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AC Service Checkup

Does your home have a whole house air conditioning unit? I might say for most of you that’s another silly question (as was my comment on the water heater some weeks back). But actually, not everyone has an air conditioner these days. If you do have an air conditioning unit older than 10 years, it might be time for an AC service checkup.  In general, you can expect a well-maintained air conditioner to last about 15 years.  It’s good to know that we here at Proudfoot can install a new AC unit for you. Not to mention the ability to maintain and service them.

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Choosing A Service Provider: Tank Water Heater

Does Your Home Have a Water Heater?

Silly question, of course!  Every home has at least one water heater; at least all of the homes that I know of, do.  Some of you may know, most water heaters these days are tank water heaters. As opposed to the newer tank less water heaters, which give you a supply of hot water almost instantaneously.  The tank-less type are generally more expensive to install and should have maintenance performed at least once a year, which is probably why most folks have the tank style water heater. But how do you going about choosing a service provider for this task? It’s good to know that we here at Proudfoot can install either of these types of water heaters as well as being able to maintain them both.

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Plumbing Service: Drain Cleaning

Does your home have drains?

Of course!  Every home has drains. From all of your branch lines all the way down to your main sewer line. What do you do if your toilet is clogged, or your kitchen sink is clogged. What about if your bathtub is clogged?  Perhaps no matter what you do to try to unclog these lines, nothing seems to work!  It’s a nightmare! But don’t fret! Here at Proudfoot, we have a specific plumbing service to deal with these kinds of things.  We believe that our procedure for unclogging drains is proven, and we will not give up until your drain is unclogged. Well, that and that you are satisfied with our service!  That’s why we think you should choose us as your plumbing service provider for drain cleaning. Not to mention our many other services too!

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Basement Water Damage

Basement Water Damage Woes

I was thinking about basements the other day, as I was driving to my next job. Almost every home in Pittsburgh has a basement, whether that be old or new! I can recall many, many homes having basement water damage over the years. It was especially when tropical storm Ivan came up from the gulf and “parked” itself over Pittsburgh for more than 24 hours back in 2004.

Although, when a storm like Ivan hits our area, there is really not much that you can do to avoid any on coming flooding. In a case when a big storm hits, I think you just have to wait it out, hopefully after you have moved your important “stuff” as much as possible out of harm’s way. But basement water damage can occur in any number of ways. You don’t have to have a big storm to have some flooding.

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What to do when you smell gas

What To Do When You Smell Gas

In the Pittsburgh area, there are a ton of older homes. I’m talking about homes that are in the 60 to over a 100-year-old age range! These homes in many cases were built close to the steel industry plants and mills of many years ago. This was before the big suburbia boom of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. It was common for folks to smell gas and other industrial odors. But it’s now 2018, and the city is becoming cleaner. The air is fresher and we are focusing on bringing fewer pollutants into the air. But with these older homes in Pittsburgh, we also have a lot of older gas lines coming into these homes underground.

As pipes age, they may become cracked or damaged. And sometimes they can be disconnected by things like surrounding tree roots. As a result, the odorized natural gas that flows through them will begin seeping to the top of the ground. You may notice a strange or smelly odor in your yard, especially a rotten egg-like odor. This may turn the grass in certain areas of your yard brown. A leaking gas line underground can cause the grass and vegetation above to turn brown and die. Dry spots in moist areas or dead plants surrounded by live, green plants is a classic indication that it could be time to replace the gas line coming into your home. So what should you do when you smell gas?

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Hot Water Heater System

Choosing the Best Hot Water Heater System

Hot water heater system. When people find out I own my own plumbing and heating company, I’m often hit with a plethora of questions. Many of them refer to choosing the best hot water heater system. As you might guess, that will probably have a multi-faceted answer. I guess a better question to ask is what would be right for you? Many homeowners have different needs and wants. Some want hot water on demand. And some don’t mind waiting a minute or two (or three) for the water to get hot.

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Is It Time for Some AC Service?

This Pittsburgh Weather

It’s Pittsburgh in May! And as always here in Pittsburgh, it just doesn’t seem to be “typical”. For those of you out of town, about a week or so ago, it began to feel like summer! I had a good friend tell me that his wife switched from using the furnace to using the AC in just one day! He told me he was glad that his AC was working properly as he hadn’t done any AC service since last fall.

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Buying a Mini-Ductless AC or Heat Pump System

You Might Have Some Questions

I got to thinking the other day while headed to a scheduled appointment. What are the things you need to know before buying a mini-ductless ac system? What are the questions might people ask if they’ve never had one before? Installing these systems is a part of our business here at Proudfoot. For us, it’s somewhat commonplace to install and maintain these units. But for someone who has a gas furnace and a standard type coil/compressor AC system or has never dealt with this type of mini-ductless AC system before, it could be a little scary! But there’s no need to worry! 

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radiator disaster

Radiator Disaster: How and Why?

The Call

I just got a call from a long time customer of mine saying that the upper floors in her home were colder than normal. These folks have a radiator system for home heating as it is an older home here in the Pittsburgh area. Radiator systems can sometimes be “tricky” to figure out. A radiator disaster can occur when they are not operating as intended. A lot of homes in Pittsburgh have radiator heating. And I must admit, they are an efficient way of heating your home.

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Furnace Making Noise

Furnace Making Noise? What To Do…

The Call

I got a call from a perspective customer last week saying her furnace was just too loud! She wanted to know what to do to stop the furnace making noise. This problem may appear to be a bit vague in nature. But as I reflected on it, seems like I’ve gotten a number of calls like this in the past. In some cases, I’ve found that folks really do know if there is a problem with something in or around their home simply by listening.

Although this may sound “funny”, it actually rings true! Just like with your car; if it sounds different from what you are used to, then there just might be something wrong. How many of you have been in the following situation? You take your car into a mechanic and they try to have the car make the same  suspicious sound back.  But he car, of course, never makes that same noise that it did for you! Normally the mechanic would check it out. Perhaps he finds nothing is actually wrong with your car. Then you at least have some kind of relief knowing it was looked at by a professional.

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