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The Horizon Comfort Zone is the ultimate destination for plumbing, heating, air conditioning, drain cleaning and sewer and water line information. Discover a wealth of plumbing, HVAC and home comfort tips, articles and news that you can use… plus lots of great ideas for making your home more energy efficient and saving money.

A Professional Plumber’s Guide to a Problematic Drain

Visit any hardware store across the country and you’ll see plenty of chemical drain cleaners and other similar products on the shelf that make it seem as if drain cleaning is a simple DIY (do-it-yourself) job. While it’s true that minor clogs can be cleared simply by using a plunger, often home drainage issues indicate a larger problem that may need a professional plumber’s attention.

If you notice the following 5 warning signs with a drain or drains in your home, you need to contact a professional plumber right away for drain repair services.

 

 

 

 

Slow Drains

As a homeowner, you should never underestimate the seriousness of drainage problems. A clogged or slow-moving drain might seem like a small problem, but it can quickly escalate into a much bigger issue Slow drains can indicate a variety of problems, including the early stages of a clog, pipes


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Unless you have figured out a way to never use your kitchen sink, you most probably deal with unpleasant drain odors from time to time. The bad news is that kitchen sink drains smell; the good news is that you do not need harsh chemicals to get rid of odors, and you can actually prevent most bad smells before they even start.


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Spring Cleaning The Air Inside Your Home

 

Even the best vacuum cleaners can stir up dirt and dust into the air while you clean your home. High speed carpet brushes and vacuum exhausts can spread pollutants, pollen, dust mites, and other bacteria throughout your home while you clean. These unwanted dirt particles can settle on freshly cleaned surfaces and can even increase symptoms related to allergic reactions.

Reduce the amount of dust inside your home while spring cleaning by utilizing your central air conditioning and heating system. Simply switch your thermostat to the “fan” or “fan on” setting while you clean to filter the air.

Your system’s filter will work as a whole-house air cleaner and can be more effective than smaller freestanding devices because a larger volume of air can pass through it. If maintained and operated properly, your system should catch most visible dust particles before recirculating


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Prepare Your Home For Spring

 

It’s time to say goodbye to winter and prepare your home for spring with a complete indoor and outdoor physical. Take advantage of the warmer-weather months to give your home and its most used components a detailed once-over to ensure you are ready for the entire season

Our experts have compiled a list of the most common items you should add to your spring cleaning or spring preparation list.

 

Plumbing Tips

  • Check the flappers on your toilets at least once a year. If they are showing their age, replace them before they start leaking and wasting water.
  • Clean your bathroom fans. Take the cover off, wash it in soapy water and clean dirt off the fan blades with a toothbrush. Be sure the power is off when you do this!
  • Remove all faucet handles and clean their insides to keep the screws from corroding. Use a rust remover if necessary.

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10 Ways To Reduce Heating Costs

The experts at Horizon Services have assembled 10 ways to reduce the cost to heat your home by increasing system efficiency, programming your thermostat properly, and regularly maintaining your system with preventative care.

1. Upgrade To A High-Efficiency Heating System

Replacing your old, inefficient heating system for a high-efficiency one can cut electricity bills by up to 25%. It is important to get a detailed analysis of your home and current system before purchasing a replacement. Not all homes are created equally and your new system should be personalized to match the exact needs of your home. You want to avoid paying for a system that is too large or too small for your needs. If your new equipment is not properly sized, it may need to overwork to keep your comfortable. This may cause premature failure, inflated energy bills, or inefficient operation.

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