Allstar Home Services Blog

Why Is Your Sewer Line Backing Up So Frequently?

June 26th, 2017

pipe-tree-root-sliceThe sewer line is something you’re super grateful to have—even if you don’t want to think about it. It runs underneath your property and guides all that wastewater from your home to where it needs to go, either to a septic tank or the city’s sewer main. You’ve come to expect this ease of transport, making it so that you never have to deal with sewage on your own, thankfully.

Understandably, when a sewer line backs up, you may start to feel a bit betrayed. This is especially true if it seems to keep backing up time and time again, even after you’ve removed a clog. Finding the source of the clog can make it so much easier for you to move on with your daily routine and forget about the chances of slowed drains or backup.

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Is Your Air Filter Doing Its Job?

June 13th, 2017

air-filter-media-cleanMost people know that their air conditioning system has an air filter. Most people also know that their air filter helps to keep many commonly harmful particles out of their air. What many people do not know, however, is that the air filter is really designed to do much more.

For the most part, your air filter is designed to provide protection for your AC system. Think of how much damage it could suffer as the blower fan sucked in air if there was not a filter to stop particulate from flying into the system. Still, even though you have a filter in place, it might not be doing its job.

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When Is It Necessary to Hydro-Jet Your Drains?

June 12th, 2017

drain-sinkOne of our favorite investments in our plumbing business is the hydro jetter. Hydro jetters are able to do the tough jobs that traditional drain cleaning methods simply cannot. That said, it’s not always the first choice for all drain clogs. And sometimes, you might think this method is unnecessary.

So when should you schedule hydro jetting for your drains? We’ll get into that below, after a brief overview of the process. To really determine whether your drains are in need of hydro jetting service, contact your local plumbers for an assessment of your pipes.

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What Makes a Tankless Water Heater So Efficient?

May 30th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterIf you’ve done a little research on water heaters, you’ll know that tankless water heaters are a popular choice these days. You probably know that most hot water heaters have a large tank that keeps water hot, before sending it out to your faucets when you turn on a hot water tap. But a tankless water heater does without.

How is this possible? And what makes it such a popular, efficient option? We’ll go over the benefits of tankless water heaters—and one or two potential drawbacks for your family—today! Call our friendly plumbers for more information.

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How to Use Your Thermostat to Save More on Air Conditioning

May 29th, 2017

thermostat-hand-digitalCentral air conditioning is one of the greatest innovations of modern times for those of us who live in climates where temperatures really spike in the spring and summer. You can cool your entire home down to a reasonable temperature with the touch of a few buttons. The only real downfall of using a central air conditioner? The cost.

Air conditioning costs can pile on quickly in the hottest months, but we’re here to help. Follow these thermostat tips to save more on your air conditioning this year. You might be surprised about how little you know about this small device you likely use every day!

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How Durable Is a Trenchless Repair?

May 16th, 2017

tunnel-like-pipeHave you heard the good news? Repairing your sewer pipe no longer requires you to sacrifice your entire yard. That’s the problem with conventional pipe repair. It typically requires plumbers to dig long, wide trenches, which sometimes stretch out to the street. You can spend a lot to repair the damage, and it’s certainly not an ideal situation.

But trenchless sewer repair eliminates the damage. You may need one or two holes dug in your yard, but these are much smaller and less obtrusive than a trench made to remove older pipes and replace them with new ones. Equipment is able to insert a new pipe lining for an old worn-down pipe, but is this a durable solution?

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All About Septic Tank Maintenance

May 15th, 2017

Dirt_from_construction_soilIf there is a septic tank on your property, there are some things you should know. The septic tank is your solution to lack of access to a municipal sewer main, and that alone, of course, is the major benefit of septic tank ownership. However, you’ll have to put some thought into septic tank maintenance, even though you’d likely rather not.

It’s better to deal with routine septic tank maintenance than to have to remediate a situation that leaves raw sewage on your property. For more about septic tank maintenance, contact one of our professionals or read our informational guide.

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2 Foods You Should Stop Putting into the Garbage Disposal

May 2nd, 2017

kitchen-sink-plumbingWhen you have a garbage disposal, it may seem nearly invincible. You scrape your plate into the sink and you don’t have to worry about smells from the garbage can and taking out the trash right away. You simply flip a switch and the mess is gone.

It’s easy to get carried away and feel like your garbage disposal can take on anything you throw at it. But a couple of foods that commonly go down the disposal, it may surprise you to hear, often are not as harmless as they seem.

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Which Air Conditioner Is Most Efficient?

May 1st, 2017

air-conditioner-tools-condenserA new air conditioner is a major investment. So when you find out that your old system is on its last legs, we think it’s important to look for the best new air conditioning system for your home. That means paying attention to details such as sizing requirements for your home, and the efficiency rating.

An efficient air conditioner is able to operate using the least amount of energy, meaning it keeps your bills low. Efficient technology is changing every year, so how can you find the system that’s right for your home?

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3 Signs You Need AC Repair

April 18th, 2017

In our summer heat, you cannot afford to go without AC for long. But when the problem doesn’t seem severe, and the weather is still fairly mild, you may decide to wait before calling a technician. Maybe you’d rather save some money now or maybe you feel like you just don’t have the time.

However, even minor AC repairs should be taken care of ASAP. When the weather is cooler, it’s easier to find a technician who is available to help. It costs more to run a broken air conditioner anyway, and the problem can only get worse. Isn’t it better to schedule repairs now than to wait for a last-minute AC breakdown, when you may have to cancel plans in order to get the service you need?

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