Service King Plumbing & HVAC Blog : Archive for April, 2015

Why You Should Consider Installing a Humidifier in Your Home

Monday, April 27th, 2015

When you think of humidity, you probably don’t think of it as a good thing. Humid days always seem to be a bad thing, especially when it’s hot out. While it’s true that too much humidity can exacerbate warm temperatures and make it harder to keep cool, too little can have just as much of a negative effect. Read on to find out how low humidity can be so damaging, and what you can do to address it. (more…)

2 Signs That You Need Drain Cleaning

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Though drains serve an important role in the home, they are often overlooked by homeowners until they develop an issue. What many homeowners don’t realize is that if they get their drains cleaned before a problem has a chance to fully develop, they can often avoid spending money on unnecessary repairs. The key is recognizing when to schedule drain cleaning, before the problem has a chance to get worse.

Let’s have a look at 2 of the most common signs that you need drain cleaning. (more…)

Signs That You Need Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Winter is finally over, which means we’re now moving from the heating to the cooling season. In the next few months, things are going to really start heating up outside. When that happens, you’re going to want to be sure that your air conditioner is up to the task of keeping your home comfortably cool. The best way to make sure of this is to know the signs of a problem with your system. The faster you can identify a problem with your air conditioner, the faster you’ll be able to get it repaired and back to prime condition. Let’s examine some of the signs that you need air conditioning repair. (more…)

Why You Need to Have Your Copper Plumbing Inspected Annually

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The adoption of copper piping as the preferred plumbing material in the 1960s was a pretty big deal. Prior to that time, most homes were outfitted with pipes that were iron, or even lead! As we now know, lead pipes are poisonous and never a good idea. Iron pipes, while long-lasting, are quite susceptible to rust and other problems. Copper, however, is lightweight, resistant to corrosion, and safe to use. As great as copper is, however, it isn’t a perfect solution. Read on to find out why you need to have your copper plumbing inspected annually.

Pitted Corrosion

Although copper pipes are more or less immune to the kind of oxidization that affects iron pipes, it is still vulnerable to another kind of corrosion. Pitted corrosion is a special kind of corrosion that most commonly affects copper plumbing. The corrosion is limited to a small area of the pipe, and degrades it from the outside inward. This allows the corrosion to open up a hole in the pipe much faster than other forms of degradation. Though pitted corrosion works fast, it often only opens up a very small hole in the pipe. These are known as “pinhole leaks” and, despite their size, can cause all kinds of havoc in your home.

Pinhole Leaks

The reason that pinhole leaks are so dangerous is that they are so small. Larger leaks often cause a reduction in water pressure, which can warn you that something is wrong with your pipes. Pinhole leaks aren’t large enough to have any sort of outward symptoms, which means you probably won’t discover them until they’ve inflicted water damage on the surrounding area. Often, this means rotting out the insulation and even the support studs surrounding the leaky pipe. The first sign that homeowners often have that they might have a pinhole leak is when they notice the water damage inflicted on the wall behind which the pipe is located.

The only way to reliably catch pinhole leaks is to have your plumbing professionally inspected at least once a year. That way, the leak can be found and sealed before it has a chance to inflict significant damage.

If you haven’t had your plumbing inspected in at least a year, call Service King today to set up an appointment. We provide plumbing services throughout Schaumburg, IL

Outdoor Lighting Options You Should Consider

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Are you satisfied with the lighting outside of your home? Do you have sufficient lighting to guide guests to your door? If you’re still in the dark when you step outside of the house, or if you want to install lighting that will help to protect your home and keep your guests safe, call the friendly service people at Service King Plumbing & HVAC. Our electricians will install your new lighting fixtures to match your energy efficiency needs, suit your design preferences, and make all of your guests feel welcome.

Add Landscape Lights

The lights outside of your home can serve to illuminate the parts of your yard that are normally kept in the dark. Show off a flower bed, a large tree, a waterfall, or your porch. Transform your outdoors into a place for family and friends to gather even after hours. And light up a pathway so that everyone on your property feels safe and secure.

Consider Security Lights

The lighting outside can double as both landscape lighting and pathway lighting. Additionally, you can have your outdoor lighting function as both a way to guide visitors to your front door and to keep the home safe and secure. When you install an automatic sensor with your outdoor lighting, you don’t have to worry about the potential problems that may arise from guests stumbling along your walkway, and you can feel better protected against intruders. The automatic motion sensor can detect movement several feet away from your property, scaring off those who might consider trespassing.

Switch to LEDs

LED lighting has come down in price dramatically in the last several years and has become the choice option for installers. And these days, LED lights look and feel warmer and brighter than ever before. Installing lighting fixtures designed to hold LED bulbs could save you quite a bit of money over the years, as these fixtures and bulbs operate efficiently and may last well over a decade.

Call your friendly neighborhood electricians at Service King Plumbing & HVAC to hear more about your outdoor lighting options in Algonquin and to schedule professional installation.