job may be 5,000 psi or more, or as much as 20 gallons per minute.

One of the reasons hydrojetting is so effective is that it employs gravity to scour the pipe from the bottom up. The combination of the natural downstream gravity flow of the waste and the upstream pressurized blast of water scours the pipe wall, dislodging debris and flushing it down the pipe. After the pipe has been hydrojetted, the inside of the pipe is again inspected with a camera to ensure that the process was effective.

Even if your drains seem to be working fine right now, hydrojetting of sewer and drain lines is a good way to inspect and maintain your home's plumbing system to ensure that the small problems don't become major sewer and drain clogs down the road.

Have questions about drain cleaning and hydrojetting? Call the experts at MR Plumbing. We can help solve the toughest sewer and drain problems.
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 13:34

Is Your Furnace Ready For The Heating Season?

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If your home has a gas furnace, it’s important to learn how to be aware of potential problems to prevent unexpected breakdowns or inefficient operation.  Troubleshooting your gas furnace can help you to avoid costly repair bills that may arise if potential issues are left undiscovered.

Furnace Maintenance

Turning On Your Gas Furnace

FurnaceTypically, a gas furnace is operated through the same thermostat as the air conditioner.  This means that when the weather turns cold, you can simply turn your thermostat to the 'warm’ or 'heat’ setting and then adjust the temperature to your liking.

Inspecting and Replacing Your Furnace Filter

Before beginning, it's important to turn the power off to the unit. Many furnaces have electrical components near the filter. Open the cover of the unit and then remove the filter.  You can use a vacuum to clean the surface dust from a plastic filter, then simply wash it and dry it before replacing it.  Always operate the furnace with a filter in place. You will need to replace a paper filter every few months, or as recommended by the filter manufacturer.

Checking Airflow

Check each room in your home by feeling for the airflow that comes from the vents.  If airflow is insufficient to areas of your home, you should have an M/R Plumbing heating technician check your ducts to ensure they are properly sized for air delivery throughout your home.

If Your Gas Furnace Will Not Ignite

A inoperable pilot light is one of the main reasons that a gas furnace will fail to ignite.  To ignite the pilot, turn the gas cock off and then push the pilot reset button while turning the cock to 'pilot’.  Get a match and light it, then hold it near the furnace pilot to relight it.

Heating System Maintenance

Heating System MaintenanceCleaning the system every couple of years helps the unit to run more efficiently and last longer.  During an annual heating system inspection your technician will lubricate the furnace ports and bearings, reducing the amount of energy the unit needs to operate.  Your technician will also clean the furnace burners if they appear dirty.

Air Vent Blockages

Cleaning the vents and ducts will remove blockages that can interfere with heat flow in the home. In the winter, ice can block the outdoor vents. Make sure to turn off the unit before you attempt to remove the ice.

Sealing Air Leaks To Prevent Heat Loss

If you notice air leaks in your ventilation system, seal off any gaps. In addition, placing weather stripping around doors and windows will keep your home from losing heat, which makes your furnace run more often.

What To Do If You Smell Gas

If you ever smell gas coming from the furnace, leave the area and call your gas company right away.  Avoid lighting matches or using any electrical appliances until you are safely away from the area.

If you have questions about your home's heating system, call M/R Plumbing, Heating, A/C and Electrical. Keeping your home's furnace operating safely and reliably is our top priority.

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 13:02

Choosing a New Furnace

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When it's time to replace your old furnace you may have a lot of questions about which new furnace is right right for your home.  There are three different types of furnace : gas, oil, and electric.  Depending on your particular home heating needs, you may find that one type is more suitable for your household than another type.  Learning about each furnace style can help you to decide which model to purchase.

Choosing a new furnace

Types of Furnaces

Each furnace type operates on a different energy source and there are advantages and disadvantages to each model.  Oil furnaces can last for up to 30 years with proper maintenance, which makes them a great choice if you are planning on staying in your home for a long period of time.  Oil furnaces also tend to be safer, since the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is quite low.

Gas furnaces have become very reliable, since they run on a natural gas, they cannot be interrupted by typical electrical shortages.  However, gas furnaces have the potential threat of a gas leak that can be harmful to a home's inhabitants. Compared to electric furnaces, gas furnaces are less expensive to operate on average, but only last for 12 to 15 years.

Electric furnaces are longer lasting, running up to 30 years.  Since these furnaces run on electrical power, a power outage will shut them off and the cost of operating them will increase your power bill.  One of the benefits of electric furnaces, however, is that they pose no safety risk since they do not rely on fuel.

Choosing the Right Furnace for Your Home

How do you know when it’s time to replace your current furnace?  Typically, if  it is at least 15 years old, it’s a good idea to consider replacing it with a newer model.  This is because new models are manufactured with improved energy efficiency, which can save you money on your home’s heating bill.  Another reason to update your furnace is, even if you have a newer furnace model, you may need a new system if your current unit is not adequately heating your home.

Energy Star Furnaces

One of the most important considerations when choosing a home furnace is energy efficiency.  If you select an Energy Star-approved model, you’ll save on your energy use and your utility bill.  It is also important that you select a certified installation technician who will make sure that you select a furnace that can meet your home’s daily needs.  If you select a furnace that is too small for your home, you may experience areas with not enough heat, or need to run the unit more often to reach an acceptable level of comfort.

Choose An Experienced Technician

By discussing your unique needs with an experienced professional, you can be sure that you're getting the best type of furnace for your home’s needs, and that it will be installed properly and safely.

Have questions about choosing the right furnace for your home? Call MR Plumbing, our experienced Home Comfort Specialists can help. They’ll study your home, listen to your concerns, explain all of your options in easy to understand language and assist you with finding the quality heating system that best meets your family’s needs.
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