In 1925, Proudfoot Plumbing Heating and Air was nine years old. Our founder, Algernon Hugh Proudfoot (the great Uncle of current owner Hugh!), and his wife Hannah lived and operated this plumbing business from a house on 811 Ann St. A house that still stands today, not far from our current Proudfoot location. As we sit and think about that 811 home, we can’t help but smile in thinking about much the business has grown today. As we prepare for a week of gratitude and appreciation, let’s take a walk down memory lane to see how Proudfoot’s history has shaped the business it is today.
Do I Need a Thermal Expansion Tank?
As your water heater gets hot, the water inside begins to expand. This quick expansion can cause stress upon your plumbing. A thermal expansion tank, also known as a water heater expansion tank, is a great tool to help mitigate damage. These tanks will catch any overflow and prevent the water pressure from getting too high. It is attached to the water supply line (preferably on the cold line side) as a means of relief and stability.
Leaks are gut-wrenching for any property owner. But in all cases, addressing them as soon as possible is key to preventing further damage. Here are some tips and information to help you manage a water leak in your home.
Boilers were the first kind of central heating that people could have in their homes. This meant no more wood or coal fires to warm up the entire house during the cold winter months. As technology advanced, so did the effectiveness and efficiencies of boilers. If your boiler needs repaired or replaced, it may be time to consider a combi boiler, as they have a number of tremendous benefits.
Some days, it seems as if the rain in Pittsburgh is never-ending. When it rains it pours, and unfortunately, that can mean flooding in your basement or garage. A sump pump might be the solution you’ve been looking for! Sump pumps are designed to remove water build-up from basements and crawlspaces. They safely deposit it through the “waste-water” system of your home. Sump pumps have a number of benefits and could provide your home with extra protection during these stormy Pittsburgh days – think of it like additional flood insurance!
Of all the features available in high-efficient and high-performance furnaces, variable speed is one of the most beneficial. Variable speed furnaces provide high efficiency and comfort. Most blower fans on furnaces run at a constant speed and are either on or off. Variable speed will increase or decrease fan speed to meet heating needs. Today we’re going to take a look at how this blower works and some of the best advantages of installing a variable speed furnace in your home!
Summers in Pittsburgh often come with their fair share of rain and storms. Leaky pipes and flooded floors fare the last thing you want to deal with after a long workday or when you come back from a much-needed trip. While you could try to follow a YouTube video to DIY a quick repair, call an after-hours service provider, and clean up the water damage, we’re guessing that’s not exactly the to-do list you want to tackle. In our last blog, we discussed the benefits of trenchless sewer lining. This time, we want to cover the benefits of a similar tool, the trenchless waterline.
Are you dealing with a bad sewer? Even if your home is relatively new, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe from old sewer piping. With traditional trenching, you’re often forced into a number of costly items. This includes costs to dig up the street in front of your home to traffic to be rerouted or for any repairs to any city-owned property or main sewer lines. This can range from a few thousand dollars to $20,000 or more. However, there may be a better option known as trenchless sewer lining.
No one likes to hear unknown noises in their home. You know the source most likely isn’t a ghost. And you, of course, remind yourself that when you hear those noises late at night. We’re here to give you that more reasonable, less spooky explanation. It’s your plumbing! We’ve put together a list of four plumbing noises you never want to hear – and what causes them.
It’s finally warm in Pittsburgh again! The snow and ice have been melted, but you may have an outdoor faucet that is susceptible to freezing. But if you haven’t experienced freezing faucets yet, now is the time to take them to prevent any future problems.